Ethiopia: Simprints - Project Manager, Ethiopia

Ethiopia: Simprints - Project Manager, Ethiopia

Organization: Simprints
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 03 May 2019

Deliver great technology that matters.

Simprints’ biometric identification solution enables governments and development organisations to deliver essential services more transparently and effectively. Our goal is to radically disrupt the inaccurate way we currently track and deliver progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, and instead build a world where every person counts in the fight against poverty. Since August 2016, we have launched projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe that collectively have reached over 150,000 beneficiaires. This is just the beginning. We are rapidly extending our reach, implementing projects across sectors and geographies, aiming to impact up to 4 million lives by the end of 2019.

Overview

We are looking for a full-time Project Manager who is passionate about working with our partners across the globe. You are forward-thinking, deeply collaborative, a quick learner, and thrive in a fast-paced, startup environment. From one day to the next, you might be training community health workers, conducting community sensitisation meetings with village leaders and government officials, or collecting feedback and qualitative data from beneficiaries. . This is a great opportunity for someone with the right skillset and ambition to take on significant responsibility from day one. The post will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Project Manager is a key hire for our expanding initiatives in Ethiopia. You will report directly to the Country Director, Ethiopia, with strong support and alignment with our global Project Operations team in the UK. Your responsibilities will be to successfully manage our projects in Ethiopia and build the capacity of our local implementing partners.

What are your responsibilities?

  • Oversee our projects in Ethiopia from start to finish, including preparation of pre-deployment materials, coordinating logistics, and conducting on-the-ground training and support.
  • Manage deliverables of several ongoing responsibilities, such as scopes of work and client impact reports.
  • Closely monitor project statuses, investigate any significant issues reported by clients, and provide effective and timely action.
  • Build and manage strong relationships with our clients through regular feedback calls with key stakeholders, from government officials to users of our technology.
  • Actively support our Research, Sales, and Partnerships teams on projects-related assignments, providing material for grants, sales, and marketing initiatives.
  • Provide leadership and strategic insights from the field on scaling our operations in Ethiopia and worldwide.

What skills do you need?

Technical Skills:

  • Experience deploying international projects (3+ years), ideally with an understanding of technology in frontline contexts. You should be excited about traveling to developing countries on deployments and working closely with our partners on a range of projects.
  • Excellent training skills. We work across multiple sectors and train a wide variety of stakeholders. You need to be able to tailor trainings for different settings, audiences, and use cases, and explain how Simprints adds value in different projects. You can actively listen and convey expectations, plans, and outcomes effectively.
  • Attention to detailt. You understand there are countless challenges in international development, and deep attention to detail matters to make projects work.
  • Language skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Amharic, with the ability to craft precise and compelling stories in both presentation and written formats. Proficiency in additional Ethiopian languages a plus.
  • High prioritisation and organisational skills. You understand time is our most valuable resource and can manage it strategically to achieve maximum impact for our beneficiaries.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving skills. Experience deploying technology products or using mobile data collection platforms would be advantageous.

Human Skills:

  • Empathy. You understand the needs of our partners and beneficiaries and care deeply about real impact.
  • Strategic thinking. You proactively find challenges and offer creative ways to address them.
  • Communication. You are able to communicate effectively across many levels, and build strong interpersonal relationships with project managers, engineers, and external stakeholders.
  • Learning. You love learning new things and can pick up new tools quickly.
  • Grit. You have a hands-on, can-do attitude and have the drive to dig deep into problems to discover pain points and solutions, and resilience to stay focused on a project to the end.
  • Passion. If building technology that works in the fight against global poverty sounds exciting, we want to meet you.

Why Simprints?

Life is short. We believe work should be awesome, meaningful, and fun. At Simprints we’re taking on global development’s biggest challenges, powered by an amazing culture and incredible people. Work with us, and you will grow faster, learn more, and take on greater responsibilities than nearly any other job.

  • Work that matters. No matter what role you take, from writing code to running field tests, you’re playing a crucial part in improving lives in the poorest parts of the world.
  • Massive, interesting challenges. We’re taking on the biometrics industry to build open-source, accessible tools for frontline mobile operators. We don’t do “boring”.
  • Learn like it’s your job. Learning objectives, external mentors, and a significant dedicated education budget you can use for any courses, trips, or projects that power your personal and professional development.
  • Hard, flexible work. This is no 9-5 job. We work hard, but have a lot of control about where and when. We care about results. Unlimited paid time off, no fixed hours, and an additional stipend for wellness.

How to apply:

Visit our website and send us a CV and a cover letter outlining why SImprints' mission appeals to you.

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