Positive Planet International (PPI) was created out of the growth and transformation of Planet Finance, a non-profit organization created in 1998 with a mandate to alleviate poverty through access to financial services and inclusive markets. PPI’s mission is to create conditions of a better world for future generations all over the world. Its headquarters are located in Paris, France, and its activities are carried out in more than 40 countries, managed by local branches in Africa, Europe and in the Middle East. PPI prioritizes seven key areas: access to entrepreneurship, access to financial services, access to markets, access to energy, access to education, access to water, sanitation, housing and access to health and mobilizes its experts in these sectors.
Positive Planet International in Southern and East Africa
PPI’s Southern and East Africa Regional office is based in Johannesburg, in South Africa, managing projects in many countries in the region such as South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and Lesotho. PPI started its operations in South Africa in 2008 in Cape Town with a three-year EU funded project and throughout the past decade has worked on different projects primarily with a focus on development finance.
About the Job:
Positive Planet International seeks to engage a Project Manager for a new ‘access to energy and economic development’ project in Lesotho. The Project Manager will be based in Maseru and report to the Project Director in Johannesburg. The Project Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project activities and attainment of the Project objectives. He/she will provide oversight to the project team and will be responsible for coordination with the project partner (RSDA) and other stakeholders and service providers.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Coordinating and supervising the implementation of the activities as per the Project Logical Framework, Proposal, Financial Proposal and Contract.
Providing leadership to achieve the objectives, outcomes and outputs of the Project in accordance with the project work plan.
Playing a coordinating role and ensuring an effective partnership with RSDA and other stakeholders involved in the project.
Coordinating and supervising the implementation of the business plan of RSDA social enterprise in collaboration with RSDA team and partners.
Playing an advisory role with the Partner to ensure knowledge transfer on the business model, EERE technology and all aspects of promoting the sustainability of the EERE social enterprise.
Project management experience: results oriented person, able to deliver within allocated time and resources.
Sales and operations-oriented person: proven ability to understand company’s core values and objectives and to translate them into practice, able motivate team and execute activities as needed to achieve monthly targets.
Good communication: demonstrated ability to communicate, present and influence credibly and effectively with different audiences and explain clearly tasks and targets.
Teamwork: good interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain good relationships with partners and team members. Ability to plan and coordinate different team members; the candidate would know how to motivate, reward and review performance of team members in line with RSDA social enterprise objectives and work plans.
Organizing and planning: strong organizational skills, ability to design and implement a strategic business plan to expand RSDA outreach and ensure its strong presence in Lesotho.
Problem solving: positive attitude, flexibility and adaptability in finding solutions, committed to continuous learning.
Background in FMCG/Services/Retail/Mobile money type of companies who operate in Africa is preferred.
Fluency in English – high proficiency in English (both written and spoken).
Fluency in Sesotho preferable (spoken).
Computer literacy in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint essential.
Ability to work in a team but also comfortable working autonomously and independently with minimum supervision.