Project Manager

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 17 June 2020
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Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Pact UK (PUK) - Pact UK, established in 2016, is the UK-based member of the Pact family (Registered Charity Number 1165725) with a remit to develop and grow our relationship with the UK government, particularly DFID, the European Union and other EU-based partners including those from the private sector.

Position Overview

This is a three-year donor funded project to speed up access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households and enterprises in Nepal in partnership with a UK-based energy storage company and a local private sector project developer. The project team will add battery storage capacity to existing micro-hydro plants in Nepal in order to prevent load shedding during the dry season, when low water levels have led to reduced output for some of these installations. The project will also support the construction of a utility-scale battery storage installation if funds allow.

The Project aims to extend the life of Nepal’s small and micro hydro plants and eliminate load shedding, so everyone can have access to affordable, reliable, and clean electricity, regardless of if they are connected to the national grid. By integrating advanced battery storage solutions with micro-hydro plants and by utilising automation technology, we will improve reliability, expand access, and reduce costs for rural customers in Nepal, reducing the need for new fossil fuel generation capacity and ensuring communities are able to adapt to climate change.

The project is managed by Pact UK. Established in 2016, Pact UK functions as an integral part of Pact in full support of the organization’s mission and values. Pact UK’s purpose is to provide high quality direction, support and advisory services to Pact’s country offices and the wider organization in relation to accessing UK and European funding, growing Pact’s portfolio and therefore its influence over policy, and building productive partnerships and contributing talent, knowledge and expertise toward Pact’s overall excellence and competitiveness.

The purpose of the Project Manager (PM) position is to manage the day-to-day operations of a Project Management Office (PMO) based in Pact’s Nepal office, including hiring and management of several additional part-time and full time staff including: a local gender specialist and community engagement expert who will develop relationships with the selected communities and work with plant management committees, a finance manager who will keep the books for the project, and a results and measurement officer to monitor progress and support development of the case study.

The purpose of the PM position is to coordinate all workflow for the project consortium, providing support the local and international partners with site selection, analysis, vendor selection and procurement, public relations, communication, research, and financial management.

Key Responsibilities

In close coordination with the Project Director and consortium members, oversee project activities, recruitment of project personnel, providing leadership to the project team to ensure integration of activities and high-quality programming to achieve project results, as well as the sustainability of project’s interventions.

  • Oversee project deliverables, such as development of work plans and operating budget, and coordinate with finance and admin staff in Pact HQ and with consortium partners to ensure cost-effective use resources.
  • Oversee project staff in helping partners establish reporting and tracking systems to provide key information in an efficient and timely manner and ensure that all project reporting requirements are met to the highest standards.
  • Directly supervise local project staff in line with Pact HR policies; oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where Pact’s values are practiced.
  • Convene and lead regular briefings with key stakeholders, including government entities, key partners and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure close coordination with other relevant in-country and regional initiatives and provide regular written/oral program progress updates as requested.

Basic Requirements

  • At least 5 years of project management experience in the energy sector, with demonstrated experience leadership in planning, directing and coordinating renewable energy project development and/or financing.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Energy Analysis, Environmental Studies, or a relevant field from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Ability to establish and maintain inter-personal and professional relationships with staff across a global organization, local and international partners, and government agencies.
  • Excellent written and oral communications, including strong presentation skills.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including excellent PowerPoint skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically.
  • Fluency in Nepali and proficiency in English is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-graduate degree in a related field such as engineering or business.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills, including financial and energy systems modeling.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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