SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

Application ends: August 14, 2022

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ABOUT RESTLESS DEVELOPMENT 

Restless Development is an innovative, global non profit that strengthens Youth Power: the collective force of young leaders to create a better world. We strengthen youth-leadership and youth civil society to be at the forefront of creating lasting change and impact, on our impact priority areas: Education & Livelihoods, Gender & Sexual Rights, Voice & Democracy and Climate Justice. We are independently registered and governed in nine countries (India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe) with a global team of over 230 people and a growing youth collective of 4000 youth civil society groups in over 180 countries.

 

Never has investing in youth-led change been more necessary. Young leaders have been shaping the response to the pandemic in many of the poorest economies, leading the fight for climate justice, and educating their peers on sexual rights and gender. Young people are already leading the way in creating a better world, they are leading and supporting each other. Yet 75% of youth organizations globally have reported funding cuts since the start of the pandemic. Restless Development works to strengthen youth leadership – in our impact driven programmes and by strengthening youth civil society.

 

In May 2022 we launched our new global strategy. We recognize that how we do our work is as important as what we do. We are a feminist, anti-racist agency. We recognize the growing inequalities and injustices and are intentional in our efforts to shift power, enabling young people and communities who have previously been marginalized to lead. We not only want to achieve impact on the issues we work on, we also want to create an alternative to the top-down international development sector, proving the success of an alternative that is inclusive, ensures youth civil society can thrive and lead lasting change.

 

OUR APPROACH TO SAFEGUARDING

Restless Development considers the welfare and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults to be an organizational imperative with primacy over the success of programmes or strategic objectives. We recognize that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we expect all of our staff, volunteers and partners to ensure we protect the communities in which we operate from harm and abide by our Safeguarding Policy.

 

BACKGROUND TO THE ROLE 

Sierra Leone has been characterized by almost 20 years of peace and stability, following a devastating civil war in the 1990s; the Ebola virus disease outbreak from 2014-16; and the concomitant economic shock caused by the collapse of the price of iron ore, the country’s main export commodity. The country has successfully conducted four credible elections, including the general elections in March 2018 that saw the peaceful transition of power from the All People’s Congress (APC) to the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP). 

Political violence appears to be rising in Sierra Leone, despite the country’s progress in peace and stability in the twenty years since the end of the civil war. A 2020 report from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data (ACLED) provides evidence that political violence and conflicts have steadily been rising around 2014 and 2015, peaked around the 2018 elections, and the violence levels have remained high since. By early 2020, Sierra Leone had been experiencing levels of political violence that were higher than at any time since the end of the war. Sierra Leone has experienced one of the highest levels of political disorder per capita among countries not in conflict. Individuals are implicated in and impacted by political violence differently depending on gender identity, age, and other social identities. Sierra Leone has a long history of neglect and marginalization of women and youth, a fact cited by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a key contributing factor to both the eruption and protracted nature of the civil war. There is no evidence that post-conflict reforms have addressed these issues. Women and youth have the potential to lead reconciliation efforts, but are sidelined by a male-dominated culture.

USAID has Requested for Applications for its People to People (P2P) approach in peacebuilding in Sierra Leone project which will run for three years. The USAID office in Sierra Leone seeks to improve individual and community capacity to manage, mitigate, resolve, and transform conflict, as a way of fostering the necessary and sufficient conditions for positive peace.”

The overall objective is to support the prevention and mitigation of politically motivated violence through people-to people approaches that foster local leadership and efforts of women and youth, to address underlying divisions along ethno-regional and political lines by building trust both within and between communities to reduce the risk of violence that is triggered by political issues and processes. 

 

The emphasis will be on supporting activities that address divisions in communities manifesting in political violence, often along ethno-partisan lines, and in supporting women and youth to lead on conflict mitigation and prevention and peacebuilding efforts. 

 

Restless Development Sierra Leone is the leader in youth-led development and community

engagement in the country. Key priorities the Peacebuilding Project Manager will include;

Programme Development and Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, External Representation, Budget Management, External Representation and People Management

 

The Peacebuilding Project Manager will work closely with the Government of Sierra Leone, Youth and Women-led Community Based Organizations (YWLCBOs), local Councils, local Leaders to improve individual and community capacity to manage, mitigate, resolve, and transform conflict, as a way of fostering the necessary and sufficient conditions for positive peace in Sierra Leone.

 

Job title  Senior Project Manager , Peacebuilding
Impact Area Voice and Democracy
Location  Freetown, Sierra Leone 
Salary Le 217,300 (Annual Gross in new currency) + additional allowances
Preferred start date  Role is contingent on the award of funding 
Length of contract  1 Year ( renewal is based on satisfactory performance and continuity of funding)
Reports to   Chief of Party
Direct reports   Project Coordinator  and Communications Coordinator  
Expected travel  Travel to project districts expected.

