Humanitarian Project Director
Potential Staffing Limited
Nairobi, Kenya
3d ago
source : BrighterMonday

Job Summary

The Program Director will responsible for the overall technical and administrative management and implementation of the project in Kenya and will be the senior in-country project representative with overall responsibility for supervising project staff, and managing relations with partners and sub-contractors, both international and local, and achieving the set results.

The Program Director will take a leadership role to coordinate program activities among a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries.

  • Minimum Qualification : Bachelor
  • Experience Level : Management level
  • Experience Length : 5 years

  • Our Client is seeking a Project Director who will be responsible for direct oversight of the project, ensure compliance, managing sub-grants and providing capacity building to local partners;
  • overseeing the overall humanitarian trainings, program implementation including trainings, mentorship programs and production stipends to community correspondents in the above-mentioned sites.

  • The Project Director will provide strategic guidance and leadership for the program; coordinate technical, legal and professional capacity building assistance and ensure proper oversight of personnel, financial management and administration;
  • manage and give technical assistance to the Sub-grants under this project.

  • The Project Director will also be responsible for establishing strong partnerships and dialogue with Humanitarian Organization.

  • Provide general oversight of the program, including strategic program management, budget management, fiscal integrity, quality and timing of deliverables, and coordination with partners.
  • Manage and give technical assistance to the Sub-grants under this project; ensuring quality content, approving reports and payments.
  • Design and lead technical activities, including media assessments, humanitarian journalism training and mentoring curriculums;
  • overseeing and leading content production for humanitarian radio programs.

  • Capacity building of local community correspondents on information gathering techniques, humanitarian communication, including behavior change communications, script writing, and technical aspects of mixing program content.
  • Reinforcing and expanding two-way communication channels and systems between Humanitarian agencies, and local community groups and individuals.
  • Exploring new ways of engaging with communities and channeling their feedback to humanitarian service providers.
  • Managing and driving research activities (including surveys, focus group discussions etc.) to learn and build the program.
  • Overseeing and building preparedness and security measures for staff living and working in the site.
  • Managing the project administration, HR, contracts and finance. Manage staff and consultants that provide technical assistance to local communities, community correspondents and partners.
  • Exploring new ways of engaging with communities and channeling their feedback to humanitarian service providers.
  • Communicate challenges facing the project and articulate the project’s successes in meeting those challenges.
  • Responsible for the quality, cost, and timeliness of performance of all work performed under the funding contract.
  • Responsible for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Project.
  • Prepare Quarterly and Project reports.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Core Values.

    At least 5 years of professional experience as a Project Manager for a humanitarian organization, with strong Sub-grant management skills.

  • Experience working for humanitarian projects
  • A successful track record in supervising, designing, managing, and implementing technical assistance for donor-funded media projects and proven ability to develop and monitor work plans, training plans, and procurement plans.
  • Strong knowledge of media development and humanitarian media.
  • Experience in Communicating with Communities (CwC) and Accountability to Affected People (AAP) frameworks a plus.
  • Fluency in English and / or Swahili; knowledge of Somali and / or a South Sudanese language a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a national staff and an international team of consultants.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, necessary to maintain good relations with relevant stakeholders.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • USAID or UN or any Other NGO experience is preferred.
  • In Kenya, our client is using multiple strategies to boost sustainable health financing and strengthen health systems management in Kenya and throughout the East Africa region.

    These include generating new evidence to inform decision making, catalyzing national dialogue, building country-level capacity, developing new policies and guidelines, and mobilizing domestic resources for HIV and family planning.


    Project Management and Technical Leadership

  • Leads and oversees Kenya program working closely with Management team to ensure project compliance with client requirements, donor rules and regulations
  • Serves as representative for the project in-country, providing both technical leadership and management strategy for project implementation, ensuring activities are performed to a high professional standard, and all technical objectives are met.
  • As the primary liaison to the client, builds productive working relationships through open communication with all project stakeholders including the client, field team, home office team, government counterparts, grantees, subcontractors, and other client implementing partners;
  • Confers with management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and ensures both efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements;
  • Works in partnership with the Country Activity Manager and Project Manager, engaging in frequent, routine communication so that the home office is aware of both progress and potential challenges, and solicits assistance and input as needed to ensure that performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements;
  • Oversees creation and implementation of work plan, project monitoring and evaluation activities, including regular monitoring and reporting against selected indicators;
  • Oversees preparation of reports and other technical deliverables, including quarterly and annual reports, coordinating with the Washington DC team for properly reviewed financial data and technical inputs;
  • Risk Management

  • Identifies, monitors and actively manages, mitigates, and resolves risks to project implementation;
  • Works to anticipate changes in security or political environment that will affect project activities and propose adjustments that will still allow the project to achieve its objectives on time and on budget
  • Administration

  • Provides oversight of recruitment, onboarding, and management of all in-country staff, and assures implementation of Palladium’s performance excellence model;
  • Directly supervises one or more component leaders and / or senior technical and operations staff;
  • Mentors and evaluates staff, communicating clear performance goals and standards, offering regular performance feedback and prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in competency areas;
  • Ensures required personnel policies are in place and followed, including annual performance reviews and compliance with required corporate training for all local Kenya.
  • Ensures the appropriate implementation of accounting, personnel, IT, and operating procedures are consistent with client policies as well as tailored to meet local needs
  • Responsible for overall financial and administrative management in the field including overall spending, budget management, and compliance with Policies.
  • Required Qualifications :

    Master's degree or higher in economics, public health, public policy, health systems, business administration, social sciences, or similar degree program is preferred but not required.

  • 5+ years of experience in technical assistance at the national level, health financing, governance, health policy, using data for decision making, capacity development of public sector, sustainability, planning, and / or leadership.
  • Experience establishing and strengthening productive and collaborative relationships with government counterparts, local organizations, the private sector, and other donor organizations.
  • Experience developing and applying systems management and monitoring tools and conducting assessments and analyses.
  • Experience implementing programs and providing technical assistance at the national and county levels in Kenya or other countries in east Africa.
  • Proven experience conducting training events, workshops, and building the capacity of counterparts to strengthen financing, planning, and / or governance at the national and subnational levels.
  • Experience working on USAID-funded projects and knowledge of USAID or UN contract management, policies, procedures, regulations and reporting requirements.
  • Proven experience providing mentorship and leadership to teams.
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in disseminating work through conference presentations, publications, and journal articles.
  • Ability to foster successful partnership approaches and relationships among a variety of organizations / institutions.
  • Successful track record in delivery of complex programs.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships in complex and demanding situations.
  • Unwavering dedication to ethics and compliance with Palladium’s code of conduct and ethics.
  • Works with respect and dignity for all colleagues and promotes a cooperative team working environment
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate has been selected

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