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Project Manager-Steer at Save the Children Nigeria

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Project Manager-STEER

Location: Kaduna
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party (with line relationship to Deputy Director of Operations)
Staff directly reporting to this post: None
Budget responsibility: None

Role Purpose

  • As a member of the STEER Team, The Project Manager, will be responsible for working closely with the STEER technical team to achieve the strategic objectives of the project – focusing primarily on project-related planning and implementation, timely and accurate reporting to the DCOP, providing technical support to staff and partners.
  • The Project Manager will work as part of the project management team led by the Chief of Party, maintaining relationships with all program staff and fostering linkages and mutual benefit where possible.
  • This position will also lead Save the Children operations in Kaduna, working closely with the Operations department at SCI Country Office. Thus, the individual will also serve as Office Manager in combination with his/her role as STEER Project Manager in Kaduna.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Lead in the operation of the Kaduna State Save the Children office including resource management (human, material and financial)
  • Provide strategic and technical leadership to the STEER project team as it relates planning, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation of the project.
  • Use appropriate project management tools to plan, review and track progress on project implementation as well as on the utilization of project resources.
  • With support from the MEAL department, support the development and implementation of strong MEAL systems using STEER tools and resources to maximize project impact on project participants.
  • Continuously support the professional development of his/her team by providing clear orientation, feedback and learning opportunities.
  • Maintain up to date documentation related to project approval, monitoring and implementation.
  • Prepare and submit required donor project narrative reports, quarterly performance indicator tracking tables, as well as other reports needed/required by donors, and SCI headquarters Abuja.
  • Prepare short success stories and briefs on innovation/best practices.
  • Support the regular mapping of STEER and other program activities in the state as well as regular updating as needed.
  • Represent Save the Children and STEER Project in coordination and cluster meetings.
  • Ensure that Save the Children and STEER maximize impact on communities through coordination with other actors providing complementary services.
  • Regularly communicate project progress, major issues and security incidents to the immediate supervisor and Security focal point, as appropriate.
  • Ensure proper grant management, review of partner work plans, budgets and liquidations in coordination with the Program/Award and Finance.
  • Coordinate with operations staff for purchasing and inventory control as per SCI/donor requirements.
  • In collaboration with the finance/Award teams, review and analyze budget comparison reports and take necessary steps to ensure proper management and utilization of budgets.
  • Ensure that all equipment and supplies in Field Office are maintained in a safe and secure manner.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by supervisor.

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
Accountability:

  • 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

Ambition:

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically

Collaboration:

  • 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

Creativity:

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks

Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

Skills & Experience
Essential:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Social Science, International relations, International Development or related field.
  • Five years’ demonstrated experience in managing, coordinating and supervising a team working with local community organizations, families and communities.
  • At least three years’ demonstrated experience in leading and managing an office with reasonable size of program, staff and financial resources
  • At least five years demonstrated skills in project design, implementation and reporting, preferably for USG-funded programs.
  • Demonstrated ability with project grants management, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, supervision and performance management, etc.
  • Ability to lead a multi-cultural team with a high level of respect for local culture.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and management and leadership skills.
  • Experience with capacity strengthening and partnership building.
  • Experience in vulnerability assessments, beneficiary registration, distributions, monitoring and evaluation in emergency situations preferred.
  • Experience in business development/proposal development, preferred.
  • Experience in working with grants funded by USAID.
  • Ability and willingness to work and live in diverse, challenging and potentially unstable environments.
  • Knowledge of at least three of the following areas: child protection, household economic strengthening, social protection, education, health and nutrition including HIV/AIDS care and support; social service systems strengthening, M&E; and quality improvemen

Desirable

  • Ability to work independently, but also coordinate effectively as part of a team.
  • Capacity to work closely with, understand, and support local partners.
  • Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals;
  • Able to manage relationships to achieve results;
  • Diplomacy, tact and negotiation skills;
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills in English and Hausa.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point).
  • Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Good knowledge of Orphans and Vulnerable Children work guidelines in Nigeria and experience working with Ministry of Women Affairs and other relevant entities.

Application Closing Date
8th November, 2017.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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