Project Director – ENGAGE Guyana

Guyana

POSITION TITLEProject Director – ENGAGE Guyana
POSITION LOCATIONGuyana 
REPORTS TODirector of Programs
CONTRACT TERMIndeterminate
APPLICATION DEADLINE25 April 2022
EXPECTED START DATEMay 2022
LANGUAGESEnglish essential

BACKGROUND

WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of governments, civil society organizations, schools, training institutions, private sector partners,  and volunteers who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank. 

THE ENGAGE PROJECT

WUSC is currently initiating  a new project in Guyana called Empowering the Next Generation: Agency and Gender Equality (ENGAGE Youth).  The project aims to increase participation and inclusion of Guyana’s most remote, marginalized, and poorest populations in regions predominantly occupied by Indigenous people. Interventions will focus on marginalized indigenous populations, women and youth in Guyana and will include: providing opportunities to improve civic participation; increasing access to resources; and fostering more meaningful engagement in decision-making. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to the WUSC  Director of Programs, and working in close collaboration with the Senior Program Officer (SPO) in WUSC Ottawa, the WUSC Guyana Project Director is responsible for the following:

Strategic Leadership

  • Providing strategic leadership for the implementation of the ENGAGE project and coordination with implementing partners and key stakeholders;
  • Representing  the project, building and maintaining effective relationships with relevant national and regional stakeholders, regional organizations, and related international programs; 
  • Ensure sound project governance, including the participation of young people and leading WUSC’s participation in the Project Steering Committee, Project Advisory Committee and other committees/ working groups, as appropriate;
  • In collaboration with the WUSC Caribbean Guyana Inc Board of Directors, managing the project office and coordinating with appropriate government authorities in relation to WUSC’s registration, tax-free status, ensuring that all facilities are operational; 
  • Ensuring that WUSC meets all Government memorandum of understanding (MOU), registration, reporting, audit and transparency requirements in Guyana;
  • Identify opportunities for leveraging the project to expand reach and impact in the Guyana, focussed on WUSC’s theory of change and thematic priorities; 
  • Ensuring close coordination with the Guyana-specific activities of WUSC’s regional Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean initiative;
  • Coordinating activities with other agencies working in WUSC sectors of engagement.

Technical Direction & Project Management 

  • Provide technical and managerial direction and guidance to the project, in line with the project’s expected outcomes and WUSC policies and procedures; 
  • Develop key project planning deliverables (i.e. Project Implementation Plan, Annual Work Plans, Annual Reports and other reports) using results-based management approaches and tools;  
  • Develop specific strategies for cross-cutting themes (capacity building, gender equality, private sector engagement, environmental sustainability) for the project; 
  • Maintain open and effective communication amongst strategic partners and project team members in Canada and Guyana;
  • Oversee day-to-day coordination and delivery of project activities in conjunction with staff, technical advisors, volunteers and partners; 
  • Maintaining an ongoing relationship with WUSC in Ottawa, with regular updates to the WUSC Director of Programs and ongoing exchange of information and collaboration with WUSC Ottawa based project staff and other technical advisors, as appropriate; 

Monitoring & Evaluation 

  • Oversee the establishment and effective implementation of a results monitoring system for the project in accordance with WUSC’s best practices and procedures;
  • Regularly monitor progress towards results, ensuring appropriate course correction and iterative management;  
  • Work with team members to produce regular reports to key stakeholders;
  • Maintain regular communication with WUSC in Canada to ensure appropriate support.

Human Resources Management 

  • Manage the project team in Guyana;
  • Supervise, guide and evaluate the work of project staff and consultants;
  • Oversee human resources management issues such as employment policies and practices and subcontracting, are in compliance with laws and regulations of Guyana;  
  • Work with colleagues and partners to ensure the effective mobilization, orientation and coaching of volunteers and technical advisors; 

Financial & Office Management 

  • Lead overall project budget planning and execution according to WUSC policies and procedures and in compliance with donor requirements;
  • Establish and oversee a financial management system for the project in close consultation with WUSC’s finance team;
  • Ensure that the project complies with Guyana taxes, banking controls, and labour laws; 
  • Under the guidance of WUSC’s finance team, regularly update, monitor and report on the project budget in order to ensure regular reporting to the donor by WUSC Ottawa; 
  • Oversee office set-up and operations of the project in Rupununi.
  • Maintain the required administrative and project infrastructure of staff, field offices and equipment.

Risk Management & Security Preparedness

  • Actively assess and monitor the risk profile of the project; identify specific risks and appropriate mitigation strategies;
  • Ensure the application and relevancy of WUSC security policies, procedures and preparedness to the operational context of the project;

Donor Liaison & Coordination

  • Establish a strong working relationship with the donor and its representative(s) at the Canadian Embassy in Georgetown including on strategic planning and information sharing; 
  • Ensure coordination with GAC and assigned Project personnel as required in conjunction or consultation with WUSC Ottawa;
  • Coordinate regularly with other development actors to ensure harmonization and synergy with similar initiatives;
  • Ensure GAC approval of official communications via communiques, brochures, radio spots or other media in Guyana;

Communications and Promotion

  • Represent the project in official communications in Guyana;
  • Develop and implement a Communications strategy in Guyana in consultation with WUSC’s Communication team at Ottawa;
  • Develop promotional materials as appropriate for dissemination or use in Guyana. 

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES

Education

  • A Master’s Degree from a recognized university in a related field and/or a combination of education and relevant experience

Experience & Competencies

  • 7 years of professional experience managing complex donor funded projects (preferably GAC);
  • 5 years of demonstrated experience and a proven track record in a senior project management role;
  • 5 years of demonstrated experience in delivering education projects in complex programming environments;
  • 3 years of continuous field-based experience in a developing country, preferably in Guyana;
  • Proven and demonstrated experience in project leadership, including experience with donor results-based management policies, financial reporting and contracting requirements, as well as delivering partnership-based projects;
  • Proven experience managing complex financial controls and management systems, Human resources management experience in a field office setting;
  • Availability to travel locally, regionally and internationally, sometimes on extended assignments and under challenging conditions;
  • Sound knowledge-base and experience in project design, management and monitoring and evaluation, preferably with GAC funded projects;
  • Sound and current knowledge of development concepts, methodologies and techniques in youth empowerment;;
  • Thorough knowledge of participatory approaches, as well as project planning, monitoring and reporting using Results-based Management;
  • A highly effective and collaborative communicator possessing an exceptional capacity for delivering both written and verbal communications; 
  • Capacity to establish strong supportive relationships with partners and staff;
  • Proven skills in managing multi-stakeholder projects in a complex regulatory environment;
  • Skillful networking and experience in partnership-building and working in collaboration with partner organizations, the private sector, governments and donors;
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills, including demonstrated ability to handle highly sensitive issues with diplomacy and tact;
  • Strong leadership and management skills;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Curious, enthusiastic and willing to innovate and adapt.

Languages

  • Complete fluency in English is required

WHY WORK WITH WUSC?

Join Us. Our work is important, cutting-edge, and fast-paced. We encourage curiosity, innovation, and flexibility, and we provide a phenomenal learning experience. 

WUSC offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference in the lives of youth around the world. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment.

APPLICATIONS

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and will not tolerate harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check where appropriate.

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

This position is open to all suitably qualified Canadians, those legally allowed to work in Canada and to CARICOM Nationals.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

If you wish to apply for this position, please send your application to dhope@wusc.ca. Please indicate “Project Director – ENGAGE Guyana” as the subject line of your email.

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