Project Manager: Herding for Health Programme, Simalaha Community Conservancy

Mwandi, Zambia, Full Time May 20, 2022

The H4H Project Manager will be responsible for the implementation of the H4H model in selected Village Action Groups inside the conservancy. This position will be a full-time position for the duration of the contract.
The PM will be responsible for project delivery and implementation including, staff recruitment and management, budget oversight, community mobilization, stakeholder engagement, and overall project management and protocol compliance. The PM must ensure stewardship agreements with participating communities are developed and implemented where relevant, project deliverables are met, progress reports are submitted as scheduled, and the project budget is managed according to the grant agreement. The PM has to ensure the monitoring and evaluation of identified indicators of project goals is taking place and properly recorded and reported. Should a change in project scheduling be apparent, the PM must suggest, motivate and implement associated amendment or corrective action as approved by the Director: Herding for Health Programme.
1. Staff recruitment, contracting, and management
a. Manage the recruitment process for support staff for the Project, mainly herders and herder team leaders
b. Manage the contracting of staff supported by the Project as provided for by the relevant labor laws of Zambia
c. Provide line management to contracted staff
d. Manage employment budgets as provide for in the Project budget
e. Manage staff training and skills development
f. Take responsibility for staff health and safety as and where needed
g. Support external consultants or professionals on the project with information, logistics, and stakeholder liaison
2. Project Management
a. Ensure project deliverables as set out in the Grant Agreement are met
b. Ensure project Monitoring and Evaluation is implemented as per indicators identified
c. Ensure project reporting as specified by the H4H Director, Peace Parks Operations Manager or the SCC, and Grant Agreement is met
d. Ensure project budget is spent and managed responsibly and that all reporting and procurement requirements as specified by the Grant Agreement and the Finances Department PPF are met
e. Ensure that appropriate communication and decision-making protocols are followed should there be a deviation from the project timelines.
f. Manage and maintain project assets, such as vehicles and equipment, responsibly and professionally
g. Present project progress and planning to a range of audiences as and when needed
h. Willingness to travel to participate in international or national meetings, events, or training
i. Support continuous fundraising for Project extension and expansion
3. Stakeholder engagement
a. Take responsibility for stakeholder relationships by means of regular and professional communication with relevant farmers, community leaders, government departments and employees, Park staff and management, as well as other relevant stakeholders
b. Initiate and facilitate community meetings and workshops as and when required
c. Initiate and facilitate stakeholder meetings and workshops
d. Ensure feedback and reporting to meeting stakeholders are done timeously and professionally
e. Represent the H4H Project at relevant meetings and workshops at International, National, and local level as requested by H4H Director, SCC Operations Manager or Conservancy Manager.
f. Implement a communication protocol for Project staff to facilitate appropriate and professional communication to all relevant stakeholders
g. Facilitate site visits by donors or Programme leadership as and when required.
1) Professionalism
a) Uphold the highest ethical standards in work conduct and ensure all project deliverables are met according to scheduled time.
b) Maintain decent and professional relationships with staff, communities and other stakeholders despite challenges or conflict that may occur
2) Planning and Organizing
a) Excellent project management skills
b) Excellent financial, staff, and reporting skills
c) Ability to adapt project implementation in the event of delays or interruptions in a way that will still reach project deliverables
d) Organize and plan staff to ensure project impact is reached
3) Communication
a) Excellent communication skills to a wide range of audiences, including farmers, community leaders, government staff and leaders, and Project colleagues and leaders.
b) The ability to communicate fluently in English and Lozi
c) Ability to communicate technical as well as project management aspects
4) Leadership
a) Demonstrated managerial and supervisory capability with an ability to provide clear and compelling direction and ability to empower others to translate vision into results
b) Ability to manage and resolve conflict with a range of stakeholders and staff, professionally
c) Ability to implement adaptive management through clear and decisive decision making that will lead staff to meet Project objectives and deliverables despite challenges that may occur
d) Take ownership of the project and work as a team player within the broader SCC and H4H Team.
e) Willingness and ability to learn and apply new skills
f)  Ability to work independently, with a high work ethic, honesty, and reliability

Minimum five years’ experience in a project management role in agricultural value chain development, rangeland, animal health or livestock management.
Bachelor of Science degree in rangeland, animal, or conservation science, or similar.
Very good knowledge of MS Office, especially MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint.
Driver’s licence
Zambian Citizenship
Self-driven with strong leadership and team management experience, including ability to motivate, reach consensus, set objectives and manage performance.

Experience in:
(1) The implementation and management of livestock (agricultural) value chain interventions;
(2) Staff recruitment and management, as well as project reporting
(3) Project Management, including the management of funds, deliverables, and stakeholders

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