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Humanitarian and Livelihoods Project Director

Juba (South Sudan)

Title: Humanitarian and Livelihoods Project Director

Location: Juba, South Sudan

Salary: Competitive international salary

Application Deadline*: 26/02/2016

Contract period:** Indicative start date of 1st April 2016 (but if funding is secured, a start date of no later than 1st May). The project will be for a maximum of 48 months.

Background and Job Summary

The overarching goal of the programme is to enable target populations in South Sudan to transition from emergency relief to recovery, whilst strengthening their resilience, reducing the use of negative coping strategies and enabling households to develop proactive and sustainable plans for the future.

The Project Director will be responsible for managing and facilitating the work of the Consortium between GOAL, Mercy Corps and a local partner at the national level and ensuring an integrated approach in project implementation among Consortium partners in the achievement of project objectives. Key project activities includes cash transfers, developing local level emergency response and preparedness mechanisms, as well as, income generation and livelihood strengthening activities.

Main Areas of Responsibility

Overall management and coordination

  • Responsible for the overall delivery on the objectives of the grant, including management of the Consortium activities and Programme Management Unit (PMU) team;
  • Ensure effective mechanisms for information sharing and cooperation among Consortium partners are in place e.g. through organizing and chairing regular meetings of the PMU, which includes Project Managers responsible for two areas of implementation
  • Support effective mechanisms for information sharing and cooperation among Consortium partners at the level of implementation areas

Monitor and steer program activities

  • Monitor overall program implementation and propose adaptations needed to achieve objectives, improve integration of approaches among Consortium partners, or to improve coordination with external stakeholders,
  • Oversee Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Research, Information Management, and technical support in Gender /Protection, and Disability to ensure high program quality and coherence across project locations.

Compliance and reporting

  • Develop and support an excellent working relationship between partner agencies and with GOAL HQ, based on effective and timely communication;
  • Oversee grant agreements with donors and sub-grant agreements with Consortium partners;
  • Oversee joint planning and reporting by Consortium partners, including establishing joint planning and reporting tools and mechanisms, in close cooperation with PMU and relevant staff of Consortium partners;
  • Ensure adherence to internal policies and regulations of all Consortium partners.

Financial management, reporting, and oversight

  • Responsible for the management of the overall project budget;
  • Initiate financial request to donors and oversee financial transfers to Consortium partners in accordance with approved budgets, in close cooperation with Contracts, Compliance and Finance teams;
  • Ensure adherence of Consortium partners to approved budgets, regularly collect and report to PMU on overall burn rates, and prepare proposals about needed budget reallocations between Consortium partners;
  • Ensure abidance of Consortium partners’ and donor financial and procurement procedures with maximum cost effectiveness;
  • Mitigate financial risks through appropriate management of funds and supervise accounting activities.

Representation and advocacy

  • Responsible for all external representation of the Consortium;
  • Represent the Consortium at a senior level with donors and other key stakeholders and provide them with information about project objectives, risks, constraints and progress;
  • Ensure learning from project is documented and disseminated among relevant stakeholders.

Person Specification:

  • Post-graduate degree in social/political sciences, arts or in a humanitarian assistance related field.
  • Substantial project management experience (planning, monitoring, evaluation) in humanitarian context, including in a leading position, and ideally with experience of large-scale emergency preparedness and response, livelihoods and food security projects
  • Experience in organizational representation, coordination and liaison.
  • Experience in narrative and financial reporting on complex projects to international donors.
  • Experience in implementing projects within partner networks or consortia; experience in managing such networks / consortia a strong advantage.
  • Networking, influencing, and representation skills and ability to develop effective relationships with a range of actors.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent conceptual, planning, organizational, and leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and problem-solving capacities.
  • Ability to manage stress, multi-task and take decisions.
  • Strong computer literacyHua

***Any published closing dates are estimated** Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

**Please note:** Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project funding. This is a consortium project led by GOAL and if successful, will be a multi-million pound grant.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: GOAL
  • Location: Juba (South Sudan)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Nutrition
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-26

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