OFDA WASH Manager

Lobaye, , CF

The Project Manager will provide overall leadership in the implementation of the Lobaye and Ombella M’Poko Emergency WASH Assistance (LOMEWA), Central African Republic (CAR). This position will provide leadership in entail planning, support and management of the project so that activities and outputs remain on track and the program contributes to its main goal of meeting life-saving Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and Non Food Items (NFI) needs of conflict affected populations in Lobaye and Ombella M’Poko prefecture in the Central African Republic. The project will partly be implemented by a local partner ICDI. Therefore, the responsibilities of the Project manager will also include the management of the relationship with the local partner as well as monitoring of implemented activities. The program includes WASH and NFI activities with a budget of $981,713.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Leadership:

  • Demonstrate World Vision’s core values, vision and mission in all aspects of the role.

  • Build a team of highly committed and competent staff, ensuring cooperation and coordination among relevant staff within the Project. Mentor, coach and provide opportunities for the professional growth of all the staff that directly report to this position.

  • Provide leadership and direction to the overall project as well as the local partner.

  • Create a learning environment in which staff regularly reflect, learn from mistakes and use lessons for personal growth and to revise work plans to improve ministry impact.

  • Ensure that staff and local partners understand and follow the World Vision (WV) child protection policy and that awareness-raising on child protection, response and incident reporting is occurring.

Project Management (Quality Implementation):

  • Coordinate with program, finance and administration staff to ensure operational systems are in place to support field activities.

  • Ensure that the program systems and staff are working to achieve the project goals and objectives and that the project is maintaining World Vision and donor accountability standards.

  • Ensuring appropriate structures, internal and external standards, staffing, resources and policies as well as all grant requirements are adhered to.

  • Ensure that day-to-day administrative support for the program is in place.

  • Ensure clear understanding of project assumptions by all partners to aim at effective and timely achievement of project goals, outcomes and outputs.

  • Ensure quality of implementation including appropriate structures, internal and external standards, staffing, resources and policies.

  • Supervise staff that report directly to this position. Conduct regular coaching and implement the Performance Development Management (PDM) system.

  • Ensure high standards of stewardship and accountability for all resources. Work with the Regional Finance Officers, Administration Officer and other departments to build a strong internal control environment, ensuring compliance with

  • WV financial policies and procedures and promoting a culture of transparency and accountability. Review and approve expenditures and contract according to assigned levels of authority.

  • Manage and monitor all funding commitments, spending against budget and financial reporting on the program.

  • Provide strategic direction and support to all staff under the position.

  • Manage and mitigate any risks within the Project that could have financial, Human Resources (HR) or Legal consequences or negatively impact ministry or World Vision reputation.

Capacity Building:

  • Develop the capacity the participating local authorities to plan, monitor and coordinate service delivery.

  • Identify capacity needs in the areas of humanitarian engagement for the participating local NGO and strengthen its institutional capacity to deliver similar interventions.

  • Undertake pro-active on the job training and staff development. Train and Mentor project staff on effective project planning and management methodologies.

Liaison and Networking:

  • Establish and maintain liaison with CAR counterparts and partner agents (including steps to build open and working relationship with partners who represent the CAR beneficiaries whom World Vision Central African Republic (WVCAR) is

  • serving).

  • Create an enabling environment for dialogue, information sharing, partnerships and, and cooperation between local communities, Government structures and local partners when delivering project interventions.

  • Represent World vision in the local coordination forums and liaise with Government officials and donors, UN-bodies and other partners wherever appropriate and required.

  • In conjunction with other stake holders, effectively advocate for changed standards, policies and legislations based on insights and demands from targeted communities.

  • Effectively represent WVCAR operations and mission when accompanying visitors, e.g. donor and/or Government representatives, journalists and other delegations to project sites.

Reporting:

  • Ensure accurate quality narrative and financial reports are submitted in a timely manner and according to donor requirements.

  • Work closely with Program Officer in ensuring that all reports meet donor requirements.

  • Reports directly to Operation Manager to remain accountable for the program’s success.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Track the performance of the project activities and outputs against expected results and adjust implementation processes to ensure the project is progressing towards the intended outcomes.

  • Analyse the impact of project and promote learning by documentation of best-practices. Use this information to support decision-making processes.

  • Track project progress, project expenditure against approved budgets, anticipate any deviations and recommend and take action on relevant and required adjustments. This includes all activities implemented by the local partner.

  • Track project risk in order to timely adjust and implement the existing contingency plan.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • WASH Engineer, Postgraduate in Humanitarian Studies, Food security, WASH, Public Health, social sciences, international affairs, Program management or related field. Master’s degree will be an advantage.

  • Relevant professional experience managing and implementing large projects in Africa (assessment, proposal development, report writing and evaluation, etc).

  • Demonstrated sufficient technical and professional aptitude in WASH and NFI.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the NGO sector, public sector planning in African countries.

  • 4-6 years of experience focused in the management of humanitarian programs involving rural communities to promote humanitarian response.

  • Experience in project management and programming knowledge in WASH and NFIs in complex emergencies.

  • Ability to work and live in high tension and high security risk situations and be able to adapt to rapidly changing contexts.

  • Knowledge of and adherence to the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct and capability of incorporating standards in design, implementation and evaluation of relevant projects.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environments, and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.

  • Excellent English and French communication skills (oral and written).

Preferred:

  • Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and detail-orientation.

  • Proven organizational skills and time management.

  • Excellent computer skills, familiarity with MS Word, Lotus Notes, MS Excel and Power Point would be an added advantage.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English and French.

  • Effective in establishing priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor activities, juggle competing demands and work to tight deadlines.

  • Demonstrated experience and success managing USAID/OFDA grants.

  • Proven experience in working through local partners.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Ability to travel within country, regional and internationally.

  • Able to work in a cross-cultural environment with a multi-national staff.

  • Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.

  • Perform other duties as required.

  • Work environment: Field-based (Boda) with frequent travel to National offices in Bangui and implementation areas.


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