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Project Manager - CyberSTAR MENA

  • Posted:Oct 16, 2020
  • Apply by:Nov 06, 2020
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Other
  • Location
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Other
  • Company Type
  • Other

About this position

The SecDev Foundation is looking for a Project Manager to manage all aspects of program quality and delivery for the CyberSTAR MENA digital safety program.  The MENA CSO Resilience project aims to make a sustainable improvement in the integrated security of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in 6+ counties in the MENA region. The SecDev Foundation is leading the digital security component of the effort, implementing the SecDev developed CyberSTAR (Cyber Security Training, Audit, and Response) methodology, as part of a wider holistic security program for CSOs led by the Center for Victims of Torture.

The Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring quality and timely implementation of all aspects of the project.  They will manage technical and field staff, as well as our partner organizations, to meet project objectives and ensure programming is innovative, relevant, responsive, and achieving sustainable impacts and results. The PM will actively collaborate and ensure that lessons learned are shared across the Foundation, externally to the wider stakeholder environment, and are used to adapt programming.  The PM is responsible for all aspects of project cycle and financial management, high-quality donor reporting, and adherence to donor compliance and SecDev Foundation policies.

This position requires an individual who is a proven project manager and people leader, who is comfortable managing a team of diverse individuals and partners in a complex operating environment, and cultivating a positive and empowered work culture.  They should be partnership savvy and comfortable working in partnership as part of a wider program.  Collaboration in all aspects of work comes naturally to them, as well as comfort to support others to do the same.  They will be confident managing project budgets and ensuring project resources are used effectively to achieve project goals. The PM does not need to be a technical digital safety expert, the project team has a dedicated technical lead, however the PM should have a strong understanding of smaller, at-risk CSOs and the operational challenges they face as well as the MENA operational environment.  Ideally, the PM will also have a thorough understanding of donor funding agreements, ideally experience with US and Canadian funders, as well as ability to build networks with external and internal stakeholders.

Interested?  Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • A highly experienced project manager with strong leadership and expertise in overseeing complex multi-country development initiatives, especially in the areas of: project planning, programme quality and responsiveness, delivery of results, data and results capture and communication, coordination of remote teams, partner outreach, experience in management of a budget of $500,000 or more and ensuring adherence to donor compliance regulations.
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver sensitive programming in challenging operational contexts, with experience in the field and knowledge of the CSO landscape; knowledge of digital risk for CSOs and digital safety is a definite asset.  
  • Highly developed networking and relationship-building skills, excellent ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, superior ability to manage and motivate talented team members.
  • Proven ability to gather and document learning and experience within and across operational contexts, and an evidence-based track record of excellence in M&E and technical reporting.
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills in English (Arabic an asset); ability to communicate complex technical programs to non-technical audiences.
  • The ideal candidate enjoys working in a highly complex environment and excels at managing relationships with partners, CSOs, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Comfort travelling and working in complex environments

What we offer

A rewarding opportunity with a competitive compensation package, strong emphasis on work-life balance, innovation and technology, ample learning and development opportunities, and the knowledge that you are working to make the world a better place:

  • The opportunity to meaningfully contribute to an innovative, future-oriented organization working at the cross-roads of technology, security, development, and the growing influence of cyberspace;
  • A competitive salary;
  • Comprehensive Group Health Benefits and Insurance;
  • Group Retirement Pension Plan benefits;
  • Work-life balance: summer work hours and generous leave entitlements;
  • Learning and professional development opportunities through hands-on experience, peer coaching, as well as a professional development budget;
  • International travel opportunities;
  • A centrally located office (although we are currently working remotely due to COVID-19);
  • Being part of a culture that is constantly looking for how to improve - both our excellence in operations and in our programming, meaning the assistance we deliver to people and communities around the world.  All staff are encouraged to understand “what we do” and contribute new ideas for how we can improve or expand our assistance globally.

How to Apply

If you are someone who thrives on challenge, loves a varied role, and wants to be part of an innovative and growing organization, then this opportunity is for you. Please submit a CV and a cover letter through the link to our website that tells us in 400 words or less why you're the perfect candidate through the “Apply for this Job” button by November 6th.

Background to the organization

The SecDev Foundation is a rapidly growing not-for-profit think-do tank based in Ottawa, Canada. We work globally at the cross-roads of security, development and the game-changing influence of cyberspace.

Our mission is to support digital well-being for all, with a special focus on civil society organizations, women, youth, and vulnerable groups. We help communities pursue digital opportunity, while understanding how to better control the technologies they so readily use. We help societies navigate the emerging opportunities of the global digital economy, which is founded on sound policies and savvy digital citizens. And, in countries affected by conflict and war, we help local communities and societies pursue new forms of resilience in the digital sphere.  We prioritize local partnerships to ensure programming is responsive, inclusive and yields lasting capacities.

We have current operational programming in the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Eurasia.  Our work has been supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), The Embassy of the Netherlands, Freedom House, The Open Societies Foundation, the Global Peace and Security Fund (GAC), The Stability Network, Public Safety Canada, the Bureau of Democracy, Rights and Labour, and Google.

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