ChildSafe is a respected leader in delivering evidence-based programming and thought-leadership in child road safety. We leverage over 30 years of experience to contribute to creating safer walking spaceand
journeys for children in their communities, on their way to and from school.
ChildSafe seeks to appoint Project Manager - Pedestrian Safety to be based in ChildSafe offices, Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Travel requirements: Regular national travel
Contract type: Full-time, 2-year fixed term – extension is funding dependent
Occupational Level: Senior Project Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
ChildSafe has a zero-tolerance policy towards the abuse and exploitation of children by any of our representatives, and we are equally committed to doing everything within our power to protect children from accidents or unintended injuries because of any of our activities.
The purpose of this role is to oversee the implementation of the Walking Safely to School (WATCH) project; and develop and implement a Pedestrian Safety Strategy for ChildSafe.
ChildSafe is a respected leader in delivering evidence-based programming and thought-leadership in child road safety. We leverage over 30 years of experience to contribute to creating safer walking spaces and journeys for children in their communities, on their way to and from school.
Through excellent leadership, the project manager ensures the provision of effective and high-quality activity implementation, aligned with ChildSafe’s objectives. This results in technically sound project implementation, creating better outcomes for children as road users.
The project manager will oversee the implementation of the WATCH Project in 3 provinces, in 18 schools combined in Khayelitsha (Cape Town), Mamelodi (Tshwane) and New Brighton (Gqeberha). The WATCH Project works to create safe, accessible, community-supported pedestrian walking spaces, alongside ongoing pedestrian safety awareness and education across the 3 project communities.
The WATCH pedestrian project will work collaboratively with other existing child road safety projects at ChildSafe to contribute to implementation of ChildSafe’s comprehensive pedestrian and passenger road safety programme, expanding ChildSafe’s road safety leadership.
1.STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP
- Develop appropriate strategies for achieving project goals
- Finalize the objectives and measures upon which the project will be monitored
- Lead advocacy initiatives on pedestrian safety at all levels and serve as the point person for all Pedestrian Safety related matters
- Actively drive and represent pedestrian safety in all ChildSafe planning and strategic discussions
- Provide leadership and supervision to two project officers
- Collaborate with other ChildSafe Projects to strengthen overall organizational programming for prevention of childhood injuries
- Support the development of concept notes and funding proposals
2. PROJECT OVERSIGHT & IMPLEMENTATION
- Create a detailed work plan which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project providing a clear allocation of responsibilities
- Manage the implementation of the project according to the work plan
- Monitor the progress of the project and adjust as necessary to ensure successful implementation
- Regularly review project work plans with the project team and the Executive Director
- Review the quality of the work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards
3. PROJECT STAFF MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT
- Along with Human Resources, recruit, interview and select staff with appropriate skills for pedestrian safety project activities
- Manage staff according to the established policies and practices of ChildSafe, including managing performance, developing direct reports, and creating a collaborative environment
- Provide regular individual supervision and performance feedback
- Provide support and guidance to team members on all aspects of the project to ensure members understand their tasks fully and act on them efficiently
- Contract qualified consultants to work on the project as appropriate
4. PROGRAMME KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
- Maintain project repository of documents, training materials, advocacy materials & reports
- Set up files (electronic and hardcopies) to ensure that all project information is appropriately documented and secured
- Facilitate dissemination of project content through good practice stories, case studies, abstracts & papers written
5. BUDGET MANAGEMENT
- Contribute to the costing of the Pedestrian Safety strategy
- Support the management of the budget in line with the strategy
- Monitor and approve all budgeted project expenditure
6. PROJECT REVIEW & REPORTING
- Develop quality benchmarks and other indicators of project success
- Facilitate implementation of innovative, good quality interventions
- Write reports on the project for management and for funders
- Work with the Finance Team to prepare financial reports and supporting documentation for funders as outlined in funding agreements
7. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
- Serve as ChildSafe representative in strategic meetings with partners and stakeholders, including representing ChildSafe at conferences, panel discussions, one-one briefings or small meetings with stakeholders (in person or virtually).
- Build strong relationships with identified stakeholders and potential partner organisations
- Serve as ChildSafe representative in selected coalition and membership spaces
- Work with Communications point person to establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders, including appropriate staff in the organization, on the progress of the project
- Design and plan dissemination of project marketing and information materials
BEHAVIOR AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES (ChildSafe values in practice)
- Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a large scale
- Focussed on achieving high-level impact for ChildSafe
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling ChildSafe values
- Holds colleagues accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
- Encourages honesty, openness and transparency
- Demonstrates highest levels of integrity
- Able to understand other people’s perspective
- Builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues and external partners
- Approachable, able to listen
- Values diversity as a source of strength
Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
Commits to personal growth and, in so doing, seeks and shares knowledge and information
- A degree in Community Development, Civil Engineering, Education or other related field
- Post graduate qualification an advantage
- 5 years’ experience in Project Management at a suitable level
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- At least 5 years’ experience working at Project Manager level
- Demonstrable Project Management experience at a suitable level
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, ability to inform and engage through written communication
- Experience in planning and facilitating presentations and training
- Experience in managing a team
- Strong skills in Microsoft Office and video conferencing software (Microsoft Teams, Zoom)
- Strong initiative and ability to multitask, anticipate and prioritize without direct supervision
Interested parties should submit their CV and a 1-page covering letter. The closing date for applications is 26 April 2021.
Shortlisted candidates must be available for an in-person interview on 11, 12 or 13 May 2021. While this application is open to any qualifying candidates, please note that no provision for relocation costs is available.
All applications should be submitted by email to: [email protected].
Please ensure that the subject line states: Application – Pedestrian Safety PM
Should you not hear from us after 31 May 2021, consider your application unsuccessful.2
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