Monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) manager | Albania | 2020

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Country: Albania Organization: Chemonics Closing date: 15 Oct 2020 Chemonics seeks a qualified individual for the role of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Manager for the three-year, UK-Funded, Serious Organised Crime (SOC): Prevent – Alternative Pathways programme in Albania. This programme is managed by the UK Home Office and funded through the Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). The MERL manager will be responsible for overall management and direction of rigorous monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning activities of the programme to measure progress towards initial and intermediary results and the overall programme goals. Specifically, measuring the direct impacts of the project on reduced levels of serious organised crime in Albania and internationally. Ideally, we are looking for a candidate with experience in community mobilization, youth mobilization, and/or tackling Serious Organized Crime. The position will be based …

Resource Development and Donor Engagement (RDDE) Team Leader

Resource Development and Donor Engagement (RDDE) Team Leader BACKGROUND World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We are a community of close to 40,000 staff working across the world to help change the lives of vulnerable children. Our supporters, partners and staff join forces with communities on the ground to help children enjoy good health, be educated for life, experience the love of God and their neighbours and be cared for, protected and participating in addressing issues that affect their lives. World Vision has been active in Zimbabwe since 1973. Our operations are spread across 9 out of 10 provinces, with a majority of over 1.75 million beneficiaries in rural areas. Our current programs focus on improving the well-being of boys and girls in three priority sectors: health and nutrition, livelihoods and education. We also focus on child protection, gender and disabilities, emergency assistance and resilience building as cross cutting priorities across our programs. If you share the same vision, JOIN US and contribute to life in all its fullness for the children and communities we serve. Position: Resource Development and Donor Engagement (RDDE) Team Leader, World Vision Zimbabwe Location: Harare PURPOSE OF POSITION The position provides overall leadership for the development and implementation of the WVZ Resource Development and Donor Engagement (RDDE) strategy with a key focus on funding diversification, sustainability, and new business development. It also focuses on leading, in a collaborative manner, external engagement and positioning with key donors and partners to help further position WVZ as a partner of choice. This role requires a deep knowledge and proven track record of effective grant project design and implementation oversight as well as experience in donor engagement and positioning at the operational and strategic, national, and ideally, international levels. Successful candidates will use culturally sensitive communication, self-determination, and coordination skills to work with collaborative multi-sector/functional teams that will help generate a range of resources to enable WVZ to implement programs that are impactful and focus on the most vulnerable children and communities. This will be done in alignment with the WVZ national strategy. The position is part of the WVZ Senior Management Team (SMT) while also engaging with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) on a regular basis. It reports to the National Director (ND) with matrix reporting to the Regional Resource Development Director. The RDDE Sr PO and PO report to the position. The position is based in Harare. Candidates with international experience and those with resident permits are encouraged to apply MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES % Time Major Activities End Results Expected 10 Strategy and Leadership: Provide leadership to the Resource Development and Donor Engagement Department in collaboration with WVZ / Regional Office (RO)/ Support Office (SO) teams to drive growth and diversification of resources from bilateral, multilateral, foundations, corporate donors, and Resources In Kind (RIK) In coordination with the WVZ technical, programs and the operations leadership teams, and the Regional Resource Development Director (RRD) develop and/or revise the FO resource development and grant management strategy, and resource targets. In accordance with Global Grant Acquisition and Management (GAM) processes and the WVZ Strategy Cycle, assist the field leadership team in setting reasonable annual resource/grant income projections to be used as a performance indicator. WVZ Resource Development Strategy implemented and reported annually on achievements. WVZs annual target and achievements agreed, monitored and reported. WVZ resource/grant growth targets reasonably set and achieved. 