Job Title: Project Manager
Organization: Action Against Hunger Canada / Action contre la Faim Canada
Location: Toronto, Canada (a fully remote role in Canada may be considered)
Job Type: Full-Time, 1-year contract with a possibility of extension
Start Date: May 2023
Work Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: CAD 75K – 80K per annum
ABOUT ACTION AGAINST HUNGER
Founded in 1979, Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. Our mission is to save the lives of severely malnourished children while helping communities become self-sufficient. Recognized as a world leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger has pursued its vision of a world without hunger for almost four decades, combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity. With more than 8,000 staff in nearly 50 countries, our programs in nutrition, food security, livelihoods, water, sanitation, and hygiene, reach more than 20 million people each year.
ABOUT ACTION AGAINST HUNGER CANADA
With an annual Budget of $35 million and staff strength of nearly 40 people, Action Against Hunger Canada (est. in 2006) works tirelessly in the fight against hunger globally through our specialized nutrition technical programs that build the knowledge and skills of nutrition and public health professionals worldwide for the detection, treatment, and prevention of malnutrition. We are a leading recipient of funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and advocate for changes to policy and practice in support of better nutrition and increased food security. Our collaborative programmatic model brings together communities, civil society, government, and the international assistance community to work jointly on fundamental public health issues that contribute to hunger in this world.
Our leading-edge programs have been built on the foundations of technical excellence, rigor and innovative practice over many years. We are experts in nutrition information systems, emergency nutrition and gender equality. Action Against Hunger Canada plays a hosting role to two significant global programs (SMART and the Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Alliance’s Support Team) that provide guidance, tools and training in the areas of nutrition data collection and analysis and best practices for emergency nutrition service delivery for hundreds of Governments, civil society organizations and international organizations worldwide. Our programs support the capacity of public health professionals who deliver lifesaving and long-term initiatives in communities globally. We also work towards sustainable transformative health system strengthening in all our efforts to ensure a long- lasting impact together with our partners, including members of the Humanitarian Coalition. As a member of the Action Against Hunger International Network, we also provide a range of technical support for the mainstreaming of gender equality across our programs and operations world-wide. Our commitments towards a gender transformative approach are integrated in our core health programming and our technical support to our International Network.
To learn more about Action Against Hunger, visit our website at www.actionagainsthunger.ca
ABOUT THE ROLE
Action Against Hunger is looking for a Project Manager to manage a portfolio of projects funded by Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors. These projects focus on improving the health and nutrition status of local populations, promoting gender equality, and empowering women and girls.
This position manages the projects’ day-to-day needs, including monitoring, planning and reporting to contribute to institutional donor engagement and to support Action Against Hunger’s Gender and Safeguarding Agendas.
Project Management and Coordination
- Review and provide quality control to all documentation submitted to the donor relating to projects (reporting, informal updates, modification requests).
- Support the establishment of monitoring frameworks for projects and ensure that institutional donor modalities on Monitoring & Evaluation are understood and integrated into project implementation plans.
- Review monitoring data to ensure projects are on track to meet all outcomes and objectives of the program.
- Provide guidance to Action Against Hunger country offices during all phases of projects including the preparation of the Project Implementation Plan (PIP), the launch phase, the execution, and the closure phases.
- Lead the preparation and facilitation of international-level project steering committee meetings.
- Conduct occasional field monitoring visits to assess the implementation progress of projects and to identify key challenges and lessons learned.
- Ensure that a system of information management is maintained for all projects and that relevant documentation is organized and accessible to all project stakeholders.
- Maintain regular contact with the Action Against Hunger International Network regarding the progress of projects, local context, and challenges faced.
Project Compliance and Administration
- Monitor donor regulations and produce and/or update donor profiles and process documents as required.
- Ensure the application and development of internal monitoring tools for grant management in collaboration with other Action Against Hunger Canada staff working on donor relations and compliance.
- Provide capacity building and guidance to Action Against Hunger field teams, other international headquarters and local partners on GAC and other institutional donor compliance rules and expectations and support the establishment of internal management mechanisms and processes.
