Project Manager

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Project Manager, Resilience, Tanzania

Location:            Tanzania

Reports to:         Senior Projects Manager            

Duration:            10 months (with possible extension), anticipated start in April 2015

Salary:                Highly competitive within Tanzanian NGO market rates

Job purpose:

The Project Manager, Resilience will be responsible for managing and delivering all aspects of BBC Media Action’s Radio for Resilience project. The project aims to strengthen the ability of community radio, civil society organisations (CSOs) and local government to contribute to increase accountability and support ordinary Tanzanians to build their resilience to climate change. Key activities include mentoring and training of community radio stations to produce high quality content on climate related issues and supporting and enabling relationship building between radio stations, CSOs and local government.

Reporting to the Senior Projects Manager, the post holder will be responsible for the overall delivery of the project; in particular ensuring the project meets its objectives, constantly strives to learn, monitor and improve based on impact data and is delivered on time, within budget and to the highest possible standards.

Main duties

To deliver the Radio for Resilience project on time, to budget and to the highest standards in terms of quality, effectiveness, impact and relevance, meeting objectives clearly defined in the project proposal. Specifically:

Responsible for all aspects of the project management cycle; including:

    Planning project activities in line with project objectives and management of activity implementation
    Overall management of the project budget, including timely budget reforecasting and constant monitoring. This includes tracking monthly expenditure against targets and accurately forecasting and delivering against agreed budgets
    Developing and managing external relationships with project partners, including the wider BBC, local broadcasters, NGOS and the project donor
    Writing monthly internal project progress reports and regular external donor reports
    Line management of the project assistant and two project journalist trainer/mentors
    Work closely with BBC Media Action’s research team to support and oversee the design and evaluation of project research activities. Ensuring research tools to monitor and evaluate programme output and audience feedback as well as data analysis are in line with the project objectives
    Liaise with BBC Media Action’s production team to ensure the journalist trainer/mentors receive necessary support, in turn strengthening the support they can give to the radio station partners to produce an air content that is high quality and meets editorial standards
    Liaise regularly with the Africa Project Manager based in London to ensure the project adheres to all legal and contractual requirements
    Support the Senior Project Manager with business development for resilience projects, including liaising with potential donors and supporting with proposal and budget development

Required skills, knowledge and experience:    

    At least 3 years’ experience in international development, with demonstrable experience in project planning and management systems
    Experience managing the project budget cycle – from conception, through budget building, to implementation, monitoring, reviewing and reporting/accounting
    Experience in line management of staff
    Strong interpersonal skills
    Strong commitment to, and understanding of, development issues in Tanzania
    Experience writing project briefs, reports, terms of reference and other project documents
    Fluency in English and Swahili and ability to write reports in those languages

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

    Experience in building resilience to the effects of climate change and/or agriculture and livelihoods a distinct advantage
    Experience in radio and/or television production either from a media or a communications background. Applicants with extremely sound ideas, but little production experience will be considered on evidence of creativity and potential
    Experience of project fundraising, including networking with donors and drafting project proposals
    Ability to make sound judgments on editorially sensitive programme issues

Key competencies:

The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

    Analytical thinking – Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development.
    Decision making – Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made.
    Planning and organisation – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
    Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
    Influencing and persuading – Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
    Communication – The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
    Managing relationships – Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.

Application instructions:

Candidates should send their CV and a cover letter (PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role in English by email to: tzrecruitment@tz.bbcmediaaction.org with the title of the position applied for in the subject line.

Please do not send certificates or other attachments. Applicants with no separate cover letter will not be considered. These are local posts applicable to people who have the legal right to live and work in Tanzania and national terms and conditions will apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Application deadline:  Friday 27 February 2015 by 5pm



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