Project Manager (Strategic Initiative Localization in Chad, South Sudan and Lebanon)


Job Description

INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of Natural Disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.

Terms of reference

Job Title: Project Manager - Strategic Initiative Localization in Chad, South Sudan and Lebanon Code: SR-00-1875 Duty station: Rome or home-based (for a total time of 6 months ); field (around 3 months, divided in the three countries) Starting date: 03/05/2021 Contract duration: 9 months (during this time around 6 months will be spend home based and 3 travelling in field locations) Reporting to: Strategic Initiative Steering Committee Supervision of: 3 national staff Dependents: Non-family Duty Station /non-accompanied General context of the project

The humanitarian situation in most of the countries affected by protracted crises is expected to further deteriorate also in 2021. Alongside international NGOs and other international institutions, local actors, especially local NGOs and Civil Society Organizations play a critical role in responding to the needs of the populations affected by the crisis and need to be further supported.

Accelerating the localization agenda by strengthening the role of local actors through a local partnership-based Humanitarian Response is a key operational and advocacy priority for both SV and INTERSOS, that strongly support the Localization initiative agreed at the World Humanitarian Summit.

General purpose of the position

The Project Manager will be responsible for the implementation of this strategic initiative.

He will be responsible to coordinate and oversee the due diligence process of the potential new national and local partners in 3 selected countries.

In particular, the PM will be responsible for:
  1. Facilitate the internal Analysis of the partnership framework and the needs of the missions;
  2. Carry out the due diligence of the short-listed potential partners;
  3. Lead the identification of the potential partners;
  4. Design the partnerships plans;
  5. Prepare the capacity strengthening plans.
This work will lay the foundations for the future collaboration between INTERSOS/SV and the selected partners.

The Project manager will work under overall supervision of the Localisation Steering Committee that will guide the project and ensure the delivery of program outputs and achievements.

The Project Manager will report to the Steering Committee.

Main responsibilities and tasks

The project manager will have to:
  • Review the localization policies and due diligence tools of SV and INTERSOS for final endorsement of the Steering Committee.
  • To supervise a Project Officer in each selected country, to ensure the efficient delivery of project. Also, to be responsible for the efficient running of these teams by setting project objectives and estimate project costs as required.
  • Visit each of the selected countries at least one time and analyze the specific country environment and the civil society landscape using the developed toolkits (in Chad, Lebanon and South Sudan).
  • Perform a diagnosis of the humanitarian impact and organizational capacity of local organizations through a participatory process (in 3 countries).
  • Perform the due diligence of the identified local partners.
  • Select, in Coordination with the country teams the best matching local partners in the three selected countries.
  • Support the country teams in defining the partnership plans.
  • Develop capacity strengthening plans of the selected partners.
  • Organize an online workshop to present the results of the assessments including lessons learnt to both SV and INTERSOS program staff
Required profile and experience


University degree or equivalent level in social sciences or similar Professional Experience

  • At least 5 years of significant international experience the humanitarian sector
  • Direct experience with humanitarian response and localisation with Local partners.
  • Knowledge of World Humanitarian Summit Grand Bargain commitments and implementation.
  • Experience undertaking or contributing significantly to multi-country assessments and research.
  • Experience in designing and conducting evaluations and learning initiatives.
  • Professional Requirements
  • Sound personal organizational skills, including time management, ability to meet deadlines, multi-tasking, prioritization of tasks, and working under pressure.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international multiethnic and multicultural environment.
  • Ability to deliver high quality work in short periods of time.
  • Flexibility to respond to changing nature of humanitarian context and operational difficulties in the field

Proficiency in English and French (conversation, reading and writing) required Personal Requirements

  • Willingness to accept basic living standard and frequent field missions.
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships with staff, local partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Strong attitude to take initiative, work autonomously and achieve effectively results.
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