- Review Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donor funding agreement compliance rules with the Finance and Donor Compliance Manager and provide guidance and ongoing support to Action Against Hunger project teams on their application.
- Develop templates to document learnings including dissemination plans.
Representation and Communications
- Maintain regular dialogue directly with GAC and other institutional donor representatives on specific management of the contribution agreement, country updates and any security incidents that may affect the projects.
- Proactively communicate the SitReps, publications, technical assessments, achievements, and successes of Action Against Hunger in countries receiving or pursuing funding.
- Coordinate responses to the donor on project questions that arise during the life of the project.
- Coordinate internally and support the communications and public engagement efforts by ensuring compelling stories, profiles, and results documentation for sharing with the donor, on the organization’s website, as well as social and other media.
- Proactively communicate the achievements and successes of Action Against Hunger and its funded programs with donors and other key stakeholders.
- Attend planning sessions, team meetings and annual performance reviews as required.
- Ensure the organizational Gender Equality and Safeguarding Policies are applied across all facets of work.
- Proactively exchange and collaborate with Action Against Hunger Canada team members and the International Network.
- Ensure an ongoing process of personal and professional development.
- Support the Programs, Finance and Fundraising teams to pursue solicited and unsolicited funding opportunities where required.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline related to Social Sciences, Development, Nutrition or Gender studies and/or equivalent experience gained.
- A minimum of 5 years experience working with an international organization in a project management or leadership role.
- Demonstrated experience in project management, budgetary oversight, proposal development and compliance.
- Demonstrated experience working with Global Affairs Canada funding and grant agreements (experience working with other institutional donors is an asset).
- Field-level experience working in emergency and/or development settings and a solid understanding of humanitarian principles and current global sectorial issues.
- Direct experience in the management of institutional donor funding agreements and the application of compliance rules.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OTHER ATTRIBUTES
- Fluency in English and French in both oral and written communications (Spanish is an asset).
- Ability to apply Results Based Management.
- Strong organizational and planning skills.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills including demonstration of cultural awareness, diplomacy, and tact.
- Demonstrated understanding of the creation of an enabling environment for Gender Equality and prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in programming.
- Financial literacy skills.
- Ability to work independently and under tight deadlines, and to multitask.
- Patience, positive attitude, and strong interpersonal and coordination skills.
- Excellent knowledge of MS Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Office setting or work from home.
- Required to be seated whilst completing computer and desk-based tasks for long periods.
- Occasional travel to Action Against Hunger international field offices and program locations.
- Vacation: 1-2 years: 3 weeks, 2-4 years: 4 weeks, 5+ years: 5 weeks
- Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (after 3 months of employment)
- Retirement Savings Plan (after 1 year of employment)
- 13 paid holidays per year
- Paid time off (Personal and Sick Days)
Action Against Hunger Canada is committed to the creation of a diverse and inclusive workplace. Therefore, we actively encourage applications from BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ community, persons with disabilities and other equity-deserving groups. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify our human resources representative of any accommodation or special measures that you may require.
Action Against Hunger Canada is committed to promoting the well-being of people around the world and focuses its efforts on saving lives through the elimination of hunger. To that end, we uphold the principles of Independence, Neutrality, Non-discrimination, Free and Direct Access to assistance, Professionalism, and Transparency in all our operations. We have ZERO TOLERANCE towards any behavior violating our Code of Conduct, including workplace violence, harassment, sexual harassment, any form of exploitation or abuse, corruption, fraud, and any behavior lacking integrity.
Action Against Hunger Canada is committed to safeguarding children and adults in the communities where we work. Our safeguarding commitment is to ensure that children and adults are protected from both deliberate and unintentional harm or abuse caused by Action Against Hunger staff, including the Prevention from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).
In an effort to safeguard children and adults in communities that we work with, our offers of employment and volunteering are conditional on successfully clearing background checks that may include, but are not limited to, criminal record, vulnerable sector, and employment reference checks.
If you are interested in this position, please apply online by May 14, 2023, using the following link: https://apply.workable.com/acfcanada/j/3F8923AA6B/
We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.