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Food Security and Livelihood Project Manager, Lesotho

Job Description

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To provide overall operational leadership and technical oversight for the implementation of the ANCP Livelihoods Project in Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide overall leadership, oversight and management support to the Project Coordinators in Swaziland and South Africa for the implementation of the project.

  • Ensure that all project activities are implemented in line with ANCP and WV requirements, and as stipulated in the project design documents comprising the narrative, logical framework, detailed implementation plan, and budget.

  • Develop capacities of project staff, partner NGOs, and Project Coordinators of the participating National Offices.

  • Coordinates and manage all activities of the project including community mobilization and training, procurement and utilization of inputs.

  • Monitor and review monthly financial reports including spending trend & pattern analysis in consultation with relevant stakeholders and ensure project expenditures are within budget.

  • Organize and attend joint project monitoring meetings, record minutes of issues discussed and conclusions drawn, as well as agreed action plans.

  • In collaboration with relevant stakeholders, prepare project implementation documents (DIP, cash flow, procurement plan, and M&E plan) at the end of the inception period.

  • Monitor the progress of project implementation including the preparation of high quality internal and donor reports according to World Vision and ANCP reporting standards and agreed timelines.

  • Maintain constant contact with the Support Office (World Vision Australia) and the donor as well as serve as the liaison to the local government and other partners.

  • Ensure that business processes, standards and guidelines related to Livelihood & resilience initiatives are effectively applied in project implementation in coordination with relevant staff in each office.

  • Ensure that lessons learnt are documented and are applied during the balance of the project life and incorporated into future proposal designs.

  • Leads the team effectively, encouraging staff commitment to WV mission, values and ethos.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • A university degree in Agriculture or equivalent in a related field, a Masters degree is strongly preferred.

  • Specialist qualifications in livelihood related disciplines would be a distinct advantage.

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of working experience in Project Management of which at least 4 years must be at the level of Project/Program Management of a mid-sized to large

  • grant/food security and livelihoods sector development interventions.

  • Experience with major donor budget preparation and management; experience in managing multiyear ANCP funded grant would be an advantage.

  • Understanding of log-frame, pathways/theory of change, results-based management.

  • Fluent in the English language; written as well as spoken. Ability to write high standard of English expression in project reports, articles, stories etc an advantage

  • Experience in managing a team and different work styles. This will include good supervisory skills and ability to work in, and contribute to, a team building environment.

  • Knowledge of WV financial systems including understanding financial reports, financial monitoring and spending trend & pattern analysis.

  • Capacity building experience in project design, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation.

  • Computer and other technology competency including MS Word, Excel, and Power Point, essential; photography and other communication resources, an advantage.

  • Ability to network and relate to donors, NGOs, counterparts, and government agencies required by written, spoken and face to face communication.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity.

  • Ability to exhibit exemplary lifestyle as interpreted in specific local cultural context.

  • Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, as well as negotiation skills.

  • A balance of relief and development experience, highly valued.

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Good understanding of, and commitment to, WV’s mission, values and ethos with ability to conduct oneself in line with those values.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Work environment: Office-based with planned travel to the field.

  • 20% National office based program administration and management.

  • 50% Field based management.

  • 20% Support to WV South Africa & Swaziland (Coordination, Monitoring etc).

  • 10% Networking, advocacy and liaison at national and distric.