Wednesday, 18 July 2012

CRWRC Regional Project Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya

CRWRC is recruiting a Regional Project Manager to assist and support in the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of disaster response interventions in East and Southern Africa. 
This is a one year renewable contract based in Nairobi, Kenya, with frequent travels to the various countries in the region. 
The incumbent will ensure that resources are used in an effective and efficient manner to positively impact communities impacted by humanitarian emergencies. 
In addition, the Regional Project Manager will build the capacity of partners and CRWRC staff through mentoring, coaching and training in areas of identified need (e.g. needs assessments, reporting formats, etc).

Position Title: Regional Project Manager
 
Department: Disaster Response Team - International Disaster Response
 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
 
Region Covered: East Africa and Southern Africa
 
Reports to: Disaster Response and Preparedness Manager, East and Southern Africa
 
Status: 100% FTE
 
Salary Level: tbd

Summary
 
The Regional Project Manager will assist and support in the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of disaster response interventions in East and Southern Africa. 
Working in close cooperation with the Disaster Response and Preparedness Manager, East and Southern Africa and with local partners and CRWRC country offices, the incumbent will ensure that resources are used in an effective and efficient manner to positively impact communities impacted by humanitarian emergencies. 
In addition, the Regional Project Manager will build the capacity of partners and CRWRC staff through mentoring, coaching and training in areas of identified need (e.g. needs assessments, reporting formats, etc). 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:


Program design and Implementation: 
  • Design, with the input of the implementing partner, appropriate and timely disaster response and rehabilitation projects and programmes, designing proposals which meet program criteria as specified by, but not limited to, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), Action by Churches Together (ACT) and in compliance with other minimum international disaster response standards to which CRWRC subscribes (ICRC, Sphere etc.).
  • Manage logistical and administrative processes of projects, ensuring that goods are received, including handling any complications that may occur.
  • Ensure effective communication between all stakeholders in disaster response projects at both the national and international level.
  • Manage a process that ensures timely and appropriate transfer of funds for programming, including the local purchases of resources or transport.
Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Ensure that all donor reporting requirements on program impact are met, and assist implementing agencies in setting up reporting and tracking systems to provide information in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Ensure that project monitoring and complete reporting takes place between all stakeholders.
  • Maintain records and data associated with all projects and prepare statistical reports for internal use and donor reporting.
  • Work with partners to design and review evaluation instruments e.g. questionnaires, interview guides, surveys, observational checklists, etc.
Capacity Building and Training
  • Research and develop tools, materials, templates and guidelines for enhancing disaster management within the region.
  • Assist in the implementation of annual disaster management training plans for the East Africa and Southern Africa Ministry Teams and their partners.  These trainings will cover the integration of disaster risk reduction within development strategies, disaster preparedness, need assessments, project design, implementation and evaluation.
Supervisory Responsibilities

This position will be responsible for supervising project managers and other relevant project staff, as appropriate, for the effective implementation and management of disaster response and rehabilitation projects in the region.

Qualifications

To perform this position successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  
The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required:

Personal Attributes:
  • A Christian with a compassionate heart for the poor and suffering
  • Strong and flexible team player with a collaborative approach to work and with demonstrated ability to adapt to changing needs and priorities
  • Disciplined, self-motivated work style; able to function competently and productively with little supervision
  • Ability to motivate, delegate, supervise and monitor staff and volunteers in multiple countries and contexts; including monitoring of workloads and work environments and taking action where needed
  • Professional, co-operative demeanour
  • Strong analytical thinker
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills with excellent attention to detail
Essential skills:
  • Excellent written communications skills with proven experience in writing reports for a variety of donors; technical grant writing experience is essential
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement appropriate disaster response programs
  • Experience leading evaluations, data collection and analysis in integrated/multifaceted projects
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Project Management and Results Based Management methodologies
  • Knowledge and proven experience adhering to humanitarian standards, SPHERE, HAP, People in Aid, etc.
  • Experience in capacity building of staff and/or partner agencies in all aspects of disaster response
  • Demonstrated competency in various computer applications, especially MS Word, Excel, Access
  • Oral competency in Swahili, French or Portuguese will be considered an asset
Education and/or Experience

To perform this position successfully, the individual should have the following education and experience:
  1. A Master’s of arts or science, with a specialty in either international disaster management, project management, business management, or agriculture preferred
  2. At least 5 years of work experience in project management or monitoring and evaluation
Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
  1. This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya but will travel approximately 50% of the time in, but not limited to, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
  2. It involves travel conditions with unreliable access to water and electricity and increased exposure to illness.
  3. The physical conditions in disaster areas are challenging and contact with disaster survivors is mentally challenging.
Interested candidates are requested to submit their application letter  enclosing a detailed current CV, current and expected remuneration package and at least 3 referees to crwrckenya@crwrc.net not later than COB 17th August 2012.
 
Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

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