United Purpose (UP), formerly Concern Universal, is an international development NGO headquartered in the UK that focuses its Malawi programmes on four impact areas: WASH and healthier lives; Resilient livelihoods; sustainable energy; and gender equality. With nearly 30 years of supporting the most vulnerable people and addressing the drivers of poverty in Malawi, UP has developed a unique approach to achieving sustainable change through enabling independence, intelligent development and disruptive innovation. In Malawi we work in partnership with District Councils and communities to implement development interventions, reaching over 1million people annually. UP currently operates in 17 districts in Malawi, supporting over 20 on-going projects, with a total staff of over 180.
UP is seeking to recruit a Project Manager in its “Reaching Our Goals” Project based in Dedza. In Partnership with Link Community Development Malawi, and with funding from Comic Relief, UP is implementing a 2-year girls’ empowerment project in rural Dedza District. This is a follow-on Project of the previous Girls INSPIRED Project. Through participation in netball-based education programmes, the project will target girls 15-18, supporting them to make decisions about their future and lead the lives they choose. The project will support adolescent girls to complete an accelerated learning programme and transition into mainstream education, vocational training, or employment. The project will also strengthen the awareness and the capacity of relevant stakeholders in the Sport for Change (SFC) approach.
Position: Project Manager: Reaching Our Goals Project
(Based in Dedza)
The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for coordinating the planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the Reaching Our Goals project, and ensuring partnership with the Link teams both in Malawi and the UK. The PM has lead responsibility for overseeing the development of the curriculum, training the coaches, building internal Sport for Change (SFC) capacity within UP Malawi and external capacity with development actors, and facilitating project learning and UP’s SFC approach to relevant stakeholders. The PM is responsible for ensuring expenditure is in line with the budget, implementation is on track to meet expected targets, project monitoring is conducted and objectives are met. The PM is responsible for maintaining and improving UP’s relationship with Government Ministries, specifically Ministries of Gender, Sports and Education. The PM will report to the Dedza Programmes Manager, and line manage the Field Officer.
Key responsibilities and duties
- Ensure successful delivery of project
- Develop, implement and monitor the project work plan and budget, in line with project log frame, agreed deliverables, and resources.
- Supervise and manage the field officer in their day-to-day activities, providing direction and guidance to ensure project objectives are met and results delivered
- Manage and monitor project expenditure, ensuring it is in line with the budgeted amounts and that correct UP financial and operational procedures are followed
- Work hand in hand with ASPIRE Project team and CUMO, in facilitating transition pathways and trainings of project participants
- Ensure smooth communications and coordination between UP and Link, through joint scheduled meetings, monitoring, trainings, and collaborative decision making
- Ensure the programme is delivered In line with the UP’s Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and procedures.
- Support the integration of women’s empowerment and leadership; and UP mainstreaming issues
(HIV/AIDS, disability) throughout all aspects of the project cycle.
- Produce accurate and timely financial and narrative reports, as per Comic Relief requirements
- Learning and documentation
- Coordinate and document lessons and success stories, for internal / external sharing and cross learning, including facilitating learning reviews
- Support development of curriculum and training
- With support from technical leads (from UP and externally), oversee development of empowerment programme curriculum, including completing desk-based research and conducting interviews to contextualise and adapt existing SFC curricula
- Facilitating curriculum design workshops
- Oversee training of the facilitator coaches, liaising with technical leads (internal and external)
- Coordinate with and build capacity of key stakeholders
- Ensure close collaboration and networking with all national and district partners, including government and communities, as well as other UP projects, and other SFC projects and actors in Malawi, during all stages of project implementation.
- Work in collaboration with Ministry of Sports and Ministry of Gender in building upon the SFC Technical Working Group.
- Supporting UP Malawi programmes and external stakeholders to embed a Sport for Change approach into their programming
- Represent the project and organisation at district and national level, attending relevant meetings and forums
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Update, implement and provide oversight of the project M&E framework
- Updating or revising the project M&E framework/tools/methods where necessary
- Analyze all MEL Data as per project tools developed.
- Ensure all data required is appropriately captured, stored and reported on in a timely manner.
- Write Project office and donor reports as per reporting schedule and timelines.
Note: The PM shall be required to follow all UP Policies and attend all required staff trainings.
Essential skills and experience
- At least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (social sciences, gender, community development, education); Master’s degree would be a distinct advantage.
- Extensive experience working in gender and around issues of child safeguarding; experience with sport, physical education or SFC approach a distinct advantage.
- Demonstrable understanding of safeguarding risks and mitigating actions.
- Significant experience managing programme, financial, and operations of international donor-funded development projects, including logical framework approach
- Capacity to produce high quality and engaging briefs, communication materials and reports in English
- Excellent interpersonal, planning, coordination, and training/facilitation skills.
- Well-refined people management, team working and interpersonal skills with strong initiative
- Extensive experience of targeting and working with disadvantaged people in Malawian society.
- Fluency in spoken and written English and Chichewa, including excellent English report writing skills and high attention to detail.
- Proven ability to work under pressure and meet tight and competing deadlines.
- Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders.
- Strong respect and empathy for rural communities; a deep personal commitment to promoting women’s rights; as well as an affinity to UP’s mission and values of integrity, dignity, and environmental respect.
- A full clean driving license and ability to drive a four-wheel drive manual vehicle is essential
Desirable skills and experience
- Familiarity and experience working with SFC approach
- Passion for sport, especially netball
- Experience working in a consortium
- Experience developing curricula
Submission of applications and logistical arrangements
Please visit http://united-purpose.org/s/Job-Application-Form.doc to download the Application Form, and then submit the completed form via email only to:
Email: [email protected]‐purpose.org
When submitting, please put YOUR NAME_ [POSITION APPLIED] and cite “Reaching Our Goals PM” in the email subject title and application form.
Any applications that do not include this in the title will not be considered.
The deadline for applications is 07th May 2021. Interviews will be held in Lilongwe during the week commencing 24thand 31st May 2021. It is expected that the selected candidate will begin reporting for duty on 1st June 2021; the contract will end on 31st March 2023. The PM will be based in UP Malawi’s Dedza office.