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Project Manager at Terre des hommes (TDH)

Terre des hommes is the leading Swiss child relief agency. We are committed to improving the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable children. Children are the first to suffer in times of war, natural disasters and as a result of poverty. At Terre des hommes, our goal is to steadily improve the conditions of the most vulnerable children worldwide. We are focused on five main objectives: Improving the health of infants up to the age of 3 and of children in need of specialised medical care Protecting migrant children Preventing child exploitation Promoting restorative justice for children in conflict with the law Providing humanitarian aid to children and their families in times of emergency and crisis OUR PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS REVOLVE AROUND Children’s rights and their best interests Creating a strong local presence in close proximity to children, their families and communities Establishing close cooperation with local bodies based on respect Constant improvement and innovation Enhancing heath and protection systems in the long term Gaining recognition in Switzerland as a reliable organisation and source of financing

Objective of the function

The Project Manager – CSEC Coast – Building a Future project works with the Country Team, and receives hierarchical leadership from the Country Manager (CM) to whom he/she reports. He/she will be in close collaboration and consultation with the Country Manager accountable for the full rollout and oversight of a 2 year GFEMS-TdH-NL project in Kilifi and Kwale counties within our sexual exploitation of children programme in Kenya. The project focuses on basic education support, vocational skills training for victims of commercial sexual exploitation, and building livelihood alternatives to address poverty targeting families of victims of sex trafficking. S/he together with the implementing partner team will be responsible for ensuring effective quality implementation through work planning, technical support, coordination, (internal and external) and partner capacity building and support. The project manager is responsible for the realisation of the CSEC Coast project in accordance with the preselected goal(s) with regard to lead time, budget and quality.

This is an anticipated position to be filled subject to funding.

Results Areas, Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Realising the project objectives.
  • Overall management including effective planning, implementation and monitoring of project outcomes.
  • Translates a developed project plan into a concrete and achievable work plan for project execution, submits this to the client for approval and communicates the work plan to the stakeholders.
  • Makes a proposal for the composition of the project team; consults with the management and/or project developer about the availability of internal staff and the possible deployment of third parties within the project.
  • Ensures project execution based on the work plan drawn up; directs the project team to this end, checks the progress of the project in terms of time, budget and quality and solves any conflicts/bottlenecks.
  • Works with TdH finance team to procure project supplies in line with project budgets.
  • Works Professionally within TdH-NL’s policies and codes of conduct, including those related to child protection/safeguarding, confidentiality, safety and security and ethical practice.
  • Ensures that the project officers and partners follow the policies, processes and protocol regarding child safeguarding.
  • Communicates incidents and violations of the policies in line with the established protocol.

Result: Project has been implemented according to the objectives of the developed project plan and the project team is involved, well-functioning and informed.

  • Project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.
  • Works in close collaboration monitor with the PMEL Officer and Regional PMEL Coordinator to monitor and report on the project progress.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement of working methods and procedures.
  • Applies improvements in working methods and procedures.
  • As part of a team, translates developments and situation specific information into thematic and country annual and strategic policies.
  • Assists in the continuous assessment of child protection needs and gaps in the counties in order to ensure that these are appropriately reflected in project strategies and interventions.
  • Identifies new trends and developments in the area of child exploitation and sex trafficking.
  • As and when relevant, coordinates the activities of assigned consultants for specific tasks, such as evaluations, learning agenda, etc.
  • Supports the Senior Communication Advisor at the Regional Office with information and materials for marketing and communication, e.g. news items (case stories), documentaries and photos.
  • Ensures appropriate reporting, including through monthly and quarterly reports, are on time , accurate and as per GFEMS’s requirements.
  • Has an active contribution to the continuous process of quality improvement for the provision of services in the specific policy area.

Result: Service has been improved in such a way that responses to relevant developments are made and contacts are maintained.

  • Collaboration, Networking and Representation
  • Follows and identifies relevant (social) developments and issues and translates these into opportunities for the organisation and developed projects.
  • Evaluates realised projects and, if necessary, proposes improvements for future project execution.
  • Maintains relevant network contacts and represents the organisation with internal and external relationships.
  • Encourages and guides collaborative processes with internal and external stakeholders in the context of the project.
  • Maintains contacts with stakeholders and interested parties to gauge whether the project meets expectations.
  • Represents TdH-NL in protection cluster meetings and contribute to interagency initiatives.

Result: Service has been improved, such that responses to relevant developments are made and contacts are maintained.

  • Programme Development.
  • Support Country Manager Kenya and the Programme Development Manager in identifying project development opportunities in Kilifi and Kwale counties.
  • Represent Kenya country office in critical spaces to increase visibility and credibility with donors and other external stakeholders ensuring we continue to claim our role as an expert organisation in our theme areas.
  • Develop and share project ideas for further development into concept notes and proposals.
  • Perform any other duties as relevant for the country programme as assigned and as can reasonably be expected from the position, in consultation with the line manager.
  • Support the Country Manager Kenya and the Programme Development Manager in identifying project development opportunities in Coast region.
  • Represent Kenya country office in critical spaces to increase visibility and credibility with donors and other external stakeholders ensuring we continue to claim our role as an expert organisation in our theme areas.
  • Develop and share project ideas for further development into concept notes and proposals.

Education, Experience and Skills Required

  • MA degree in Social Sciences, Gender, Development Studies or related fields.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience.
  • Experience in CSEC and trafficking Project Management is considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with guidelines in Child Rights programming and coordination including CSEC and sex trafficking prevention.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in developing and supporting community mobilization projects for CSEC prevention and behaviour change.
  • Experience with financial management.
  • Experience in supervising/leading a team.
  • Verbal and written fluency in English and verbal capability in Kiswahili.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills- written and orally.
  • Planning, organising, cooperation, performance oriented.
  • High degree of taking initiative and working independently.

Personal profile

  • Exhibits composure and professionalism. Ability to represent TdH-NL in Kenya to donors, government officials, other NGOs, other external stakeholders in a self assured manner.
  • Excellent negotiating and communication skills both oral and written.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision.

Competency profile

Coaching

Make others enthusiastic and motivate them to achieve a previously defined result. Encourage others to develop themselves to the full.

Level 2: Gives others the room to work independently and coaches them along the way.

Planning & Organising

The effective alignment of activities, time and resources to achieve objectives.

Level 3: Coordinates and aligns activities and supports and encourages others in the direct vicinity to start to plan and organise.

Problem-solving ability

Actively seek logical, tangible and realistic solutions for problems.

Level 3: Can identify and articulate the core of the problem, can initiate the collection of relevant data and can propose solutions.

Performance orientation

Focused on goal setting and active achievement of results.

Level 3: Can articulate the results to be achieved – and achieves them!

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