Founded in South Africa in 2007, Praekelt.org builds mobile technologies to solve the world’s largest social problems We work with governments, international NGOs, foundations and social enterprises to create and deliver essential information and vital services.
We’re looking for a talented and experienced Project Manager who can lead and support new and existing projects end to end and in to launch successfully. You’ll need to have experience in project management, a good understanding of the health space, and a business mindset. You’ll be joining a talented team of developers, service designers, content designers, researchers, data scientists and project managers, building solutions that address complex global problems using mobile technology.
The project manager role is a vital role that holds any project together. They own all production work associated with delivering several projects, as well as all ongoing maintenance work required to support the projects in the maintenance phase. The Project Manager is ultimately responsible for managing the overall delivery of the solution with the teams and will interact with internal and external partners and users.
Key Focus Areas:
Technical: Manage the scope and implementation of projects with minimal guidance. Ensure the quality of the output meets the satisfaction of clients and stakeholders and contract requirements.
Strategic Alignment: Evaluates trade-offs and effectively prioritizes tasks within the team in alignment with strategic initiatives and company goals.
Leadership: Takes ownership of their operational strategies and technical solutions and identifies opportunities to help teammates in achieving team goals.
Overall responsibility for the planning, budget, briefing, RASCIs, scheduling, prioritisation, risk and issue documentation and execution of all assigned projects;
Ensure that each project’s progress is monitored in terms of achieving project objectives (fiscal , legal and the impact) and that adjustments are made where necessary to keep the project on track.
Working with the teams to collate and prepare high-quality donor reports.
Communication: Adapt communication and context for a diverse audience. Initiate conversations to get the support/clarity necessary to carry out a task. Identifies appropriate forms of communication given the specific situation.
Responsible for the planning, briefing, scheduling, prioritisation, documentation and execution of assigned projects.
Work closely with the Head of Production and PM team to manage all project stakeholders and ensure that the most innovative production methods are employed
Implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve project goals, at all times keeping the delivery teams health, Head of Production and stakeholders informed of the project’s progress
Create and maintain documentation, including internal and external status documents, project plans, a central filing system, client and donor reports, and timelines to ensure that projects are delivered on time, to budget and within the scope.
Develop briefing documents during the project lifecycle including but not limited to scope briefing, quality assurance, testing and content requirements
Have a deep understanding of the project’s production requirements (including the technologies we use) and work with the Praekelt delivery teams, as well as internal and/or external development teams to schedule work, define production requirements and track progress against timelines and budget
Have strong leadership skills with the ability to effectively manage internal teams, members and external service providers,
Define and communicate priorities on tasks to ensure the most effective outcome is achieved for each project.
Schedule and collate or compile feedback for Donor reports, working with the Head of Production to ensure the report delivers the required narrative, financial information and post-campaign analysis.
Evaluate the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase
Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff in the organization
Review the risk and issues with the Head of Production and General Manager, all other staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise the schedule or raise concerns as required.
Create a detailed work plan which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project
Review the quality of the work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project and organisation standards.
2-4 years experience at middle-management level, in either Project Management, Grant Management, Stakeholder Relations and/or Digital Marketing at a large national or international NGO or corporation.
University Degree in a related subject
Relevant Experience and Skills
Experience of Agile development methodologies
In-depth knowledge of Project Management Principles
Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
Excellent time management skills
Strong technical skills
Excellent client-facing skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
What will set you apart from other applicants:
Ability to manage interdependency between projects
Experience in working and/or managing projects in different African and/or developing countries.
Passionate about the digital medium - always in the know about the latest trends, technologies and platforms.
Exceptional use of Jira and Project Planning Methodologies.
Creative and innovative approach to Project and Risk management, consistently working to improve processes and projects
Praekelt is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.