Project Manager-RECOVER

Location Cambodia
Salary VSO provides competitive salary, 13th month salary , pension fund, severance pay, unlimited insurance, NSSF, plus other competitive benefits
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract length One year and renewable
Full Time 40 hours per week
Application Closing Date
Interview date NA
Start date NA

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Project Profile:
The Rural Employment for COVID-19 Economic Recovery (RECOVER) is a project that will be implemented by a consortium of DanChurchAid (DCA), People In Need (PIN), and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) funded by the European Union in Cambodia for a period of 36 months. The action’s overall objective is “to contribute to inclusive economic recovery in the Tonle Sap region by improving food security, income and employment opportunities for fishing and farming communities and returnee labour migrants” The project will respond to the impacts of Covid-19 by ensuring smallholder farmers and fishers have increased food production and consumption in the horticulture and livestock value chains through their use of effective agricultural practices, products and services, and returnee labour migrants and laid-off workers in COVID-19 affected sectors have improved access to market relevant skills, affordable finance and social protection. The project will also address the challenges arising from indebtedness by providing financial literacy, loan restructuring support, subsidies, grants, and subsidized loans, provided by co-applicants as well as financial institutions as technical partners.
VSO will be leading the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) components on skill development initiatives around agro-processing sub-sector and will partly contribute to horticulture component. in The project will be implemented in 3 provinces Battambang, Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom.

Role overview

Project Planning
•Developing detailed Project Implementation Plan including assessments, schedule and budget phasing, ensuring alignment with VSO’s programme framework and consortium partners’ plans
•Developing Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Plan including engagement of primary actors and of VSO’s Practice Area and Core Approach teams, and areas for policy influence
•Identifying, assessing and planning responses to risks including safeguarding, safety and security

Leading and managing people
•Selecting project team members and planning their induction
•Building team spirit, and inspiring and motivating the team to achieve the project goals
•Providing ongoing professional and personal support to the project team, e.g. through 1-1 conversations, coaching, team meetings, and providing feedback on team members’ reports
•Agreeing and periodically reviewing performance objectives with direct reports

Stakeholder engagement, communication, and representation
•Developing and periodically reviewing agreements with project and consortium partners
•Monitoring delivery of Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Plan
•Representing VSO in relevant CSO networks, technical working groups, and VSO’s Practice Area and Core Approach communities of practice, and delivering evidence-based policy messages
•Developing and disseminating project-specific VSO-branded communication assets

Monitoring, evaluation, and control
•Monitoring delivery of Project Implementation Plan and expenditure against phasing, and managing the variance between plan and reality
•Periodically reviewing, analysing, and evaluating progress against indicators
•Developing narrative and financial reports, ensuring harmony between the two
•Ensuring full compliance with VSO’s, donor’s and legal requirements including VSO’s Safeguarding and Criminal Practice and Whistleblowing policies
•Re-assessing risks and responding to issues as they occur

Programme management
•As member of the VSO Cambodia Programme Management Team: supporting programme coordination, design, business pursuit, resourcing, evaluation, review, learning, and visibility

Skills, qualifications and experience

Selection Criteria:
•At least a Bachelor’s degree in economics, environmental studies, rural or community development, business development or related field. A relevant Master’s degree is preferable

•At least 5 years’ experience in employment and rural livelihoods project particularly experience in skill development initiatives through TVET, MSME development in agro-processing/vegetable
•Community development and market linkage/value chain, management (M&E/workplan development),
•Experience in project management: planning, leading and managing people, risk management, monitoring and control
•Experience in engaging stakeholders of different sectors, cultures, and from community-level primary actors to colleagues at international level

Knowledge and skills
•Very good understanding of project management
•Strong knowledge of stakeholders in TVET, agri-processing and agriculture sector
•Proficiency in verbal and written English

Behavioural competencies
•Valuing volunteering for development: through personal experience of volunteering or working with volunteers
•Being open-minded and respectful
•Being resilient and adaptive to new situations
•Being a role model of people-first behaviour
•Striving for social inclusion, gender equality, social accountability, and resilience
•Being reflective in your practice: seeking and sharing knowledge and feedback

This is a national hire post under national terms and conditions. RIGHT TO WORK IN CAMBODIA IS REQUIRED. We will not be able to obtain visa and work permit to non-Cambodian nationals.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

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