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Project Manager - Flanders

Date: 13-Jan-2022

Location: Mzuzu, Malawi

Company: Plan International

Plan International is an independent non-profit organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Working in building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and present on 70 countries, Plan International strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children while working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.

Background

Plan International is a girls’ rights organization that partners with adolescents and children around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality, providing the support and resources that are unique to their needs and the needs of their communities. Working in more than 75 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan’s holistic, rights-based approach ensures that our project participants achieve their full potential with dignity, opportunity and safety. Our projects are designed in partnership with communities and strategically address systemic issues that often transcend sectors. As such, Plan Malawi is a leader in national civil society and NGO networks and has developed and strengthened strategic relationships with key government ministries. With extensive local networks and community reach, Plan drives positive change through broad community participation, achieving sustainable results by actively engaging and providing services to individuals, families, communities and governments.

Plan International has been working in Malawi since 1994.

Summary of the Project

The “Enhancing access to markets for smallholder farmers in Malawi” project is designed and will be implemented to respond to problems youth, especially young women, face in Kasungu and Mzimba, in particular in their farming businesses, that do not enable them to live sustainable livelihoods and be resilient to shocks. Purportedly, this project aims at removing barriers for young women to access sustainable agricultural initiatives. Through the combined efforts of Plan International in Malawi (PIM) and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), it is expected that by the end of the project 8,000((2800 men, 4200 women, 400 boys, 600 girls) smallholder farmers and in particular youth and young women aged 19-24 years will be able to have increased resilience, and income security through improved access to inclusive and well-functioning agricultural input and output markets.

Plan International Malawi has the following existing opportunities in the “Enhancing access to markets for small holder farmers in Malawi” project.

 

Project Manager

 

Summary of the Role

Responsible for the overall successful implementation of the Project including planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the project’s activities in alignment with the programme results. Responsible for providing technical and operational guidance/leadership for the project team to ensure the successful implementation of the project.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

 

Project Management

  • Provide transformative leadership to the project team and lead the team in understanding the project goal/vision, strategic objectives, models and interventions.
  • Lead project teams in monthly, quarterly and annual activity implementation planning; project budgeting; and periodic reporting with highest standards of quality
  • Ensure that project planning and implementation is responsive to the primary and secondary beneficiary needs
  • Support project monitoring field visits and facilitate synergies, and lesson learning and documentation within the Program.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to field technical staff, partners and communities on various project technical interventions (Agribusiness, livelihoods, agronomy)
  • Facilitate Market linkages through formal long terms agreements/contracts between farmer groups and off-takers
  • Take lead in coordinating district-level quarterly planning and review meetings for the project
  • Ensure that the project adopts best practices in agri-business, integrated rural development, agronomy, and takes up initiatives to ensure that lessons learned within the programmes are properly documented and shared with other partners/stakeholders.
  • Facilitate/Establish and maintain effective partnerships with other consortium organizations, government departments and other relevant development actors, both at district and community level for sufficient project support and knowledge sharing.
  • Provide leadership for the design and implementation of operational research to determine opportunities and constraints for agri-business innovations in project target areas.

 

M and E, Project Learning, Reporting and Representation

  • Participate in Joint Annual Reviews (JAR), Mid-Term Reviews (MTR), End of Project Evaluations and periodic audits for the Program.
  • Take lead in monitoring of project operational and budget management, and lead in regular project progress reporting in accordance with standard operating procedures/M&E guidelines and donor guidelines.
  • Work with the M&E staff to ensure that monitoring of project indicators is timely and of excellent quality to support adaptive project management.
  • Ensure that monitoring systems and tools are developed and used by project staff to track project progress and capture learning.
  • Support regular assessments of project context and, where applicable, carry out adjustments to project plans and management on an on-going basis considering changing contexts, resources, and opportunities.

 

Staff Management, Professional Development and Team Building

  • Lead in carrying out staff capacity assessments and where gaps exist design and execute appropriate staff capacity development initiatives
  • Promote accountability by conducting staff annual performance reviews with direct supervisees and ensuring that all staff members are effectively using the performance planning and management system.
  • Contribute to project team-building efforts and ensure effective participation of all team members in relevant decision-making processes.

 

Coordination of Project Administrative Support

  • Coordinate with M&E, finance and administration (HR, Logistics, Security, Procurement) departments to ensure sufficient provision of operational and administrative support to project staff for effective implementation of field activities.
  • Ensure that project staff members understand and adhere to project grant requirements, organizational policies and procedures and relevant national legislations.

 

Mainstreaming of Cross-cutting Issues

  • Lead and support project team members in understanding and mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues in the project (gender transformative interventions, disability, child-rights, women empowerment).

 

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Qualified applicants will have a degree in agriculture or agricultural economics or related area.
  • Five years of experience promoting increased production and marketing of agriculture products
  • Five years of experience promoting improved crop and animal production practices.
  • Five years of agricultural extension experience and coordination of development programs with some experience in farmer cooperatives agricultural credit, use of mobile based platforms and incubation hub business models.
  • Five years of experience with value chains related to agricultural/horticultural/agronomical products and livestock.
  • Have practical as well theoretical knowledge about private sector development, value chain development;
  • Have a good network or ability to build a network of different Value Chains stakeholders
  • Have knowledge on farming as a business and ability to stay up to date with current news, trends and studies related to agribusiness developments
  • Ideally, candidates will have had experience facilitating: Agribusiness, Marketing, Agro-processing, post-harvest handling, Enterprise Development, Business Development Services, Business Linkages.

 

 

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have any queries regarding your application please email plan.resajob@plan-international.org with the position title in the subject of your email.

References will be taken and background and antiterrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all persons meeting the skills and experience required. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.