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Senior Project Manager, South Sudan - BBC Media Action

Published on 28.05.2020


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Position : Senior Project Manager, South Sudan - BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity, which uses media and communications to help reduce poverty and support people to understand their rights. We do this through partnering with civil society, media and others to produce creative programmes and other outputs which inform and engage audiences on key development issues. We also strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure of local media organisations in the countries in which we work.

BBC Media Action delivers a portfolio of projects in South Sudan. It seeks to expand this portfolio of work, but also to ensure that existing projects are delivered on time, on budget, to the highest standards and in accordance with BBC editorial values as well as Media Action methodologies.

Role Responsibility

This exciting and influential role will be responsible for the overall management and delivery of a range of development projects which use the power of media to tackle issues of health, resilience and governance. The Senior Project Manager will oversee a diverse, multidisciplinary team to ensure the agreed targets and objectives are met; and will ensure the quality and cohesion of project outputs. Maintaining relationships with donors and ensuring accurate and timely financial and narrative donor reporting will be a key part of the role, as will identifying further funding opportunities related to meeting development priorities in South Sudan and taking the lead on writing successful proposals.

The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing the overall delivery and budget management of projects, and for reporting on progress to the Country Director, partners and donors. Upon request of the Country Director, the Senior Project Manager will represent Media Action in country to key stakeholders and will ensure effective relationships and partnerships with a wide range of partners including broadcasters, NGOs, international development agencies and others. Note that all of South Sudan is considered a High Risk location for security purposes. International staff are subject to movement restrictions including curfews, and local facilities and infrastructure are poor. Staff need to possess high levels of personal resilience to thrive in this environment.

BBC Media Action works to ensure that everyone we work with remains safe during their time with us. The Senior Project Manager will support the Country Director in ensuring that safeguarding is factored into project design and budgeting, staff and freelancers receive relevant safeguarding training, and relevant safeguarding due diligence is conducted with any local partner organisations that may be working with vulnerable adults or children as part of our projects.

Required profile for job ad : Senior Project Manager, South Sudan - BBC Media Action
  • Considerable international development project management experience in a developing-country context, preferably in Africa, with demonstrated capacity to manage large-scale donor-funded projects effectively.
  • Proven ability to develop and secure new business, including ability to develop new business ideas and present these persuasively to potential partners and funders.
  • Proven experience writing successful international development donor-funded proposals that incorporate research, logframes, budgets, etc.
  • Strong financial management skills, with proven experience managing complex medium-to-large budgets and knowledge of the reporting requirements of donors.
  • Experience managing teams of local and international staff, preferably within a developing-country context, and developing and improving internal management systems and processes.
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