Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Employment Opportunity: Project Manager at Future First Global Tanzania

Employment Opportunity: Project Manager at Future First Global Tanzania
Future First Global is looking for an experienced Project Manager to lead our team in Dar es Salaam to deliver a portfolio of activities as part of the Lending for Education in Africa Partnership (LEAP) – an exciting initiative being piloted in Tanzania and Kenya for the first time.

This is a dynamic and varied role and will involve designing and delivering a comprehensive community building programme, to support academic success and create pathways to employment for the ‘LEAP Fellows’ – selected recipients of the LEAP Programme. The successful candidate will have sole responsibility for the design and delivery of LEAP programme activities in Tanzania.

• Initially a 12 month contract with potential for extension 
• Preferred start date Monday 15th October 2018, with some flexibility for the right candidate 
• Salary competitive – to be discussed at interviews 
• The Project Manager will be based in Dar es Salaam, with regular travel to partner universities in and around the city

About the LEAP (The Lending for Education in Africa Partnership) Pilot
The Lending for Education in Africa Partnership (LEAP) aims to pilot and scale a non-profit social lending fund dedicated to strengthening economic prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa by providing affordable higher education loans to students, incentivising their academic success and creating pathways to gainful employment. LEAP’s lending will be directed towards youth from low and middle-income backgrounds who are currently unable to secure credit from conventional commercial banks and for whom bursaries and scholarships are not yet available - “the missing middle” of higher education finance.

Since January 2018 our team in Kenya have been working to establish the pilot programme with five universities in Nairobi. The team have developed a comprehensive programme of community building, academic coaching and careers support that will be delivered to LEAP Fellows alongside their studies to help them thrive in their academics and future jobs. The learnings have been significant and this role will work closely with the team in Kenya to develop these for the Tanzanian context.

Our HQ is based in London, but we have worked on projects in Rwanda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Australia and the UK. You will be working directly with two members of staff, one based in the UK and the other in Singapore.
We are delivering the LEAP Programme in partnership with Volta Capital, Equity Group Foundation, Lundin Foundation, and the Mandela Institute for International Development Studies (MINDS).

Principal Responsibilities 
Team and Project Management
• Implement the LEAP Programme across multiple institutions in Tanzania; 
• Adapt and maintain an evaluation framework to support continual improvement of the programme; 
• Budget management of events, staffing and travel; 
• Financial and progress reporting lead to the Future First Global team in the UK; 
• Design of quarterly work plans to deliver the programme to agreed timelines and milestones; 
• Line management responsibility for Programme Officer (from late 2019)

Community building and relationship management 
• Build strong working relationships with all LEAP Fellows, partner organisations and institutions; 
• Design and facilitate meetings, trainings, events and other activities with students; 
• Implementation of an engagement strategy to ensure a high level of programme participation.

Training and facilitation 
• Design and deliver training and activities for LEAP Fellows from start to finish – including planning, logistics, facilitation and evaluation; 
• Conduct a range of focus groups and informal feedback sessions with LEAP Fellows to feed into constant improvement of the programme; 
• Coach and mentor LEAP student leadership to ensure the LEAP student chapters are a productive and supportive peer community

• Set up and maintain regular contact with students via email, Whatsapp and phone; 
• Set up and maintain communication and engagement platforms; 
• Writing, editing and designing engaging communications for LEAP Fellows and wider stakeholders; 
• Writing, editing and designing a regular newsletter about the LEAP Programme.

Monitoring, reporting and evaluation 
• Keep accurate records of events and activities, including attendance and learnings; 
• Collect and analyse data on an ongoing basis from a range of sources; 
• Support with quarterly reporting to Volta Capital; 
• Develop case studies for use in communications and monitoring.

Person Requirements 
We understand that candidates may not have experience of every part of this programme. Most importantly, we are looking for someone who ‘gets’ what we are doing and can provide strong evidence of experience in community building and project management.

 Essential Skills and Experience 
• At least six years’ project management experience; 
• Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili; 
• Experience of working directly with young people; 
• Open and honest approach to collaboration and reporting; your colleagues will be based overseas, and it is essential that you will be able to work effectively with them; 
• Relationship-building skills: experience of working effectively with a range of stakeholders; 

• High levels of organisation, ideally with experience of setting up and maintaining a project and accompanying reporting systems; 
• Strong communication skills: ability to communicate effectively across a range of forums: from set-up of social media groups, to running focus groups with students, to drafting evaluation reports; 
• Critical and analytical: the confidence to recognise and raise where the programme might not meet the desired outcome and to adjust and re-plan accordingly 
• The independence and confidence to make decisions and work day to day with minimal supervision; 
• A willingness to travel around Dar es Salaam regularly and elsewhere in Tanzania occasionally.

Desirable Skills and Experience 
• Experience of working on projects involving universities; 
• Excellent writing and research skills with a high attention to detail; 
• Confidence in designing and delivering sessions to large groups of students; 
• Experience of people management;

Please send a copy of your CV (of no more than two sides) and a cover letter explaining why you think you are the right person for this role to Stella McKenna at careers@futurefirstglobal.org. The application deadline is Monday 27th August 2018 – applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Key dates 
• Initial interviews will be taking place on Skype on either Tuesday 4th or Wednesday 5th September. 
• Second round interviews will take place in person on Thursday 13th or Friday 14th September in Dar es Salaam. 
• Preferred start date is Monday 15th October 2018 

Please indicate in your application email if you are unavailable for any of the dates outlined above.

For more information visit – www.futurefirstglobal.org 

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