 

This role is subject winning of award from USAID.

 

KEY PRIORITIES

Programme Development and Implementation

  • In collaboration with the Chief of Party, take strategic leadership in ensuring implementation, monitoring, administration and management of P2P in peacebuilding project, including preparation of Annual Work Plans (AWP) in close consultation with Consortium Management Board. 
  • Build, expand and maintain strategic relationships with Government, Donors, local councils, local leaders, and other structures relevant to conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding.
  • Provide leadership, mentoring and accompaniment to NGO partners & YWLCBOs in reaching planned project Impact, outcomes, and outputs, in particular, in ensuring increased participation of communities and individuals in P2P interventions. 
  • Early identification and resolution of any problems that arise in relation to project delivery, including through regular communication with NGO partners, YWLCBOs, and Stakeholders.
  • Provide support to the global resourcing leadership team with technical input for conflict prevention and peacebuilding programming.
  • Facilitate regular project planning meetings with NGO partners and YWLCBOs, and help identify capacity needs to implement the P2P project
  • Support the facilitation of events (dialogue meetings, trainings, learning and planning workshops) with the participation the P2P implementing partners.
  • In tandem with the Chief of Party, ensure the overall relevance and performance of the project, the effective realization and quality of outputs, and adherence to P2P in peacebuilding standards, rules and regulations including value for money, gender and conflict sensitivity, with the peacebuilding lens.

 

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • Provide technical advice to the Monitoring and Evaluation team in developing baselines and indicators for monitoring and evaluation, as well as in preparing project reports focused on capturing results, lessons learned and good practices for possible wider applicable or necessary adjustment to remain relevant to the context.
  • Ensure NGO partners are in compliance with the approved Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP) to guide monitoring and evaluation of Programme interventions, and that captures and feed learning into Programme implement and decision-making processes in real time.
  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of the context and responses amongst CSOs and governmental policy. 
  • Prepare intermittent analytical reviews with NGO partners and YWLCBOs and systematically capture lessons learnt from project implementation and identifying follow-up actions.
  • Write timely and high quality reports and support the Chief of Party in the drafting of donor reports. 
  • Maintain a database of project outcomes and targets

 

Budget Management 

  • Accountability to the CoP for effective management of the project resources, including all assets and other related materials.
  • Accountable for timely and accurate budget phasing and forecasting.  
  • Fully participate in project review meetings to discuss any under or overspends with the finance department.  
  • Ensure the project budget is fully understood by the project team and NGO partners.
  • Ensure that all requisitions and retirements are appropriately authorized in a timely manner; and that all expenditures are accompanied with supporting documentation.
  • Ensure project Staff and NGO partners spend funds within guidelines, in line with Programme activity plans and associated financial policies.

 

External Representation 

  • Establishing and maintaining good working relations with relevant NGO partners; Build and maintain strong relations with staff in partner organizations who are implementing the project
  • Regular Communication with other project Staff, NGO partners, and YWLCBOs
  • Attend to related external engagements delegated by the Chief of Party.
  • Work in consortium with NGO partners  

 

People Management

  • Ensure all P2P in peacebuilding project team members understand and comply with all Restless Development policies and procedures. 
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to the project team to build cohesive and high performing staff.  
  • Responsible for the talent management and capacity enhancement of team members 
  • Performance manage the Project Coordinator and Communications Coordinator. 

 

  1. 5. Others
  • Document and report any lessons learned, good practices, programmatic modifications.
  •  Prepare and submit monthly work plans and relevant documents to line manager as requested.
  • Other significant duties as may be assigned by her/his line manager; participate in required training.
  • Take up other responsibilities when called upon. 

 

ABOUT YOU 

We are looking for people with the right competencies and skills for the role, and who demonstrate the personal qualities consistent with our Values. ​ 

 

Values Behaviours What we expect of the Senior Project Manager 
HEART

We are who we serve.  We are brave.

Values-led Upholds a values-led culture across the hub, inspiring a Restless passion and professionalism amongst all others. Considers the Restless Values when making decisions.
Innovation Creates an enabling environment for innovation across the hub. Takes measured risks and solves complex issues with creativity and innovation. 
HEAD

We are 100% professional.  We prove that young people can

Delivers Quality Drives quality across the Programme by holding all team members to account for high performance and value-for-money. Ensures the hub is effectively and efficiently resourced to deliver quality against strategic priorities.
Decision-Making Drives change across the hub by considering the long term impact of risks and strategic decisions to multiple teams.
VOICE

We generate leaders.  We are proud to carry the banner for youth-led development.

