Project Director - Honduras Humanitarian Response to Hurricanes Eta and Iota - 6 month assignment
In the first two weeks of November, first Hurricane Eta and then Iota made landfall in Central America, leaving in their wake sustained rain, flooding, and landslides throughout the region. More than 360,000 Hondurans were directly affected by Eta, with many displaced to shelters. Cocoa crops have been wiped out, incurring a huge loss for farmers, farm laborers, and others in the commodities industries during the first week of the harvest season.
Just as the region began to dry out from Eta, Hurricane Iota brought additional devastating wind, rain, and crisis. Honduras has been especially hard hit, with some 69 communities comprising more than 105,000 people yet to be contacted following the storm. The back-to-back hurricanes add incredible stress to weak public health and welfare systems, while the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated poverty in the region, with forecasts of people living in hunger expected to double in the coming year as informal laborers and others have lost or will lose work.
The Government of Honduras has declared a national emergency and has requested assistance from the international community. Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is proposing a response that focuses on the most immediate needs of the hundreds of thousands of Hondurans affected by and/or displaced by these devastating storms. We are therefore seeking candidates for the position of Project Director to lead our response efforts.
The core function of the Project Director will be to lead the LWR Honduras Hurricane Humanitarian Response, and will include: developing appropriate humanitarian and relief projects; identifying key local and regional partners, engaging in partner capacity support, documenting lessons learned, and monitoring the distribution of material resources. In close collaboration with the Honduras Country Director, the Project Director will be responsible for interfacing with the key external stakeholders and for representing the organization in humanitarian fora and with donors. S/he will ensure that the humanitarian and relief projects are implemented in accordance with contractual obligations and that they meet the highest standards of implementation (this will include timely financial reporting, compliance, and programmatic reporting). The Project Director will serve as a member of the program team and will report to the Country Director. S/he will keep LWR senior management informed of program-related advancements.
The Project Director role will be a 6 month assignment and will be based in San Pedro Sula, with frequent travel (at least 50% of the time) to other nearby affected and targeted areas in Sula Valley, frequently necessitating overnight stays in minimally available accommodations. Actual hiring is contingent upon successful project award and USAID/BHA approval.
Duties and Responsibilities
Humanitarian Program Management & Operations
- Lead development of the humanitarian and relief program workplans; oversee operations and program implementation directly or through partner organizations
- Ensure that all relevant assessment and data (baseline, endline) are collected, that emergency assessments reflect required details, and that timely situation reports are feeding into the program strategy
- Responsible for all program adjustments and communications with the donor
- Responsible for regular donor reporting and setting up internal reporting systems for relevant staff to ensure core data is collected, analyzed, and verified in a timely manner
- Oversee the operations and program support areas, including logistics, fleet, and warehousing, as required
- Provide technical inputs for and lead development of draft concepts and proposals for emergency response and preparedness, including those of the partners
- Work with the Communications Officer to document emergency response and material resources case studies
- Represent LWR at core external fora and ensure proper engagement and participation in key humanitarian clusters or meetings
- Represent LWR and establish strong relationships with key local stakeholders (UN clusters and working groups, Cash Working Group, COPECO, other relevant fora for INGO contributions)
- Manage project staff and ensure adherence to the organization's policies, workflow, and program objectives
Partnerships and partner management
- Lead partner vetting and due diligence processes, and establishment of strategic alliances, particularly with the local civil society groups and organizations
- Lead and oversee sub-grant management of the select local partners; participate in regular monitoring visits to partner organizations managing emergency projects, and ensure quality of program implementation
- Ensure that partners comply with LWR material resource guidelines and cooperation agreements
- Ensure quality and timely reporting by the partner organizations, including both narrative and financial reports for emergency projects; oversee submission of completed documents to the LWR-Honduras office and to HQ on a timely basis
- Work with partners to build capacity and ensure compliance to SPHERE Standards and HAP Standard in Humanitarian Accountability and Quality Management
- Work with partners in identifying key lessons learnt from emergency projects
Material Resources Management, Importation, and Inventory Management
- Lead the distribution and monitoring of LWR material resources to communities (if implementing directly); regularly review MR guidelines and provide orientation and update to partners
- Ensure proper paperwork is available and other procedures related to Duty Free clearance in accordance with the procedures and guidelines of the DSWD
- Oversee the process of customs clearance and work with authorities to ensure timely clearance of MR goods from the port
- Ensure inventory tracking, and oversee the audit for material resources
Required Qualifications and Core Competencies
- Deep commitment to LWR's core values, and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners
- 5-7 years previous experience working with NGOs in a senior project management role
- Knowledge of OFDA/FFP (now BHA) rules and regulations is a must
- Demonstrated experience in designing, monitoring, and evaluating projects, especially those of a humanitarian/emergency in nature
- At least five years of experience leading WASH and shelter programs; experience managing Cash programs is an advantage
- Bachelor's degree in social work or related development field; Master's preferred
- Fluency in English and Spanish, with excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent facilitation skills in conducting meetings, training workshops, and conferences
- Familiarity with key humanitarian, development, economic, and social justice issues in region
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with local government, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, and other grassroots organizations
- Proficiency in using Microsoft Office 365 and other platforms, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams
- Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to take instructions from superiors
- Ability to travel at least 50% of the time
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