Project Manager – Rising Project Job Placement – Plan International

Organization: Plan
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: National
Programme Manager – Education
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.
Job Summary:   The Project Manager – Rising Project will
provide strategic leadership in the implementation of a 4 year project-
“RISING”: Reaching and Enrolling Out of School Children Including Refugee Boys
and Girls in Schools in Uganda, funded by Educate A Child (EAC). The project
will be implemented by Plan International Uganda and Stromme Foundation, with
the support of Plan International Canada. The project will cover nine districts
in three regions of the country, four districts of West Nile (Moyo, Yumbe,
Adjumani, and Arua) and five districts in the development program areas (Nebbi,
Lira, Alebtong, Kamuli, and Buyende).
 The Project Manager will be fully responsible
for timely, efficient, and gender-responsive implementation of all the project
activities including: 1) Strengthening district, school level, and community
structures to collaborate, network, and implement project activities aimed at
improving enrollment, attendance, re-entry and retention of children,
especially girls; 2) Improving quality of education delivery and learning
environments; and 3) strengthening gender awareness and accountability of
communities and school-based structures in targeted primary schools.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program delivery
  • Defines and updates clear project work plans for each
    district/location regularly to reflect a changing environment.
  • Understands the project management cycle and utilizes tools
    (including detailed implementation plans) effectively to implement and
    achieve project results, and comply with donor requirements, government,
    and partnership agreements.
  • Achieves project results, and monitors appropriate benchmarks,
    targets and performance indicators.
  • Coordinates technical inputs on Education, WASH, child protection in
    emergency and gender to support a high quality of implementation ensuring
    that programmatic strategies are of high quality, based on best practices
    and in line with donor standards.
  • Articulate changes in project activities (if any) clearly and
    produce clear documents justifying changes, analysis of change impact, and
    budget impact.
  • Systematically review risks and challenges to quality implementation
    and compliance and develop clear and timely mitigation strategies
    including resources required.
  • Develop and implement a clear plan to strengthen program and
    compliance quality in the project delivery.
  • Write well-documented, accurate, and quality narrative reports in
    line with donor reporting requirements.
  • Create an efficient knowledge management system/approach that helps
    learning, sharing, scaling up, and innovation.
  • Produce knowledge management documents in coordination with Plan
    Uganda’s and Plan Canada’s technical advisors, showcasing achievements as
    outlined in the project documents.
  • 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
  • Promote full integration of the project with other initiatives
    implemented in the same location in close coordination with the Programme
    Area Manager.
Communication and
Working Relationships
  • Builds strong relationships with Plan Uganda and Plan Canada staff
    and develop clear communication protocols on project management;
  • Engages and effectively represent Plan International in strategic
    partnerships with relevant NGOs (local and international), National and
    district local government entities /stakeholders as appropriate, to
    maximize use of our resources and emergency program impact and ensure
    alignment and strong partnerships so that co-funding requirements and
    targets are met;
  • Effectively networks with donors, and NGO’s involved in emergency
    project implementation;
  • Develops appropriate internal and external Working Relationships
    (and partnerships) to support quality project delivery and compliance.
Influencing, and Visibility
  • Represent Plan International at the district and national level to
    implement the advocacy activities as stated in the project.
  • Support with technical documentation of evidence from the project
    and write stories of change when required.
  • Ensure close technical and operational collaboration and
    coordination with Government Agencies & Education, Emergencies, Gender
    and WASH Networks
  • Ensure that the project is fully aligned with the Advocacy Strategy
    and the SDG influencing plan.
Management/Partner Leadership
  • In consultation with the National Programme Manager-Education
    (NPM-Educ), 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 roles, responsibilities and expectations are clearly
    communicated and understood by the full project team and consortium
    partner, Strømme Foundation, and tasks are appropriately delegated.
  • Ensure a collaborative and strong relationship is developed with
    Strømme Foundation, including structured regular meetings to share
    processes, lessons learnt and challenges.
  • Internal team and consortium planning meetings are organized
    regularly to provide direction and guidance.
  • Team members are mentored and coached to achieve their full
    potential and results of the project.
  • Staff performance reviews are conducted in line with Plan
    International Uganda’s Performance Management System.
Commitments Responsibilities
  • Design and support implementation of programmes that are aligned
    with the Sponsorship Commitments, ensuring that the interventions benefit
    Sponsored Children in Program Areas benefiting from sponsorship funding.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for Plan International Project Manager – Rising
    Project placement must hold a Master’s degree in an interdisciplinary area
    such as Education Management, Development Studies, International
    Development, Strategic Planning, Program Management, etc. or equivalent
  • At least 8-10 years of demonstrated experience in managing Primary
    Education programs in Emergency and Development contexts
  • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and
    ability to build and motivate multi-disciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively managing consortium
    projects with skills in effective partnership management
  • Previous financial management of projects with budgets of $10
    million or higher, and with multiple partners (including government and
    civil society).
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally in person and with
    remote teams
  • Strong understanding of gender responsive programming and meaningful
    child participation in programs
  • Conversant with national and decentralized education service
    delivery systems, structures, operations, and networks
  • Knowledge of effective participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and
    Research systems and processes
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates
  • Experienced in engaging with the international donor community and
    developing donor reports for grants
  • Experience with Educate A Child (EAC) is considered a strong asset
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work in a
    matrix environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including
    presentation and public speaking
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask while
    working on projects with varying activities, objectives, and deliverables
  • Good negotiation and influencing skills
  • Creates a strong sense of purpose within the portfolio and with
  • Sound judgment and decision-making in complex situations
  • Aware of the impact on others and adjusting own behavior accordingly
  • Frequent travel within Uganda
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates should apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 22nd November 2019
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