Al Shehab Institution for Comprehensive Development


Thursday 13 September 2018 by Al Shehab institution for Comprehensive Development

Al Shehab Foundation for Comprehensive Development is seeking to recruit a highly motivated and qualified candidate for the following position:

Position: Project Manager - Foundation for a Sustainable Model of Economic Empowerment for Vulnerable Women Project. Duty station: Cairo. Duration: Annual Contract renewable based on good performance and availability of funds.

Background and summary of the project: Al-Shehab Foundation for Comprehensive Development is a non-governmental organization working on the development of informal areas in Greater Cairo, and is currently working in one of the largest informal areas, Ezbet Al-Haggana. Ezbet Al-Haggana community suffers from extreme poverty in the services and facilities, along with the low awareness of the public and the low levels of education, economic and social conditions. While unemployment represents a critical challenge for all segments of the population in this area, young women often find themselves contributing to, if not the main breadwinner for the family. The only economic opportunities available to them as unskilled labour are in the precarious informal sector doing odd jobs such as street vending or domestic work where incomes are insecure and where they lack any social or legal protection. Al Shehab Foundation has been working with this group of women for several years and this project will build on this past work to further enhance their economic and financial skills, contribute to increasing their incomes and gain access to labour rights. Al Shehab Foundation is implementing four-year project in partnership with Drosos Foundation. The overall objective of this project is to enable marginalized women in Ezbet El Haggana to improve their incomes by delivering quality training in cooking for 225 women and certification from the Ministry of Manpower. This will enable their access to new and better-paid income opportunities whether based in their homes or in the homes of clients and will be complemented by training on basic economic skills including financial literacy and marketing. Of the total trained, 30 of the most promising women will be engaged in the kitchen, a social enterprise that will ensure a steady source of income for beneficiaries, worker rights and the sustainability of future programming for the partner organization. In parallel to the main interventions, the project will engage the children of female beneficiaries in a safe space that helps them develop skills for a better future. The project will directly contribute to:

a) The establishment of a kitchen as a social enterprise supporting income generation for women and the partner.
  An appropriate business model is developed and rolled out.
  The kitchen is set up with appropriate operational and management systems.
  Marketing enables the social enterprise to reach its revenue targets. b) Women’s economic empowerment through skills development & income generation.
  225 women are trained and certified in cooking and basic economic skills.
  30 women are engaged in the social enterprise and an ownership model ensures their participation in decision-making.
  A safe space engages the children and youth with skills building activities. c) The partner is fully capable of running a social enterprise.
  The partner has acquired experience in the food/catering industry.
  The partner’s financial systems support the running of a social enterprise.

Major Duties: Based in Cairo, the Project Manager will work under the supervision of Al Shehab Foundation’s Programmes Director. 1- Provide strategic vision for the project in collaboration with the Programmes Director to ensure synergies and coordination with other projects and programmes within the organization and under the vision and mission. 2- Responsible for the timely achievement of project results as per the logical framework, project document and other key documents. 3- Develop detailed annual, quarterly and monthly work plans and ensure their timely implementation. 4- Supervise project staff performance and identify specific capacity building and training needs. 5- Supervise the work flow within and coordination between the different components of the project. 6- Monitor the achievement of the project outputs and results using the preset M&E plan and in collaboration with the Programmes Director and M&E Officer. 7- Manage the recruitment of the project staff, consultants and external experts and all procurement. 8- Submit monthly and quarterly reports to Al Shehab Programme Director. 9- Advise on assure high quality of the different activities under this project. 10- Act as the project’s liaison with government and the project relevant stakeholders. 11- Holds responsibility for the project budget and oversee financial matters in relation to the project in coordination with the project Accountant. 12- Conduct regular meetings with the project staff as necessary, to discuss project activities and challenges. 13- Leads on regular reporting to the donor and other external parties. 14- Leads on communication to outside parties including social media to support visibility and the achievement of project results.

Qualifications: i. Advanced degree in project management, social sciences, gender and women’s studies or other related discipline from an accredited university. ii. Familiarity with economic empowerment programmes for the most marginalized women ( At least 5 years). iii. Prior experience in working with civil society organizations. (At Least 7 Years). iv. Thorough knowledge of project proposal development, programme planning, implementation and evaluation principles, practices and procedures. v. Ability to interpret statistics, identify and analyze problems with project implementation. vi. Flexibility and ability to work in a team and in a challenging environment. vii. Neutrality, flexibility and respect for diverse populations is required. viii. Strong sense of initiative and dedication, and respect for time and punctuality. ix. Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. x. Excellent knowledge of written and spoken Arabic; Good command of the English language. xi. Good working experience with computers, including Microsoft Office.

Apply to: Cover letter indicates why you are the most outstanding candidate for this post and up-to-date CV must be submitted to: quoting job title.

Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified. Deadline for submitting applications: September 27rd, 2018 COB.

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