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ARK Group is a stabilisation and development company committed to empowering local communities and beneficiaries in conflict, post-conflict, and fragile areas through the provision of evidence-based programmatic interventions, policy recommendations, research and capacity-building. Working with and through local communities, we seek to understand and then mitigate the negative effects of conflict and instability, enhancing social cohesion and resilience whist promoting human security, development and economic opportunity with a focus on the following UN Sustainable Development Goals – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Reduced Inequalities, Gender Equality and Partnerships for the Goals.
ARK’s approach combines mixed-methods research with strong, consistent engagement with local communities and stakeholders to bridge the gap between the aspirations of local communities and the priorities of governmental and multilateral actors, thus informing the design and implementation of relevant interventions. Utilising innovative quantitative and qualitative methodologies to generate data, we deliver, monitor, evaluate and learn from our programming.
ARK believes in enabling local communities to realise their aspirations and potential through the participatory design of projects and programmes that address the drivers and causes of conflict and instability. We are responsive and accountable to the communities we work in because so many of our staff and partners are from those communities.
We value inclusive, academically-rigorous, ethically-driven research and participatory design. We are innovators and incubators, finding and nurturing solutions in cooperation with our partners, whilst seeking to bridge the gap between our donors and the communities they wish to support. To the traditional project management disciplines of Economy, Effectiveness Efficiency and Equity, we add Empathy.
With over twenty nationalities in the company, we embrace diversity, nurture opportunity and leverage the youthful enthusiasm of our staff, whilst drawing on the experience and expertise of our more senior staff. We believe in hard work, delivering results that everyone can be proud of, and caring for each other. Our staff are our biggest asset and their welfare is our first priority.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Project Manager will oversee the implementation of a community resilience strengthening project in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Working under the supervision of ARK’s Chief of Staff, the Project Manager will be in charge of overseeing a variety of complex work assignments within the project, working closely with partners and engaging with donors on technical aspects of activity design and implementation.
Oversee the overall implementation of project components and activities in accordance with the project’s delivery plan, ensuring objectives are met within the required timeframe and budget.
Positively manage direct reports, ensuring optimal performance, high engagement, and committing to the proactive development of their skillset.
Oversee the capacity building of our key Palestinian NGO partner as well as the design and delivery of small grants and Quick Impact Projects to local Palestinian partners.
Maintain an overview of the Palestinian refugee camp context with a view to designing tailored project interventions and activities.
Develop project work plans and schedules, track project milestones and deliverables, and hold work status meetings with partners and staff to ensure all activities are completed on time and within scope.
Ensure the project is implemented in accordance with donor requirements and in accordance with ARK’s policies and procedures.
Follow the direction of Project Director and other relevant advisers regarding quality, strategy and technical guidelines.
Ensure effective relationship and coordination with project partners, providing necessary capacity building support.
Draft high-quality quarterly and final narrative reports in accordance with donor requirements.
Work with the Finance team to ensure that budgets are expended in accordance with donor funding within the appropriate timeframe, and make any recommendations for budget realignments when necessary.
Develop creative solutions for minimising program disruption due to COVID-19 and other problems that could cause programming implementation delays.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of bachelor’s degree; postgraduate degree in International Relations, regional studies, conflict resolution, or related subject is desirable.
Commitment to team-building and able to develop and support other team members.
A minimum of 5 years postgraduate experience, preferably in a post-conflict or conflict-affected environment is reqired.
Prior experience in and familiarity with the Palestinian refugee context in Lebanon is required.
Prior professional experience working in a conflict, stabilisation or development organisation at an international level.
Strong professional fluency in English and Arabic is required.
Proven ability to analyse, organise, problem-solve, manage, and prioritize work.
ARK Group is an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. ARK Group does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We welcome all kinds of diversity. ARK Group places human dignity at the centre of its development and stabilisation work and is thus committed to the protection from sexual exploitation and abuse of children and adults. All ARK Group employees and related-personnel are expected to share this commitment, and only those who also uphold these values will be recruited as part of our team. This vacancy is therefore subject to a range of due diligence checks.