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Project Manager - Engage Civil Society in Water Management in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region

03-Sep-2008

The Project Manager is responsible for motivating and facilitating the work of national partners in the 3 target countries so that they develop the capacity and long-term involvement of the civil society into water and wetland management. Secondly, s/he is responsible for bringing together the lessons learnt from the project experiences and achievements to influence regional policies affecting wetlands, water and sustainable development.
 

Working relationships

INSIDE Wetlands International and Tour du Valat:
Programme Head and Global Capacity Building Officer in Wetlands International HQ; Head of Programmes in Tour du Valat, plus numerous technical staff in both organisations and communications teams.

OUTSIDE Wetlands International and Tour du Valat:
Partner organisations; donors; consultants, scientific institutions, governmental representatives.

Overall Purpose of Job

The Project Manager is responsible for motivating and facilitating the work of national partners in the 3 target countries so that they develop the capacity and long-term involvement of the civil society into water and wetland management. Secondly, s/he is responsible for bringing together the lessons learnt from the project experiences and achievements to influence regional policies affecting wetlands, water and sustainable development.

Post

MAIN DUTIES & TASKS:

  • Effective implementation of the project, including project management, timely achievement of outcomes, financial management, partner relations and reporting;
  • Represent and report on the project objectives and achievements on behalf of the partner organisations;
  • Develop strategic partnerships, resources and activities to enhance the impact of the project at the regional level;
  • Support and facilitate the work of partner organisations in the target countries to ensure effective teamwork, timely project implementation and efficient internal and external project communications.

In order to achieve this, it is anticipated that the Project Manager will need to:

  • Establish and maintain financial, administrative and project management and communication systems according to standards set by Wetlands International and Tour du Valat;
  • Keep abreast of relevant initiatives, policy developments and scientific initiatives in the Mediterranean and participate in relevant events and meetings;
  • Prepare and develop office annual workplans and budgets in line with the logical framework of the project;
  • Put in place and coordinate resource development and communications initiatives with Wetlands International HQ, Tour du Valat and other project partners;
  • Manage a Communications Officer within the Coordination Unit;
  • Participate in relevant staff activities of Wetlands International and Tour du Valat;
  •  Occasionally travel to the target countries.

Qualifications and Experience

Profile: The successful candidate will have some experience and a strong interest in capacity development approaches, preferably in the Mediterranean region and involving relevant NGO and water networks. S/he will have experience in coordinating and managing complex programmes and proven organisational and communications skills. The position will suit an innovative and creative thinker, with a preference for working internationally and with NGOs.

Competencies:

  • Proven achievements of project development and management, preferably involving international applications or outcomes and partners from the environment, water or other relevant development sectors;
  • Experience in and interest in working with relevant institutions and initiatives in the Mediterranean, with preference of experience and/or networks in the south and east Mediterranean countries;
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and communicate effectively with widely dispersed members of a team, including the use of standard project management tools, such as logframe-based work planning and the tracking and reporting of progress against targets using indicators.;
  • Working knowledge of approaches used to identify specific capacity development needs for different stakeholders;
  • Positive track record in resource development and donor liaison;
  • Well-developed computer skills, including demonstrable knowledge of current distance learning approaches and training materials dissemination;
  • Excellent written and inter-personal communications skills, and in particular Good ability to work effectively in English and French;
  • Knowledge of other languages of target countries and cultures is desirable – especially Arabic.

Applications:

Those interested in applying should send a covering letter addressing the selection criteria together with their detailed curriculum vitae, plus contact details of two referees, who can vouch for professional and personal qualifications.

Deadline: September 20th 2008
Interviews will be held at Tour du Valat, Le Sambuc, 13200 Arles, France

Applications should be sent in English by e mail to Hacer Durmus Hacer.Durmus@wetlands.org