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Project Manager Job Vacancy

World Concern Development Organization is a Christian global relief and development agency whose supporters’ faith compels them to extend opportunity and hope to people facing the most profound human challenges of extreme poverty.

We serve nearly 6 million people in 18 countries, focusing on food security, child protection, education, maternal and child health, microfinance, vocational training, clean water and sanitation and disaster response.

Position: Project Manager

Location: Somalia / Somaliland (Burao / Hargeisa)

Reports To: Program Manager

Supervises: Project officers

Length of Contract: One Year Renewable

Core Responsibilities

Programme implementation:
  • Plan and coordinate livestock transfers  to targeted households and increase livestock herd size required for food self-sufficiency
  • Develop strategies to improve animal health through the creation of a network of community based animal health workers (CBAHWs)
  • Develop and implement appropriate strategies to improve  to increase livestock production
  • Support communities to reclaim rangelands and improve their management.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of activity plans linked to the programme log frame
  • Support the Programme Manager  in developing and preparing monitoring plans and ensure that activities are in line with achieving expected outputs
  • Support communities in reclaim rangelands and improve their management
  • Ensure participation of the community in the implementation of programme through appropriate mechanisms.
  • Build the capacity of members of the programme staff assigned to the project to plan and implement the programme
  • Ensure that programme benefits are achieved by the poorest and most vulnerable.
  • Coordinate with the Livelihoods Project Manager (BREADS) to increase, identify best practice and strengthen synergies between the 2 projects
  • In coordination with other actors or the relevant sections of WCDO ensure appropriate trainings (e.g. NRM and DRR training) are carried out.
  • Coordinate with other organisations in the same location to ensure timelines, packages and conditions are agreed to minimise problems and security issues.
  • Liaise with other implementing partners at the meso and macro level in similar programs to ensure appropriate coordination of interventions.

Programme Management:
  • Develop and revise programme operational plans based on plan submitted to donors and according to best practice.
  • Manage the programme ensuring that it is meeting its intended aims and objectives and achieving impact.
  • Ensure that development-oriented approaches including participatory development, capacity building and sustainable methodologies are adopted in implementing the programme.
  • Actively participate in the WCDO team.

Financial management:
  • Manage the programme budget, including regular monitoring of expenditure against budget, in accordance with Concern financial procedures and guidelines.  
  • Together with Project Managers, review financial reports and feedback to finance department on discrepancies.
  • Ensure financial policy and procedures are observed while implementing the programme
  • Ensure project inputs are ordered in a timely manner
  • Develop a clear work and expenditure plan and ensure that the programme is implemented within the agreed/approved budget and timeframe.

Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Manage programme in line with Results Based Framework (including logical framework), and the programme M&E plan; and ensure teams are accountable and understand processes
  • Ensure team is aware and understand M&E requirements and methodologies and understand their roles and responsibilities.
  • Ensure that the information regarding the programme activities and beneficiaries is regularly captured, stored and analysed according to the established M&E Plan
  • Organize regular team coordination meetings
  • Submit field visit reports, monthly, quarterly project review reports, and technical progress reports to Programme Manager on time and as required by the project
  • Liaise with the M&E Officer and ensure that quality programme reports are produced and submitted to the Programme Manager / CD in timely manner, according to schedule

Staff Management:
  • Recruit, manage and support programme staff ensuring that there is a clearly defined structure, up-to-date job description, and reporting mechanisms for each team member.
  • Ensure that all programme staff are managed in accordance with WCDO’s policies and procedures and ensure that all staff fully understand, and are committed to, the organization and the programme’s mission, vision, values and strategic aims.
  • Assist with the provision of or coordinate the training necessary for the delivery of good quality activities.
  • Agree clear performance objectives for all direct reports, and ensure all team members have appropriately set objectives, and that performance reviews are undertaken in a timely manner.

Required Education, Skills & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, Livestock Development, Animal Health, Dairy Science/ Technology or related field with three years of experience in similar capacity
  • Proven experience, skills and knowledge and preferred experience on animal health, feed/fodder management, processing technologies and livestock extension services.
  • High level of analytical skills in planning, finance and project implementation
  • Strong communication, analytical and report writing skills with fluency in spoken and written English and Somali would be an added advantage
  • Knowledge and skills in basic computing, demonstrated inter-personal skills in working with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for working with rural and vulnerable communities living in remote areas of the country.
  • Training skills including participatory approaches
  • Prior experience in conflict or post conflict environment and ability to work in the Somalia/Somaliland.
  • Analytical, able to multi-task and make rapid but sound decisions in a rapidly changing environment, especially under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully and constructively with local government authorities and other partners.
  • Commitment to the principles of participatory team management and participatory, community-oriented development.
  • Able to communicate in a manner that is confident and clear, yet diplomatic, enabling him/her to forge positive working relationships with donors and other stakeholders.

Essential Competencies:
  • Facilitation skills-The ability to lead others in a participatory process
  • Critical Thinking -- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Ambiguity Tolerance-operates effectively with little information.  Makes connections between apparently separate issues, seeing patterns, trends or relationships.  Willing to take a measured risk even when the outcomes are uncertain.
  • Stewardship-Makes the best use of resources while striving for high standards and a balance between effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Accountability-Welcomes objective evaluation of working relationships and performance of self and others.  Has no hidden agendas but is open with information and communicates well both vertically and horizontally
  • Security Awareness- Must have proven experience in living in a hostile environment with focus on personal safety and security.
  • Finance- Must have the ability to conceptualize, draft and implement a budget that facilitates successful program outcomes.

Working Conditions:
  • Based in Somaliland
  • Requires periodic travel to areas of significant insecurity
  • Field travel can involve driving on bad roads, traveling in small planes and frequent encounters with armed militia.  Some additional travel to other regions may be required.
  • Living conditions in the field may at times be harsh. Limited access in the field to medical care.
  • May require working extended hours and on weekends/holidays to meet deadlines.

Multi-cultural, Multi-ethnic organizational work environment.

If you think you can deliver in this role please submit your application and CV to worldconcernhr@wcdro.org by 07th July 2014.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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