You will manage, coordinate, and monitor project activities and relationships with partners and other project stakeholders to assist in the quality implementation and delivery of school meals and field activities in the LEAPS II project, advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your project management skills and knowledge of school meals provision and education will ensure that the LEAPS II project delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of this project. The school meals project manager will oversee the field activities and staff working in the schools to strengthen the management and implementation of school meals, primarily, but also complementary programing of WASH, literacy, and inclusive education.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- You will lead technical components, monitoring and reporting activities for provision of school meals and community mobilization through most of the project cycle - start-up, implementation and close-out - in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices. Provide budget management monitoring and support for all school meals and community mobilization activities.
- Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
- Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities following MEAL Policy. Proactively identify issues, report them to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
- Engage and strengthen partnerships relevant to the project’s school meals components, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches. Maintain excellent relationships with government partners at the provincial and district levels.
- Represent the organization with INGO working groups, relevant local partners and relevant provincial and local government and community actors for school meal provision and education.
- Coordinate activities required for ensuring the financial, material and human resources for the quality implementation of the project. Conduct periodic budget reviews for school meals and field activities.
- Identify staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and contribute to capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
- Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and disseminate results. Review project documentation to ensure project file is complete with all required documentation and is filed per agency and donor requirements.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor's Degree required. Master’s Degree in the field of Education or other relevant field would be a plus.
- Minimum of 5 years of work experience in project management, ideally in the area of Education, and preferably with an international NGO.
- Additional experience may substitute for some education.
Required Languages – Written and spoken fluency in English and Lao. Proficiency in Bru or other languages spoken in Savannakhet a plus.
Travel – The position is based in Savannakhet with frequent travel – up to 40% – to project sites in the province, and to Savannakhet and/or Vientiane.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
- Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakeholders. Representation abilities.
- Ability to contribute to written reports
- Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
- Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
- Experience working on early childhood education and/or community mobilization is highly desirable.
- Relevant grant management experience, especially for USG or other public donors, a plus.
- Staff supervision experience.
- Experience working with stakeholders at various levels and strengthening community partnerships
- Experience establishing and maintaining formal and informal communication mechanisms with government partners
- Ability to contribute to the development of technical proposals, a plus.
- Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, and information management systems.