Head of Project Development (Community Health, WASH & Construction)

SEED Madagascar

Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
Stipend plus allowance covering expenses

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

madagascar.co.uk mark@seedmadagascar.org 02089606629 Mark Jacobs

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Working alongside both local and international teams, you will coordinate the development, funding and evaluation of our community health, WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) and construction on the ground in Madagascar. You will be responsible for generating funds across these project departments and expanding their output, whilst also playing a central role in writing and editing proposals and reports. In order to achieve this, you will need to work closely with Malagasy local staff and develop, support and manage a team of Project Development Interns and Officers, building their capacity to deliver high quality projects

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Conduct research into international and national development latest thinking, best practice, and funding opportunities for the project departments (Community Health, WASH and Construction) and support other departments (Education, Conservation, Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods) where necessary.
  • Ensure the high standard of all proposals, reports and evaluations submitted on behalf of SEED Madagascar, including writing and proof reading key project development related documents and securing the ongoing funding of the NGO’s projects – currently at around £500,000 per annum across simultaneously operating interventions.
  • Work with the Director of Programmes & Operations, Head of Project Development (Conservation, Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods) and Heads of Department to develop project and organisational strategy.
  • Work with Malagasy project leaders to design projects that fulfil local need and align with the aims of SEED Madagascar for poverty reduction, taking into account research findings, local needs and constraints, SEED’s previous experience, including results of pilot studies, and government objectives.
  • Skill share and build capacity of NGO project leaders where necessary and actively promote this throughout the team
  • Work with the Project Development Coordinator in London in developing funding strategies, proposals, reports, research and internship programmes, liaising on all communication with current donors.
  • With support from the Director of Programmes & Operations, take the lead in overseeing and ensuring the sound monitoring and management of all grants.
  • Support the Director of Programmes & Operations in overseeing and ensuring day-to-day support of SEED Madagascar staff and volunteers, both professionally and privately.
  • Develop effective systems for monitoring project progress against activity plans, working with the local teams to ensure objectives are met and using learning from ongoing evaluation to inform the development of projects and the personal development of the team.
  • Conduct field work and monitoring visits to project sites when appropriate and ensure observations are fed back into ongoing project design.
  • Coordinate, write and edit donor reports to a high standard of English, including details of activities completed, results achieved and evaluation of impact.
  • Coordinate and proof read all written communications for external audiences, including volunteer blogs, website updates and academic papers to a high standard of English and in a variety of styles suited to each medium.
  • Use evidence-based advocacy from research and project findings in briefing papers for staff, local and regional stakeholders and government departments to inform regional and national development strategy.
  • Support, manage and provide professional development to a team of Project Development Interns and Officers, and Specialists, delegating to and managing their work programmes to achieve departmental objectives and support organisational ethos and strategy.
  • Support the Director of Programmes & Operations in to identifying the need for recruitment and recruit long-term international volunteer and staff as necessary, providing orientation, support and line-management
  • Support SEED’s shorter-term volunteer programmes to align volunteer activity plans with project priorities
  • Act as temporary stand in for the Director of Programmes & Operations and/or Head of Project Development (Environment, Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods) when required during period of leave and absences.

Required skills & experience:

  • Qualification or equivalent experience in international development, or community health or WASH
  • Sound knowledge of the international development framework and contemporary development and global health issues facing least developed countries
  • A commitment to international development supporting achievement of the Millennium Development Goals for poverty reduction among the most marginalised groups
  • Minimum of 2 years’ professional experience related to at least one of SEED’s core areas: Community Health or WASH
  • Minimum of 2 years’ professional experience in line management and/or project management
  • Knowledge of the contractual obligations and reporting requirements of institutional and other significant donors such as the EU, USAID, DFID and AusAID
  • Familiarity with the use of project management tools including Logical Frameworks, Theory of Change models, Budgets Activity Plans and Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks
  • A sound understanding of the importance of project monitoring and evaluation and of approaches used to measure outcomes and impact
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in written and spoken French would be an advantage
  • Excellent listening and nonverbal communication skills
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • Excellent written communication skills, to the level of editing English documents for publication, and an ability to tailor written information to maximise impact for various audiences
  • Excellent proposal and report writing skills, with previous experience compiling project proposals and reports for donors
  • Ability to write and proof read to a very high standard and mentor others to develop their skills in achieving these standards of excellence within their written work
  • Cross-cultural negotiation skills and a curiosity and interest in effective work practices in cross-cultural settings
  • Flexible and patient attitude
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills, with demonstrable ability in gathering and assimilating facts and data from various sources
  • Ability and desire to build capacity both within international and cross-cultural team
  • Experience of living and working in a developing country with the ability and desire to work with teams from different economic and cultural backgrounds and across multiple language barriers
  • Ability and desire to develop, support and manage a team of volunteers and staff, and to operate the Project Development internship programme
  • Ability to mentor, be a role model for responsible professional and social attitudes required for living in another country, and to manage these aspects of volunteers’ behaviour when required.

Contract type:

Permanent, with local stipend of 1,500,000 Ar and allowance for flight and insurance.
Unaccompanied post.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter outlining how their skills and experience match the requirements in the job description criteria to SEED Madagascar Director of Programmes and Operations, Lisa Bass by email on lisa@seedmadagascar.org

Short-listed applicants will have an initial informal skype chat with Madagascar based staff and a face-to-face interview with the London team, including the Managing Director, Mark Jacobs, in person.


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