PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Project Director will have overall responsibility for the project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of the requirements of the cooperative agreement. S/he will have principal responsibility for representation of the project to the United States Department of Labour (USDOL). The Project Director will serve as representative of the project and will be responsible for the activities and all long-term and short-term personnel under this grant. The Project Director will establish and maintain systems for project operations; ensure that all cooperative agreement deadlines are met and targets are achieved; maintain working relationships with project stakeholders including subgrantees and or subcontractors; and oversee the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to USDOL. The Project Director shall have a keen understanding of the unique political dynamics and will work carefully and collaboratively to support the various political entities in Cambodia.
The Project Director should embrace the shared USDOL vision for the project and effectively manage available financial and human resources to make that vision a reality. The required attributes of the Project Director are: a senior manager with a Master’s degree in a related field, or a Bachelor’s degree with commensurate experience required. A minimum of five years of professional experience in a leadership role in the implementation of development projects relevant to this project is required. Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams. Knowledge of and familiarity with United States Government (USG) international assistance programme requirements, preferably USDOL and/or other bilateral funding agencies. Experience managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.
- Direct and oversee World Vision's work in an assigned programme of more than US$10 million, ensuring that all programme goals are met through proper design, staffing, and implementation.
- Establish and maintain systems for project operations.
- Organise and direct the work of local staff and short-term advisors. Provide supervision, training and performance appraisals.
- Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional programme reports that meet donor requirements to appropriate World Vision Partnership staff.
- Establish leadership and personal credibility and implement and maintain clearly understood chain of authority and accountability.
- Develop and maintain an adequate human resource plan consistent with WV policies, donor requirements (such as A-110, A-122, A-133, 22 CFR 211, etc.) and local laws. Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex government funded projects.
- Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and WVUS International Programs Group headquarters staff.
- Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocable, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure clean A-133 audits.
- Oversee property and equipment acquisition, disposition, and management in compliance with WV internal and donor requirements.
- Liaise with host government officials; coordinate and collaborate with top-level officials of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, and other agencies related to the programme.
- Discuss plans and strategies with different stakeholders to ensure proper understanding of the project’s concepts, including time frame.
- Develop a programme operations manual and finalise sub-grants management guidelines relevant to the project and in accordance with the prescribed international standards, as warranted.
- Evaluate programme effectiveness and determine corrective action needed to improve goal achievement by participating and conducting agricultural assistance surveys and rapid appraisal design.
- Carry out additional responsibilities and projects as assigned, including administrative and planning functions.
- Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Master’s degree in a related field, or a Bachelor’s degree with commensurate experience (10+ years) required.
- Minimum 5 years’ experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of grant, cooperative agreement and contract requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports).
- Experience in implementation of complex education programmes in developing countries in areas such as education policy, improving educational quality and access, educational assessment of disadvantaged students, development of community participation in the improvement of basic education, and monitoring and evaluation of basic education projects.
- Knowledge of child labour issues and experience in transitional, formal and vocational education of children removed from child labour and victims of worst forms of child labour essential.
- Experience managing inter-agency consortia essential.
- Proven ability in the management of large integrated programmes in developing countries.
- Familiarity with USG programmes, their history and their development.
- Mastery of USDOL regulations governing such programmes.
- Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.
- Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries, and with donor colleagues in country.
- Leadership of large and diverse teams.
- Diplomacy, strong presentation skills, speaking and writing.
- Fluency in English required.
- Working knowledge of relevant national language (Khmer) preferred.