Consortium Project Manager at ActionAid Zambia

ActionAid Zambia (AAZ) is part of the ActionAid Global (AAG) Federation, sharing common values and aims to drive social change towards a just, equitable, and sustainable world. AAZ works with the marginalized, excluded women and young people, their organizations, and social movements to address the structural causes of social injustice, gender inequality, and poverty. ActionAid Zambia is undertaking the recruitment for experienced and suitably qualified Zambians to fill in the following three Project based positions. The recruitments are subject to the signing of the MOU with the Funder.

Position 1: Consortium Project Manager Duration: 3 Years – Fixed Term Contract

Job Purpose

The Consortium Project Manager shall be responsible for the overall coordination of the sustainable Fisheries management project. This will involve coordinating implementation and ensuring results are achieved in line with the project goals, objectives, and outcomes.

The project’s overall objective is to enhance the social, economic, and environmentally sustainable management of small-scale fisheries in Zambia. More specifically, the action aims to strengthen small-scale fisheries management and governance in three provinces of Zambia to protect livelihoods, build the resilience of small-scale fishing communities thereby contributing to SDGs. The action takes the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (FAO-SSF guidelines, henceforth) into consideration.


  • Project/Programme Management
    • Lead in designing programmatic and policy initiatives for the advancement of resilient livelihoods and climate justice.
    • Lead in the identification and development of researches, advocacy/policy positions, and opportunities to influence policy on resilience and climate change at national, regional, and internationally.
    • Oversee the effective planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the fisheries project to achieve the defined project objectives.
    • Provide technical advice, support, and links to implementing Partners’ National Coordinators particularly in the design of activities and in developing partners and target group relationships.
    • Oversee monitoring of resilience and climate change and project activities at national and local levels, ensuring documentation of impact and learning in line with AAZ MEL framework.
    • Oversee the effective implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluation framework in collaboration with the Consortium partners and MEL team, ensuring sharing of knowledge and learning within and outside the consortium.
    • Lead in designing innovative interventions aimed at promoting sustainable agriculture (Agroecology), natural resources management, and resilient livelihoods in relation to women and youth resilience.
    • Contribute effectively towards programme fundraising and proposal writing for implementation of initiatives under livelihood resilience and climate justice or related initiatives.
  • Coordination of Implementing Partners and stakeholders
    • Liaise with Senior consortium members of all implementing partners to ensure the project is given optimum support for effective delivery.
    • Coordinating effective learning, policy, research, and advocacy engagement in resilient livelihood and climate justice-related programmes with AAZ.
    • Coordinate the Project Management Team including organising and convening quarterly meetings to review project progress and performance.
    • Monitor and ensure that all implementing partners are delivering on their commitments as per project workplan.
  • Financial Management, compliance & Risk Management
    • Maintain oversight of the project budget; ensuring compliance as per AAZ financial guidelines and EU guidelines as per agreement.
    • Ensure that the Project work-plan and expenditure conforms to the project budget and remains within agreed limits. Facilitate any necessary revisions and approval from AAZ Management and EU before implementation.
    • Coordinate country-level inception/launch workshops to ensure that all parties are familiar with the project’s objectives, activities, and compliance requirements.
  • Programme quality, monitoring and reporting
    • Support programme management on all aspects of the programme cycle: design, planning, implementation, quality and accountability, monitoring and evaluation.
    • In coordination with the Thematic Leads, ensure effective integration of core technical areas – Natural Resource Governance, Value chain development, Fisheries Management, Food Security, Nutrition, Social Inclusion, and Gender.
    • Provide technical input for the implementation of the project including in the preparation of work plans, strategies, training materials, guides and manuals
    • In conjunction with the MEL team, conduct monitoring and evaluation and compile periodic programme reports as required by the donor and AAZ
    • Coordinate documentation of best practices and create spaces for knowledge sharing at national and global spaces.
    • Track performance of the project; both programmatically and financially and identify potential risks and develop mitigation plans.
  • Minimum Job Requirements
    • Minimum Degree in Social Science, Natural Resource Management, Development Studies, and any other relevant field.
    • At least 5 years’ experience working in an international NGO using rights-based approaches.
    • Familiar with Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication in line with FAO-SSF guidelines.
    • Excellent understanding of both policy issues and programme practice on natural resource management and resource governance, fisheries value chain development, livelihoods etc.
    • Solid project management skills and experience of managing complex projects with a wide collaboration; preferably EU projects.
    • Knowledge in Fisheries management, Natural Resource Governance, Value chain approach, agriculture development, and Action research.
    • Experience working on SDGs in the context of sustainable natural resource management, gender equality, food security, and resilient livelihoods
    • Experience in developing, planning, managing, and reporting on complex multi-institutional donor-funded projects.
    • Team coordination skills, ability to negotiate, influence and facilitate activities with implementing partners to get results without formal line management authority.
    • Energetic, enthusiastic, and interested in learning within a political, changing, and diverse work environment.
    • Very good communication skills (verbal and written) to work well in a multi-cultural context.

Method of Application

Application: To apply for this position, please send your updated Curriculum Vitae and cover letter highlighting how you match the criteria in the Job Description to the following email address; [email protected]. Clearly indicate the position applied for in the subject line followed by your name. The Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 17:00 hours. ActionAid is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EoE), however; qualified women are encouraged to apply. Please Note: While we value all applications, we can only respond to shortlisted/successful candidates. Protection Status