Project Manager

at Women's Global Education Project
Published May 8, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  

Description

Background

 

Women’s Global Education Project (WGEP) was founded to address the educational needs of rural and marginalized girls in Africa who fall through the cracks of larger initiatives. Since 2003, through its Sisters to School program, WGEP has been providing access to quality education and developing training programs that empower women and girls in rural Senegal and Kenya to build better lives and foster equitable and sustainable communities. WGEP uses a comprehensive multi-level approach, working with its local partners to help girls access education and to assist teachers, families, and community members in promoting and supporting girls’ education.

 

WGEP has received funding from the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), a division of USAID, to expand its Our Sisters Read program in Kenya, promoting access to girls’ education and literacy by constructing a library and community center. Funding for this project will build and equip a library and computer center, including commodities, in remote Tharaka-Nithi County, Eastern Kenya. The library will offer unique, unprecedented facilities and activities in a region where few organizations and initiatives operate, addressing economic, educational, and cultural barriers that prevent community members from reaching their full potential and engaging the population in supporting education, advancement, and gender equality. The library will generate goodwill towards the U.S. and its people as sponsors of a state-of-the-art facility that will positively impact the community for generations to come. Working with its local partner of over 13 years, Tharaka Women’s Welfare Project (TWWP), WGEP will expand its Our Sisters Read program by creating this vibrant center for learning and growth, building upon the trust and experience it has garnered in Tharaka region, to achieve the important goals of this new project.

 

Job Summary

 

The Project Manager will be responsible for meeting the objectives of the USAID-funded construction project, working closely with the construction manager, Architecture & Engineering (A&E) firm, M&E Consultant, and local partner Tharaka Women’s Welfare Project (TWWP) to ensure that all activities are on track. The manager will work closely with TWWP’s staff to ensure that programmatic goals and targets are being met. S/he will draft and complete all required USAID reports as required. S/he will also be responsible for managing the day-to-day logistical, financial, and administrative aspects of the program, including meeting donor reporting requirements and building the capacity of local partners The Project Manager will communicate regularly with WGEP to provide updates and program progress including putting systems and procedures in place that will facilitate program implementation. The Project Manager will report to the US-based Executive Director and will play a pivotal role in facilitating and promoting communications between local partner, TWWP, and US-based Women’s Global Education Project.

 

Responsibilities

 

Program Management

 

Provide overall technical and administrative leadership to the project team, including development of work plans, leading regular check-ins, and taking a proactive approach to problem solving

 

Lead and carefully monitor program implementation, impact, and milestone achievement, ensuring these are on track according to M&E plan

 

Play a lead role in internal communications between TWWP and WGEP

 

Take the lead on all construction activities, working in parallel with A&E firm and construction manager, ensuring all activities are in alignment with USAID regulations and Kenya environmental/construction laws

 

Coordinate and ensure day-to-day implementation of activities through activity tracking and planning

 

Identify issues and risks related to program implementation and guide appropriate adjustments and solutions

 

Ensure full compliance with USAID rules and regulations, including environmental requirements

 

Draft and complete high-quality donor reports in timely manner as required by the funder (including quarterly/annual reports, operations & maintenance strategy, etc.)

 

Logistics

 

Lead procurement of all durable commodity program inputs, including computers and books

 

Assist with tender processes for the construction of ICT center in accordance with donor guidelines, including tendering of construction firm

 

Follow up on issues related to local government such as community buy-in meetings, securing an MoU for land use, land survey, etc.

 

Finance

 

Ensure the proper management of finances including planning, cash flow management, and authorization of expenses in compliance with grant requirements

 

Monitor and track program expenditures in coordination with TWWP and US-based Finance Manager

 

Prepare financial reports on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis as required

 

Conduct occasional mini audits of TWWP’s financial system

 

Build capacity of TWWP to adhere to USAID’s financial reporting policies

 

Finalize TWWP’s financial and HR policies and procedures

 

Other responsibilities as required

 

Support with identifying new opportunities and contributing to proposals

 

Networking and partnership development

 

Supporting TWWP to brainstorm creative approaches to arising challenges

 

Support WGEP with requests such as interviews with program participants, taking photo/video footage, etc.

 

Support in recruitment and hiring process of new program staff

 

Facilitate the Kenya registration process as needed

 

Requirements

 

Essential

 

University degree, Masters preferred

 

Minimum of 3 years progressive work experience in international development including experience working in a multi-cultural environment

 

Minimum of 2 years of program management experience including management of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics

 

Excellent spoken and written abilities in English is a must, with sensitivity to cross cultural context

 

Work experience Kenya or East Africa

 

Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word and Excel

 

Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented, open-minded, and flexible

 

Desirable

 

Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures (or another major international donor)

 

Knowledge of financial accounting and logistical procedures, including Quickbooks

 

Skills in monitoring and evaluation

 

Experience working with community-based organizations in rural Africa

 

Knowledge and passion for girls’ education and women’s empowerment

 

Understanding of construction logistics and/or processes, particularly in Kenya

 

How to apply

 

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume and write ‘Project Manager Application’ in the subject line.

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