30 Donor Tracking, Prepositioning and Engagement: Provide leadership and strategic vision to build and maintain WVZ’s public reputation as a key humanitarian, development and advocacy partner through targeted donor and partner engagement, sharing program impact information, and building alliances/partnerships with key national and international stakeholders Develop/maintain and oversee an external engagement and positioning plan which is informed though tracking and mapping of the donor landscape (identify, develop, and track new and current donor relationships) and work proactively with RO and SO resource development teams to ensure coordinated donor intelligence gathering, sharing and grant opportunity targeting With the participation of relevant WVZ staff and departments, organize prepositioning meetings with donors and key partners and develop/present key program impact data in coordination with WVZ’s communications and sector leads to position WV as a partner of choice. Actively engage and participate in strategic in country donor meetings/clusters with foundations, bilateral and multilateral institutions, and corporates. This will be done in coordination with the National Director (ND) and other key staff who may also participate in relevant meetings Identify key relationships with local government and other key local stakeholders to strengthen the FOs brand and profile within the country. In collaboration with WVZ’s communications and sector leads, develop innovative branding and marketing material, events and communication strategies (social media, websites, etc.) to attract new local donors/ corporates/ partners, and build WV’s national brand recognition Establish/maintain an efficient grant opportunity tracking system in collaboration with RRD and maintain an overview of country level grant funding opportunities and donor trends. In country donor landscape completed, refreshed annually. Highlights and trends communicated to regional RDDE and SOs (Support Office), and integrated in NO work (Quarter report). Participate/initiate NO, SO and Global GAM calls External engagement plan is successfully implemented in concert with RO and SOs Develop high quality impact data and capacity statements for external engagement Technical Branding plans and donor engagement plans rolled out and report on progress. WVZ participation in fora, alliances and key partnerships. WVZ’s website, print material and social media presence is of high quality, up to date and engaging Grant Opportunity Tracking system in place. 30 Proposal/Concept Development: In coordination with SOs and cross WVZ/RO functional teams, develop concept notes and proposals leading to successful funding opportunities Provide leadership in the identification, selection and negotiations of key external partners/consortia (INGO/NGO/CSO/Government. Etc.) which will compliment and strengthen the proposal/project Lead the Go/No Go internal process in collaboration with FO/RO/SO per each grant opportunity, and ensure the appropriate use of the Grants Risk Assessment Form is used to make informed decisions Per grant opportunity, provide leadership in the coordination of the proposal development team, programmatic, sector inputs and budget development in alignment with donor requirements Ensure proposals/concepts are leveraging internal people and financial resources, complimenting other grant projects/sponsorship programming (where possible), and any additional required resources (ie. grant match) is sourced in partnership with SOs, external partners or corporates In collaboration with FO finance ensure that budgets are detailed, realistic and in alignment with successful implementation of key outcomes In collaboration with Human Resources (P&C), finance and FO senior leadership, ensure that key positions (within the RDU team and/or a grant) are identified, job descriptions are created and successful timely hiring is achieved Develop national corporate concepts/ in collaboration with FO teams to raise financial and GIK resources WVZ grant pipeline and win rate is at acceptable levels. WVZ has strong relationships with key complimentary development partners in country WVZ has a well-functioning decision making process in alignment with Go/No Go protocols Key RDDE and Grant staff are hired in time Productive national corporate relationships are developed 10 Grant Management and Compliance: In coordination with Finance, Procurement, and Administration teams, ensure all aspect of grant compliance and management (e.g. reporting, procurement, visibility, transfer of assets, audit, etc) including sub grantee management plans are understood and adhered to. Ensure Grant Health Tracker for grant projects are up to date and any issues are addressed. In collaboration with FO/RO finance monitor grant burn-rates, audit reports and other risk monitoring data, and issues are addressed with appropriate FO/RO/SO teams and donors (when needed). In conjunction with finance and operations ensure compliance in key grant areas (e.g. eligibility criteria, internal administrative cost levels, grant match, grant reporting, etc). Flag critical policy or systems issues needing resolution by Global Center (GC). Prepare monthly and quarterly grants performance reports for leadership using RDU and finance standardized metrics and protocols. Ensure Horizon grant tracking system is up to date Grant health tracking and performance tool (or equal) available in FOs used regularly (monthly) RDU and FO Operation units jointly review grant performance, and addressed the issues of concern. As appropriate or requested, WVZ RDDE supported audit team in ongoing internal and external reviews. Lessons learned communicated to other FOs. Finance department supported in WVZ burn rate monitoring and actions to improve followed up. Quality Assurance minimum standards are being