Portfolio Manager - GBESH - London

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 21 August 2019
  • United Kingdom
  • Closing on 4 September 2019

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. GBESH will be a management facility for the DFID/FCO/DIT Prosperity Fund to support in-country Skills for Prosperity programmes in Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines and South Africa. It will provide project management, procurement, M&E and technical assistance support to programmes and will gather evidence and communicate impact.
Skills for Prosperity will contribute to achievement of UK and international commitments on Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This includes SDG 4, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, as well as contributing to specific SDG 4 targets to:

  • Ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
  • Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

Responsibilities include:

* Manage project teams, develop project concepts and plans, implement projects, monitor project results and ensure GESI compliance.
* Manage and supervise project budgets, utilization, and associated fiduciary responsibilities.
* Provide supervision and quality assurance for projects.
* Manage the project team members’ day-to-day activities, ensure their professional development, conduct periodic performance assessments and develop capacity development action plans.

Relationship Management:

* Develop and manage working relationships with the programme’s contact points.
* Represent the projects both with client offices, and external audiences as needed.

Strategy and Operational Planning

* Lead on the development of the adaptive approach to deliver project outputs in cooperation and consultation with the technical advisors, Team Leader, DFID/FCO/DIT, project partners, governments and other key stakeholders.
* Maintain a strong working relationship with the Team Leader and reach a consensus on technical approach and direction for projects.
* Lead the preparation of work plans and budgets; staffing plans; performance improvement plans and other plans as required.

Project Management

* Provide guidance, oversight and quality assurance for all project activities, outputs and deliverables.
* Assume overall responsibility for the development and effective implementation of work plans to ensure delivery is on time, within budget, meets client and stakeholder expectations and is contractually compliant.
* Monitor implementation progress; maintain up to date project logs and registers; work to resolve issues, manages and mitigates risks; and escalate material issues and risks as appropriate.
* Develop and implement plans for results measurement, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, value for money analysis and communication management.
* Ensure good staff management practices including staff planning, recruitment, on-boarding, appraisal and development.

Financial Management and Administration

* Ensure projects provide and demonstrate Value for Money.
* Assume responsibility for consistent implementation of company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines, Security Protocols and, where applicable, recommends modifications.
* Ensure projects adhere to the budget and oversee budget variations and contract amendments.

  • Relevant Academic qualifications in a related field
  • Extensive experience working with large donor (preferably DFID/FCO/DIT) funded programmes on education and skills
  • Expertise in managing multiple projects, including managing and mentoring members of staff

A creative, lateral thinker willing and able to adapt and try different approaches

About the Organization

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations.

Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars: • International Development • Strategy Execution Consulting • Impact Investment • Training and Events We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

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