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1 Jan 2019

Project Manager – Education

Job Description


Organization GREDO- Gargaar Reief and Development Organization
Position Title Project Manager – Education
Job Location Baidao and requires travel to other field/project offices
Reports to Programs Director
Direct Reports 2 Education Officers
Announcing Date 1st January 2019
Closing Date 14th January 2019
Commitment to Diversity GREDO is an equal opportunity employer
Submission Email


Gargaar Relief & Development Organization (GREDO) is a local Somali non-governmental organization based in Baidoa, Somalia but which has sub-offices and carries out humanitarian activities in the regions of Bay, Bakool, Lower Shabelle and Banadir. GREDO is an indigenous non-profit, non-political and voluntary organization whose main objective is to reach grass-root communities affected by the prolonged conflict and recurrent cyclical natural disasters in Somalia. Established December 1992 out of a necessity and need for partnerships in relief programs and in response to the catastrophic humanitarian crises.

  • Job Summary

            The Project Manager – Education reports to the Program Director. The PM provides direct technical and managerial supervision and support to Education and project teams for ensuring effective and efficient implementation of assigned projects within the education program. S/he will manage all aspects of project planning and quality implementation, including providing technical expertise, project finance and budget compliance, supervising staff tasks and performance, coordinating with partners, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting, building staff and partner capacity as required. In addition, as PM, s/he is responsible for developing new project proposals, related to Education that build on the successes, lessons learned and needs assessments of ongoing projects and/or are new project ideas. S/he is also expected to work closely with the Program Director for project related issues and represent the organization in external meetings and workshops when required.


Program Management (70%) 

  • Provide technical support and supervision on efficient and effective implementation of assigned projects as per workplans, M&E plans, budgets, timeline and contractual obligations;
  • Design relevant technical monitoring and implementing materials to ensure quality project implementation.
  • Manage project teams to ensure delivery of agreed deliverables, plans and strategies as per RI policies, procedures and standards
  • Ensure project activities are on track, including developing and implementing solutions as necessary
  • Manage project budgets and spending in accordance with BVAs, adherence with donor and GREDO procedures and policies
  • Conduct capacity building and/or mentoring activities for project staff as required
  • Facilitate team building and cohesive working amongst team members
  • Review and support elaboration of project documents and reports
  • Maintain project transparency and accountability within GREDO team and with donors
  • Support the PD and ED in relevant tasks of program management, including resource allocation and ensuring appropriate controls are maintained at all levels
  • Provide feedback to project team to ensure optimal performance;
  • Frequent travel to other districts (Dinsoor and Wanlaweyn) to attend project sites and provide support to team as needed.

M&E and Program Development (20%)

  • Support development and implementation of mobilization and M&E plans for assigned projects (including databases and data collection; outcome and impact evaluation; success stories)
  • Conduct regular project monitoring, evaluation, documenting and clear reporting on progress of project implementation against indicators and targets and determine corrective measures to improve project delivery
  • Support the development and roll out of needs assessments including tools, training and participating at the field level.
  • Develop new project proposals related to Education, building on lessons learned, needs assessments, and coordination with key stakeholders
  • Support development and implementation of organization’s strategies and plans
  • Oversee timely submission of program reports, meeting institutional and donor requirements, sharing challenges and successes

External Coordination and Communication (10%)

  • Represent GREDO in coordination meetings, working groups and external relationships
  • Maintain organizational consistency through maintenance of strong and positive relations with field teams and Head Office;
  • General Responsibilities
  1. Any other duties as assigned by Operations Director.
  2. Designated staff for Safeguarding
  • Required Qualifications ( minimum requirements)
  • University degree relevant to the child focused programming e.g. Education Management, Teacher Training, Social Science.

3.1 Education/Training

3.2   Experience (minimum requirement)

  • 5 years of professional experience in implementing education in emergencies programming at the field level with NGOs or other relevant actors in emergency contexts, preferably protracted crises.
  • Experience in working in consortium and external representation including with donors and education coordination meetings
  • Demonstrable experience of project management, and understanding of donor compliance including DFID.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing an education program, experience of ABE programming desirable.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in the assessment of, design and delivery of programming in Education in emergencies, including monitoring and evaluation
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Strong understanding and demonstrated ability and experience to train others on international standards related to education including INEE Standards etc.
  • Strong understanding of international humanitarian standards (Sphere etc.)
  • Demonstrated capacity and experience in capacity building approaches in their technical area (trainings, on the job support, mentoring) including the development of individual capacity building plans
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, adapting programming tools and guidance for their technical area in emergencies and introducing and practicing these with field based staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in stressful environments
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Flexibility and can cope with stressful workload.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to the field Wanlaweyn and Dinsoor (including on short notice) when required

3.3 Technical Skills

  • Fluent speaking and written of both English and Somali language is required.
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Good organizational and writing skills
  • Report writing
  • Project Management

3.4 Desired

Masters degree in Education Management and relevant programs

  • Decision Making Authority

4.1   General

            Per Project framework

  • Key Relationships

Internal Contacts

  • Maintain organizational consistency through maintenance of strong and positive relations with field teams and Head Office;

External Contacts

  • Potential Vendors
  • Local Authority and Government institutions
  • UN and Other International and Local non Government Organizations
  • Working Groups

8  Core Values and Critical Competencies           

  • Respect Integrity                       Transparency & Accountability
  • Voluntarism Sustainability               Management performance for success.
  • Commitment Excellence                  Diversity
  • Initiating Action Facilitating change      Team mobilizing
  • Stress Tolerance Collaboration               Coaching and Mentoring
  • Adaptability Negotiation                  Conflict management

Applicants who are interested and qualified with the required experience are invited to submit their cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) to the HR Department at the address: by latest on 14th January 2019. Please indicate the title of the position in the subject line. Applicants must provide at least three referees, two of them must be their current and previous supervisor.  Safeguarding our staff and communities is our priority.

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