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Governance Project Manager

Tenenkou (Mali)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Tenenkou (Mali)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
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Requisition ID: req7226

Job Title: Governance Project Manager

Sector: Governance

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Tenenkou, Mali

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC opened the country program in Mali in 2012. Our programs span the range from humanitarian relief to early recovery activities, focusing on child protection, education, economic wellbeing, nutrition, health, water and sanitation. We work both in the north, central and south of Mali. Conflict and drought have displaced hundreds of thousands both within Mali and in neighboring countries. The security situation in the north remains fragile. Nevertheless the needs of IDPs and host communities affected by conflict are widespread and the issue of humanitarian access is a continuous process. The IRC works in the north of Mali to provide essential WASH, Education, and Health services at a critical time, child protection and Economic wellbeing programs in the most remote areas. The post is designed to contribute to enhance the capabilities and build the resources of populations to prevent and mitigate crises, manage change and enhance self-reliance and resilience.


Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator, the Governance Manager will be responsible for the planning, monitoring and financial management of an EU-funded Peacebuilding and Governance program, including activity implementation, risk analysis, grievance redress, donor reporting, creation of synergies with other development partners and IRC programs, sharing of lessons learnt and general communication activities for internal and external audiences. She or he will also be responsible for producing relevant program materials and tools and providing technical advice on conflict management, governance, and accountable health service delivery. This will involve working closely with local community groups, local governments, service providers, and program partners on these issues.  The position is moreover expected to contribute to the development of the IRC Governance portfolio in the long-run. It may be requested to provide technical support to other governance projects implemented by the IRC in Mali and to take the lead for the program development process related to the sector.

The Manager role will also include capacity building of national staff and partners engaged in the implementation of the project. In accordance with project focus on integrated programming, the Manager will work closely with in-country Coordinators covering other sectors such as Economic Recovery and Development, WASH, Health and Nutrition and M&E. This position supervises directly 3 staffs:  senior officer civil engineering, senior officer governance and economic recovery officer.


Technical Monitoring and Program Quality

  • Manage the overall project and closely monitor implementation to ensure all activities are delivered according to plans, and that when delays and problems occur remedial actions are identified and undertaken;
  • Develop the strategy and work plan for the implementation of the program in collaboration with Field Coordinator and Deputy Director for Programs, key local authorities, community representatives and other key stakeholders;
  • Collaborate to the development of a detailed M&E system and ensure regular follow-up on monitoring data relevant to IRC to feed into on-going review of project cycle and decision-making for programming;
  • Ensure that activities are implemented according to the work plan, ensuring a balance between the need for timely achievement of objectives and the importance of quality processes and methodological rigor;
  • Ensure overall planning, coordination and quality control of conflict analyses and regular use of these approaches to adjust program interventions to the context;
  • Monitor budget, develop accurate yearly and quarterly spending plans; estimate monthly cash forecasts based on detailed analysis of activity projections and previous expenditure patterns;
  • Ensure proper integration of gender and inclusion in all dimensions of the program;
  • Participate in external meetings and working groups, and ensure coordination with all partners and stakeholders;
  • Using a wide range of sources, continuously analyze the security, political and humanitarian context in Tenenkou Cercle;
  • Prepare and coordinate Grant Opening/Review/Closing meetings;
  • Provide overall supervision to ensure that the implementation of the project aligns with the project proposal and donor’s requirements;
  • Participate in and/or prepare necessary project-related reports and presentations
  • Organize and support, as needed, project trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings.

Strategic Planning

  • Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary;
  • Identify priorities for support from the IRC’s Technical Units (especially the Governance Technical Unit (TU), the Violence Prevention and Response TU, and the Health TU).
  • In collaboration with HQ-based Technical Coordinators and Senior Management Team - Mali, lead the overall development of an overall strategy for the project in line with IRC Mali Strategic Action Plan and IRC’s Outcomes and Evidence Framework;
  • Work in collaboration with the gender sector/focal point  to ensure that design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation take into account existing gender disparities

Coordination and Representation

  • As Governance focal point at country level, collaborate with other in-country technical coordinators, to ensure an integrated strategy to achieve the Power outcome as per the country’s Strategic Action Plan;

  • Participate in internal coordination and management meetings to promote effective and efficient information sharing, problem-solving and decision making;

  • Ensure all stakeholders and partners are provided with updated information on the project.

    Staff development

  • Develop and implement continuous staff capacity building plan to ensure quality programming;

  • Ensure respect for IRC HR policies during the recruitment process;

  • Provide timely and quality performance evaluations;

  • Promote the IRC Way with all supervisees.


  •  Masters level qualification in Social Sciences, International Development or related subject 
  •  A minimum of 3-5 years professional experience in leading/managing governance projects in humanitarian contexts/conflict-prone areas. 
  •  Experience in managing multi-sector projects would be an asset.
  • Excellent professional approach and proven ability to build staff capacity
  •  Prior experience and excellent understanding of working in emergency settings or insecure environments
  • Strong leadership, management, project planning, monitoring and evaluation, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills;
  •  Strong budget management and reporting skills;
  • An initiator of initiatives, able to plan, prioritize and manage multiple tasks under pressure and deliver tangible benefits to a team;
  •  Proven problem solving skills and results oriented attitude;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment and effective in representation and liaison;
  • Flexible work attitude – the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently;
  • Able to respond rapidly to changing environments and work under pressure;
  • Fluency in French and English preferred;
  • Experience of working in West Africa or Mali a plus;
  • Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel



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