Project Manager (German/English bilingual)
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Seefar is seeking an experienced Project Manager, with complete fluency in both German and English.** You will have demonstrated project management experience in conflict affected developing countries; have thematic experience on, and a strong interest in, migration, modern slavery and / or livelihoods; enjoy working in a high performing team from multiple countries; be someone donors trust; and are results focussed. You can be based anywhere in the world and may have the opportunity to travel (COVID-19 dependent). This is a full-time position.
We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit http://seefar.org/about-us
To get a sense of the services we specialise in at Seefar, please visit http://seefar.org/services.
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The role requires someone with five years professional experience in managing teams and implementing projects and who is smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly, interested in hard challenges and is highly flexible and efficient.
The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.
DELIVER: PROJECT AND MISSION IMPLEMENTATION
Approximately 80% of your time and attention:
- Recruiting, training, supervising and developing a project team in a developing and conflict affected country.
- Fulfilling the role of project manager using our internal project systems and processes.
- Project development and reporting.
- Coordinating projects and personnel within the program and across the organisation.
- Ensure donors needs are met and expectations exceeded where possible.
- Provide thematic inputs to programs relating to migration, modern slavery and livelihoods.
- Liaise with donors and partners to report on projects and manage relationships. For example, this would include briefing donors on progress and spending time talking with relevant teams in our partner organisations.
- Other tasks as directed.
DEVELOP: CAPABILITIES AND PROGRAM PORTFOLIO
Approximately 10% of your time and attention:
- Develop project teams. For example, this would include mentoring teams and leading recruitment.
- Learning, growing and developing professionally and personally.
- Strengthen the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in our areas of expertise.
DIRECT: GLOBAL MANAGEMENT
- Represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values.
Approximately 10% of your time and attention:
- Cooperate with other areas of Seefar, including to communicate substantive and administrative information that supports corporate management overall. For example, this would include ensuring effective internal reporting at the project and program level.
Working with Seefar
Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:
- The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
- You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
- There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
- The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
- Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
- You are never bored and always challenged.
Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:
- Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
- Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
- Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
- A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.
- It can be fast paced so you need to be productive and able to prioritise effectively.
An Excellent Candidate
To excel in this role, you will have complete fluency in written and spoken English and German, an undergraduate degree and five years experience implementing migration related projects, preferably in developing or conflict affected countries. You have strong project management skills and your writing skills are excellent. You are confident in engaging with donors and stakeholders to ensure projects align with donor expectations. You are highly organised, have the ability to prioritise and are highly productive. You are naturally responsive and are client focussed, while also able to work autonomously. You are motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.
- Complete fluency in oral and written English and German, including clear and succinct writing skills in both languages.
- An undergraduate degree in social sciences, law or similar.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Ability to travel outside your region.
- 5 years experience implementing migration, modern slavery, livelihoods related projects, preferably in developing or conflict affected countries.
How to apply:
On or before 31 January 2021, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:
- Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format. You will upload this in our online application form.
- In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the points below. You will upload this in our online application form.
- 1-2 paragraphs explaining a related project you have implemented. What was the project? What was your role? What were the project’s achievements? If it wasn’t successful, why?
- 1-2 paragraphs explaining what you have learned is a necessary attitude or approach when delivering successful projects in developing and conflict affected countries. What experiences taught you this?
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