|Date Posted||March 14, 2019|
Accounting & Finance
Financial Inclusion Project Manager
Organisation: Opportunity International
Closing date: 22 Mar 2019
Opportunity Bank and Opportunity International’s vision is a world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose. We support local microfinance organisations that provide innovative financial solutions to empower people, create jobs and build vibrant communities. Our products, services and training enable clients to develop businesses, to save and to insure against and uncertain future.
The Project Manager will be the focal point of Opportunity Bank and Opportunity International’s new Disability Programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Responsible for end to end management of the programme from field implementation, compliance, partnerships management, and monitoring, evaluation and learning.
This position will also act as the Safeguarding focal point providing technical advice to the project partners.
PROJECT BACKGROUND AND ACTIVITIES
From April 2019, Opportunity Bank and Opportunity International will be rolling out a new project working with People with disabilities to provide access to formal financial services, trainings and to help both people with disabilities and carers to build secure and stable lives for themselves and their children. The project will initially focus on two areas – Mbale/Manafwa and Iganga Districts, extending into Lira and Soroti in subsequent years.
The project will build on the existing informal savings group model, leading to formal financial inclusion to enable people with disabilities to graduate from a place of dependency to one of self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Access to finance will help people with disabilities achieve sustainable livelihoods, generate wealth, smooth consumption and ensure long-term security, thus unlocking their potential to be self-reliant.
OVERALL AIMS OF THE POST
The Project Manager will be responsible for working closely with the Transformation Manager Opportunity Bank and UK Programme Manager in coordinating all project activities across the project partnership and will be the main point of contact for Opportunity UK’s Disability project in Uganda. In this capacity, he/she will work closely with all partners in the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of field activities in line with budgets and work plans agreed with the UK Programme Manager.
The Project Manager will have experience of supporting international programme Management especially with persons with disability on sizeable and complex development projects. Strong project and data management skills are essential. The Project Manager will coordinate regularly with partners and programme stakeholders for maximum outreach. Working closely with the OIUK Programme Manager in the UK, he/she will be responsible for ensuring proper documentation and follow through of all programme activities and commitments.Achieving quality results & service. Managing projects effectively, achieving predefined outcomes in a timely manner. Planned & organised; able to manage expectations and prioritise competing demands from multiple stakeholders. Positive, optimistic and resourceful in dealing with obstacles and with change.
Communicating information effectively.
Communicating information effectively. Excellent level of verbal and written communication with stakeholders at all levels.
Facilitating appropriate information flow amongst staff and with key stakeholders.
Keen negotiation skills.
Building collaborative relationships.
Building and promoting constructive internal and external relationships.
Confidence and ability to deal diplomatically at all levels including senior management.
Strong networking and consortium building skills.
Linking persons with disabilities VSLA /groups to Opportunity Bank.
Providing leadership to project staff, organizing and coordinating meetings between partners/stakeholder.