Project Manager (Contingent to funding)

at SNV Netherlands Development Organization
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted June 4, 2020
Category Administration
Job Type Contract
Currency UGX


Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organization, with decentralized management.

The four year Agricultural project (Contingent to funding) has a key youth empowerment focus. This will involve skills development for selected youth and the linking of selected youth to private sector actors for skills enhancement, for employment and for business opportunities. The project will target four of Uganda’s largest refugee hosting districts: Arua, Madi Okollo, Obongi and Moyo districts all containing a high proportion of people who are economically highly vulnerable, including the youth.  This project will also target less-resilient households (including households with vulnerable children), and selected youth members of those households, and will promote social cohesion, women’s empowerment and enhanced environmental management. The main intervention point for all project interventions will be savings and development clusters across above-mentioned districts.

Job Description

Background of the Position

The Agriculture Project Manager will lead and manage the planning, inception, implementation, closing and the workforce of the entire project, within scope, budget, timeline and acceptable quality levels along the commitments specified in the contracts signed with the donor(s) and other relevant stakeholders. The Project Manager shall work in line with SNV standards, SNV`s approach to project management and donor regulations, in order to achieve high quality and achieve the agreed results and deliverables of the project.

Major Responsibilities

Project set-up and design

  1. Guide the programme set-up, including developing work plans, budgets and   competence  table with financial responsibilities and mandates
  2. Initiates implementation of the project plan upon approval of the donor

Project Management-

  1. Execute overall programme management
  2. Leads, manges and motivates the project team, partners and relevant stakeholders.
  3. Plans and assigns deliverables and activities, reviews their progress and addresses deviations in terms of timelines and quality, based on project planning, deliverables agreed and budget set.
  4. Manages project closure and evaluation process including hand-over of complete and up-to-date project files.
  5. Manage sub-contractors and coordinate project consortium partners

Project quality assurance

  1. Responsible for the (technical) content of a project, ensures quality of the deliverables and ensures sufficient technical input to meet the quality standards

Contract management and Project accounting

  1. Manages and accounts for full compliances of administrative, finance and HR components of the project with SNV internal procedures and donor specified guidelines.
  2. Account and report to SNV and the donor on project performance
  3. Ensures that approval for coding and booking of all expenditures is done accordingly  to the relevant procedures and authorisation levels.

People Management and Team Leadership

  1. Guides, develops, coaches and motivates teams
  2. Overall management of all human, physical resources related to the project

Analysis & Reporting

  1. Ensures collection, consolidation and review of the project information according to SNV’s Monitoring and evaluation guidelines
  2. Analyses and provides advice to management how to incorporate the new insights and best practice

Knowledge Development

  1. Guide knowledge development, documentation and communication and branding in close collaboration with the donor;
  2. Present results and represent the programme in relevant national, regional and international fora.


Qualifications & requirements

  1. Relevant advanced academic qualification at master’s level;
  2. Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted, multi-country donor-funded development projects;
  3. Solid experience in project management, especially of EU funded project;
  4. Able to strategically lead, inspire and energise project teams;
  5. Preferable background in/understanding of agribusiness, value chain development and climate change;
  6. Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation;
  7. Demonstrated experience in managing various project partners;
  8. Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with the private sector, civil society and governments;
  9. Highly motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills who takes individual accountability seriously;
  10. Strong strategic decision-making and excellent communication skills (written and oral) including reporting and presentation skills
  11. Fluency in both written and spoken English;
  12. Willingness to travel to all project locations.
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