COVida Project Manager
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The COVida Project Manager will lead all aspects of the implementation of this project for World Vision in Mozambique. COVida is funded by USAID as part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Mozambique.
COVida is a 5-year (2016-2021) project implemented by FHI 360 in partnership with Palladium, World Vision, CARE, Path and N’weti. The goal of COVida is to improve the health, nutritional status and well-being of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) living in PEPFAR defined priority districts for epidemic control. The project will support about 335,000 OVC and their caregivers to access high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate services in 70 districts across Mozambique. Aligned with PEPFAR’s priorities of testing, treatment and adherence, COVida increases access to high-quality comprehensive, compassionate services, and strengthens the capacity of families and communities living in target districts to care for and protect the children in their care.
World Vision is a sub-grantee to FHI 360 for COVida with a total budget of approximately 12 million USD, implementing the project in Gaza and Zambezia provinces. The COVida Project Manager will have overall responsibility for leading all aspects of project implementation, including management of the relationship and reporting to FHI 360. The COVida Project Manager will bring extensive experience in the management of sub-grants to local organizations (preferably funded by USAID), HIV and OVC programming, as well as working in consortia. Candidates must speak Portuguese. In addition, the required attributes of the Project Manager are: a Bachelor's degree in related field (Master's degree preferred); a minimum of five years of experience in HIV and OVC programming; experience as a senior manager or senior expert advisor; proven ability to manage technical assistance teams; and knowledge of and familiarity with U.S. Government international assistance program requirements, preferably USAID and/or other bilateral funding agencies. Candidates with previous experience in Mozambique will be highly competitive, as will those with experience working on PEPFAR programs.
Leadership and Management:
Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives and targets are met through proper planning, staffing, implementation and quality assurance.
Provide leadership and coordination to CSO partners and oversee CSO capacity building efforts.
Facilitate a working environment of mutual trust, respect, and care among all staff. Encourage effective teamwork, with staff members supporting each other.
Conduct monthly staff meetings to ensure issues are raised and addressed and to encourage reflection on project progress and learning for improvement.
Lead annual planning to and work plan roll-out processes.
Implementation and Monitoring:
Oversee the implementation of planned activities to ensure targets are achieved:
Ensure that project activities are carried out in a timely manner per USAID approved work plan, and that the project achieves results in line with its annual approved work plan.
Ensure each staff has a clear weekly work-plan and that necessary resources are available for them to implement their responsibilities.
Conduct monitoring visits to project activities to assess progress against targets and to provide coaching and direction to activities in areas where improvements are needed.
Act as the initial trouble-shooter when difficulties in implementation are identified; meet with necessary project participants, listen to challenges and actively identify solutions such that projects can continue as needed.
Take corrective action when staff and/or CBOs are failing to achieve targets.
Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely, accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements.
Prepare and submit reports to provincial government as required; ensure CBOs report to district government as required.
Ensure that there is a good flow of information between the CBOs, Provincial Teams, the Maputo team, and the World Vision United States team such that issues are identified and reported on before they become difficult to manage.
Monitor local context and report on how changes in context may affect programme activities. This includes changes in the security environment.
Internal and External Relations:
Represent the COVida Project internally to other WV departments and WV United States and externally to local government and FHI 360 to ensure positive relationships are built.
Closely collaborate and network with the district and provincial directorates of the Health and Gender, Children and Social Action, health facilities, and other stakeholders, to ensure optimal partnership, referrals, and sharing of best
practices in various fields.
Co-ordinate with other NGOs or similar organizations in the area to ensure complementarity of approaches, especially clinical and testing partners.
Host visits from local government, FHI 360, WV United States and donors as required.
While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the duties involved in this position, World Vision reserves the right to add, remove or alter duties when necessary.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
A Bachelor's degree in related field degree in public health, social sciences, or related degree is required, with a Master’s degree highly preferred
At least 5 years of experience with HIV and OVC programmes in a developing country, preferably in Africa.
At least 5 years of experience managing large projects. Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums preferred.
Experience in managing or working on PEPFAR funded projects is strongly preferred.
Experience managing sub-grants with local organizations, preferably funded by USAID.
Senior management experience.
Written and oral fluency in English is a requirement.
Ability to communicate in Portuguese is a requirement.
Proactive approach, good organisation and time management skills, and ability to prioritise and manage workload.
Strong budgeting and financial management skills.
Strong subgrant monitoring, and capacity building skills.
Leadership and teamwork capabilities that includes coaching and motivating staff to high level of performance, & engaging in effective cross cultural & cross functional working to achieve shared goals in the absence of direct line management authority.
Experienced networker with strong negotiation skills and an ability to maintain a good up to date knowledge of the grant opportunities and trends in WV Mozambique´s priority sectors.
Working knowledge of the WVI Partnership is an advantage, along with the ability to interface sensitively with people from various departments in both field and support offices.
Position is based in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, with approximately 30% travel to the field (Gaza and Zambezia provinces) required.