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Project Manager, Life-Saving Drought Assistance Project, OFDA

11468-15N32074
Herat
04-Oct-18

WORK CONTEXT / BACKGROUND:

World Vision is an international is a humanitarian aid, development and advocacy organisation focused on improving the lives of vulnerable children and their families through interventions in health, nutrition, WASH, education, child protection, and food security/agriculture/livelihoods. World Vision has been present in Afghanistan since 2001, responding to the development and emergency needs of vulnerable populations in the Western Region of the country.

Afghanistan is currently experiencing one of the most severe droughts in many years, with large populations affected by food and water insecurity, resulting in a range of health, education and protection concerns. WV has recently been awarded a 12 month OFDA grant to provide essential drinking water access to affected populations through water system construction and rehabilitation (including groundwater recharge components), and accompanying hygiene interventions.

The position of Project Manager will be based in Herat, overseeing project interventions in Badghis province. The project Manager will spend time in the Herat Office for project reporting, admin and finance requirements.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Project Manager will provide overall leadership in the implementation of the OFDA Life-Saving Drought Response Project in the Western Region of Afghanistan. This position will provide leadership and entail planning, support and management of the project so that activities and outputs remain on track and the program contributes to its main goal of saving lives and alleviating suffering for 80,058 severely drought-affected people in Badghis Province in the Western Region of Afghanistan by September 2019 through critical WASH interventions. Water interventions include provision of safe drinking water through water trucking, distribution of Family Water Kits, construction of household snow-melt and rainwater reservoirs, solar-powered water networks, gravity-fed spring catchments, solar-powered reverse osmosis (RO) units, and well rehabilitation. Water source sustainability and disaster risk reduction activities include construction of water macro-catchments and gabions. Hygiene promotion will be provided through community WASH Groups and Sesame Street WASH Up! activities for children. The ideal candidate will have a background in emergency/development WASH engineering and project management, as well as previous experience working on OFDA projects. The total project budget is US$3.4 million.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Leadership:

  • Demonstrate World Vision’s core values, vision and mission in all aspects of the role.

  • Build a team of highly committed and competent staff, ensuring cooperation and coordination among relevant staff within the Project.

  • Provide leadership and direction to the overall project.

  • Create a learning environment in which staff regularly reflect, learn from mistakes and use lessons for personal growth and to revise work plans to improve ministry impact.

  • Ensure that staff and local partners understand and follow the World Vision (WV) child protection policy and that awareness-raising on child protection, response and incident reporting is occurring.

Project Management (Quality Implementation):

  • Coordinate with program, finance and administration staff to ensure operational systems are in place to support field activities.

  • Ensure that the program systems and staff are working to achieve the project goals and objectives and that the project is maintaining World Vision and donor accountability standards.

  • Ensuring appropriate structures, internal and external standards, staffing, resources and policies as well as all grant requirements are adhered to.

  • Ensure clear understanding of project assumptions by all project staff to aim at effective and timely achievement of project goals, outcomes and outputs.

  • Ensure that all terms and conditions agreed in the signed MoUs with donor and government departments are adhered to throughout the life of the project. Ensure that all project activities meet core humanitarian and government standards.

  • Manage and mitigate any risks within the Project that could have financial, Human Resources (HR) or Legal consequences or negatively impact ministry or World Vision reputation.

  • Ensure that proper community development practices and “Do No Harm” practices are incorporated and upheld throughout the planning and implementation of the project.

  • Provide managerial guidance and support to the project engineers in order to construct water systems in accordance with the required quality, within the agreed timeframe and approved budget.

  • Support project engineers to develop accurate and complete Bill of Quantities.

  • Prepare and submit procurement plan in close coordination with the team.

  • In coordination with WV Afghanistan’s Programs Department, regularly monitor and evaluate the progress of the project.

Liaison and Networking:

  • In coordination with the Zonal Manager, establish and maintain liaison with relevant government departments.

  • Represent World Vision in local coordination forums and liaise with government officials and donors, UN-bodies and other partners wherever appropriate and required.

  • Create an enabling environment for dialogue, information sharing, partnerships and, and cooperation between local communities, government structures and local partners when delivering project interventions.

  • Maintain excellent working relations with partners and other contractors.

  • Coordinate closely with other NGOs in the area to ensure complementary programming.

  • Effectively represent WV operations and mission when accompanying visitors, e.g. donor and/or Government representatives, journalists and other delegations to project sites.

