Post-Conflict Public Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project Manager

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Expertise France is currently expanding its portfolio in Ethiopia to help restore access to basic services by conflict-affected communities. In particular, Expertise France is investigating the possibility to engage in an 18-month project to strengthen conflict-affected communities’ access to health care through the rehabilitation and re-equipment of Dessie’s hospital, Amhara Province, through a set of activities based on three complementary expected results:

  • ER1 : The needs and priorities in terms of rehabilitation and re-equipment of Dessie’s hospital are identified following a consultative and inclusive assessment process with national health authorities.
  • ER2 : Dessie’s hospital is rehabilitated and upgraded to provide a comprehensive health care offer to the most vulnerable populations affected by violent conflicts.
  • ER3 : The staff of Dessie’s hospital have the necessary equipment to relaunch the provision of care.

In light of this, Expertise France is seeking a Project Manager to lead day-to-day project implementation and ensure the overall achievement of project’s objectives.

Under the supervision of Expertise France Head of Stabilization and Resilience Unit based in Paris, the Project Manager will assume overall project implementation responsibility of the project and will ensure timely and quality implementation of project activities in coordination with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MoH), the donor, and other relevant stakeholders.

The Project Manager will lead a team composed of a Project Officer/Technical expert, an Administrative and Financial Officer, and a Procurement Expert who will be placed under her/his direct supervision.

Project management, monitoring, evaluation and learning

The Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring that the project runs smoothly by providing overall leadership, management, supervision, and strategic vision for the implementation of the project, while managing staff and resources to ensure that the project meets its targets and deliverables on-time, within budget, and at a high level of quality. More specifically, the Project Manager will be expected to:

  • Provide overall leadership over project planning, budget, implementation and monitoring;
  • Hold overall responsibility for the timely and quality delivery of project;
  • Ensure the project is implemented in close coordination with MoH;
  • Oversee the partnership with local building companies and with the Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals Supply Agency (EPSA)
  • In coordination with the relevant team members of the Stabilisation & Resilience Unit, implement planning, operational and budgetary monitoring tools to assess (1) the real-time progress of activities, including cross-sectoral activities such as recruitment, reporting, management, etc.; (2) achievement of indicators under the project logical framework; and (3) budget expenditure and running balance;
  • Organize and facilitate quarterly and annual project reviews that include the preparation of progress reports and project team meetings to assess the intervention strategy and contextual changes;
  • In collaboration with the M&E team, collect information and draft narrative donor reports in compliance with donor guidelines;
  • Provide recommendations on project monitoring, improvement of practices, and on potential revisions of activities if needed;
  • Ensure that findings / recommendations of past and future assessments (e.g. Results-Oriented Monitoring, Mid-Term Evaluation, Beneficiary Satisfaction Surveys) are acted upon and/or used to improve the project’s results;
  • With the technical support of the Communication Officer, ensure the visibility of the project in line with the donor’s guidelines;
  • With the support of the Finance team, monitor the efficient budget utilisation and suggest reallocation of funds if needed;
  • Organize capitalization exercises to take stock of project achievements and lessons learnt and to highlight promising practices, if any, or to devise corrective course of action;
  • Develop an “exit strategy” in consultation with MoH before the project closure that will aim at ensuring the sustainability of the achieved results.

Staff Management and Supervision of Experts

  • Responsible for managing the project team that is composed of a Project Officer/technical expert, an Administrative and Financial Project Assistant, and a Procurement Expert;
  • Supervise and mentor the project team members, including by communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews;
  • Provide technical guidance to the project team members to allow them to manage their respective portfolio in a professional manner;
  • Provide capacity development opportunities to the project team members based on identified needs;
  • Supervise the recruitment of experts, trainers or consultants and recruit EF project staff if needed;
  • Ensure that experts deliver their assignments in a timely manner and as per the expected outputs;

Monitoring on stabilization and portfolio development

  • Keep abreast of developments in the stabilization and early recovery sectors in Ethiopia, including in relation to the institutional frameworks, stakeholders and programmatic guidance;
  • Ensure coordination with other engage in the rehabilitation and re-equipment of public health infrastructures, including the WHO and Unicef;
  • Keep the Head of unit informed of programmatic updates and potential project ideas and initiatives.

Institutional representation & partnership

  • Participate in coordination and technical meetings, represent EF in relevant Inter-Agency Working Groups (e.g. Health Cluster) and discussions;
  • Represent EF with the MoH and the donor on all matters related to the project strategy and implementation;
  • Build up a collaborative network of peers, government agencies, UN agencies, international and local NGOs engaged in issues related to stabilization.

Qualifications and competencies  :

  • Master’s Degree in international development, civil engineering or public health
  • Outstanding project management skills, including project planning, budget management, financial forecasts, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver rapid project results and to master the planning and implementation of procurement of goods and services contracts
  • Demonstrated knowledge in health infrastructure rehabilitation programming a definite asset
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop constructive partnerships with public institutions, strong negotiation and diplomatic skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, effective representation and liaison skills;
  • Ability to apply skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including direct implementation, advisory functions, training and the transfer of technical knowledge and management skills to others;
  • Personal qualities: Team leader skills, promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well; result-oriented; pays attention to detail and quality;
  • Fluency in English. Fluency in French is an asset.

Professional experience :

  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in humanitarian and non-humanitarian sectors, including a minimum of 5 years as project manager, with specific experience in public infrastructure rehabilitation projects in emergency or post-conflict settings;

Context description

In November 2020, Ethiopia was engulfed in a violent civil war between the Tigrayan armed forces (TPLF) and federal units, allied forces from the neighbouring Amhara region of Tigray and Eritrean troops. A year later, Tigrayan forces, with support from Oromo rebels, appeared ready to march on the capital Addis Ababa. On 30 October, news of the entry of Tigrayan forces into the town of Dessie, a symbolic town in the Amhara region, 400 km from Addis Ababa, prompted the Ethiopian government to launch a counter-offensive, forcing the Tigrayan fighters to withdraw to their home region in December 2021, marking a turning point in the thirteen-month-old conflict that has devastated the north of the country.

Tigray’s leaders said they had taken the decision to open up space for negotiations. Addis Ababa, for its part, said on 22 December that the armed coalition would not push further into Tigray. The latest developments in the conflict – and in particular the call for talks by the Tigrayan leadership – offer a rare opportunity for a cessation of hostilities. Indeed, the Ethiopian government, under the aegis of the Ministry of Finance with the support of the World Bank, began a multi-sectoral needs assessment process in post-conflict areas in February 2022 to initiate a process of stabilisation and recovery in the regions most affected by the conflict. Since the beginning of the conflict, tens of thousands of people have died, leaving more than 25 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and causing more than 4 million forced displacements.

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