Reporting to the Head of Programmes, the Senior Project Manager will provide overall leadership and management of a large-scale, multi-faceted UNICEF-funded child protection project to be executed directly by WCUK staff and by national partners in western Afghanistan. The project includes the provision of psychological support services through large-scale child-friendly spaces, the provision of case management services to children at risk, the facilitation of community networks focused on child protection at scale, the implementation of positive parenting for identified adults, the continued operationalization of the child helpline and a component on support for children working on the street, including the establishment a protection center to provide services to children at risk.
The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring that the project is delivered on time and within budget and that it meets quality and safety standards. The incumbent will be a highly experienced senior project manager, preferably with a background in child protection in emergencies and experience in managing UNICEF funds. The incumbent will have to respect the principles of child protection and safeguarding throughout his work. He/she will be based in Herat, with frequent travel to project sites in Badghis, Ghor, Farah and Ghor.
- Establishes, maintains and develops productive working relationships with relevant stakeholders, including local authorities, partner staff and key NGO/UN contacts.
- Collect, review and share key project data with the internal focal point for UN reporting systems in a timely manner.
- Lead project reporting for internal purposes and to donors, including quarterly donor reports and internal management reports.
- Monitor partner capacity building plans to ensure they are implemented and coordinate with the Child Protection Technical Advisor to identify and address technical gaps in child protection capacity childhood.
- Contribute to in-country strategic discussions, including annual country planning and country strategic planning processes.
- Provide project management, guidance and technical oversight throughout the project cycle to ensure that project design, start-up, implementation and closure comply with safety and security principles and standards. WC and inter-agency quality and donor guidelines.
- Takes a proactive approach to project implementation – being proactive in identifying challenges and risks and actively participating in resolving them with creative and immediate solutions.
- Work closely with HR to recruit quality project staff on time and they receive adequate inductions including on project design and implementation.
- Effectively manage and oversee the project team, including managing and supporting inclusive team dynamics and staff well-being. Support direct reports to create professional development plans, including ensuring staff can access relevant capacity building.
- Work closely with MEAL colleagues to develop the MEAL package for the project, ensuring that the MEAL plan is implemented and lead learning at the project level – identifying challenges and best practices when implementing project implementation and promote safe innovative practices.
- Works closely with the Child Protection Technical Advisor to ensure that services are delivered safely and of high quality – adhering to international minimum standards, learning and contextualizing best practices and providing technical assistance effective and capacity building activities for staff and partner organizations.
- Facilitate monthly project review meetings for WC and partner staff to track progress against budget, indicators and work plan and to identify and resolve issues.
- Lead budget management, including approving project costs in accordance with the delegation scheme, monthly BvA review, ensuring reallocations, and ensuring budget expenditures remain within budget line flexibility .
- Respond to ad hoc requests from donors and other key stakeholders on the project.
- Oversee activities implemented by local partners and facilitate and review narrative and financial reports submitted by local partners.
- Promotes and integrates gender analysis and mainstreaming into humanitarian programming.
- Continuously adapts to changing political realities by proposing and coordinating adaptations to program activities and results as needed.
- Contribute to creating a culture committed to the protection of children and adults and in line with WCUK’s policies for protecting children and adults at risk.
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