Project Support Manager - Medair, Maroantsetra

Closing date:  21 Mar 2012

Role and Responsibilities
The Project Support Manager (PSM) is responsible for all support functions, including Finance, Human Resources and Logistics for the Maroantsetra Base. The PSM will also act as Head of Office in terms of overseeing the general functioning of the base, including security. In addition the PSM will support Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) staff in terms of ensuring well being and acting as first point of contact.

Project Overview
Medair is supporting the emergence of a private public partnership to help sustain the development of local structures and appropriate innovative technologies for a real improvement in hygiene and access to clean water and sanitation. Medair is piloting a commune level project to assist communities to identify and prepare for the disasters and reduce and mitigate the risks they face, due to natural disasters (cyclones, flooding and the accompanying risks these bring.). Medair provides rapid emergency response during post-cyclone emergencies everywhere on the island. These cyclones are affecting communities and their assets because of high speed winds and the regular occurrence of heavy rains and flooding.

Medair brings life-saving relief and rehabilitation in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable. Its staff are inspired by their Christian faith to care for people in need, providing practical and compassionate support, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Medair has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, worldwide. This certification signifies that Medair effectively delivers goods and services with a focus on beneficiary needs. Founded in 1989, Medair’s unwavering commitment continues to bring hope to the world’s most vulnerable.

Workplace: Maroantsetra, Madagascar

Starting Date: April 2012

Initial Contract Details: Minimum two years, 100%

Key activity areas

• Monitor and validate the monthly Maroantsetra expense sheet. Monitor the base budget.
• Ensure a sufficient cash flow to support the needs of the project using the cash need forecast
• Identify areas for improvement in finances and making sure these are well implemented Human Resources
• Ensure that HR documents (contracts, job description, Staff appraisal, holidays sheets, etc) are up to date and that changes are recorded and the information transferred to Tana.
• Recruitment of new NRS staff
• Supervision of the payment of salaries

• Responsible for the respect of procurement procedures
• Supervision of stocks and deliveries
• Maintenance of Medair buildings, sites and equipment
• Coordination of transport of goods and employees

• Supervise the job of the IT technician. Make sure that confidentiality is respected.

Staff management
• Directly supervise, manage and develop her/his team
• Reflect the vision and values of Medair when interacting with team members, local staff, beneficiaries and external contacts

• Qualifications in financial management desirable
• Training in logistics procedures desirable

Experience / Competencies
• Capability to lead, and motivate people
• Capability to organize, prioritize and delegate (empower)
• Management experience
• Experience of working abroad desirable
• HR experience desirable
• Excellent French (oral & written), Malagasy basics desirable
• Native French speaker desirable
• Capacity to work under pressure
• Ability to work without constant supervision
• Attention to detail
• Excellent communication skills in cross cultural context
• Flexible
• Good writing and numeracy skills
• Good negotiation skills
• Knowledge of mechanics desirable

Medair standard working requirements for the field
• Experienced professionals in a relevant field
• Committed Christians
• Commitment to the Medair values (faith, hope, accountability, integrity, dignity, compassion)
• Minimum three months of overseas intercultural experience
• Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)
• Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.
• Competent with Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
• Successful completion of Medair’s Relief and Rehabilitation Course (ROC)
• Reflect the vision and values of Medair when interacting with team members, local staff, beneficiaries and external contacts
• Able to live and work with a multicultural team under difficult conditions
• Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physical fitness

• A salary based upon the grade of the position and the experience of the position-holder
• Full briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing
• Security training for those going to insecure environments
• Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country
• Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service)
• Annual leave, plus rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food)
• Additional benefits for those who commit to longer contracts: up to four weeks additional paid leave every 12 months, and re-entry allowance
• Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing

Working Conditions
• The rural communes of the Maroantsetra Region are typical of remote and under developed areas on the East coast of Madagascar.
• The PSM is based in the town of Maroantsetra, with infrequent visits to the field.
• The security situation is good in Maroantsetra which allows expats to move around without problem.
How to apply: 
For more information on this and other positions, Please follow this web link check the Field Vacancies.

We request that you complete all Applications on-line. Only English-language applications and CV’s will be reviewed. We will not review email applications. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is ongoing until the position is filled.

We review every online application. Applicants will be contacted only if they are selected as a potential candidate.