Project Manager Job Careers – Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation (ICCO)


Job Title: Project Manager
Organisation:
Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation (ICCO)
Duty Station:
Uganda
Ref No:
PM-CFP

About US:
ICCO Cooperation is
a faith-based non-governmental organization for development cooperation,
established in 1964. In 2012 we formed a cooperative. The founding members are
Edukans, the Protestant Church of the Netherlands and the association coPrisma


About Project:
The Connected Farmer Project offers the services of a digital platform to 1200 plus farmers in the West Nile area. It addresses the UNCDF’s main goals of “Leaving no-one behind in the digital era”, by especially focusing the program on females and youth employment and training in Farmer based Organisations, Cooperatives and as Digital Entrepreneurial Agents (DEA’s), also known as Digital Village Advisors (DVA’s). It will provide farming households in Northern Uganda with access to digital Agricultural services from farming inputs, loans, insurance, harvesting aggregation and storage, transport logistics and contracting with off-takers.

Job Summary:  The Project Manager is responsible for the
smooth running of the Connected Farmer Project team in West Nile, brings
specialist skills and knowledge relating to ICCO themes. The Project Manager is
overall responsible for project implementation, budget control,  project planning, developing a follow-up
phase, supporting operational activities, and establishing and enhancing
relations with the local consortium partners as well as representative of
donors and the Ugandan authorities within the specific project region, West
Nile, in  Uganda.

The project manager
will ensure that the Connected Farmer Project is delivered effectively and
efficiently in line with ICCO’s vision and mission and themes as well as the
project description as approved by the donor. He/she will be responsible for a
smooth project operation in line with ICCO MASP and regional/country
strategies, policies, and procedures. This function contributes to the efforts
of the program- finance and operational department of the ICCO Uganda Country
Office; to the quality and consistency in relationships with donors and
consortium members; to country office planning, managing funds and project
implementation.

The Project Manager
reports to the ICCO Uganda Country Manager. He/she liaises with the Finance and
Administration unit (FOAM appointed for Uganda), Regional HR, and the regional
and international specialists/advisors.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Project Direction
·       Keep up to date with the Political Economic
Social Technical situation of the project region as well as relevant
developments affecting the project environment and incorporate these
developments into effective project management and guidance.
·       Prepare and develop follow up phases and
progressive scaling of the project
Project implementation
·       Implement with our consortium partners the
subsequent project objectives:
·       Validate and train farmers  (including bulk upload of previously profiled
farmers)
·       Analyse performance of farmer organizations
and prepare strengthening strategies, specifically on business records,
payments management, and inventory management to improve operational efficiency
·       Enable market linkage and traceability
applications for the Farmer Organization’s agri-value chain management by
integrating its farmers, input suppliers and off-taking enterprises
·       Support 
Farmer Organizations  to manage
and support a Cohort of farmers to increase their crop yields and sales to
off-takers.
·       Link stock management and bundled access to
inputs (seeds, fertilizers, extension advice and insurance) to other Input and
logistic service providers via e-vouchers. Link credit services for farmers to
redeem against their inputs at the Farmer Organizations and Cooperatives.
·       Collaborate with donors and technical
partners that support the project and see to it that there is a common
understanding on project outputs/outcome.
Project Monitoring
·       Develop clear quarterly and annual work plans
and budgets
·       Check budget vs expenses vs output and impact
and workplans continuously and approve payment within mandates
·       Analyse the relation (check and balance)
between narrative and project financial report inform the country manager
immediately on cases of fraud and/or corruption or over – /  under spending more than the norm, affecting
the program results
·       Ensure that project reports are delivered on
time and are of good quality, according to ICCO standards
·       Build Capacity of project team / partners
where needed for improved quality outputs of programs.
·       Keep good relations with donors and submit
timely draft reports as required by ICCO and donors to the CM.
Representation/Networking/Fundraising
·       Establish contact with representatives of
consortium partners, UNCDF, INGOs and funding institutions based in the region;
participate and represent ICCO in networks where relevant
·       Represent ICCO at local government level:
maintain and strengthen contacts with the relevant ministries and local
authorities
·       Assist the Communications department with
information on project and campaign issues and visits of volunteers, press and
benefactors etc.
·       Assist in developing proposals at the request
of the CM;
·       Actively promote and brand ICCO initiatives
wherever appropriate and possible;
·       Capture results of the programs and program
data in PROMEVA.
Project Office Operation
Finance
·       Ensure that ICCO finance policies are being
implemented
·       Act as signatory to the project office bank
account
·       Initiate payments related to the operational
budget and ensure timely submission of quarterly/annual reports (signed off)
and budgets
·       To monitor in close collaboration with the
Regional Office the annual budget spending in relation to the approved annual
budget.
·       Assist in audits of project finances
Legal Affairs
·       Ensure that the project works within the
legal framework and abides by the rule and regulations of the country
(including but not limited to tax and statutory deductions).
Human Resource
·       Liaise with Regional HR and keep policies
(manuals) up to date and in line with the country laws and regulations
·       Conduct Performance appraisals of staffs
under his/her responsibility in line with ICCO’s policy
·       From own practice formulate advice for
improvement of performance of the project team and organizational improvement
(on quality management and knowledge management).
·       Ensure staff and visitors safety and keep CM
informed about safety and security  as
per the country safety manuals
·       Create a conducive working environment and
keep staff up to date on the organizational developments
·       Perform other duties as relevant for the
country office (e.g. give input to policies, provide strategic advice on
programmes, provide feedback on annual plans or reports, contribute to
fundraising efforts etc.)
·       Manage local project related security matters
and advise on updating the security plans





Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       Master’s degree in development studies or
related field.
·       Extensive (5- 7 years) experience in project
management with International NGOs and knowledge of private sector development
in African context;
·       Proven track record of effective
project/program management
·       Specialist skills and knowledge relating to
organisation development and preferably digital services to the farming
community
·       Experience in working and coordinating with
international and national partners, private sector, government and donor
agencies.
·       Excellent project planning, organizational,
interpersonal and communication skills.
·       Demonstrated ability to communicate, take
direction, assume leadership and make rational decisions while working remotely
from country leadership.
·       High motivation, initiative and adaptability
in a challenging working environment.
·       Strong skills in managing a team with
different cultural backgrounds, abilities and technical knowledge
·       Entrepreneurial and commercial thinking
·       Ability to work independently under pressure
and proactive work style
·       Affinity with the protestant character of
ICCO Cooperation: adhere to ICCO values and principles

How to apply:
All Interested and
qualified candidates should apply online at the link below


The ICCO regional
office HR manual and regional office terms of employment is applicable
regarding the terms of employment. 
Travel within the
country as and when needed

Deadline: Friday 15th June 2020 by 5:00 pm

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