Save the Children seeks an experienced FSL Project Manager to lead the implementation and budget management of a USAID-funded peace and recovery-focused intervention in Jawzjan and Saripul provinces. In this capacity, s/he will directly oversee the implementation, procurement planning, monitoring and evaluation of the project’s activities across Afghanistan. S/he will manage a portfolio totalling to $2-3mil USD and be responsible for the submission of high-quality, on-time donor reports.
S/he will be expected to travel regularly to the field, and support relationship-buiding with MAIL/DAIL, consortium partners, I/LNGOs and UN agencies. The successful candidate will have experience in both humanitarian and development programming. S/he must be able to deliver programming in insecure areas.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Senior FSL Programme Manager
Staff reporting to this post: TBC
Close working relationships: Director of Programme Implementation, Provincial Managers, Supply Chain, Consortium Focal Points, FSL Technical Adviser, Finance, HR, Safety and Security, Sr. Child Safeguarding Manager
Budget Responsibilities: $2-3mil USD per annum
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Programme Implementation and Monitoring
• Provide strategic guidance and strong leadership to teams in the field to ensure the delivery of programme targets and technically sound decision-making processes in a way that is gender-sensitive and culturally appropriate
• Ensure that effective monitoring and performance management systems are in place for achieving agreed programme activity targets, budget allocations and financial expenditures, ensuring that value for money can be effectively demonstrated to the donor and activities and expenditures are compliant with donor requirements
• Ensure that CVA activities are compliant with Save the Children’s Cash Transfer Programming SOP for Afghanistan, and train staff to follow the same
• Maintain efficient and effective operating systems that are compliant with all Save the Children policies and procedures, including safety and security management and child safeguarding
• Lead the preparation, review and regular revision of the detailed implementation plan, risk mitigation plan and procurement plan, taking into account agreed milestones, log frame and budget
• Monitor project progress as well as quality through field visits and meetings with project staff across the country, including communities, partners, local and provincial government and other key stakeholders
• Lead on revisions of core implementation documents (milestones, logftrame, budget, DIP)
• Ensure that key risks are identified at the start of the project(s) and reviewed and mitigated throughout the project cycle
• Ensure that security reports are immediately reported to the Safety & Safety Team when known
• Present project progress through AIR meetings
• Work with MEAL staff to continually reflect on lessons and community feedback in ways that allow for betterment of the project
• Escalate issues to the Senior FSL Programme Manager, if required
• Ensure the effective and donor-compliant management of the project budget through close collaboration with partner focal points and the Finance department
• Prepare and implement monthly pipeline analyses and monthly spending targets
• Identify potential ariances of expenses verusus budget, and recommend appropriate adjustments at AIR meetings
• Justify spending variances </> 10% in quarterly donor reports
Reporting and Documentation
• Play a leading role in the finalisation of donor narrative and financial reports, the submission of budget revisions, and other other donor-required documentation
• Participate in consortium-level meetings and calls where required
Human Resource Management
• Ensure that all direct reports have updated job descriptions, work plans, objectives, development goals and clear lines of communication and reporting
• Fill all vacancies promptly
• Support the capacity building of staff in English report writing; budget utilisation; indicator tracking; and the preparation of detailed implementation plans
• Ensure that women and men within the team (and wider project) are treated equally, and that gender equity is promoted at all times
• Promote and push for the awareness and utilisation of Child Safeguarding reporting mechanisms
• Contribute to a positive and solution-oriented environment that is free from discrimination based on gender, age, beliefs, language, ethnicity and disability
• Uphold the Joint Operating Principles while operating in insecure and disputed areas
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
• holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
• holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
• sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
• widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
• future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
• builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
• values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
• approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
• develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
• willing to take disciplined risks.
• honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, economics, agriculture or a related subject
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
• Demonstrable experience of managing major donor contracts and grants in excess of $1mil
• 4 years of project management experience including financial management
• Ability and willingness to spend time in the field
• Strong skills in coordinating and collaborating with others in partnership
• Proven track record of solving complex problems through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
• Training, facilitation, briefing and presentation skills
• Demonstrated experience of building and leading a team of staff with different backgrounds and expertise
• Computer skills, i.e. Microsoft suite
• Fluency in Dari and/or Pashto
• Evidence of operational experience delivering cash and voucher assistance
• Knowledge of current trends, activities and best FSL programming practices in Afghanistan
• Positive relationships with MAIL, DAIL etc.
• Previous experience implementing USAID awards
• Prior awareness of the Joint Operating Principles
• Previous experience in NNGOs/INGOs, UN etc.
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
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