Hivos Project Manager VCA Jobs in Zambia

Hivos Project Manager VCA Jobs in Zambia

Purpose of the role

The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for the delivery of a coherent program of activities and partner engagement in the country in which she/he/they are based, in close cooperation with national alliance of VCA and in line with the VCA global ToC and overall objectives. The PM is part of the national VCA team. Improvement and innovation is part of the responsibilities of the PM.

In terms of partner coalitions, the PM builds, monitors and manages the quality of the VCA partner portfolio in-country together with the other alliance members and stimulates coalition building between different (national) CSOs to increase local ownership and to amplify voices for Joint Climate Action.

The PM identifies potential relationships between partners and other stakeholders (e.g., local or central government institutions, tech actors), supports (coalitions of) partners in the proposal preparation phase, appraises partner (coalition) applications, and provides continued support throughout implementation, both virtually and through monitoring visits.

The PM is responsible for increasing local ownership and shifting decision making power to local organizations. The PM will play an active role to further develop ideas and modalities of local ownership through the VCA program from a national perspective. The PM ensures adequate capacity development of partners and other involved organizations in the VCA program at national level.

As far as other activities are concerned, the PM is responsible for identifying and building collaborative relationships with strategic organizations, individuals and initiatives in support of locally shaped climate solutions for a just climate transition. He/she/they is expected to have strong networking and facilitation skills.

The PM is also responsible for initiating research that supports the program, and overseeing and contributing to a learning and M&E program based on the global PMEL methodology. Finally, the PM will ensure the partners and Hivos deliver timely inputs into this system and organize learning events to improve the country program and ToC on a yearly basis.

Besides the PM, the national Hivos team includes a (junior) project officer. The PM is manager of this project officer and ensures high quality and timely outputs. Finance support will be provided through a Finance Manager and Finance Officer based in Kenya with support from the Finance Manager and finance team at the Hivos Southern Africa Regional Office.


The key responsibilities for the role include:


  • Establish and maintain good relationships with stakeholders in country (civil society, government, private sector, development partners and media) and alliance members of VCA.

    Partner engagement and management

  • Identify and select (coalitions of) partners in close collaboration with national VCA team;

  • Share and increase ownership of program by (national)
    partner organizations;

  • Ensure timely and high-quality reporting of partners contracted by Hivos.

  • Provide technical support and monitoring of national partners

  • Ensure compliance to Hivos policies, values and minimum financial standards

    Resource mobilization

  • Identify and support fundraising efforts on climate justice including spin offs from the VCA program

    Project management

  • Undertake project management tasks;

  • Ensure that scope, schedule and budget are on track;

  • Ensure integrity, transparency and compliance to Hivos policies and procedures and donor guidelines

    Capacity building

  • Identify training and other needs of national partners and alliance members to improve program delivery and enhanced local ownership.


  • Gather and use monitoring data to draw lessons and continuously improve in-country program to highest possible level of impact;

  • Actively engage in program-wide learning activities led by the global PMEL team and Hivos global DMEL.


  • Ensure the program is constantly innovating, e.g. through building unusual partnership and cooperation between urban youth and local communities;

  • Include other ways of working e.g. by linking climate change and transparency or other use of media (e.g. citizen led reporting).


    This is a mid-level to senior position for nationals or residents of Zambia:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in development studies, governance or another relevant field.

  • Minimum of five years relevant working experience preferably in advocacy and influencing strategies.

  • Solid knowledge of relation between climate change and daily needs of people such as food, energy and water.

  • Experience with locally shaped climate solutions and building joint climate actions is an advantage.

  • A keen understanding of country political and social dynamics; analytical and conceptual skills, and ability to translate these into relevant and timely actions.

  • Excellent networking, relationship building and negotiation skills;

  • Excellent verbal, writing and communication skills in English and have native speaker ability of the main language of the country where they are based.

  • Experience overseeing projects to ensure the effective design, implementation and increase ownership of right holders.

  • Experience overseeing and using monitoring and evaluation plans and indicators

  • Ability to lead small country team on location without daily support from Hub management.

  • Level skills: cooperation, influence, leadership.

  • Job skills: communication, project management, enterprise.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Hivos Project Manager VCA Jobs in Zambia

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