Senior Regional Project Manager (West Africa Regional Manager)

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  • Posted on 14 November 2019
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Job Description

Power Africa Off-Grid Project is a four-year USAID-funded project to promote off-grid electrification in 18 countries in East, Central and West Africa. The project is headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa. PAOP provides technical assistance to key sector stakeholders, including private sector off-grid companies, investors and government agencies.



The West Africa Regional Manager: will be responsible for the management of regional advisors and subject matter experts based in the following countries the project operates in: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Niger, and Senegal.



This position is a full-time role based in West Africa and this position reports to the project’s Chief of Party.


Essential Duties:


General Management

  • Overall management of lead country advisors in West Africa.
  • Oversee the development, maintenance and adherence to PAOP standard operating procedures.

  • Assist in the management of the communication of project reporting.

  • Have both strategic and operational accountability for the direction and performance of the PAOP West and Central Africa Lead Advisors.

  • Represent the West and Central Africa team during PAOP Project Management meetings, both remotely and in person.

  • Contribute across the project in working with the project’s management team on broad strategic and operational issues.

  • Manage operational needs of the West Africa PAOP Lead Advisors in coordination with the DCOP and Pretoria team


Human Resources

  • Support the recruitment and onboarding processes for West Africa as assigned.
  • Review and approve staff leave requests and monthly timesheets and ensure timely submission thereof to the PAOP HR Manager.

  • Manage staff through performance planning, development and evaluation process.

  • Ensure staff development and career progression. Ensure practices in place to ensure/drive towards a high level of staff morale and retention.

  • Guide promotion and succession processes.

  • Work closely with PAOP HR manager in ensuring staff compliance with RTI policies and procedures.

Minimum Required Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree and 12 years of experience or Bachelor’s Degree and 16 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience - A degree in an area of international development (education, governance, public works, public administration, health policy, economic) or other relevant fields

Skills & Abilities

  • Very strong skills in administrative management and the capacity to manage and motivate local and international staff

  • Experience with the policies and procedures of USAID

  • Demonstrated managerial and administrative skills

  • Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing and presentation skills

  • Ability to work independently

  • Attention to detail and accuracy

  • Experience in project administration and operational support in international development
  • Advanced proficiency in project operational management and support skills and abilities

  • Proven ability to work across technical and operational areas within business group

  • Strong client relationship skills and abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability

  • Strong report writing skills and abilities

  • Knowledge and skill with MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel

  • Proven ability to manage and support complex and geographically disparate portfolios

  • Strong ability to partner and influence

  • Culturally sensitive and respectful

  • Working level fluency in English and French


About the Organization

IDG Learning, Energy & Environment for Development

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