The main responsibilities of the Livelihood Programme Manager (PM) are:
• Livelihood Program Management: the Livelihood PM with the support of Project Coordinators, SAH Finance Officer and Logistic and Administration Manger will ensure in collaboration with Country Representative that all SAH funded projects are implemented, monitored and reported in a manner, which achieves the goals of the project and are in line with SAH and donor policies and procedures. The PM should demonstrate sound resource management and accountability.
Oversight of general management functions i.e. supervision, coaching and mentoring a team of 30 staff, with five people directly reporting to PM including reporting is expected to take over 30% of the position time. This position should also keep oversight of possible extensions and future possibilities for additional Livelihood projects in the North and coordinate these with the Country Representative.
• Programme Development:. Coordinating the implementation of needs assessment in North Sri Lanka with focus on the livelihood sectors and in close coordination with the Country Representative and relevant government line ministries. Facilitate at field level the conceptual design and development (incl. drafting of project proposal and budget) of future project proposals based on the outcome of the Needs Assessment and taking into consideration donor requirements, such as European Commission of Humanitarian Aid, Swiss Solidarity, Swiss Development and Cooperation and others, as well as the priorities identified by the Government of Sri Lanka and the UN Cluster coordination mechanism.
• Coordination and Communication: This position will coordinate and facilitate senior staff to communicate all activities closely with the, respective cluster participants, local government, national partners and other agencies in the programme area to ensure the full integration of the SAH activities. To manage and assist general visits and information requests (e.g. interviews and pictures) in close coordination with the Country Representative.
• Administration: to oversee the smooth functioning of all programme related administration, logistic and transport in coordination with the respective partners and agencies.
• Financial Management and Budget Control: Control and check the programme expenditures against the individual project budgets, this includes the oversight of the work of the Project Coordinators and Finance Officer. At the end of each month prepare a monthly expenditure plan for the upcoming month and submit to the Country Office in Colombo.
• Human Resources: The Programme Manager North is responsible for providing guidance, support, coaching and mentoring while also implementing SAH performance management systems. This includes ensuring that all ToR’s are clear and complete, that work plans are realistic and challenging, all reporting procedures are met on time, minimum quality standards of project design and implementation are adhered to and that annual appraisals are completed without any surprises to direct reports. To assess the human resources requirements for the projects, skills expected of staff at different levels in hierarchy and assist the Country Representative in staff recruitment and induction in coordination with Office Manager. To conduct regular management team meetings and develop weekly and monthly work plans that should be handed to the Country Office in Colombo by the 28th of each month.
• Reporting: to prepare monthly progress reports and ensure adherence to a regular internal reporting structure. To ensure that all preparation of regular, final and financial reports to donors, government ministries and head quarters are done on time in consultation with Country Representative.
• Monitoring and Evaluation: to establish, manage and implement monitoring and evaluation systems for the activities and to train the respective national staff in this regard. In case of implementation through a national partner organisation, to monitor and evaluate the activities according to the set resources and respective budget.
• Surveys and Data Collection: to manage the collection of data and to conduction of surveys (e.g. baseline surveys, do-no-harm surveys etc.) in close coordination with the Country Representative and according to the set requirement and international standards.
• At least 5 years experience of humanitarian and development livelihood projects, in post conflict environment is an advantage.
• Advanced degree and prior senior level managerial experience in international development operation directing and supervising complex programs funded by major multilateral and/or bilateral donor agencies;
• Strong oral and written communications (especially in English, German and Tamil a plus) and excellent interpersonal/diplomatic skills with senior government officials, heads of diplomatic missions, international organizations and NGOs with a view to enhance the SLA program;
• Some years experience in Sri Lanka and/or other developing countries with similar post conflict situation;
• Proven track record in fundraising with institutional donors, corporate donors and international development organizations as well as proven experience in national staff and partner capacity building;
• Experience in livelihood and reconstruction projects is desired;
• High degree of independence, flexibility, sound decision making skills and diplomacy;
• Ability to work in difficult surroundings
How to applyPlease send your application before February 7th to the below address and only short listed candidates will be informed.
Swiss Labour Assistance SAH
Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk SAH
Humanitarian Aid International Department, Ms Ursula Maegerle
Quellenstrasse 31 / Mailbox 2228
CH-8031 Zurich / Switzerland