Project Manager - Disaster Risk Reduction

Schedule: Full time position

Duration: 12 months with possibility of extension

Starting date: As soon as possible

Salary: 1600 $

 

Background Information

People in Need (PIN) is a Czech nonprofit, non-governmental organization that has been providing relief and development support in both developing and conflict regions around the globe since 1992. In Cambodia, PIN has been active since 2008 through a wide range of initiatives in both long-term development and emergency assistance. Currently, PIN programming portfolio focuses on promoting alternative livelihoods using the market systems development approach, green energy and climate-sensitive market solutions, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for sustainable jobs creation and disaster risk reduction and resilience in both urban and rural parts of Cambodia.

As part of its Disaster Management and Urban Resilience programme, PIN is currently working on multiple fronts to enhance the anticipatory and preparedness capacities of key disaster management stakeholders, mainly the National Council for Disaster Management (NCDM), its provincial and district offices, MOWRAM and other relevant stakeholders. Over the past years, PIN has supported NCDM with the design, development and broad-based operationalization of Cambodia’s national flood early warning system “EWS1294”, which has become the official government monitoring and information management tool for predicting monsoon-induced flooding and alerting at-risk communities ahead of potential hazard situations. Currently, EWS1294 system features 18 active sensors placed strategically across Cambodia’s river network, has 123,000+ registered users and has already sent out 1.8m+ alert messages since its inception. At present, PIN is working closely with NCDM and Cambodia’s cell service providers to upgrade EWS1294 to a broadcasting-based model that will ensure an even broader population coverage.

In addition, PIN has been in the process of piloting an innovative urban EWS in Battambang City, an area historically exposed to seasonal flood hazards compounded by the impact of climate change. This project will employ an array of innovative approaches, including GIS-based elevation data collection and flood modelling, with the aim to generate a proof of concept and a set of evidence-based recommendations for the Royal Government of Cambodia to explore tailored risk communication channels and related broad-based infrastructure investments in the future.

PIN’s strategic vision is to continue to invest into Cambodia’s disaster risk reduction landscape by exploring innovative linkages between contextualized disaster management approaches, climate-smart solutions and ways to integrate shock-responsive social protection mechanisms to gradually build resilience of the most vulnerable populations across Cambodia.

About the Job

PIN is currently looking to hire a Project Manager responsible for overall project cycle management of the EWS programming as well as program development in line with PIN strategic priorities and identified funding opportunities. The Project Manager will be directly managing 3 projects from 3 different donors on EWS. She/he will ensure smooth delivery of all active project components in desired quality standards, including team and stakeholder management, donor engagement, timely internal/external reporting and other related tasks. She/he will be supervised by the Disaster Management and Urban Resilience Program Manager, and will be expected to work in close coordination with PIN’s MEAL, Communications and support systems departments as required. She/he will also supervise all activities implemented by PIN partners, co-facilitators and external consultants.

 

This position is based in Phnom Penh with frequent visits to the field.

 

Job Duties:

Project Implementation

  • Ensure quality and timely implementation of PIN’s project activities in Phnom Penh in line with relevant standards, best practices, and internal / donor requirements, and according to planned indicators;
  • Oversee the development and regular updating of implementation plans that will set out future activities and track progress to date on outputs and activities;
  • Develop and regularly update the project’s workplan;
  • Support PIN’s team in attaining maximum quality of implemented activities and their outcomes;
  • Keep PIN’s Programme Manager informed about the progress in project implementation through monthly meetings, ensuring that internal project tracking tools are updated on a monthly basis;
  • Travel to the project locations to support and monitor the implementation of activities;
  • Represent PIN in meetings with NCDM and PCDM;
  • Represent PIN at the Humanitarian Response Forum (HRF) when updates on EWS1294 are requested;
  • Revise flood modelling and GIS outputs produced in other projects if necessary

Financial Management and Project Administration

  • Work closely with the Programme Manager and finance team to ensure correct and timely project expenditure;
  • Collaborate with the Programme Manager and the Finance Team in the drafting of monthly budget forecasts;
  • Conduct budget revisions, when necessary;
  • Support with writing periodic progress reports and other documents as per the requirement of the project’s donors;
  • Support overall project coordination with project partners;
  • Ensure correct filing of all MEAL documents, both hardcopies and soft copies;
  • Ensure correct archiving of softcopies in Sharepoint in alignment with the department coordination strategy;
  • Ensure correct archiving of hardcopies;

Programme Quality & MEAL

  • Regularly liaise with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to develop and update the MEAL plan, ensure appropriate indicator tracking;
  • In coordination with the MEAL team, participate in the development and supervision of rapid assessments, monitoring surveys, evaluations, and other planning and MEAL activities as required;

HR Management

  • Provide leadership, day-to-day support, coordination and mentoring to project officers and field officers;
  • Ensure that all staff are clear on their tasks through monthly workplans;
  • Ensure appropriate division of work between staff members

Sector Development

  • Plan and actively search possible ways to develop DRR programming, in particular developing new program ideas, researching and suggesting innovative methodologies, and developing new relations with possible actors and possible experts;
  • Collaborate with PIN’s Programme Manager and Head of Programmes in fundraising activities, in particular in developing new program/project proposals, conducting needs assessments and negotiating with partners and donorsOther
  • Support in the development of project proposals;
  • Support in conducting rapid assessments and/or emergency responses as requested by the Programme Manager;
  • Any other task as required

Required Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Bc degree (completed or currently enrolled) in Disaster Management, International Development, Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or related subjects
  • At least one-year relevant prior experience working on similar issues sought under this position, preferably in a non-profit/international organization context, will be an advantage
  • Solid understanding of the key concepts of disaster management, including early-warning systems, climate change adaptation/mitigation, social protection, vulnerability and resilience, as well as tech-based/innovative approaches to development (GIS, mapping, hazard/risk modelling, information management integrations, data visualization, etc) will be a significant advantage
  • Previous experience in project cycle management, reporting writing and proposal development for international donors is desirable;
  • We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic candidates who are strong team players, possess sound analytical and problem-solving skills, maintain a proactive “can-do” attitude, display respect for diversity and cultural awareness, and identify themselves with the guiding principles of humanitarian work, values and work ethics
  • Strong English skills (both speaking and writing) essential
  • Previous working in experience in Cambodia or Southeast Asia will be an asset

People in Need offers:

  • Environment of a well-established and growing organization
  • Friendly, participatory and results-oriented working environment with extensive opportunities for professional development
  • 25 days of paid leave annually along with additional National Holidays based on Cambodian Labor Law
  • Housing allowance
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once per every 6 months of completed work
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with visa application procedure
  • Medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online
  • Robust and thorough induction training
  • Opportunities for further learning
  • Travel health insurance

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter via this application form with 2 references to Human Resources Department, no later than 16th September 2021.

Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.

People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at: www.peopleinneed.cz/policies).