IRISH AID PROJECT MANAGER


Job Title: Irish Aid Project Manager
Background:
Camara is an International organisation dedicated to using technology to deliver 21st century skills, and as such improve education in disadvantaged communities around the world.
Camara Education has partnered with Irish Aid to improve and prove the potential of ICT to strengthen teaching and learning practices in formal education.
This project aims to transform the learning environment for children in Zambia though an enhanced focus on ICT. By doing this the project will improve education outcomes in Grades 8&9 for girls and boys in Lusaka, Copperbelt & Southern Provinces. In line with Zambia’s Sixth National Development Plan, it will do this by supporting and capacity developing teachers and schools at establishing necessary ICT infrastructure and integrating ICT into teaching and learning practices, with a focus on the new Computer Studies curriculum. Strengthening relationships with the Ministry of Education through monitoring project processes and evaluating results for Zambian children will enhance the project’s success and sustainability.
This intervention will make a significant contribution to the achievement of improved education outcomes by ensuring that:
  1. School leaders are sensitised and trained and their schools are applying an integrated ICT approach;
  2. Teachers, including identified Computer Studies teachers, have been sensitised and trained and their learning and teaching practice is integrated to include ICT;
  3. Students, sensitised to the added value of ICT skills are creating demand for increased ICT use across all subjects;
  4. Ministry of Education acknowledges the relevance, importance and urgency of the needs, by alleviating bottlenecks and providing practical support to the implementation of the intervention;
Basic objective of the Role:
Project Management of Camara Zambia’s implementation of Irish Aid Funded project.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for delivering the project on time and within budget.
  • Responsible for the quality of all deliverables.
  • Planning and Coordination: Identify, manage and coordinate project tasks and timelines to support the project deployment in Zambia.
  • Develop / maintain full-scale project plans and associated communication documents.
  • Reporting on a weekly basis to key Camara staff on progress, including the Camara Zambia CEO and the Camara Africa Centre staff.
  • Logistics: Provide the project management and lead in cross functional teams to meet challenging project commitments in line with agreed metrics.
  • Financial Management: Forecast requirements and prepare budgets; schedule expenditures; analyse variances and initiate corrective actions.
  • Team Management: Recruit, select, train, assign, schedule and coach teams.
  • Communications: Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and project partners/stakeholders in a clear and timely fashion.
  • Collate and collaborate on necessary donor reporting with key Camara local and global staff on project
Key Competencies:
  • Demonstrates passion and enthusiasm for Camara’s vision, and motivates, leads, and empowers others to achieve organisational goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams within a project and give direction to fellow team members to complete tasks to a defined timeline.
  • Strong ability to resolve problems and determine system improvements whilst working.
  • Good understanding of the Zambian education context
  • Excellent communication skills to establish and maintain positive working relationships with schools, partners, government, staff and key stakeholders.
  • Personal commitment to organisational excellence; displays honesty, integrity, and a strong sense of ethics in all decision and actions.
  • Is resilient; remains calm and deliberate under conditions of stress.
  • Has the ability to organise time to the best advantage of Camara.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
Qualifications and Experience Required:
  • 2 years+ Project/Programme management experience
  • Must have previous experience working in a developing country
  • Fluent in English, Knowledge of Bemba or Nyanja would be beneficial
  • Educated to Degree level
All applications must be sent by 13/14th February to recruitmentzambia@camara.ie respecting the following requirements:
  • CV and Cover Letter in 2 separate PDF files.
  • Email title: ” Application for the position of Irish Aid Project Manager” and introduction email written in a professional manner and proper English.
  • Cover Letter and email addressed to the Camara Zambia CEO.
Applications which do not respect the above mentioned criteria will be automatically dismissed. Due to the high number of applications, only selected candidates will be contacted. Please do not send any follow-up email until you have been contacted.
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