Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Mzuzu, Malawi

Plan International is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Project Manager .

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

Responsibilities

  • Provide transformative leadership to the project team and lead the team in understanding the project goal/vision, strategic objectives, models and interventions
  • Lead project teams in monthly, quarterly and annual activity implementation planning
  • Ensure that project planning and implementation respond to the primary and secondary beneficiary needs
  • Support project-monitoring-field visits and facilitate synergies, learning and documentation within the programme
  • Provide technical support and guidance to field technical staff, partners and communities on various project technical interventions
  • Facilitate market linkages through formal long-term agreements/contracts between farmer groups and off-takers
  • Take lead in coordinating district-level quarterly planning and review meetings for the project
  • Ensure that the project adopts best practices in agri-business, integrated rural development, agronomy, and takes up initiatives to ensure that lessons learnt within the programmes are properly documented and shared with other partners/stakeholders
  • Facilitate/establish and maintain effective partnerships with other consortium organisations, government departments and other relevant development actors, both at district and community level, for sufficient project support and knowledge sharing
  • Provide leadership for the design and implementation of operational research, to determine opportunities and constraints for agri-business innovations in project target areas
  • Participate in joint annual reviews, mid-term reviews, end of project evaluations and periodic audits for the programme
  • Take lead in monitoring of project operational and budget management, and lead in regular project progress reporting in accordance with standard operating procedures/monitoring and evaluation guidelines and donor guidelines
  • Work with the monitoring and evaluation staff to ensure that monitoring of project indicators is timely and of excellent quality to support adaptive project management
  • Ensure that monitoring systems and tools are developed and used by project staff to track project progress and capture learning
  • Support regular assessments of project context and, where applicable, carry out adjustments to project plans and management on an ongoing basis
  • Lead in carrying out staff capacity assessments and, where gaps exist, design and execute appropriate staff capacity development initiatives
  • Promote accountability by conducting staff annual performance reviews with direct supervisees, ensuring that all staff members are effectively using the performance planning and management system
  • Contribute to project team-building efforts and ensure effective participation of all team members in relevant decision-making processes
  • Coordinate with monitoring and evaluation, finance and administration (HR, logistics, security, procurement) departments to ensure sufficient provision of operational and administrative support to project staff for effective implementation of field activities
  • Ensure that project staff members understand and adhere to project grant requirements, organisational policies and procedures and relevant national legislation
  • Lead and support project team members in understanding and mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues in the project

Requirements

  • Degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics or a related area
  • Five years of experience promoting increased production and marketing of agriculture products
  • Five years of experience promoting improved crop and animal production practices
  • Five years of agricultural extension experience and coordination of development programmes, with some experience in farmer cooperative agricultural credit, use of mobile-based platforms and incubation hub business models
  • Five years of experience with value chains related to agricultural/horticultural/agronomical products and livestock
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge of private sector development and value chain development
  • Good network or ability to build a network of different value chain stakeholders
  • Knowledge of farming as a business and ability to stay up-to-date with current news, trends and studies related to agribusiness developments

To apply and for more information, click here.

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