PROJECT DIRECTOR - ECONOMIC & SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS AND VULNERABLE WOMEN PROJECT (EMPOWER)
PURPOSE:The Project Director (PD) will be responsible for overall implementation and oversight of a quality, results-oriented program focused on withdrawing and preventing adolescent girls’from child labor, increasing girls’access to acceptable work, increasing livelihoods opportunities for vulnerable women, raising awareness on child labor and gender equality, and collaborating with government and private sector actors to promote acceptable work for girls and women in Zambia. S/he will establish and maintain systems for project operations; ensure that all agreement deadlines are met and targets are achieved; coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders (including government and private industry stakeholders, sub grantees and/or subcontractors); lead collaborative initiatives with private companies; and oversee the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to US Department of Labor..
Manage the Zambia Economic & Social Empowerment project which includes developing and overseeing annual planning; timely, high quality implementation of activities; and monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and deliverables.
Oversee project budget and ensure that all financial activity is carried out in accordance with annual budget allocations, World Vision policy, and donor guidelines.
With support from project staff, prepare and submit timely and accurate activity, financial, and procurement reports to US Department of Labor and World Vision;
Maintain close communication with US Department of Labor, reporting regularly for formal review sessions and providing ongoing, informal updates of program progress.
Provide technical assistance, support, and oversight to local partner NGOs and CSOs.
Provide technical assistance, support, and oversight to private sector partners.
Provide technical assistance, support, and information to national and local government officials.
Develop strategies for working with local government, private sector partners, trainers and youth.
Hire and supervise local project staff and annually evaluate their performance.
Represent the project and World Vision to donors, local and national government entities, the media, local NGOs, and the local business community.
EDUCATION/KNOWLEDGE TECHNICAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Master’s level degree required in international development, leadership, political science, education, or a relevant social science discipline.
Applicants must have a minimum of 10 years’experience working on youth and/ or gender-based empowerment programs, including a minimum of 4 years’of demonstrated managerial and/or team leadership experience.
Specific experience and specialization in the areas of child labor prevention; vocational training; creating/maintaining partnerships with private sector companies, CSOs, youth-oriented organizations; experience in curriculum development and training of trainers; and knowledge regarding gender disparities and girls’and women’s empowerment.
Experience managing to the highest ethical standards international projects
Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in the management of complex, multi-activity programming, on time and on budget.
Financial management, budget design, and budget management experience.
Demonstrated success in motivating and supervising diverse teams of employees.
Experience in strategic planning and implementation of strategic plans.
Experience designing and implementing or overseeing monitoring and evaluation systems.
Good track record working with and/or partnering with a variety of individuals and organizations, including senior US and host country government officials, international agencies, private sector companies, and donor organizations.
Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, and political context governing youth, education, and workforce readiness policy issues in developing countries.
Experience providing support to formal and informal education programs, leadership trainings, and local organization capacity building.
Knowledge of US Government regulations, policies, and procedures or those of an equivalently complex international government funding organization.
Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict, and ethical management skills.
Fluency in English is required.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).
Working Environment / Conditions
Work environment: 30% Field based, 70% Office work
Travel: Local travel and as need arise international
On call: Preparedness to work outside normal working hours
Women are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.