Project Manager, Projet d’Appui au Développement Agricole pour la Nutrition et l’Entrepreneuriat (PADANE)

  • Bujumbura, Burundi
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: International employment contract

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical knowledge 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 over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV more explicitly aims for structural change and scale in its programmes, as well as bringing knowledge and initiatives from different programmes together at country level to contribute to systems’ change. We will continue to position ourselves as a learning organisation striving for excellence and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline. Since 1979, SNV has been providing capacity development services to local institutions and organisations in Mali, working in line with national poverty reduction strategies.

In line with the strategic priorities of EKN in Burundi, the project will contribute to improving food and nutrition security for poor rural households. It aims to contribute to increased stability and security in Burundi through inclusive value chain sector development, youth employment, women empowerment, and enhanced food & nutrition security.

The project will combine a market-based approach with intrinsic motivations of participating rural households. It will have an impact on employment creation and economic opportunities through (i) the development of inclusive value chains and inclusive finance, (ii) empowering resource-poor households, women and youth with improved food and nutrition security, and (iii) promoting climate resilience in market-oriented farming systems, villages and value chains.

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Job Description

The Team Leader/Project Manager is responsible for providing an overall vision, leadership and guidance of the project, internally with the project staff and externally with donors, host governments and other stakeholders. She/he will be responsible for overall project planning, implementation and management which includes amongst others: effectively steering project staff and team; efficient management of financial resources; review and approval of project budgets and monitoring expenditures; supervision of field operations; supervision of procurement and monitoring & evaluation; and ensuring quality control and timeliness of all deliverables as required. S/he will ensure full compliance with the donor contract and regulations and will oversee the project reporting process to the donor. S/he will also steer management and performance of local partners and technical back stoppers. Burundi is a new country for SNV, therefore the incumbent would be responsible for further executing and sustaining project operations of SNV in Burundi, under the leadership of the SNV Kenya Country Director. The PM will report to the SNV Kenya Country Director.

Key Responsibilities

· Execute overall project management and manage donor relations;

· Implement full project as is envisaged it the project inception phase, including developing work plans, budgets and competence table with financial responsibilities and mandates;

· Further build, strengthen and manage partnerships with local government, key partners, institutions and stakeholders;

· Overall management of all human, physical and financial resources related to the project;

· Monitor performance of the project management team to ensure all milestones set in the annual 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;

· Identify follow-up funding and partnership possibilities with country management and business development.



. A relevant advanced academic qualification: Masters degree level or more

· Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted donor-funded development projects;

· Highly-motivated self-starter with strong organisational skills;

· Solid experience in project management;

· Background in/understanding of agriculture, value chain development and youth employment;

· Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation;

· Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with the private sector, civil society and governments;

· Able to strategically inspire and energise multi- partner project teams;

· Demonstrated experience in managing various stakeholders;

· Strong strategic decision-making and communication skills including reporting and presentation skills;

· Fluency in both written and spoken French and English is required;

· Knowledge of or previous working experience with SNV is an advantage.

Additional Information

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted for a 3 year period. SNV’s international contract includes a pension plan, life and medical insurances in the benefits package.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged!

How to Apply

Please submit your application via Smart Recruiters on or before 12 June 2021 if you wish to be considered for this position. All information will be dealt with strict confidentiality. We will revert to you as soon as we have reviewed your application.

Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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