Save the Children Project Manager Job- OFDA


Project Manager – OFDA

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We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Role Purpose:

The Project Manager will provide strategic direction and oversee the planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and timely delivery of the OFDA funded project in Turkana and Mandera Counties in Kenya. This program focuses on the sectors Nutrition and WASH and is expected to run through July 2018.

Under the supervision of the Emergency Response Team Leader, and in close coordination with the Area Programme Managers, Emergency Response Coordinators and Technical Specialists, this position will ensure timely, high quality and results oriented program plans and innovations including strong project monitoring and MEAL systems are developed and applied at all levels. The position requires ensuring compliance on project management at various stages of implementation as guided by the donor policy. S/he will also be responsible to submit high quality progress reports as well as quality review reports and associated action plans to respective donor and other stakeholders as required. The Post holder will be the overall budget holder of the grant and will manage this through existing staff in each of the two locations. The Project Manager is expected to promote and disseminate best practise, documenting achievements and lessons learnt in the project. The Project Manager is expected to be conversant and experienced in emergency programming with focus in Nutrition and WASH sectors.

Contract Duration: 1 Year

Location: Duty station: Nairobi with 70% time spent across Turkana and Mandera.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years’ management experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, in a range of cultures including significant field operations experience, preferably running emergency programmes.
  • University degree in development or other social sciences (Master’s degree desired). Proven knowledge and experience in the humanitarian sector will also be considered.
  • Strong leadership and project management organizational skills.
  • Successful experience of working in a large-scale programme and matrix management structure.
  • Demonstrable ability to lead, motivate and develop teams and individuals to achieve outstanding performance.
  • A very good understanding of Nutrition and WASH sectoral programmes
  • Good knowledge of USAID funded programme implementation and reporting. Previous experience in managing USAID funded projects is preferred.
  • Substantial and proven experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and securing and managing awards from major institutional donors.
  • Solid project management skills related to organizational emergency projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results.
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
  • An in-depth understanding of national and international development issues in particular in relation to children.
  • Previous experience of remote management and development of team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt work practices to respond to organisational priorities, including emergency humanitarian crisis responses.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles, including rights-based approaches.
  • Ability to think creatively to solve problems and find effective and efficient ways to accomplish goals.
  • Ability to make decisions, work under pressure on a number of competing tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent personal organizational skills, including time management, and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the CHS, other humanitarian standards and code of conduct.


  • Experience in, and/or knowledge of Kenya and local languages.

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.

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Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.


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