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The Program Manager reports to the Director of Programs to coordinate all joint R4/WFP and Heifer Zambia projects in the province and the overall responsibilities for the project’s implementation management. (S)he will assist the Director of Programs in the development and implementation of the project’s operational plan and budget and provide leadership and direction to the processes of effective and efficient long, medium, and short-term planning, project delivery, and resource (human, material, time, and finance) management.
ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS
Alertness; Availability; Boldness; Cautiousness; Creativity; Decisiveness; Dependability; Determination; Diligence; Enthusiasm; Flexibility; Resourcefulness; Self-Control; Openness to learning.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DELIVERABLES
Program Management and Coordination (35%)
- Lead in the preparation of well-designed annual work plans and budgets, alongside project reports compatible with the priorities and orientations of Heifer Zambia Country Program and those of the donor - WFP.
- Develop effective Project Management Plans (Communication, Risks, Procurement, Stakeholder).
- Coordinate, collaborate and communicate with Director of Programs and other Key stakeholders regularly.
- Coordinate the effective and efficient management of:
* Project scope
* Project schedule
* Project budget
* Project risks
- Well-managed project scope, schedule, and budget.
- High-quality and timely project services and products delivered.
- High-quality and timely reports written and submitted.
- Deliverables and services aligned with donor requirements.
- Established and strengthened collaboration with relevant Government Ministries, donor, and other relevant stakeholders.
Capacity Building, Skills and Program Development (15%)
- Identify staff skill gaps and develop a capacity building plan.
- Sensitize and train farmers, staff and other key stakeholders on:
- Shared and personal leadership
- Conflict management
- Effective communication
- Reporting (financial and narrative)
- Climate Smart Agriculture
- Skilled farmers, staff and other project stakeholders.
- Adequate, timely and good quality resources (material, human & finance) available for project delivery.
- Well-equipped offices and staff.
Management of Human Resources and Personnel Development (20%)
- Provide leadership and technical support to the staff at the Provincial office.
- Coach and mentor project staff.
- Create a conducive work environment for staff.
- Organize periodic team building sessions and motivate staff.
- Create awareness and ensure staff compliance with existing policies and procedures.
- Documented staff performance reviews with requisite recommendations to the Director of Programs for decision-making.
- Established deeper insights on project staff requirements and compliance with global HPI practices and policies shared with the Director of Programs for quick decision-making.
- An established enabling work environment.
Financial Management and Budget Control (10%)
- Supervise and monitor project expenditure within the provisional project budgets.
- Monitor the project budget as committed by the donor.
- Re-enforce compliance to stated accounting practices, policies, and procedures including procurements.
- Monitor budget variance with respect to schedules and deliverables.
- Well-formulated Activity-based budgets.
- High-quality and timely financial reports submitted to HQ and donor.
- Clean IRAPs and annual project audits.
- Re-enforced compliance with financial processes, procedures, practices and policies.
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Documentation (15%)
- With the support of MELs Manager develop an appropriate system of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning.
- Periodically monitor project progress against set milestones using Key Performance Indicators
- Identify risks and manage them timely.
- Identify and escalate issues.
- A developed and functional MEL system in place.
- Documented milestones from the process and results monitoring carried-out on a monthly and quarterly basis respectively.
- Narrative reports on project results and impact are tracked, analyzed, documented and shared every semester.
- A documented baseline, mid-term and End line evaluation reports for the project.
- Project closed, and all resources disposed of/transitioned
May perform other job-related duties as assigned (5%)
- Set expectations met as assigned by the supervisor.
Bachelor’s degree in the fields of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Resource Development, Rural Development Administration, and Development Studies plus at least Seven (7) years of job-related experience.
- Master’s Degree in the fields of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Resource Development, Rural Development Administration or another related field, and Development Studies and a minimum of five (5) years relevant experience.
- Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in rural development in Zambia or a Minimum of three (3) years management level work experience
Most Critical Proficiencies
- Knowledge of income and expense budget preparation and monitoring.
- Proven team leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff, including field staff in several locations.
- Experience with the NGO/PVO approach, and knowledge of global sustainable development essential;
- Skilled with computers as a tool for word processing, database, e-mail, spreadsheets, and organizing.
- Licensed driver
Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands
- Demonstrated ability to communicate with persons in farm, church, and administrative settings.
- Demonstrated ability to use participatory management skills with junior and senior country office and field staff.
- Proven interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to relate to individuals and groups diplomatically and tactfully.
- Demonstrated ability to work with advisory and governing boards.
- Demonstrated written and oral fluency in English.
- Willingness to travel extensively.
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