Reporting and Administration:

  • Ensure accurate quality narrative and financial reports are submitted in a timely manner and according to donor requirements. Work closely with Program Officer in ensuring that all reports meet donor requirements.

  • Track the performance of the project activities and outputs against expected results and adjust implementation processes to ensure the project is progressing towards the intended outcomes.

  • Analyse the impact of project and promote learning by documentation of best-practices. Use this information to support decision-making processes.

  • Track project progress, project expenditure against approved budgets, anticipate any deviations and recommend and take action on relevant and required adjustments.

  • Track project risk in order to timely adjust and implement the existing contingency plan.

  • Travel regularly to all project sites to ensure proper implementation of project activities.

  • Create and present monthly summaries of project activities and future plans to World Vision Afghanistan leadership.

Personnel Management:

  • Manage 9 project staff.

  • Coordinate and oversee the hiring process for project staff.

  • Coordinate and implement new employee project orientations and trainings.

  • Monitor staff performance and raise any issues with Human Resources if necessary.

  • Initiate and perform, with support from others, staff performance appraisals.

  • In coordination with P&C, maintain accurate employee data files and oversee completion of routine issues such as contract renewals, leave, salary adjustments.

  • Develop the capacity of staff to plan, monitor and coordinate service delivery.

  • Identify staff capacity needs and undertake pro-active on-the-job training to strengthen their capacity to deliver interventions.

Financial Management:

  • With support from WV Afghanistan’s Finance Department, assume primary responsibility for budget reviews and monthly financial reports, highlighting concerns as they arise.

  • Ensure high standards of stewardship and accountability for all resources. Work with the Regional Finance Officers, Administration Officer and other departments to build a strong internal control environment, ensuring compliance with WV and donor financial policies and procedures and promoting a culture of transparency and accountability.

  • Ensure proper coding and budget availability of all project expenses.

  • Oversee the submission of monthly cash requests for project operations.

  • Ensure contractors and creditors are paid in a timely manner.

  • Review and approve expenditures and contract according to assigned levels of authority.

Security:

  • Ensure that organizational security measures and directives are integrated into project.

  • Alter project methodologies as necessary to accommodate changing security situations, and ensure the donor is informed/modifications are requested.

  • Monitor the security situation on a daily basis, report as necessary and adjust national staff travel plans as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • WASH Engineer. Relevant master’s degree would be an advantage.

  • 4-6 years’ experience in WASH engineering at a field program level.

  • Demonstrated experience working on OFDA projects in a leadership role.

  • Demonstrated experience in emergency response.

  • 4-6 years of development and/or relief work at the programmatic level.

  • Experience in integrated program/project cycle management.

  • Experience living and working in a fragile context.

  • Mentoring within cross cultural contexts.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Demonstrated sufficient technical and professional aptitude in WASH engineering. Understanding of water conservation and groundwater recharge would be an advantage.

  • Relevant professional experience managing and implementing large emergency/development projects.

  • Thorough knowledge of MS Office and relevant WASH engineering software (e.g. WaterCAD, WaterGEMS).

  • Demonstrated understanding of the humanitarian sector.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the workings of major donor agencies, particularly OFDA.

  • Advanced written and oral English skills. (ability to express ideas clearly and effectively, both in spoken and written English).

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Knowledge of project cycle elements, M&E systems design and management.

  • Understanding of integrated rural community development programming and processes.

  • Strong capacity building and facilitation skills.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible world view, emotional maturity and physical stamina.

  • Self-starter who can work independently under pressure and who has ability to manage work tasks without direct supervision.

  • Effective in establishing priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor activities, juggle competing demands and work to tight deadlines.

  • Strong ability to work with and relate to diverse personality types, to practice relational and ideological tolerance, and to contribute to a positive organizational culture.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations and healthy social interactions in psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.

  • Willing to travel as required.

  • Able to live and work within a fragile context and restricted environment.

  • Commitment to World Vision Core Values, Vision and Mission Statement.

  • Knowledge of and adherence to the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct and capability of incorporating standards in implementation and evaluation of relevant projects.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Position is based in Herat, Afghanistan, with local travel up to 75% of the time.

  • Expatriates in Afghanistan work intensely together in close quarters office space and also live together in a team house. It is critical that each of them has the ability to both find “personal space” for themselves and honor the personal space of others, and to practice a high level of relational and personality tolerance.