Team Leader - Ghana Jobs & Economic Transformation (JET)
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Project Overview and Role
Palladium is seeking a Team Leader for an exciting upcoming DFID funded programme in Ghana. The programme is DFID Ghana's flagship investment-led job creation programme that will help Ghana transition away from aid dependence in line with the GoG "Ghana beyond Aid" strategy. It seeks to leverage increased investments into the manufacturing and industrial sectors, and introduce new technology and management capabilities, increasing the capabilities of the workforce generating formal employment and economic diversification.
This will be done through 4 components:
1) Industrial policy development;
2) Investment promotion and facilitation for investors in four or five target sectors (as defined under the GoG Ten-Point Plan);
3) Increasing engagement of domestic firms in sectors attracting investment;
4) Addressing enabling environment gaps around investments.
The Team Leader acts as the central point of leadership for the programme. The Team Leader will be responsible for representing the programme with a range of Ghanaian partners, government stakeholders and external organisations and individuals, including regularly reporting DFID, and maintaining strong working relationships with relevant local entities, other donor programmes, as well as with corporate Palladium staff.
Strategy and Operational Planning
- Develop strong working relationships with the programme's contact points in the Ghanaian Government, national agencies, DFID and other donor programmes in the investment and business enabling environment space, and leading on reporting to them, through both formal and informal channels.
- Manage relationships with the Ghanaian Government, counterpart agencies, project partners, stakeholders and business partners in Ghana as well as the UK, and represent the programme with the wider DFID country office or an external audience as needed, including with communities of practice and other DFID offices.
- Develop strong working relationships with the leadership of other donor programmes, in particular DFID's private sector development programmes, and exploit complementarities and synergies between JET and them where possible.
- Develop strong working relationships and a regular dialogue on programme progress and challenges with relevant Palladium staff, including the Project Director, Operational and Technical Managers.
- Maintain a strong working relationship with the Project Director and reach a consensus on JET's overarching, as well as component specific, technical approach and direction.
- Lead with the Project Director in the preparation of work plans and budgets; staffing plans; performance improvement plans and other plans as required.
Financial Management and Administration
- Provide guidance, oversight and quality assurance for all project activities, outputs and deliverables.
- Assume overall responsibility for the effective implementation of work plans to ensure delivery is on time, within budget, meets Client and stakeholder expectations and is contractually compliant
- Monitor implementation progress; maintain up to date project logs and registers; work to resolve issues, manages and mitigates risks; and escalate material issues and risks as appropriate.
- Develop and implement plans for results measurement, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, value for money analysis and communication management.
- Ensure good staff management practices including staff planning, recruitment, on-boarding, appraisal and development.
- Ensure consistent implementation of company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines, Security Protocols and, where applicable, recommends modifications.
- Ensure the project provides and demonstrates good Value for Money.
Oversee the preparation and delivery to the Client of budget variations and contract amendments
- Educated to university degree level or above, preferably holding a Master's degree
- At least 15 years' experience in managing complex interventions, with some experience doing so in Ghana
- At least 10 years' experience in supporting private sector development and industrial policy, preferably in Ghana
- Experience working with key government departments and institutions involved in investment promotion and industrial policy
- Experience working with donor (preferably DFID) funded programmes
- Strong expertise in building and managing programmatic relationships with high level stakeholders from government, civil society and donors
- Strong expertise in leading complex programmes, including managing and mentoring senior members of staff
- Good understanding of governance, public administration and key private sector players in Ghana
- Strong experience in managing complex teams