Country Project Manager (Climate Change Programme) - Consultant

We have an exciting Project Manager role available to develop and deliver our new Climate Change programme in Benin.

Location: Benin

Responsible to: Global Programmes Manager

Tenure: 24 months (Approx. 35 hours per week)

Salary: 650- 950 GBP per month

Closing Date: 7 December 2020 (17:00 GMT)

About us

Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting is the world’s only movement for every girl and any girl because we believe that each of them deserves to be the best they can be. Free to make what they want from the Movement, girls learn by doing, make friends and have fun. In safe, local spaces, girls develop the skills and attitudes to change themselves, their communities and our world.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) keeps the global Movement thriving, united and growing. We are a volunteer-led global charitable Organisation with Member Organisations in 150 countries, but will be focused on and based within our Member Organisation, Association des Guides du Bénin.

Association des Guides du Bénin (AGB)

The Association des Guides du Bénin (AGB) is the voice of girls and young women, giving them the tools to address issues affecting them in their community and build a better world. AGB is an intergenerational volunteer movement open to all girls and young people across the country, without discrimination of religion, ethnic group or socio-economic background. It offers its members an educational programme that allows them to develop themselves intellectually, emotionally, physically, morally, spiritually and socially, all in the spirit of guiding and solidarity, and respect for each other.

About the Climate Change programme

Girl Led Action on Climate Change is an exciting new programme which will be designed by WAGGGS and implemented in partnership with local Guiding Associations across sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to increase awareness of climate related issues, support direct adaptation and mitigation action at community or national level and increase future capacity for women to take leadership roles in climate change response.

The programme will focus initially on three countries: Benin, Tanzania and Lesotho, reaching 45,000 girls and young women over a two-year period. Using WAGGGS non-formal educational model, WAGGGS will respond to an urgent need to educate and engage thousands of girls and young women in climate change action.

Purpose

This role will lead on the development and delivery of the Climate Change programme in Benin, ensuring the programme is adapted to the national context and the needs of AGB. The role involves working closely with volunteers in the AGB project team, trainers, local leaders, Girl Guides and WAGGGS programme staff.

Consultant Specifications

  1. Scope then develop a project plan and manage the implementation of the WAGGGS Climate Change programme in Benin within agreed outcomes including, timescales, budget and quality parameters.
  2. Assess and actively manage programme risks in country, issues and dependencies using appropriate project management techniques. Use critical and creative thinking to troubleshoot and design appropriate solutions.
  3. In conjunction with the WAGGGS Global Programme Manager for the Climate Change programme, the advocacy consultant and AGB develop and implement advocacy activity on climate change by girls in Benin.
  4. Support AGB to implement community action activities of the Climate Change programme. This will include coordinating the micro-grants scheme and organising the delivery of the event for idea exchange for girls and young women.
  5. Undertake the day-to-day budget management of the project ensuring regular reporting and address any issues in conjunction with the WAGGGS Global Programme Manager in a timely manner.
  6. Engage directly with, and provide support to the AGB volunteers and staff to ensure the programme is delivered with positive agreed experiences for individuals involved, AGB and WAGGGS.
  7. Facilitate the recruitment and ongoing management of country-based volunteer co-creation groups, ensuring that they are inducted, trained and supervised. These groups will inform, support and feed into the programme development, ensuring effective girl participation takes place within an efficient, effective and quality framework.
  8. Establish and maintain relationships as programme representative between AGB and key stakeholders (NGOs, government, decision-makers, international representatives etc.) in Benin, to support programme outcomes and advocacy goals.
  9. Conduct research and compile data to help inform the content and methodology of the programme (advocacy, curriculum and community action components) feeding into regular reports to WAGGGS and the AKO Foundation. This work will be supported by the global-level Monitoring & Evaluation consultant of the Climate Change programme.
  10. Support the development and adaption to national context and piloting of the new educational activity pack(s) and community action materials within Benin.
  11. Oversee the training of trainers to ensure the effective roll out of the Climate Change programme curriculum in Benin.
  12. Manage the selection process, organise and facilitate training and coaching sessions for Girl Guides to attend global events.
  13. Develop a deep understanding of WAGGGS and AGB. Use this knowledge to adapt and target programme development and delivery to meet the needs and opportunities in the WAGGGS’ Organisational Capacity Building Framework.
  14. In partnership with the WAGGGS membership team seek to build the capacity of the AGB in line with AGB’s own strategic plan
  15. Undertake occasional translation and interpretation for the programme when necessary.
  16. Undertake occasional travel within country and internationally

Key skills required include a project management qualification or qualification by experience, including managing projects delivered in scope, on time and within budget. The individual should have experience of working in Benin and building relationships with multiple stakeholders, including working with volunteers and young people, particularly girls and young women. Other useful experience includes working with communities in action projects, working with educational programmes and working in the charitable/ not for profit sector and/or a youth organisation.

Fluent spoken and written English and French is essential. The role requires excellent written skills to communicate effectively with all stakeholders through reports, support materials and correspondence, as well as excellent verbal communication skills including presentation skills. The role will also require an ability to manage varied and complex projects, resolving conflicting priorities and an ability to build and maintain relationships with third parties. Knowledge in Girl Guiding & Girl Scouting and knowledge of climate change issues globally and in Benin is desirable.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this consultancy position, please submit your offer via our recruitment portal. Please submit the following;

1) Your most recently updated CV (no more than 3 pages)

2) A cover letter (no more than 2 pages) with the following:

  • Your expression of interest
  • Capability Statement
  • Your quote

We reserve the right to change the closing date depending on the number of responses received. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure it is considered in the selection process.

If you have a disability and can demonstrate that closing this post early would impact on your ability to submit an application in time, please contact our Human Resources team to request arrangements for an application to be submitted within the original timeframe

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