Vento di Terra: Project Manager

POSITION:                    Project Manager (National position)  
DUTY STATION:                Vento di Terra office – Gaza City
REPORTS TO:                    The Head of Mission
PERIOD:                    12 months extendable – (3 months’ probation period)
STARTING DATE:                Tentatively from 2nd of July 2017

Vento di Terra (VdT) has been operating in Palestine since 2006 in the fields of education, psycho-social support, community development, social enterprise and bioclimatic architecture, using participatory approaches and sustainable and innovative methodologies. Since 2011, VdT enlarged its intervention in Gaza, building “The Children’s Land”- new sample of bioclimatic architecture- for the Bedouin community of Um Al Nasser. In particular, thanks to a plurennial EU funded program, the Zeina Women Center was built and started up in 2015. The new building hosts the women center Zeina, targeting Bedouin women, with two income generating labs for Bedouin women economic empowerment.
This position is responsible of leading the implementation of the project “Promoting the Bedouin Center “Zeina Women Center” as a participatory lab for community development in Gaza Strip” funded by CFD and realized by Canaan Institute for New Pedagogy in partnership with Vento di Terra NGO. The project, renewed on annual basis has a total duration of 3 years. The Project Manager will work under the supervision of the Head of Mission and will be in charge of the running operations of VdT in Gaza Strip.
Specific responsibilities related to the project
-    Be responsible of the achievement of the objectives and results of the project;
-    Working on the design, preparation and monitoring of all the project activities; 
-    Be responsible of the financial management of project activities on the basis of the budget and the available donor funds;
-    Supervise the implementation of the marketing strategy for Zeina Women Center, expanding the already existing network of costumers and stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the project;
-    Be responsible for accurate assigned project activities administration and to supervise, alongside the project’s administrator, preparation of accounting documents for intermediate and final financial reports required by donors;
-    Ensure the completion of timely quality reports as required internally and externally;
-    Ensure that all staff understand and are able to perform their roles: manage the project team, define expectations, provide leadership and technical support needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly;
-    Organize monthly coordination meeting with all the staff of Zeina Women Center;
Project design, operation planning and representation
-    Coordinate and participate in networking activities (i.e. thematic clusters, etc) involving different stakeholders such as local authorities, NGOs, donors and other agencies involved in the relevant sector;
-    Ensure that VdT accounting and financial systems are in place and updated regularly;
-    Participate in project design, assessment and feasibility studies with VdT team;
-    Translate and/or prepare documents due for audit purposes, narrative and financial reporting;
-    A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in development studies, economy, social science or another relevant field to the project;
-    Minimum 2 years of demonstrated experience in project and financial management of development and/or humanitarian projects;
-    Previous experience and knowledge of international NGOs;
-    Proficiency in English and Arabic and strong writing skills (mandatory);
-    Mastering  computer skills including practice in Microsoft office ( Excel, Word and Power Point);
-    Knowledge of general law related to HR and INGO financial procedures (Palestinian Labor Law, Palestinian Civil service Law, etc.);
-    Previous experience in women economic empowerment (desirable);
-    Experience with start-ups and marketing would be a plus;
Interpersonal Skills
-    Excellent communication and facilitation skills including influencing and negotiation;
-    Self-starter with a strong ability to work in a team, under pressure and against deadlines;
-    Capacity to analyze complex situations, problem solving and creativity;
-    Good knowledge of political and cultural context, proactively seeking advice and support from colleagues;
-    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, ability to deal with disputes and conflicts - and to motivate for stronger efforts;
-    Capacity to empower others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; 
-    Driven for change and improvements; shows the courage to take unpopular stands;

Qualified applicants are requested to submit their CV, motivation letter (English) and two references to with subject line “PM - Gaza Strip” 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS                            15th of June 2017

Women are encouraged to apply
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first assessment test