Head of Projects (Maternity cover)

Reporting to:              Deputy Executive Director. 

Responsible for:        Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer and Grants and                                     Projects Officer. Matrix management of Consortium Manager.  

Key relationships:   Director of Operations and Finance, Head of Finance, Head of                                     Fundraising and Programme Managers and Officers.

Contract:                    13 months Maternity cover

Working hours:          Full time (37.5 hours per week)

 

ABOUT US

ARTICLE 19 works to protect and defend freedom of expression and information (FoE/I), particularly individual advocates of these rights. Our goal is that those at the front line of defending freedom of expression and information are supported by effective networks of institutions and activists at the local, regional and global levels, and by strong legal frameworks and mechanisms, thus ensuring that violations are known, perpetrators held accountable, and effective relief or redress is secured. 

The protection of these rights requires a holistic approach encompassing physical, digital, psychosocial and legal security. ARTICLE 19 works to improve the security conditions and protection tools and mechanisms for journalists, media workers, human rights defenders (HRDs), bloggers and others engaged in defending human rights, particularly freedom of expression and information, and exposing corruption. We work to systematize our global monitoring and reporting methodologies, linking them to international and regional mechanisms, as well as specific governments, to raise cases of violations.

ARTICLE 19 focuses in improving access of women and sexual and gender minority journalists, HRDs, media workers and other communicators to specific tools and knowledge to protect themselves online and offline from physical, digital and legal risks or threats. Protection mechanisms and support networks are nuanced to effectively mitigate risk and threats for women and sexual and gender minorities.

 

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB

The Head of Projects will drive organisational and cultural changes in ARTICLE 19 in relation to key areas under the Projects Team, particularly around strategic planning, organisational reporting, monitoring, evaluation and learning across the organisation.

The Head of Projects leads ARTICLE 19’s work on strategy process management and project management. This includes developing and implementing best practices to ensure:

  • ARTICLE 19’s strategic planning process includes high-level operational planning, risk management and reporting.
  • Compliance of projects with ARTICLE 19 strategy and donor requirements.
  • High quality programme and project quality.
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning systems across the organisation.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Organisational Strategy Review Management

  • Co-ordinate the organisational review and planning process for the creation of 2020-2021 target operational plans.
  • Ensure the planning and reporting framework tracks and documents how ARTICLE 19 is delivering against the organisational strategy.
  • Lead the monitoring and analysis of the delivery of impact and outcomes of the organisational strategy and highlight variances for senior management action.
  • Lead the establishment of an efficient monitoring and evaluation system across the organisation.

Grant Contract Management

  • Maintain a global overview of commitments to external donors to ensure the tracking and the timely delivery of those commitments.
  • Support Grants and Projects Officer (GPO) to monitor grant contracts and ensuring compliance with donor requirements on key projects.
  • Along with the GPO, keep up to date on donor reporting requirements and communicate changes to staff and offices and ensure correct sign off is obtained for the acceptance of contracts.
  • Support the GPO to maintain effective records of all ARTICLE 19 grant activity (current projects, donors and reporting timeframes) via a regularly updated database.

Project Management:

  • Lead on project management best practice to ensure that projects deliver against the ARTICLE 19 strategy and donor requirements.
  • Lead or support project managers in grant start-up meetings to agree internal roles and responsibilities including donor management, project management and deliverables.
  • Support Project Managers to monitor, plan and revise projects to ensure they deliver against the organisational strategy and donor requirements.
  • Support the GPO to manage the online project management platform to meet organisational needs.
  • Regularly update Deputy Executive Director to ensure that all issues of non-compliance are raised with the relevant senior manager.

Reviews, Evaluation and Learning:

  • Lead key internal and external strategy and project reviews and evaluations.
  • Support the Projects Team to develop of project management and monitoring and evaluation tools and ensure their effective use within ARTICLE 19.
  • Support the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer (Senior MEL Officer) to implement the M&E framework in ARTICLE 19.
  • Along with the Senior MEL Officer on institutionalising cross-organisational learning with ARTICLE 19, in line with a commitment to improve quality and effectiveness.

Team Management:

  • Build a strong and effective team including ensuring implementation of individual development needs.
  • Ensure qualitative, cohesive and coordinated identification and implementation of programme of work providing qualitative management of the Projects Team within budget.
  • Line manage team members including through review of work plans and objectives, providing guidance and support as necessary, and assessment of work through regular appraisal.

Contribute to the overall work of ARTICLE 19:

  • To participate in wider organisational planning and review work and undertake follow up tasks as directed.
  • As required, feed into ARTICLE 19’s discussions; participate in team meetings and other internal and external organisational and decision making groups.
  • To represent ARTICLE 19 in external events, as agreed.
  • Other tasks that may be from time to time requested by senior management.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

ESSENTIAL

Experience:

  • Significant experience of co-ordinating planning and review process at the strategic level and working with organisational outcomes at the global and regional level.
  • Significant experience leading organisational change and in particular implementing a project management system and digital platform into an organisation 
  • Significant experience of all phases of the project cycle and managing projects with multiple stakeholders and funded from multiple sources. 
  • Demonstrable understanding of monitoring and managing donor relations and contracts preferably at an international level. 
  • Experience of managing and developing teams and individuals.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to play a leadership role within an organisation and commitment to the professional development of staff.
  • Ability to manage staff, including distance management, appraise and motivate them to higher performance.
  • Ability to propose changes in the staff structure and organisational processes to allow for a more efficient implementation of work strategies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate clearly and assertively with a wide range of people from different cultures.
  • Able to communicate technical issues to non-technical colleagues.
  • Influencing and negotiation skills including the ability to represent ARTICLE 19 at external meetings.
  • Work as part of a multi-national team and to manage and develop relationships both internally and externally.

 Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of human rights and/or key freedom of expression issues, international human rights law and awareness of mechanisms for the protection of human rights;

  • Knowledge of project management including Results Based Management and Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks.
  • Knowledge of international donor funding environment, including reporting requirements, trends, procedures and priorities. 

Education and Training:

  • Educated to Degree standard or equivalent.
  • Project management qualification an advantage (or equivalent through experience gained in a similar role).

Other Requirements:

  • Commitment to work within ARTICLE 19's vision, mission, core values and objectives, as well as human rights values. 
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural work environment and commitment to equal opportunities and non-discrimination. 
  • Willingness and availability for regular, and sometimes extended, overseas travel. 
  • Strong desire to contribute to the effectiveness of the organisation in project management.  
  • Must have a UK work permit or the right to work in the UK.

DESIRABLE 

  • Proficiency in one other major relevant language (Spanish, French or Portuguese) highly desirable.

 

Please note: this position is to cover Maternity leave for approx 13 months, from June 2019.

Application deadline: 28 April 2019