Thursday, November 24, 2016

HEAD OF SCHOOL FEEDING - Mary's Meals Zambia

To provide effective and inspirational leadership and management of Mary’s Meals Zambia’s School Feeding Programme in close collaboration with the Country Representative and other functional managers. S/he will collaborate with communities, programme partners, donors, government ministries and other stakeholders to promote the Mary’s Meals vision and mission and optimal programme implementation. S/he will also support strategic planning and programme development as required.

E. Main Duties Include:

Leading the School Feeding Programme team on a day-to-day basis, to ensure optimal delivery of the programme, ensuring adherence to all Mary’s Meals Zambia policies and reflecting the ethos, values and orientation of Mary’s Meals in all activities.
Ensuring that all School Feeding Programme staff are managed in a pro-active and supportive manner to encourage high standards and best practice in all aspects of programme delivery.
Coaching and mentoring School Feeding Managers and ensuring that regular School Feeding Programme team meetings are held to ensure close connection between field staff and management.
In consultation with other senior members of the team assess and determine staff training and development needs and implement staff development plans.
Ensure that Mary’s Meals Zambia’s Human Resources policies and processes are followed in the School Feeding Programme team.
Developing a detailed annual school feeding programme implementation plan.
Ensuring that programme information required by the Country Representative, Departmental Heads and the Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning Team is given on time and responding to any problems in reporting.
Providing regular reports, programme information to the Country Representative, departmental heads, partners, donors and other bodies/individuals as required.
Ensuring that the School Feeding Programme is implemented in line with Mary’s Meals model, in particular by building the capacity of communities, supporting volunteers and government staff to strengthen the commitment achieving Mary’s Meals mission in Zambia.
Ensuring that organization assets and equipment are taken care of and that staff are practicing due diligence when dealing and acting for Mary’s Meals.
Working alongside other NGOs, government and international partners to share best practice and further the interests and reach of Mary’s Meals, engaging strategically with the Government of Zambia and other major stakeholders in school feeding programmes, such as the World Food Programme.
Representing Mary’s Meals Zambia in various meetings with collaborating partners at community, district and national levels.
Supporting head office staff with sourcing and producing in country data and information for reports to donors and supporters.
Supporting visits by Mary’s Meals staff and supporters.
Any other duties commensurate with the role.



A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant subject.
At least five (5) years project/programme experience two of which should be at a senior management and team leadership level in an NGO environment with responsibility for managing staff, activities, financial resources, assets and external relationships.
At least three (3) years practical project/programme experience two of which should be at team leadership level in an NGO environment with responsibility for managing staff, activities, financial resources, assets and external relationships.
Team management experience, including leading, engaging and motivating a team of staff.
Experience of developing reports, monitoring and reporting against agreed strategy.
Experience of a flexible approach to managing and prioritising a high workload and multiple tasks in a fast paced environment with tight deadlines.
Strong field experience as a Programme/Project Manager.
Experience of managing logistics in any areas of stock management, warehousing, procurement and fleet management

A postgraduate degree in a relevant subject.
At least 12 months of development work
Experience working in a school environment with school based structures.
Experience of working with Government structures, NGOs and community based groups.
Experience of training and coaching others.
Experience of working in a charity or not for profit organization
Experience of revenue generation or fundraising


International development:

Understanding of the principles of international development
Familiarity with using common planning tools in international development, including log frames
Understanding of the place of school feeding in relief and development.
Personal skills:

Strong communicator, written and verbal, with well-developed inter-personal skills
Highly numerate, with experience of data recording, collation and analysis
Very good computer literacy (Microsoft Office / Outlook), with proficiency in Word and Excel
Able to organise own work and prioritise tasks
Flexible and comfortable managing a number of tasks
Able to interact with senior managers and others comfortably and effectively
Strong team player
Ability to complete tasks
Cultural sensitivity and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people in different countries and settings.
H. Remuneration Indicator

Remuneration will depend work experience.

I.  Application

Applications should be addressed to the following before close of play on Friday the 2nd December, 2016;

Head of Finance and Operations
Mary’s Meals Zambia
P.O Box 510302

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