02 May 2017

Project Manager, Protection/Legal Aid Project NGO Careers - War Child Canada

Organization: War Child Canada
Reports to: Program Manager/Head of Programs
Duty Station: Uganda

About US:
War Child Canada is an internationally recognized charity organization registered in Toronto, Canada that works with war-affected communities to help children reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice. War Child Canada takes an active role in raising public awareness around the impact of war on communities and the shared responsibility to act. When war itself ends, the consequences endure. A lack of employment opportunities, the absence of effective economic or social structures, an under-educated population and a culture of impunity around rights violations combine to create conditions that make a return to conflict all too possible. But by making a long-term investment to create an environment in which childhood can thrive, the cycle of violence can be broken.

Job Summary: The Project Manager is primarily responsible for the development, supervision and effective management of the WCC Legal Aid project titled “Increasing Protection for Refugees and Other Vulnerable Persons in Ugandan Settlements” implemented in Adjumani, Arua, Kiryandongo, Koboko and Kamwenge districts.  He/she will be responsible for effective implementation of the project in accordance with the project objectives, activities and targets, which includes developing and implementing detail implementation plan, monitoring and evaluation, preparing quality project narrative and financial reports, developing and managing partnerships, and managing and supervising the project teams.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Project Management and Delivery:
  • Work in liaison with the Program Manager/Head of Programs and the project team, develop and implement clear project implementation plans ensuring that the plan is aligned with the project design as well as WCC and donor compliance.
  • Responsible for effective management of the implementation of the project in line with the project proposal and implementation plans ensuring timely delivery of high quality results.
  • Responsible to ensure that all WCC project implementation policies, systems, procedures and standards as well as donor funding contractual requirements are fully understood by the project team, complied with and adhered to.
  • Oversee the process of networking, developing and managing strategic partnerships with government departments and non-governmental organizations for effective implementation of the project in accordance with the project proposal and plans.
  • Serve as the focal point and main contact person in WCC Uganda with regard to the project, including communication and liaising with other WCC staff and partners. 
  • Work in liaison with the Program Manager/Head of Programs, actively represent WCC in filed and national level external sector forums, networks, coordination meetings and events as required. 
Grant Management:
  • Responsible for Grant Management of the project in accordance with the approved project budget ensuring full compliance with WCC financial polies, systems and procedures as well as compliance with donor funding contractual requirements.
  • Develop, maintain and regularly review financial plans to deliver project objectives and plans, including preparing and implementing project spending plans and quarterly financial forecasts/projects.
  • Carry out monthly and quarterly budget variance reviews and in consultation with the Program Manager/Head of Programs and Finance and Administration Manager (FAM) develop and implement actions to address any potential challenges in a proactive manner.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL):
  • Working closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer, develop and implement robust MEAL framework, plan and system to measure, document and disseminate progress, results and organizational learning.
  • Work in close consultation with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer, oversee the planning and implementation of baseline survey, safety audit, mid-term and final project evaluations in accordance with the project proposal and donor funding agreement. 
  • Plan, organize and facilitate quarterly, annual, mid-term and end of project and budget review meetings and workshops, and prepare and submit to the Program Manager/Head of programs quality review reports.
  • In consultation with the project team and Program Manager/Head of Programs, lead the process of documentation and dissemination of learning and liaise with other WCC Uganda programs teams, WCC Headquarters and other WCC country programs, to share learning, best practices and successes of the project. 
  • Responsible for timely preparation and submission of WCC internal and donor project narrative and financial high quality reports (monthly, quarterly, annual, mid-term and end of project) to the Program Manager/Head of Programs, ensuring full compliance with WCC policy and donor funding contractual requirements.
  • Maintain up-to-date records, documentation and files of the project and partnership development and management, including project implementation plans, reports, MEAL, agreements, correspondences, and events.
Human Resource (HR) and Operations:
  • Responsible for performance-based management, supervision and capacity development of project staff, including identification of capacity building needs of project partners.
  • Working closely with the Logistics Assistant, ensure up-date-date recording and effective management, accountability and utilization all project goods, supplies and equipment.    
Other Duties:
  • Significantly contribute to the development, implementation and review of the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) and work closely and collaboratively to assist WCC Uganda in delivering its objectives.
  • Actively contribute to the development and implementation of change management initiatives, including, and where necessary, instigating structural reforms within the project.
  • Support the Logistics and Security Manager and Country Director (CD) in developing, implementing and reviewing country security management and emergency plans.
  • Deputize for the Program Manager/Head of Programs when necessary.
  • Undertake other appropriate level duties as assigned by the Program Manager/Head of Programs or the Country Director (CD) from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the War Child Canada Project Manager, Protection/Legal Aid Project employment opportunity should hold a first degree or equivalent qualification in Social Studies, International Development, Law or related discipline.
  • A minimum of five years of project management experience in a similar or related field/sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and monitor project budget.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of participatory approaches and current developments trends.
  • Ability to work in multi partner environments to insure sufficient rigor in M&E.
  • Good facilitation and coordination skills.
  • Previous experience of people management and development, including team building and team working.
  • Good organizational, planning and time management skills with attention to details.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, time, tight schedules and meeting deadlines.
  • Proven communication skills (both in written and spoken English).
  • Excellent record keeping and report writing skills.
  • Excellent networking, interpersonal and negotiating skills.
  • Demonstrated competence in conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Computer skills (word, excel, outlook, power point, internet).
  • Prior experience working at a global organization is an asset.
  • Strong belief in human rights and gender equality.
  • Previous experience or good understanding of Theory of Change based approaches is desired
  • Able to travel, at times at short notice, and spend time away from work base and home.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should submit hard copies of their curriculum vitae and an accompanying cover letter in a sealed envelope to:

Human Resources Manager,
War Child Canada (WCC),
Block 244, Plot 1006, Muyenga. Kampala. Uganda

NB: Please ensure your application envelop has the subject heading of “Application for Project Manager, WCC Uganda”

Deadline: 3rd May 2017 by 5:00pm

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