Project Manager – SDG WASH Project Non-profit Careers – Plan International

Job Title:      Project Manager – SDG WASH

Organization: Plan

Duty Station: Kampala,

Reports to: National
Programme Manager – WASH

About US:

Plan International
was founded over 75 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest children’s
development organizations (non-profit / INGOs) in the world. We work in 50
developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights
and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan’s vision is of a world in
which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect
people’s rights and dignity. Plan is independent, with no religious, political
or governmental affiliations.

About Project:

The project aims to
contribute to achieving access to and use of safe and affordable drinking water
for 110,000 people and contribute to achieving access to and use of adequate
and equitable sanitation and hygiene for 133,424 people. The project will be
implemented in Kamuli, Buyende, Tororo & Nebbi districts. It will
specifically target households that have no sanitation facility at all. Girls
are targeted through working on school sanitation, using among others the
School Led Total Sanitation approach, including menstrual hygiene management

Job Summary:  The Project Manager- Sustainable Development
Goals- WASH Project has the overall responsibility for the successful
initiation and set up, planning and design, implementation, monitoring,
controlling and closure and transition of the Sustainable development Goals
WASH project. The PM delivers the project results in the context of time,
budget, quality, scope, risk and in accordance with Plan International’s values
and behaviours, including gender transformatory outcomes.

The PM is overall
accountable for the delivery of the project. He will supervise the project
team, direct project planning, monitoring and review. He/she is accountable for
project cost management making sure project financial resources are well
managed and that we achieve value for money. He is responsibility for
coordinating project parts building into high quality results and on time.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Project set up and
project planning

  • Define the scope of the project in collaboration with senior
  • Develop a comprehensive and detailed implementation plan which
    identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete
    the project.
  • Determine the resources (time, money, equipment, etc) required to
    complete the project
  • Develop a schedule for project completion that effectively allocates
    the resources to the activities.
  • Review the project schedule with senior management and all other
    staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise the schedule
    as required.
  • Define/review the project governance structure.
  • Launch of the project and define key communication mechanisms with
    the different stakeholders.
  • Determine the objectives and measures upon which the project will be
    evaluated at its completion

Staff Management

  • In consultation with the National Programme Manager (NPM), recruit,
    interview and select staff and/or volunteers with appropriate skills for
    the project activities.
  • Manage project staff and/or volunteers according to the established
    policies and practices of the organization.
  • Ensure that all project personnel receive an appropriate orientation
    to the organisation and the project.
  • Initiate and manage the process of contracting qualified consultants
    to work on the project as appropriate.


  • Execute the project according to the project plan.
  • Liaise with the MER team to develop forms and records to document
    project activities.
  • Set up files to ensure that all project information is appropriately
    documented and secured.
  • Monitor the progress of the project and make adjustments as
    necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project.
  • Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders including
    appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of the project,
  • Review the quality of the work completed with the project team on a
    regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards.
  • Ensure that the Programme Quality Policy and Procedures are followed
    in his/her project.
  • Ensure gender equality related action plans are planned, implemented
    with clear gender transformatory outcomes.


  • Manage the partners implementing the project activities following
    the Partnership Framework and Guidelines.
  • Ensure proper capacity assessment of all partners.
  • Ensure all legal documentation is in place before bringing partners
    on board.
  • Support their capacity building process and manage relationship
  • Ensure that the partners follow all the requirements stipulated by
    the donor.

Project Monitoring
and Evaluation and Control

  • Measure the project progress and identify appropriate corrective
    action in situation where the project’s performance deviates significantly
    from the plan.
  • Write high quality reports to donors following the donor compliance
  • Follow the communication protocols with donors and the Resource
    Mobilization team and provide information as outlined in funding
  • Monitor all budgeted project expenditures and cash flow projections
    and report actual cash flow and variance to senior management on a regular
  • Manage all project funds according to established accounting
    policies and procedures, ensuring value for money and strong
  • Ensure that all financial records for the project are up to date.
  • With support from Finance Department, prepare financial reports and
    supporting documentation for funders as outlined in funding agreements.
    Ensure consistency between narrative and financial reports.
  • Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and
    at the required level of quality.
  • Evaluate the outcomes of the project as established during the
    planning phase.
  • Optimize the use of the SAP system to manage project outputs,
    budget, and expenditure and project closure.
  • Manage project risks, ensuring they are effectively tracked and
    reported. Manage audit process and follow up audit action list.

Influencing and Visibility

  • Represent Plan International at district and national level to
    implement the advocacy activities as stated in the project.
  • Support with technical documentation of evidences from the project
    and write stories of change when required.
  • Ensure close technical and operational collaboration and
    coordination with Government Agencies &  WASH Net works
  • Ensures that the project is fully aligned with the Advocacy Strategy
    and the SDG influencing plan.

End of Project
Transition and Project Integration

  • Implement all the transition activities to ensure proper closure of
    the project (lessons learned, financial and contractual closure
    activities, etc.)
  • Promote full integration of the project with other initiatives
    implemented in the same location in close coordination with the Programme
    Unit Manager.
  • Participate and provide valuable input into the technical network
  • Support the Resource Mobilization Unit and the National Programme
    Manager in developing proposals that may facilitate the continuity of the

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the Plan International Project Manager – SDG WASH
    Project job vacancy must hold a Master’s degree (preferred) in
    Engineering, Social Sciences, Public Health, Environment or its
    equivalent, with professional training on WASH programming.
  • Five years of managerial or technical advisory experience in the
    design, implementation and evaluation of WASH programmes, including donor
  • Knowledge of environment and current effective practices of WASH in
    Uganda, including existing networks, CSOs and government stakeholders
  • Excellent project management and team leadership skills
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in report writing, donor
    compliance and budget management.
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned
    directly linked to grant implementation, promote knowledge management,
    document best practices and lessons learned from project implementation,
    and facilitate dissemination in appropriate format to relevant
  • Extended experience in implementing project through partners, with
    skills in capacity building and civil society strengthening.
  • Influencing and skills in working with advocacy networks at national
    and district level.
  • Knowledge and dynamic in working with vulnerable young girls and
  • Promotes high performance among project staff and provides vision
    and direction.
  • Establishes effective partnerships with external organizations.
  • Coaches project staff and leads others.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal
    skills, with ability to work with people from diverse cultures
  • Proven computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft software including
    MS Word processing, Power point presentation, Excel spreadsheets, e-mail
    and web based research.
  • Experience of gender mainstreaming gender equality and inclusion in


  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear,
    thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication
    tools and techniques. Strong verbal communication skills, including
    networking, negotiating ability and influencing others.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve
    operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the
    best interest of the organization.
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance,
    urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the
    best interests of the organization.
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress
    towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set
    goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather
    and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make
    recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people
    from diverse cultures, ability to lead and motivate people to work in
  • Good understanding and ability to use participatory approaches for
    involvement of stakeholders and creating program ownership.
  • Excellent skills of working with children, facilitating child
    participation and gender equality.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified candidates should apply online at the link below.


Deadline: 17th May 2019

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