Program Manager Job at Precision Recruitment International – Career Opportunity in Zambia

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Vacancy title:
Program Manager

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Consulting , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

Precision Recruitment International

Deadline of this Job:
31 July 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Zambia , Chipata , South - Central Africa

Date Posted: Friday, July 23, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

The client is a legume seed company founded to profitably move farmers out of poverty and into the middle class. We believe that the future of agriculture in Africa is disaggregated, with smallholders as the most powerful producers for local, regional, and global markets. We have designed our systems to be personal yet scalable. We have overseen consistent annual growth in our supply chain (currently at 11,000+ small-scale legume seed and commodity producers), production, grower income (now 300% of baseline) and company revenue, as our growers learn and become more efficient.
We are now at a point of inflection: expanding beyond Zambia, adding new product lines and revenue streams, and strengthening our services to both growers and customers with investments in technology and integrated market access for customers of the clients Seed.

Position: EZCF Program Manager
Reporting to: Business Development Director
Compensation: Competitive
Start Date: 1st August, 2021
Contract Duration: 12 months
Job Location: Chipata, Eastern Province, Zambia

Position Purpose
Since 2014, the client’s success has been driven by a deep commitment to smallholder farmers, the highest-quality training and products, and our innovative approach to system change.

In the next 18 months, we will be embarking on a bold growth trajectory including:
• Releasing exciting new varieties created by our Seed Breeding and R&D Team
• Launching a game-changing digital platform, linking across our supply chain
• Acquiring new land and doubling factory processing capacity
• Expanding further operations into Malawi
• Increasing exports and building new business lines
• Scaling our innovative new sales and partnerships strategy, client Source
• Growing our leadership team and investing in talent development
• Reaching more than 11,000+ farmers with ‘Seed + Service’ offering of training, market access
• Reaching more than 250,000 farmers with quality seed
• Closing our Series B equity round

Duties and Responsibilities
As the EZCF Programs Manager, you will be responsible for the implementation of a European Union multi-year grant-funded program (2021 – 2023) to drive smallholder access to sustainable value chains across Zambia. You will help ensure more than 60,000 smallholders are linked to legume value chains and are practicing climate smart agriculture.
You will be accountable for all the deliverables and activities for an inter-departmental team of senior leadership and subject matter experts including:
• Finance Associate, who will be your direct report,
• Operations Manager,
• Grower Services Manager,
• Lead Data Analyst and Data Associate,
• Business Development Director and Associate,
• Human Resources Associate,
• Software Products Manager, and Consultants,
• Conservation Farming Training Manager,
• Soil Health Specialist, and Associate.

Your role as EZCF Program Manager relies heavily on your abilities as a leader to coordinate, motivate, and manage people, projects, and activities. Your ability to work inter-departmentally, with all levels of seniority, and with external stakeholders will be critical to your success in the role.
You will be reporting directly to the Business Development Director, as well as reporting monthly and quarterly to the grant funder for the program.

Essential Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree or above in Business, Project Management, Development Studies, OR any Master’s Degree in Business, Project Management or Development Studies
• Certification in Project Management, PMI or PRINCE2 is a plus but not required
• Working competency with Project Management tools in highly collaborative funded projects
• Must be willing to live and work in Chipata, Eastern Province, Zambia
• Experience conducting monitoring and evaluation fieldwork
• Highly analytical, pragmatic, and proactive personality

Asset Requirements:
• Minimum 3 years of experience working in program management, ideally 5 years of experience
• Must have experience managing a program budget of a minimum of 1 million dollars (USD)
• Must have experience managing the implementation of a program-wide grant from an institutional or government funder, ideally a European Union-funded program
• Experience in change management preferred
• Experience in agricultural preferred but not required
• Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word; Excel)
• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with differences and diversity
• A strong collaborative spirit and team player, able to build effective work relationships
• Good judgment and negotiation skills
• Excellent planning and time-management skills
• Excellent attention to detail and commitment to quality
• Pro-active with initiative, ability to work with energy, dedication, and with little supervision
• Results-oriented and enjoys goal-setting
• Ability to lead by example by demonstrating high ethical and moral behavior
• Open to continuing self-development to promote role-effectiveness and performance

Core Responsibilities:
• Oversee the implementation of key activities in four project areas:
• Building a digital platform engaging smallholders and legume off-takers
• Recruiting and retaining of Zambian smallholders to grow with the client
• Improving soil health and increasing climate smart agriculture practices
• Marketing the clients legumes for export and domestic markets
• Be responsible and accountable for monitoring program activities by milestone, and
regularly report on progress and completion of activities and milestones in order to
secure funding disbursements from the grantor
• Be responsible and accountable for the program budget, excellent procurement and
cash management policies and procedures, and monitoring all spend
• Support Operations Manager to manage the agile workflow for the design, testing, and launch of a new digital platform for smallholder engagement, crop transport and logistics, and buyer communications
• Support user-centered design methodology with farmers and extension agents.
• Manage the workplan of the design and integration of a new, third-party enterprise
software platform for GNA operations
• Support the operations and track activities of GNA’s soil health program, including soil
testing logistics, data analysis, and creating of custom farm input packages based on
soil and farmer KYC data
• Oversee and support staff who manage the update of training materials for farmers and extension agents, including trainings on a demo plot program, user-centered design and soil health
• Maintaining records, in cooperation with the Lead Data Analyst, and other supporting
documentation in order to drive data-driven decision making in the program, and prove
the proper implementation and the costs to GNA management and the grantor. You’ll
work with the Finance Associate, Data Associate and others on all data management requirements
• Preparing financial and social impact reports for grantor on a regular basis; writing narrative, approving financial statements, and collecting data from your stakeholders.
• Preparing similar reports GNA management on a quarterly basis, as well as participate and give presentations in GNA management meetings
• Analyzing program implementation and results for constant iteration and improvement
throughout the year and program lifecycle
• Ensure compliance with grant contract terms
• Support the hiring of new employees within the program areas, in collaboration with hiring Managers and Directors, including offer letters, contract documentation, onboarding scheduling, housing and travel

Job Experience: No Requirements

Work Hours: 8

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree


Job application procedure
Application Process Requirements:
1. Please submit your CV and proof that you meet the essential requirements of this position
2. Please include certified copies of your Grade 12 examination results, all your higher education degrees and professional certifications relevant to this position
3. Enclose a maximum two-page Cover Letter highlighting the projects, institutional funders, funds value managed, project team size, reporting requirements with those funders, your role in the project and the key challenges and successes from those listed projects. Additionally, add a component of why you see yourself

If you match the above job description and interested, you can send your CV to [email protected]

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