Job Description

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, not-for-profit international development agency, which was founded in 1967 by Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV. AKF seeks to provide long-term solutions to problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and ill health in the poorest parts of South and Central Asia, Eastern and Western Africa, and the Middle East. 

Responsibilities

The Project Coordinator- Civil Society Strengthening, will be responsible for leading Civil Society work in Coastal region including – but not limited to.

  • Providing leadership in planning and coordination, ensuring effective implementation of the Country AGECS Sub-Project (s).
  • Lead capacity development support to civil society including capacity assessments, adapt AKF’s existing tools, and oversee the resulting organizational and technical support including but not limited to the provision of technical assistance, mentoring, coaching and peer learning to effectively, play a prominent, and collaborative role in providing solutions for the region’s development.
  • Working closely with technical advisors and project staff, develop and deliver capacity development materials and processes and tools in diverse areas of organizational development.
  • Support the technical teams to ensure gender and youth issues are mainstreamed into all capacity development initiatives
  • Working with the coastal team to identify ways that partner CSOs can come together with other stakeholders to make use of the potential for increased engagement and participation
  • Providing technical support for institutional strengthening for all the CSO partners

Specifically, the Project Coordinator- Civil Society Strengthening, will:

  • Develop and regularly update annual workplan and design a specific annual workplan for support to CSOs. In addition, preparation, and submission of AGECS project work plans, activity reports, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual narrative reports
  • Assist with the design and delivery of a grant and resourcing schemes as per the different projects
  • Facilitate and convene a space for dialogue, discussion, and collaborative working in a range of fora between regional government institutions and civil society entities on regional development priorities.
  • Undertake regular meetings throughout the region to identify potential engagement opportunities.
  • Ensure that risks associated with working with Civil Society organisations are documented and managed.
  • Provide input as required to project reporting on all aspects of the projects working with CSO in coast region.
  • Be responsible for the grant management of the AGECS Sub-Projects including Coordination of quarterly and annual review meetings with implementing partners*.*
  • Ensure integration of gender equality considerations and social inclusion in all aspects of project design, implementation, and management.

Coordinate with AKF MERL team to:

  • Develop, review, and finalize Sub-Projects’ M&E plans, including the selection of appropriate indicators.
  • Engage Sub-Projects’ teams to support regular data collection, analysis, interpretation & learning.
  • Ensure all data collection processes adhere to robust ethical standards, including AKF’s Safeguarding Policy and all relevant national research and ethics standards.

Coordinate with / support the Coast region Finance focal point to:

  • Coordinate with the coast region finance focal point on reporting, forecasting and compliance.
  • Work closely with the finance focal point to manage project expenditure and control over/under spending.
  • Discuss monthly finance reports with the coast region s finance focal person
  • Work closely with the procurement focal point to ensure project purchases are done on time and as per donor regulations.

The ideal candidate will have:

Required Qualifications, Experience, and Competencies

  • A bachelor’s degree in social sciences, development studies, organizational development preferably social sciences, , and/or other relevant disciplines.
  • Minimum five (5) years of project management experience in implementing civil society initiatives including capacity development programs
  • Proven experience in working through and strengthening civil society.
  • Demonstrated analytical, organizational, convening, interpersonal, negotiation, and problem-solving skills in a cross-cultural context.
  • Expert capacity in written and verbal skills in English with the ability to write high-quality reports for donor projects and analytical briefs.
  • Ability to work well in teams and particularly teams that span across multiple geographies.
  • Demonstrated ability in public speaking and public presentations in local community and partner meetings, trainings, and workshops.
  • Capacity to work independently, take initiative and manage a variety of activities simultaneously while meeting strict reporting deadlines and keeping colleagues and senior managers well informed.
  • Ability to facilitate collaborative and participatory processes with partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in local languages relevant to the country is an asset.
  • Strong understanding of monitoring and evaluation methodologies and logical frameworks.
  • Demonstrated ability to remotely work, lead and motivate a diverse team of partners.
  • Strong familiarity in working using online and digital technologies including proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other valuable presentation platforms.
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