used by grant managers. Grant audits results in green. WV Horizon grant profiles are up to date 10 Capacity Building: Ensure relevant WVZ staff are informed about their role within the design of grant proposals and the successful implementation of grants. New RDDE and grant management staff are onboarded and trained (Horizon, Proposal Pro/G2G,etc) and aware of WVI core grant standards, policies, database and tools and networks. Ensure key in RDDE and finance staff are proposal pro certified. Ensure RDDE and finance are trained in Horizon Identify capacity gaps or upskilling opportunities for WVZ teams in grant acquisition and management (ie. Horizon, G2G, sub grantee management, technical branding, National resource development, etc.) Develop a strong successor to be able to take up increasing grant management responsibility. WVZ staff involved in grants are Proposal pro certified. Key trainings facilitated as per capacity building needs. WVZ has up to date Horizon grant profiles. New hired grant related staff successfully onboarded and capacitated NO GAM staff attend GAM and FC CoP webinars. Annual GAM forum managed and facilitated, and actions /issues followed through. 5 Internal Engagement: Ensure appropriate representation at NO and other strategic fora to enhance programming collaboration and strategic resource planning. Represent WVZ in the grants community for a and share lessons learned with RO/SO and other FO peers (GAM CoP, Fragile Context CoP, GAM Hubs and Global Grants Compliance Unit Regularly (weekly/monthly) engage and provide updates to RRD (update meetings, monthly grant tracking reports, quarterly grant reports, grant health trackers, burn-rate reports) Participate in Regional coordination calls with RRD and WVZ peers (information sharing, learning seminar, global/regional updates and training sessions) Regularly engage (calls/emails) with key SOs to build a trusting and information sharing relationship As a member of the WVZ SMT and through regular engagement with the SLT, provide updates on revenue, donor engagement and positioning while contributing to the overall scope of discussion Participated in annual Regional Grant Acquisition and Management (GAM) forum, and other meetings as pert request. WVZ RDDE staff attend GAM and Finance CoP webinars. Monthly. Quarterly grant opportunity reports, quarterly Grant Health Trackers, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Minimum education, training and experience requirements to qualify for the position: Bachelor and/or Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations, or relevant Social Science or any related field. Minimum of 5 years of experience in tracking, prepositioning, designing high quality grants with proven track record of successful grant acquisition from bilateral and multilateral donors Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in managing or overseeing grants from bilateral and multilateral donors in lower income and fragile countries especially in rural development. Experienced networker with strong skills in donor relations at a national and ideally at the international level, negotiations and partnering with up to date knowledge of donor landscape and trends in the humanitarian & development sector Solid understanding of the full grant cycle and of grant compliance procedures for major bilateral and multilateral donors Proven experience and skills in proposal writing Must be highly proficient in use of Microsoft Office products Highly proficient at written and spoken English Must be compatible with WV’s vision, mission and core values NB: Female candidates are encouraged to apply Additional work experience required as a minimum qualification for this position. Strong influencing and networking skills; consortia/network development experience. Highly skilled at coordinating multi-functional teams and adhering to tight deadlines Ability to provide support and training to staff and partners and to “translate” donor language related to guidelines and different requirements to ensure that both concept notes/proposals and project implementation are compliant with donor requirements. Strong inter-personal skills, and proven team-player with exceptional communication skills Able to solve complex problems and to exercise independent judgment Understanding of cross-cultural issues in a global organization context License, registration, or certification required to perform this position: If candidate is a WV staff, completed Proposal pro certification. G2G certified training is a plus. Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience in tracking, prepositioning, designing high quality grants with proven track record of successful grant acquisition from bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID/OFDA, FCDO (UKAid), GAC, EC/ECHO/, UN agencies, ADB/WB, Global Fund and others Minimum of 2 years’ experience in managing grants from bilateral and multilateral donors in lower income and fragile countries especially in rural development. Core Competencies Incumbent must model the following Core Competencies Model self-management Engage, influence, lead and grow others Run an effective and agile organization Develop the organization for the future Work Environment: Complete Travel and/or Work Environment statements if applicable. Work environment: Office-based Travel: minimum of 20% local and international travel


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