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  • Posted: Jun 30, 2022
    Deadline: Jul 3, 2022
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  • The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome. Founded in November 1980 as a work of the Society of Jesus, JRS w...
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    Project Director

    JOB SUMMARY

    Under the supervision of the Country Director, and through delegation of her/his authority, the Project Director has the overall responsibility for the proper implementation and operational direction of JRS’ projects/programs in his/her geographical area of intervention. The Project Director also monitors the context to ensure programing is relevant and responsive to priority needs. In this capacity, the Project Director is also responsible for representing JRS publicly and externally at the field level for all programs under their supervision and for providing the direct link in communications between the Field Office Team and the Country Office team. The Project Director provides security management of his/her geographical area and ensures all safety and security measures, including contingency plans and standard operating procedures. The Project Director is responsible for the direction and coordination of projects at the local/field level, assumes direct responsibility and represents JRS Nigeria on the ground, in close collaboration with the Country Director and Head of Programs.

    The Project Director maintains regular contact with the Country Director for all aspects of stakeholder engagement, field office management, project implementation and personnel management.

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

    Role/Mission

    • Oversee all project activities and be the main contact point for the donor and the field staff.
    • Ensure project activities comply with the policies and regulations of the donor organization.
    • Responsible for overseeing the development and execution of project deliverables, lead project planning, budgeting, action plans and monitoring processes.
    • Responsible for submitting activity reports, meeting minutes and financial reports on regular basis to the Country Director and the donor.
    • Oversee the preparation and submission of annual activity-based project budgets as well as monthly and quarterly financial reports and of requesting for funding.
    • Lead and motivate the project team, monitor project activities, oversee project expenditure and coordinate work with consultants, field officers and volunteers in the project.
    • Ensures close collaboration and coordination with cooperating partners to guarantee smooth implementation of activities and achievement of results as specified in grant agreements.
    • Employs resourcefulness in project design, implementation and monitoring. Trouble shoots project problems. Identifies and implements creative solutions.
    • Designing and applying appropriate project management standards for incorporation.
    • Managing the production of the required deliverables while always maintaining a high quality of work.
    • Adopting any delegation and use of project assurance roles within agreed reporting structures
    • Preparing and maintaining project, stage and exception plans as required
    • Managing project risks, including the development of contingency plans.
    • Monitoring overall progress and use of resources, initiating corrective action where necessary.
    • Reporting through agreed lines on project progress by using highlight reports and end-stage assessments.
    • Liaison with appointed field representatives to assure the overall direction and integrity of the project and preparing any follow-on action recommendations.
    • Maintaining an awareness of potential interdependencies with other projects and their impact
    • Adopting and applying appropriate technical and quality strategies and standards.
    • Identifying and obtaining support and advice required for the management, planning and control of the project.
    • Managing project administration and conducting a project evaluation review to assess how well the project was managed.
    • Coordinating and accommodating donor visits in conjunction with the national office.

    REQUIRED PROFILE

    • Have a University Degree BA/B.Sc. or preferably a master’s degree (MA/M.Sc.) in the selected field of intervention (Project Management, Education Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Economics, etc.)

    EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

    • Have at least a minimum of five (5) years of progressively verifiable experience in the field of project management of which at least 3 should be in a supervisory role.
    • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of projects/ Programmes, development and/or humanitarian service.
    • Experience in Project Management techniques and processes.
    • Experience writing reports and conducting research.
    • Proven work experience in multicultural and stressful environments.
    • Demonstrate leadership skills, active listening skills, initiative and personal discipline, etc.
    • Good financial management and/or budget management experience.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information.
    • Have good computer skills and mastery of MS Office tools.
    • Good knowledge of institutional donor procedures and financial guidelines.
    • Knowledge of humanitarian actors.
    • Good management and pedagogical skills
    • Excellent communication and diplomacy skills to manage relationship in potentially tense situations.
    • Capacity to delegate and to supervise the work of a team.
    • Good presentation skills.
    • Flexible and adaptable to the needs of the team and organization.
    • Strong commitment to support/develop capacity of staff.

    Transversal skills:

    • Able to adapt or change priorities according to the changing situation within a mission or the organization itself
    •  Ability to work independently while taking initiatives and showing a sense of responsibility
    • Well organized, thorough, and able to meet deadlines.
    • Ability to work and manage affairs professionally and with maturity
    • Ability to represent the activities and the mandate of JRS before local authorities
    • Ability to integrate the local environment into operations, in its political, economic, and historical dimensions.
    • Ability to work with various partners, in a spirit of openness, and with adaptable communications strategies.
    • Strong listening and negotiation skills.
    • Good people and communication skills.
    • General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances.

    QUALITIES

    • Adhere to JRS values and abide by the code of conduct and other policies.
    • Mastery of English (fluency in spoken and written languages).
    • Knowledge of Local language would be an added advantage.
    • Adaptable and flexible
    • Dedicated to maintaining a high standard of work, while always striving to best meet the needs of program participants through research and implementation of best practices
    • Committed to professional growth and excellence

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