Project Manager

ChildFund International

Vacancy Name: Manager, Project

Job Details:


ChildFund Zambia is an International, Child Protection and Development Agency working for the wellbeing of children; supporting locally led initiatives that strengthen families and communities in overcoming root causes of child poverty and ensuring the protection of Children’s rights. ChildFund assists about 15.2 million children and family members in 55 countries regardless of race, creed or gender. It is the World’s oldest child sponsorship organization.

ChildFund in partnership with We Effect, is looking for competent individuals to fill up the positions of Project Manager (1) in Lusaka for the EU funded Lusaka Transmission Distribution Rehabilitation Project (LTDRP) – Low voltage Distribution Network: Women Empowerment and Small Enterprises Support. The project is aimed at building resilient and profitable women and youth run businesses leveraging the power of electricity.

Positions required:

1.Project Manager (1)- (For Zambians ONLY)

The Project Manager for Women’s Economic Empowerment is a new position that will help to unlock the power of entrepreneurs will be responsible for providing women and youth entrepreneurs and small business owners access to financial resources they need to grow their businesses and their communities’ economies. He/she will provide strategic planning for implementation of the Project and provide back stopping support to women and youth groups in target communities. Tasks include development of work plans, provision of Project leadership, coordination of trainings, engagement of stakeholders, coordination of project monitoring and evaluation, project knowledge management, preparation of donor reports, complying to donor guidelines in project execution. The candidate should demonstrate ability to work with divergent women and youth groups from grassroots organisations and those in the informal sector.
Child Safeguarding: Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills which will enable you to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding policy and procedures, and conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Major responsibilities will include:

  • Develop results-oriented work plans, undertake effective monitoring and supervision and providing technical assistance to their implementation and reporting on the project activities;
  • Analyze reports from partners for quality control, undertake field missions, analyzing key events and changes in context and provide substantive and appropriate advice and briefs and support, sharing experiences/reflections sessions of good practices, and dissemination of lessons learned;
  • Coordination and facilitation of community capacity building trainings to bridge knowledge gaps in business management and enterprise development to women and youths’ groups.
  • Development and coordination of project monitoring, evaluation and learning plans.
  • Development of monitoring tools, methodologies and approaches which will be applied to highlight project gaps and provide guidance on responsive actions to support continuous programme improvement.
  • Conducting project risk analysis and development of response mechanisms accompanied with a clear monitoring and evaluation plan.
  • Support networking interventions among mobilised groups for enhanced knowledge sharing and learning.
  • Establish Women and Youth groups and develop their capacity in economic empowerment
  • Network with relevant Government Departments and like-minded organisations to coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Women Economic Empowerment.
  • Engagement with stakeholders, knowledge management and reporting to donors.
  • Reporting and communication of project results
  • Provide Onsight leadership to the project team

Minimum Education Qualifications, Experience and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies, Social Work, Business Management/finance or any relevant development and project management field
  • A Master’s degree in above disciplines is a requirement.
  • Prior work experience with entrepreneurial ecosystems and community development focusing at small business financial services in developing countries
  • 7+ years work experience in relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Proven understanding of digital and cooperative financial solutions and tools that can target low-income entrepreneurs
  • Experience in financial inclusion, entrepreneurism, microfinance, or access to finance preferred
  • Proven ability to engage with financial service providers is a bonus
  • Deep understanding of enterprise development, marketing, and general
  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Experience of developing and testing methodologies for planning, monitoring, and learning in women’s economic empowerment and/or gender transformation.

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