Apply by 27 May 2015
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 28 May 2015

Job Description

Please apply by 15 May 2015, not by 29 June 2015; thank you.

CARE seeks a Project Manager to lead a live bid to an $8.5 million, USAID-funded project to improve maternal and child health in thirteen districts of Timor-Leste. The overall goal of USAID’s Health Activity in Timor Leste (“The Activity”) is to support the Ministry of Health (MOH) to enhance the capacity of health personnel to deliver services in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and Family Planning (FP). The proposed activity will support the Mission’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy’s (CDCS) development objective of strengthening institutional and human capacity to improve the lives of Timor-Leste’s citizens. The project will contribute to Intermediate Result-2 (IR-2) under the CDCS, “Increased Capacity to Deliver Responsive Services at National and Sub-National Levels” and Sub-IR 2.1 “Improved Implementation of Government of Timor Leste (GoTL) Policies and Programs to Deliver Key Public Services.” The key partners of this project will be the MOH and the Institute of Health Science (INS).

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and managing the overall project. Illustrative tasks include the strategic planning process for the project, development of M&E strategy and reporting system, close coordination with USAID and program partners including relevant members of the MOH, donor community, and civil society. The Project Manager will work closely with district and national MOH officials and representatives.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan;
  • Guiding team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives;
  • Reporting against the project’s targets;
  • Managing the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities;
  • Building partnerships among national- and community-level actors;
  • Functioning as the primary liaison between all project stakeholders;
  • Creating management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs;
  • Designing and overseeing an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycle;
  • With staff and partners, translating project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans;
  • Directing the planning and budgeting processes;
  • Preparing quarterly and annual project activity reports, as specified in the contract;
  • Maintaining internal control;
  • Supervising the performance of all long- and short-term advisors, consultants, and staff;
  • Clarifying roles, delegating responsibilities to senior staff, and clearly communicating expectations for staff contribution to project activities;
  • Supervising project staff and partners in identifying the project’s technical assistance needs, developing suitable scopes of work, recruiting consultants, and executing technical assistance contracts;
  • Maintaining productive working relationships with USAID clients, project partners, and key counterparts; and
  • Providing MCH technical support, as appropriate.

Minimum qualifications, as outlined in the solicitation:

  • Strong cross-cultural and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience in a post-conflict and/or small-island development state (an advantage);
  • Outstanding patience, understanding, active listening skills, flexibility and humility;
  • A wide range of technical expertise in MNCH and human-capacity building;
  • At least 8 years of developing country experience in the health sector, human resources development and/or institutional strengthening and reform (required);
  • At least a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a related field (required);
  • Directly-related work experience in developing countries;
  • Prior extensive project implementation experience (strongly preferred);
  • Fluency in English (required for Project Manager);
  • Demonstrated fluency in Tetun and relevant languages (Portuguese and Bahasa Indonesia) (preferred);
  • Excellent teamwork, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills (required).

Additionally, the proposed Project Manager should demonstrate a breadth and depth of technical expertise, professional competence and relevant academic background in human capacity building in the health sector, particularly MNCH and FP. Competitive applicants will possess additional competencies in the key project areas. Skills and experience may be demonstrated through experience with US government or other donor-funded activities, human and institutional capacity strengthening initiatives, and with the technical areas outlined in the project design. Successful applicants must possess the ability to provide effective management guidance and oversight to all project team members. Proposed personnel should also have the ability to effectively liaise with international donors, NGOs, and civil society working in similar project areas.

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About the Organization

Our diversity is our strength; we encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences, particularly women, to apply.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

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