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Thu, 21/10/2021 - 17:00

 

 VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Mankind’s Activities for Development Accreditation Movement (MADAM) is a National Non- Governmental Organization registered and operating in Sierra Leone since 1991. The objective of its establishment was and still is to help alleviate people out of poverty, reduce youth unemployment through promotion of market driven vocational and technical skills training and support to sustainable agricultural practices and systems. MADAM is committed to improving the livelihood security among rural communities focussing on women, youth and children. The organisation is driven by the belief that sustainability can only be achieved if people are empowered to take the lead in their own development aspirations through capacity building, advocacy and partnerships.

MADAM has received funds from the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (WHH) for the implementation of the project title: “Promoting sustainable Food and Nutrition Security (ProFoNS) through organic farming in Falaba District, Northern Sierra Leone. The Project proposed to contribute to the improvement of the livelihoods of youths and women in Falaba District, North Eastern Sierra Leone.  The purpose of the ProFoNS Project is to contribute to improving the Food and Nutrition security in Falaba District by ensuring that nutritionally vulnerable populations including children, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls have improved nutritional status in line with national targets through improved sustainable agricultural production systems, diversified nutrition, safe drinking water and rural financial services.

 

In order to successfully implement the above project; MADAM is looking for suitably qualified Sierra Leoneans to fill the following position:

 

Project Manager - 1 Position

 

Job Purpose: The Project Manager (PM) is the central figure and provides overall directional leadership in ensuring that the ProFoNS project’s activities are implemented in an effective and |efficient manner to achieve the desired impacts. S/he will work closely with the Programme Manager, Deputy Director, the Director and team members to uphold organizational mission, values and standards. S/he is a member of the middle level management team and will be supervising, the Field supervisor, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer.

The Project Manager (PM) will work as part of the projects’ management team and will report to the Programme Manager. The Project Manager (PM) will collaborate and participate in MADAM’s overall programme development.  S/he will work closely with and support MADAM’s programmes and shall have overall responsibility for the preparation and submission of donor report for the ProFoNS Project. The Project Manager (PM) will also work and liaise with the Finance/ Administrative Manager. 

This position is based in Kabala Town and will require travel to communities of projects’ operation (maximum 30%)

 

Reports to: The Programme Manager

Location: Kabala Town 

Main Responsibilities

 

  1. Provide Overall Project Management

  • Ensure strong leadership in the management of the ProFoNS Project

  • Ensure that project activities are continuously monitored, and evaluated as appropriate, including data collection according to agreed M&E plan and use of Programme learning to improve programming

  • Prepare and implement projects’ activity plans that correspond to the approved donor proposal and budgets and update these on a timely basis.

  • Prepare and share procurement plans with Administrative Officer, and update these on a timely basis.

  • Provide strong management and technical support to staff including engaging them in mentoring sessions, giving and receiving feedback on the programme

  • Identify training needs of staff and conduct capacity build training sessions.

  • Ensure high quality consolidated monthly and donor reports for the project activities for internal management purposes and for donors etc. 

  • Ensure the projects contribute effectively to MADAM’s goal and that implementation is coordinated and integrated with other projects within MADAM’s two major Programmes: (I) Agriculture and Community Livelihood (ACoL) and (II) Youth Empowerment and Enterprise Development (YEED) programmes.

  • Work with MADAM Programme Manager to prepare and complete accurate and realistic budgets for donor approval 

  • Ensure all expenditures are authorized and in accordance with MADAM and donor procedures.

  • S/he shall be the lead person in the development of the “MADAM’s Centre of Excellence” in the production of green fertilizer.

  • Ensure the allocated budget is utilized effectively and any necessary adjustments are requested in a timely manner.

  • Ensure all aspects of the project activities adhere to programme quality standards and policies (Transparency and accountability)

  1. Liaison and Networking

  • Strengthen linkages and liaise closely with other partners, local authorities and relevant government line ministries and agencies (Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Ministry of the Environment, District Councils, regarding project activities to ensure and promote a coordinated approach to projects implementation

  • Attend technical working and coordination meetings of the Agriculture sector in Falaba Districtic and, Freetown as the case maybe

  1. Human Resources

  • Line manages all staff of the projects and contribute to their capacity building and career development through technical support and on-the-job training and coaching.

  • Ensure that the staff are executing their job as per the agreed job descriptions and through ensuring that interim and annual Performance Development Reviews/Appraisals are done in accordance with MADAM’s guidelines.

  • Ensure that all project staff are aware of and comply with all of MADAM’s and WWW/BMZ policies and procedures.

  • Monitor and review performance of all staff, support and hold them accountable for meeting their success indicators/criteria; give corrective feedback where required and take appropriate action in the case of poor performance.

  • Ensure that work within the team is planned and organised in a way which will meet the projects’ needs in the most cost-effective manner possible; ensuring that team members are given appropriate workloads 

 

  1. Programme Development

  • Actively participates in fund raising through programme/project proposal development processes

  • Support in programme quality review and implementation

  • Proactively track funding opportunities

  • Any other task assigned by supervisor

Qualification and Experience

A Master’s Degree in any of the Social Sciences discipline and/or Agriculture plus 5 years’ experience OR a Bachelor’s Degree + 10 years’ experience in a similar position with a similar organization

Skills and Competencies 

  • Planning and Coordination skills, 

  • Knowledge of Agro-Ecology and Organic Farming systems in Sierra Leone.

  • Strong Project management experience.

  • Highly experienced in writing donor reports

  • Highly experienced in writing funding proposals

  • Experience supporting complex, multi-programme initiatives will be a value.

  • Strong track record in fostering effective working relationships with Agriculture sector stakeholders at various levels.

  • Knowledge in Project budget management with a clear understanding of the ‘Concept of Value for money”

  • High level of all aspects of managerial experience, experience in complex decision making under difficult circumstances. 

  • Very strong interpersonal and communications skills.

  • Professional writing and facilitation skills.

  • Commitment to the core values and vision of MADAM, WHH and BMZ

 

Women are strongly advised to apply. 

 

Applications together with the recent CVs and photocopies of relevant certificates should be sent to: The Administrative Officer, MADAM, 250 Magburaka Highway, Makambo, Makeni or by Email: recruitment4madam@gmail.com    

Closing Date: 22nd October, 2021at 4.00 PM local time