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Project Director

Organizational Context:

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organization, with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS has a priority to work wherever the needs of displaced people are urgent and unattended by others, and offers a human service to refugees and the communities through a wide range of rehabilitation and relief activities, many of which centred around formal and informal education needs.

JRS Maban is running educational, psychosocial and pastoral activities. JRS Maban is implementing BPRM project and has a strong operational partnership with UNHCR, as well as strong collaboration with the local parish and other stakeholders.

 

Position Description

JRS is seeking to recruit a suitable candidate for the position of Project Director. The Project Director oversees the overall planning, organizing & implementing, staffing, monitoring & evaluating activities of the project.

The incumbent will guarantee technical oversight and ensure high level of coordination, quality and impact in the projects. He/she will work closely and actively with the JRS regional, country and International Office (IO) teams including beneficiaries and partners. The Project Director will report to the Country Director.


Location
Maban, Northern Upper Nile, South Sudan

Report to
Country Director

Responsibilities

Leadership

  • Under the guidance of the Regional and Country Director, the incumbent will provide leadership and direction to project staff and ensure organisational sustainability, by facilitating a high-performance culture within the team, open trustworthy relationships and abide by the humanitarian principles.
  • Ensure a relevant, timely and accurate flow of management and operational reports according to programme objectives and standards and meeting donors and Regional Office and local partners reporting standards.
  • Safeguard the mission, vision, identity and unity of JRS.


Programs Management and operations

  • Responsible for the overall management and coordination of the projects and guaranteeing that the Programs strategy is aligned with JRS Regional and global strategic priorities.
  • Responsible for the planning, the need assessments, impact measurement and the M&E of projects, taking necessary follow-up actions, to ensure quality of services to refugees.
  • Managing provision and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure, security needs, maintenance of computers and general procurement of needed supplies.
  • In collaboration with the RD and CD, build relationship with Donors using creative approaches to motivate them and get them involved in JRS activities.
  • Keeps the Country Director informed on the activities of the project by providing relevant correspondence, reports and meeting minutes as well as by making regular contact.
  • Provides technical support to department coordinators in program implementation.
  • Ensures safety and security of staff and assets.


Personnel Management and administration

  • Supervises the human resources tasks such as recruitment & selection, pay & benefits, admission, registration, safety/security & health, and training of the team at the project level, in a way that facilitates a high-performance culture, open trustworthy relationships and integrity;
  • Promotes a culture of learning and development, employee engagement and good stewardship of human capital in the office including refugees.
  • In conjunction with the Regional HR Manager, conduct staff supervision, appraisals and development of the team.
  • Establishes, development and nurture good, fair and transparent relationship with staff.
  • Under the guidance of the Regional HR Manager, he/she will be responsible and accountable for the management of JRS infrastructure, including security and safety (protocols, risk assessments and security compliance by staff and visitors).
  • Ensure that JRS operations are in compliance with local Government standards and laws for JRS operations in the country.


Finance

  • Ensures proper utilization of resources, including prompt accountability of funds and reporting by various departments
  • Oversees the procurement functions of the project in accordance with JRS guidelines and ensures proper utilization of project assets.
  • Is directly in charge of the overall financial management of JRS funds, e.g. the maintenance of accounts; budget and cash flow; and financial reporting and recording.
  • Plan and execute any actions required to resolve audit findings in an agreed and timely manner;
  • Works with the regional, country and project finance team to ensure a balanced budget guaranteeing a smooth administration of programs finances.
  • Ensure efficient and effective implementation of financial policies including the anti-fraud and anti-corruption policy
  • Is responsible for prompt submission of all JRS financial and narrative reports. Responsible for co-ordination and liaison between JRS and UNHCR, the parish and diocese/other agencies/local government/local communities/displaced camp community and schools.
  • Represents JRS at Local level meetings with UNHCR, parish/diocese/local authorities/other agencies as and when required.


Qualifications

Essentials:

  • Graduate qualification in a relevant field and at least three years practical working experience in project management.
  • Minimum 3 years’ management experience in a proven project management, social sciences or related field in International contexts.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in managing people/teams.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of coordinating with the Local Catholic Church (at least at parish level).
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and implementation (reporting and budgeting) especially developing technical and successful proposals for major donors.
  • Demonstrated experience in accounting and finance.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management in different organisational contexts (UN, IGOs, NGO, FBO).
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to working with marginalized communities.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking and planning skills.
  • Strong monitoring and evaluation skills/experience.
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS word/Office.
  • Excellent oral and written English.
  • Experience of work in multicultural teams in refugee/IPD settings.
  • Ability to build effective partnership and collaborate with other team members.
  • Ability to work under time constraints in hardship and stressful situations and meet deadlines.
  • Patience, perseverance and ability to work in stressful environment and a simple lifestyle.
  • Proactive and self-motivated.

Desirable:

  • Arabic language

Leadership Behaviours

  • Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills;
  • Ability to positively influence others and successfully reconcile differences;
  • A self-starter with a strong results orientation and with high levels of integrity, credibility and dependability;
  • An energetic team player who can effectively collaborate, and who can stand alone when necessary;
  • Ability to work in international settings and with various departments to implement successful approaches in Human Resources;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and deliver under pressure and tight deadlines.
Core values
  • Commitment to JRS mission, vision and values, and the ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and in advocating for their right to protection and a life in dignity;
  • High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with situations, people and information;
  • Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value. Willingness to work in flexible, sub-optimal and multi-cultural environments;

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.



Conditions

Conditions

Contract is for 1-year renewable (depending on funding availability).

JRS remuneration policy is in keeping with JRS ethos to offer effective and professional service and at the same time express solidarity with the people served. The salary scale is calculated with the use of a Post Adjustment Multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and degree of responsibility of the role.

Limits of authority

Authority is limited to the tasks described above. Any variation requires supervisory approval.

N.B: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 

Deadline: 8 December 2018 



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