Sightsavers implements projects in over 30 countries in Africa and South Asia working to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities.
Job title: Project Manager- Inclusive Data
Location: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, UAE – Dubai, Senegal, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Reports to: Programme Manager – Inclusive Data Charter
Contract: 2 years fixed term contract
Salary: Local terms and conditions apply
Sightsavers is recruiting for an exciting opportunity for a project manager to join our Inclusive Data team.
We are looking for a highly skilled, versatile, and experienced project manager who will play a key role in scaling up Sightsavers work on inclusive data and support the delivery of our ambitious objectives.
Inclusive data is critical to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, highlighting those who are marginalised and at risk of being left behind so that we can act. Sightsavers is currently updating its Inclusive Data Charter action plan which will be re-launched externally in 2023, alongside the development of an internal work plan that sets out our collectively owned, cross-organisational goals and objectives on inclusive data.
The Project Manager-Inclusive Data position uniquely combines interests and experience in project management, international development, social inclusion, data, and working with multidisciplinary geographically dispersed stakeholders. The project manager will work collaboratively with key stakeholders to advance the organisation’s strategic priorities on inclusive data, strengthen practice, understanding and learning on inclusive data and ensure that our work is joined up across the organisation.
This project manager role is ideal for someone who is a self-starter, motivated and enjoys working in a collaborative environment with diverse stakeholders. Excellent project management, communication, collaboration, and stakeholder management skills are essential for this role. Experience working with internal and external stakeholders operating at both global and country level and working knowledge on inclusion and data issues within an international development context would be an asset.
The Project Manager – Inclusive Data works collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams across Sightsavers to advance the organisation’s strategic priorities on inclusive data, strengthen practice, understanding and learning on inclusive data and ensure that our work is joined up across the organisation.
Principle accountabilities (specific activities and end results):
- Facilitate engagement on inclusive data working with global stakeholders responsible for the delivery of inclusive data across the different thematic strategies of health and inclusion to build consensus and internal alignment and ensure that our work is joined up across the organisation.
- Work with relevant Sightsavers stakeholders to review and map team’s projects and initiatives where inclusive data is being incorporated, ensuring that this information is consolidated, shared and disseminated to demonstrate how our collective work on inclusive data is contributing to improving inclusion.
- Manage Sightsavers inclusive data charter action plan and support the development and implementation of an internal work plan that sets out our collectively owned, cross-organisational goals and objectives on inclusive data. Proactively work with relevant internal stakeholders to monitor implementation of agreed plans, addressing risks & issues and reporting on progress.
- Lead the inclusive data stakeholders working group, working with the inclusive data operations and planning coordinator to implement effective processes and mechanisms and maintain engagement of stakeholders through regular group calls and communications.
- Work with inclusive data stakeholders during project design, monitoring and implementation to incorporate inclusive data in their work, support organisational decision making and ongoing learning and improvement.
- Regularly produce and share updates on inclusive data to strengthen practice, understanding and learning across Sightsavers. This includes supporting and facilitating internal knowledge exchange and learning sessions.
- Manage the packaging and dissemination of learning and experience from inclusive data activities internally, to feed into policy briefs, donor reports and for other organisational reporting and communications requirements.
- Work with the Inclusive Data Charter Programme Manager, the Policy and Global Advocacy Directorate and other teams across Sightsavers to proactively identify key external strategic opportunities to build support and engagement with Sightsavers work on inclusive data, including collaborations and partnerships to share learning, knowledge and best practice.
- Represent Sightsavers within external networks and at national, regional and international conferences and symposia to promote Sightsavers’ work on inclusive data.
- Maintain an awareness of external trends, issues and developments in relation to inclusive data, the SDGs and areas of Sightsavers strategic interest (health and inclusion).
- Work planning, including supporting development of budgets, forecasts and reports.
The post holder is expected to travel up to 6 weeks per year.
The principle accountabilities are not meant to be an exhaustive list of tasks. The need for flexibility is required and the job holder is expected to carry out any other related duties that are within the employee’s skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed.
This is a varied role, please read the full job description for further details. As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.
Knowledge (education and related experience)
- Extensive experience in project management and stakeholder engagement within the international development sector/not-for-profit sector. A combination of both in-country and global level experience is an asset.
- Work experience in a relevant field with a background and strong understanding of international development.
- Working knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals, data for development, social inclusion and/or disability.
- Experience in managing multi-stakeholder projects and meeting deadlines.
- Experience in understanding and responding to the complexities of working across multiple countries and continents in an international development organisation.
- Demonstrable knowledge and awareness of international and national data and statistical processes and systems, including understanding of the data lifecycle (design, production, analysis, and use).
- Experience producing analytical reports, information and learning materials for a wide range of audiences
- Ability to facilitate, deliver and support workshops to strengthen knowledge, capacity, and learning.
Skills (training and competencies)
- Exceptional project management and communications skills.
- Strong interpersonal, leadership, stakeholder management, negotiation and relationship building skills.
- Ability to work in a networked team and with partners around the world virtually and in-person.
- Highly numerate and confident when working with numbers or statistics.
- Work planning and resource management.
- Strong planning and organisational skills, ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to adapt course of action swiftly to meet emerging organisational needs.
- Fluency in English (verbal and written).
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively by telephone, in person and in writing.
- Sound knowledge of software applications including MS Office, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
To apply for this exciting new opportunity, please complete an application via our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying.
Due to project deadlines, we are keen to fill this role as quickly as possible so applications will be considered as soon as they are received.
As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.
Sightsavers is an employer that does not tolerate any form of harassment and has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse. All potential candidates will be subjected to rigorous background checks and controls
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