Project Manager –‘BORESHA’ Cross border Project
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
To provide managerial oversight support to WVs Cross border project in Mandera(K) and Gedo Somalia aimed at preventing local conflict or to mitigate its impacts, to promote economic and private sector development and greater resilience and to support transboundary cooperation and coordination of cross border initiatives. Catalyze communities to access a more diverse range of livelihoods and employment and encourage individuals to invest in each other, and in themselves. Build Stronger collective engagement with the preservation and common use of natural resources will help communities invest in their localities and in land. The position is responsible for all aspects of implementation, including assisting in partner identification, hiring and performance management of World Vision staff, capacity building of partners and World Vision staff, proposal and budget development and report writing. He/she will take an active role in assessments and evaluation exercises in an effort to improve quality and increase scope of DRR and resilience programming. The position will work closely with the Sector lead and key WVK/WV Somalia staff in ensuring smooth implementation within the EU funded ‘BORESHA project at the field level and will share information to relevant cluster groups, coordination mechanisms, government ministries, and INGO/LNGOs.
Project and Budget Management:
Provide guidance and technical support to the implementation of the ‘BORESHA’ Programme on Resilience in Mandera (K) and Gedow (Som), including resilience related interventions in the context of the program as approved by the EU.
Identify and ensure linkages between recovery, governance, conflict prevention, natural resource management, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction interventions.
Provide technical support to Sector leads/Specialists and field programmes on integration of DRR/CCA in the sector and field programming.
Ensure the project has appropriate project management documentation in-place, in-use and updated as required (DIPs, Cash Flows, Procurement Plans, MWRAPs, M&E Plans etc);
Facilitate implementation of sound financial systems for efficiently controlling the quality of technical food security and livelihood project works/activities by closely tracking work progress against payment and work plans and controlling the quality of final project outputs as per the donor and user community expectations.
Facilitate optimal use of financial resources in the project through timely requisition of all necessary supplies/contracts for project implementation
Ensure that monthly financial projections are prepared and submitted in a timely manner.
See to it that management response to audit queries is done on a timely basis.
Project implementation tools are understood and used by World Vision staff and implementing partners.
Knowledge Management and Capacity Development:
Distil lessons learned and good practices and share them with the Country office and in this respect, develop short and concise evidence- based knowledge products on DRR and Resilience. Participate in regional and global practice development meetings on disaster risk reduction and resilience.
Mentor WV staff members and/ or project personnel working on disaster reduction and resilience issues.
Support the creation and management of Teamwork space on DR and Resilience issues to gather and exchange experiences and lessons learned with countries in the region and beyond (if need be).
Work with local structures, including user committees and LNGOs to identify technical gaps in knowledge and skills and develop capacity building plans to bridge them.
Train staff and partners in best-practice Livelihood Project models ,practices and approaches from a DNH perspective.
In collaboration with Sector lead, Quality Assurance and Program Design Unit train staff and partners in design, reporting, monitoring and evaluation.
Facilitate awareness raising of staff and partners in key humanitarian principles, including Local Capacity for Peace, SPHERE, DRR,Child Protection, etc.
Foster Internal and External Engagement:
Foster and nurture strategic partnerships with county governments, National government departments in Kenya and relevant Federal /regional governments in Somalia.
Participate in the consortium member organizations discussions on project implementation. In particular participate in the Technical Working/steering group meetings.
Work with the Programme Development Unit to secure complementary funding for DRR/CCA initiatives for this project.
Hold regular progress meetings with partners and staff to review project performance and address challenges to implementation.
Facilitate linkages between local partners and coordination mechanisms.
Collaborate with local authorities and relevant user groups and management committees.
Work closely with local structures to facilitate the implementation and sustainability of Livelihood interventions.
Human Resource Management of staff under his or her care and in line with WV Policy is followed:
Staff appraisal and feedback mechanisms in place and updated.
Capacity plans in place and resourced.
Effectively line manage and coach staff, ensuring a shared vision, team work, effective communication and active engagement in decision-making and management approaches.
Implement existing performance management mechanisms, ensuring good participation and quality results to promote staff engagement and a culture of excellence.
Ensure staff grievances and disciplinary action are addressed in a timely manner in alignment with WV policy.
Cultivate an atmosphere of local staff empowerment and motivation leading to their active participation in program initiatives.
Cultivate an atmosphere of mutual accountability, ensuring staff behavior models and promotes trust and teamwork.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Advanced university degree (Master) preferably in Education, political, international studies, social sciences or discipline relevant to disaster reduction and resilience; or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area.
At least 7 years of increasingly responsible experience in crisis prevention and recovery, in designing, planning and managing prevention and recovery strategies and projects and relevant advocacy programmes in disaster reduction, Livelihoods, emergency response and post-disaster recovery with a peace building/conflict prevention approach.
Extensive field experience in disaster and conflict environments, complex emergencies and an in-depth knowledge of issues related to resilience in the country is required.
Application of theoretical knowledge in the design, management and evaluation of complex, multi-disciplinary capacity building programs involving national governments, civil society and international organizations.
Strong proven analytical and writing skills.
Good knowledge of damage and needs assessment methodologies.
Proven ability to lead strategy development for complex agendas, with clear focus on key business/operational outputs.
Proven ability to interact and communicate effectively with senior government and district officials.
Excellent negotiation, diplomacy and advocacy skills.
Ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, and adjust to and prioritize a variety of complex evolving tasks.
Strong analytical abilities, quantitative skills, and excellent writing and communication capabilities.
Ability to work independently, in consultation with other staff.
Ability to operate and work under pressure and manage stress.
Strong understanding of systems design and implementation protocols.
Strong inter-personal skills, and proven team-player.
A decisive manager, especially when it comes to performance and people management.
Proven ability to manage competing priorities.
Able to work in a cross-cultural environment with a multi-national staff with varied skill sets.
Cross cultural sensitivity, balanced worldview, emotional maturity and the ability to cope with stressful work conditions.
Work environment: 100% Field Based in with frequent travels to meet beneficiaries and program partners.
Travel: Considerable amount of travel is required.