Project Manager ,Sustainable Energy for Small Holder Farmers Project – SNV Uganda

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Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy, and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation – by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organization, with decentralized management. For more information on our operations in Uganda and SNV generally visit our website: www.snv.org

The high potential of renewable energy technologies and related energy services for productive use of smallholder farmers and rural enterprises remains still widely unused. A major cause for this situation is the lack of sustainable and scalable business cases through which economically and socially viable solutions are demonstrated, and which serve as an example for propagating them on large scale.

Through a multi-country initiative that started in January 2021, with funding secured for 3 years, the project will support scalable, innovative business cases using renewable energy services and technologies for irrigation, cooling and drying to improve production and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the dairy and horticultural value chains in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. In Uganda, the project will be implemented in the Southwestern Districts of Isingiro, Kazo, Kiruhura, Lyantonde, Ntungamo and Kamwenge.

Job Description

SNV is seeking to recruit the services of a Project Manager, who will lead and manage the planning, inception, implementation, closing and the workforce of the entire project, within scope. The Project Manager shall work in line with SNV’s standards and approach to project management and donor regulations, to achieve high quality, the agreed results and deliverables of the project.

Major Responsibilities

  • Execute overall programme management.
  • Guide the programme set-up, including developing work plans, budgets and a competency table with financial responsibilities and mandates.
  • Lead and steer the programme implementation team.
  • Build, strengthen and manage partnerships with governments, key partners, institutions and stakeholders.
  • Manage sub-contractors and coordinate project consortium partners.
  • Manage donor relations and reporting to the donor.
  • Overall management of all human and physical resources related to the project.
  • Ensure proper control and management of financial resources of the project, including the matching grant facility.
  • Monitor performance of the project management team to ensure all milestones set in the work plan are met, develop mitigation plans to reduce risks and take corrective actions to remedy any deviation from the work plans.
  • Account and report to SNV and the donor on project performance.
  • Guide knowledge development, documentation and communication and branding in close collaboration with the donor.
  • Present results and represent the programme in relevant national, regional, and international fora.

Qualifications

  • Relevant advanced academic qualification at master’s level.
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted, multi-country donor-funded development projects.
  • Solid experience in project management
  • Able to strategically lead, inspire and energise project teams.
  • A strong background in/understanding of Energy, value chain development and climate change.
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing various project partners.
  • Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with the private sector, civil society, and governments.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills who takes individual accountability seriously.
  • Strong strategic decision-making and excellent communication skills (written and oral) including reporting and presentation skills.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English.

Additional Information

  • Good report writing skills with proven ability to compile case studies, practice, and policy briefs and (other) documents for learning and sharing.
  • Good skills in data base management including data analysis.
  • Computer skills and software applications (email, word processing, spreadsheets, statistical programs).
  • Skills in teamwork, facilitation, and training.
  • Sensitive and committed to gender equity and diversity.

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