Leadership Contributes to strategy development and creates a compelling organizational vision. Is accountable for performance at team level. Develops leadership in others for future growth of the organisation.
People Development Builds organizational capacity by creating a culture of continual learning through performance management, training, coaching and mentoring; aligning their own personal and professional development to current and future organizational needs.
HANDS

We are in it together.  We listen and learn.

Effective Communication Builds consensus and commitment amongst staff and major national partners. Confidently anticipates and responds to challenge or resistance in difficult circumstances. Coaches others to communicate strategically.
Collaboration Is a role model for collaboration at a national, regional and global level; frequently contributing to internal processes and decisions. Leads participatory decision making and strategy development.

 

 

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE 
Essential 
  • Substantial experience of managing USAID funded programmes;
  • An excellent understanding of community engagement strategies, the investment environment in Sierra Leone, land laws and policies, peace frameworks, natural resource governance, and conflict sensitivity, and an active interest in the workings of civil society;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the USAID’s P2P approach to peacebuilding and others; 
  • Ability to work under stress, follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget and reporting;
  • Substantial experience within a senior leadership position in which decision making and collaboration has been a priority;
  • A role model, able to gain the respect of the management and wider staff team; 
  • Demonstrable experience in project administration, planning and implementation; Experience working on youth and gender-sensitive programming;
  • Skills in participatory approaches to programming, and community engagement; Demonstrable interpersonal and team working skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and use of internet for research; Ability to relate sensitively to diverse groups;
  • Commitment to Restless Development’s values and mission (available on Restless Development International website). 
Desirable 
  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree in public/business administration, international relations, other social sciences. (A master’s degree may be substituted by a Bachelor’s Degree and at least 10 years’ relevant management, supervisory, technical experience working with activities that are of a similar scope and scale to this activity); 
  • At least 7 years of experience in donor-funded project management in post-conflict or fragile states; managing implementation of integrated programmes (Peacebuilding, Protection, Women and Youth, community mobilization for example);
  • Past experience building, nurturing and maintaining synergic relationships with relevant Government Agencies, Commissions, NGOs, Local Councils, YWLCBOs and community Peacebuilders; 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English & Krio (will be an added advantage)
  • Knowledge of relevant national and international strategies and frameworks in the areas of Peacebuilding, Gender and youth empowerment and other poverty related national development priorities; 
  • Experience of working in Sierra Leone and an understanding of the current socio-political environment;
  • Experience working in challenging operating environments with a rapidly changing policy and legal landscape.

 

Restless Development is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from young people, women, those living with HIV, disabled people, and other marginalized groups. 

 

WHAT WE DO FOR YOU 

 

Remuneration 

We are proud to commit to a transparent global salary scale, ensuring a fair and comparable system of pay across all global locations, taking into account statutory benefits.  In addition to salary, we offer End of Service Benefit, and NASSIT (10% employer contribution) for all staff. 

 

Values and Culture 

At Restless Development, we’re proud that the strength and integrity of our values has been recognized by staff, beneficiaries, donors and others who we work with.  Beyond this, we have a culture of recognizing and celebrating both our values and our global achievements with monthly Values Champions and an annual Values Day. 

 

Work-life balance 

It goes without saying that we work hard at Restless Development.  We also recognize the importance of helping staff to maintain a positive work-life balance by offering: 

  • 24 days annual leave (in addition to public holidays and with an extra day of annual leave given for each full year of service, up to a maximum of 28 days). 
  • Access to flexible working. 
  • Study leave, maternity, paternity or adoption leave, and other leave allowances. 
  • A day’s leave on your birthday.  

 

Professional development 

Restless Development is proud to be an employer who recognizes potential and invests in the development of its staff.  We are committed to the professional development of our staff through: 

  • Empowering opportunities to work on significant projects which stretch and inspire staff – allowing them to develop on-the-job.  
  • Training and development opportunities, including supporting our staff to identify mentors both within and outside of the agency. 
  • Quarterly Staff Workshops for all staff to give and receive agency updates, receive training, and socialize. 

 

Travel and medical insurance 

When travelling abroad with work, all staff will be covered by Restless Development’s travel insurance. Any additional insurances/benefits will be shared with the successful applicant, and are dependent on the country of hire. 

 

KEY DATES 

Please send a completed application form to sierraleonejobs@restlessdevelopment.org and copy tamba.aliyu@restlessdevelopment.org by Midnight on Sunday 14th August 2022. Please note that we do not accept CVs, resumes or covering letters.

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