Head of programmes, Zambia

Head of programmes, Zambia
Organization: Caritas Czech Republic
Place of employment: Zambia
Workload: Full time (40 hours/week)
Start date: April/May 2016
Selection process: Yes
Expected length of employment: 1 year with possible extension
Organizational context
Caritas Czech Republic (CCR) is a non-profit organization that provides health and social services in the Czech Republic. It also operates abroad within the frame of humanitarian aid and development cooperation. CCR is a respected member of Caritas Internationalis network. Its foreign activities focus on the health and social sectors and also on developing livelihood for the local population and education of children and adults.
CCR has operated in Zambia since 2013. Through its own mission it implements development cooperation projects aimed at the healthcare sector with an emphasis on improving the care of mother and child and supports the integration of former refugees through apprenticeships and entrepreneurship education. CCR is a well-established NGO in Zambia cooperating with a wide range of partners and donors (Czech Development Agency, UNHCR, US Embassy, etc.).
Job description
Head of programmes reports directly to the Head of Mission (HoM). S/he is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the activities of CCR in Zambia, for relations with donors and new project opportunities. In collaboration with the Head of Mission s/he oversees the quality of projects in Zambia and acts as Deputy of HoM.
Program support
• Overall support of the coordination and supervision of projects aimed at improving the care of mother and child and support the integration of former refugees (monitoring of project activities and outcomes, fulfillment of indicators, timetable and financial controlling)
• Supervision of project activities implementation and M&E
• Management and supervision of project teams (project coordinators) and field offices of CCR in Zambia (evaluation, control and monitoring of the team´s work)
• support of HoM in communication with donors and coordination of new project proposals preparation
• support of HoM in creation and implementation of the country strategy
• reporting of the team´s activities to HQ (Prague) and to the donors (annual/midterm/completion reports)
• representation of HoM in case of his/her absence
Financial support
• monitoring and control of the budgets spending in cooperation with project teams and stakeholders (depending on action plans and requirements of donors)
• control of procurements and management of tenders
• approving budgets and expenditures for the implementation of project activities
• regular reporting to HoM and Regional Manager (RM) about the budget expenditures
• supporting the HoM in strategic meetings with donors
• University degree in International Development, Management and Administration, Social Sciences or other relevant fields
• Min. 3 – 4 years’ experience with project management in the field of development cooperation (experience with international donors – EC, UN agencies, Embassies)
• Good knowledge of Czech/International development cooperation in the fields of health, livelihoods and/or integration
• excellent English both written and spoken required
• Czech language desired
• experience from working in developing countries
• experience in managing/supervision of work teams
• experience with project proposals writing
• excellent ability of organizing and administrating projects in cooperation with an established team of workers
• excellent analytical thinking
• Willingness to work in difficult working conditions with frequent travel within Zambia
• good time-management and orientation on results
• Willingness to work in accordance with the Caritas CR Ethical Code
What we offer:
• Interesting work in a dynamic and motivated team of people in a stable NGO with its own mission in Zambia
• corresponding salary (plus bonuses and rewards based on a periodic evaluation), per diems, pre-departure training, covered accommodation, visas, insurance, and 2 return flights per year
• self- fulfillment and strengthening of professional knowledge and competencies
• opportunity to work with established international development cooperation institutions
• support from the HQ
• participation in strategic annual meetings of CCR in Prague
• the place of employment is Zambia (Lusaka, Mongu, Meheba, Mayukwayukwa)

How to apply:
Qualified candidates may send their applications to the e-mail address jobs@caritas.cz. The application must include a motivation letter (max. 1 page) and a CV (both in English). The CV must contain full contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address).
Deadline for the applications is: March 25, 2016 (6 p.m. CET)
As the subject of the e-mail, write the name of the position.
The attachments shall be marked as follows:
Surname, Name, Position name – CV
Surname, Name, Position name – motivation letter
Notice: Only applications which are sent on time and labeled correctly will be accepted for consideration. Only candidates selected to the next round will receive response from the representative of CCR. The selection procedure may be changed or canceled anytime.
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