Yemen Conflict Sensitivity – Project Manager
Search For Common Ground
The Project Manager will be responsible for a new project in Yemen titled “The Yemen Conflict Sensitivity Platform” implemented in Aden, Sana’a (Yemen) and Amman (Jordan) and funded by the Government of the United Kingdom; the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF).
The activities include the oversight of all platform activities and management of key staff in both Amman and offices in Yemen. The position will also entail the oversight of the consistent monitoring of conflict dynamics, establishment and running of technical-level forums for collective planning, establishment of Conflict Sensitivity Resource Centers (online and in-person), ongoing support for institutional capacity development on conflict sensitivity, and organising the training modules and mentoring for relevant agencies/assistance stakeholders.
Not a typical Project Manager position, this project requires strong knowledge of conflict sensitivity practices (either internationally or, preferably, Yemen-specific), deep understanding of the evolving context in Yemen, strong ability to manage a team of high-level experts, and a strong track record in either the humanitarian development, or peacebuilding sector.
Based in Amman, Jordan, the Project Manager will report to the Yemen Country Director. S/He will manage the project’s team and will be responsible for the timely implementation of project’s activities, building an action team of partners and staff and measuring the impact of the results of the project.
The programme aims to promote peace and stability in Yemen through enhancing conflict sensitive approaches and practices for actors planning and delivering assistance. This will be achieved through ensuring that (i) actors (humanitarian, peacebuilding, stabilisation, recovery and development) providing assistance into Yemen agree on collective actions to ensure the conflict sensitivity of their programmes; (ii) sufficient capacity exists for actors to deliver assistance in a conflict sensitive manner; and (iii) national and organisational policies and overall engagement strategies are better placed to support peace and stability in Yemen.
Project Team Management:
- Establish and train an effective project team to implement the project’s activities, while benefiting from Search’s core team technical and administrative support.
- Transfer project narrative and contractual documentation into a comprehensive work plan and M&E Plan outlining main and sub activities and effectively delegate and manage tasks and coordinate with staff and partners.
- Works closely with the project coordinators and officers across different elements of the work (policy, advocacy, external communication, training, field work, research and data gathering) and develops an implementation matrix taking into consideration the specialities of each location and team member.
- Works with the Country Director to build appropriate strategy for the rollout of the project.
- Maintains regular written and oral reporting to the Country Director on key country, project, security and staff issues.
- Develops regular and quarterly reports detailing progress in line with funder and Search guidelines and requirements in coordination with the MENA Regional Team.
- Follows up and documents success stories and lessons learned and share them with country management and the MENA Regional Team on a regular basis.
- Oversees general project administrative and HR affairs in line with Search Yemen guidelines and in coordination with Search Administrative and Financial Manager.
- Establishes and manages an operational team to supervise project’s activities implementation in the target area in compliance with local laws and organisational policies and procedures, including the management and evaluation of a diverse staff.
- Ensures the implementation of project on-time and within budget.
- Ensures compliance with Search Operations Manual policies and procedures.
- Establishes and manages partnerships at the regional, national, and governorate level.
- Establishes good working relations with relevant stakeholders for the effective implementation of the project including government offices at the regional, national, and governorate level.
- Develops and maintains proactive, positive, and professional relationships with partner organisations, other NGOS, donors, clients, and key government officials, local authorities, CSOs, working on relevant issues to the project.
- Supports the development of policy recommendations and conducting advocacy with regards to conflict sensitivity.
- Maintains responsible media coverage of activities and achievements in coordination with the Policy and Advocacy, and Communications and Liaison Officer.
- Advances key identified areas of research alongside the Research Assistant and Knowledge Management Coordinator and supports in information gathering, analysis, and dissemination.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
- A postgraduate degree or equivalent certificate/diploma or similar qualification from a recognised establishment or equivalent experiences.
- At least 5-6 years’ professional experience in a comparable position within the humanitarian, development, or peacebuilding sector.
- Expertise or at least 2 years’ experience in conflict sensitivity programming in the context of Yemen.
- Extensive knowledge and deep understanding of the evolving Yemeni political and societal context and previous experience working in-country or on Yemen.
- Excellent understanding of the breadth of actors currently engaged in Yemen (humanitarian, peacebuilding, stabilisation, recovery and development) and their activities.
- Strong project management skills covering different aspects such as activity planning and implementation, financial management, and partners’ coordination.
- Excellent spoken and written English and Arabic language skills.
- Strong capacity-building experience with some training experiences.
- Excellent reporting skills and ability to capture results.
- Previous work with local CSOs, NGOs, and local government structures is highly desirable.
- Strong finance management skills with knowledge of U.K. Government funding is highly desirable.
- Knowledge and experience in conflict transformation and peacebuilding is highly desirable.
- Ability to build and maintain professional working relationships at all levels, both internally and externally.
- Ability to work through stringent deadlines with acute attention to detail.
- Maintains focus on priorities.
- Self-starter with the ability to manage time effectively.
- Demonstrates excellence in both oral and written communications.
- Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed.
- Willingness and ability to travel within the region, including in/to Yemen.
How To Apply
This position will close on November 11th , 2019.
To apply, interested candidates should send the following items to our employment portal here:
- current resume
- cover letter
Type: Full Time
Application Deadline: 11/11/2019