Team Leader

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 3 July 2018

Job Description


The Nepal Safer Schools Project (NSSP) is a DFID funded programme that looks to increase school safety in the Mid and Far West of Nepal. Through retrofitting and reconstruction, disaster risk reduction education, and institutionalisation with the Government of Nepal, the NSSP will look to make 200-250 schools safer learning environments.

  • In order to achieve this, DFID has contracted Crown Agents to:
  • Provide technical support for the design and delivery of agreed outputs and activities;
  • Procure equipment and facilities as required, in accordance with DFID’s procurement guidelines;
  • Quality assure the work of sub-contract service providers, and monitor, evaluate and provide lessons learnt during implementation;
  • Prepare routine progress reports; andSupport DFID’s efforts to coordinate with other stakeholders.

The NSSP runs for a 5 year period from 2018 – 2023. This is a full-time position and, as such, is being recruited as a project employee position limited to the life of the programme.

Scope of Work

Reporting directly to the Project Director, the NSSP Team Leader is responsible for the management and delivery of the NSSP programme within the objectives, budget and time frame as agreed with DfID.

The Team Leader will provide overall programme leadership to the NSSP Programme Implementation Unit in Nepal. The NSSP PIU is a consortium led management team comprised of key specialists from Crown Agents, Save the Children, NSET and Ove Arup. The Team Leader is responsible for strategic leadership of the programme and is the primary focal point for external relations with DfID, education sector ministries and sector actors in country. This will include day-to-day operations of the programme, including management and leadership of the wider team.

The Team Leader will primarily be based in Kathmandu with extensive travel to the provinces where the programme is being implemented.

Tasks and Approach

Project delivery/management

  • Strategic leadership, planning and management of the programme, including;
  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with GoN, and education, resilience and construction sector stakeholders.;
  • Consortium organisation, co-ordination and management to meet agreed programme milestones.
  • Scheduling and management of all project inputs; timesheet collating and reconciling;
  • Oversee the financial manager to establish an overarching financial and fiduciary risk management plan for the NSSP programme, including forecasting and managing expenditures against budgets and timeframes. Prepare clear forecasts and expenditure in country (within agreed limits, seeking approval where necessary for approval by the TL
  • Take responsibility for the duty of care of all Crown Agents staff and contractors in country. This includes the development of a safety and security plan and ensuring that all NSSP and Crown Agents staff/contractors are fully briefed and conversant with the actions in the plan. Liaise with NSET to agree a training schedule in earthquake response and preparedness for Crown Agents staff/contractors coming to Nepal.
  • Setting and monitoring programme activities against the overall NSSP programme to achieve periodic and overall programme goals. Supporting the team to create a flexible, iterative approach to delivery that balances ongoing responsiveness to GoN needs (both planned and rapid-response) with proactive identification to improve educational reform;
  • Establishing and managing programme quality assurance and quality control standards for all programme activities aimed at achieving high quality programme delivery;
  • Setting and maintaining a strong value for money and risk management focus throughout the programme
  • Manage the MEL Manager to set and maintaining a clear strategy for Monitoring Evaluation and learning throughout the programme life cycle. Ensure that learning is adopted and embedded in the programme as lessons are learned.
  • Manage the Communications Manager to develop and maintaining a clear communications and community engagement and accountability strategy to deliver the programme
  • Manage the Strategic Operations Systems Advisor
  • Ensuring timely concise and accurate reporting is produced for across the programme for external and internal actors.
  • Maintain the CA management recording systems for internal records.
  • Establish an accountability framework including participation in internal and external audits during the programme lifecycle
  • Manage all programme risks and issues, including progress reports to the project team in London.
  • Report to CA HQ via the Project Director and Project Manager as required.

Team management

  • Establishing, motivating and performance managing the NSSP team to deliver the overall programme
  • Working in close consultation and cooperation with the Project Manager and Deputy Team Leader. The Team Leader will also need to work directly with the sectoral teams comprised of both international and national consultants, working to build the capacity of national experts over time so that their inputs can be increased;
  • Implement a performance management approach to enhance the performance of individuals and team.
  • Create a flexible team approach to enable the delivery of the NSSP programme in different social, economic and physical environmental locations. Working with Consortium partner HR departments to ensure team continuity throughout the programme lifecycle.
  • Specifying and recruiting team members during the programme delivery.

Technical approach

  • Detail inception and implementation planning across all programme outcomes.
  • Provide detail planning and monitoring across all programme activities at national, district, municipal and school levels reporting against key deliverables.
  • Ensuring the timely collection and collation of data required for monitoring and reporting on activities; and
  • Submission to the Project Manager of all key deliverables against project milestones required by the client, on time, to a high degree of quality, and in a cost-effective manner.

External relationships

  • Maintain a working relationship with national and local Government partners to enable close cooperation and engagement throughout the programme delivery cycle. As required, the Team Leader will seek to facilitate cross Government work with key stakeholders and will be receptive to the Government of Nepal’s, especially the Ministry of Education and sector ministries’ objectives and needs. The Team Leader will seek to coordinate efforts with other development partners, along with other members of the team;
  • Development of effective working relationships with DFID, the Government of Nepal and other development partners;
  • Develop strong working relationships with the consortium partners.
  • Representing Crown Agents within Nepal to a high degree of professionalism.


The Team Leader will work a full-time pattern (5-day week, maximum 220 and minimum 200 days per year).

Location and Working Patterns

Based in Kathmandu with substantial field location work throughout the duration of the programme. The Team Leader’s normal place of work will be the project office in Kathmandu. Time will also be spent in the Ministry of Finance and Sector Ministries. The Team Leader will be required to travel outside Kathmandu as necessary for the proper performance of her/his duties.

Competencies and Skills

The selected individual will be an experienced Team Leader with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the following:

  • Progressively senior career (10 years plus) in International Development
  • Experience in both conflict and natural disaster preparedness and response
  • 5 years plus experience of leading large scale development programmes
  • Proven track record of working in collaboration with national governments and key stakeholders, including DfID and other key donors
  • Proven track record of leading diverse teams and partners in the design and implementation of complex multi year programmes including financial management and accountability
  • 5 years plus of working with consortia
  • Ability to respond to challenges rapidly and focus collaborative solutions. Ability to adapt to fluid political and development environments
  • Understanding of the challenges of such a programme.

Desirable experience and knowledge includes:

  • Knowledge and experience of construction programmes in a development context
  • Previous experience working in Nepal.

About the Organization

You’ll be working with Crown Agents. We work with leaders to accelerate self-sufficiency and prosperity. We offer supply chain, fund management, programme design, management and evaluation, training, institutional efficiency and revenue generation expertise. We do this across health, humanitarian, stabilisation, governance and public administration, prosperity and renewable energy. We are a registered social enterprise, 100% owned by the Crown Agents Foundation.

Our humanitarian and stabilisation team have a track record of delivering benefits for governments and their people in some of the most challenging operating environments in the world. We provide a holistic package of support to governments managing protracted crises including rapid response, public financial management, basic service delivery, end-to-end supply chain solutions and training

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