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Program Manager – AUA Acopian Center for the Environment

 

Organization: American University of Armenia (AUA)

Unit: AUA Acopian Center for the Environment

Project name: Improving Waste Policy Implementation in Armenia 

Position title: Program Manager (PM) (national of RA)

Start Date: Aug 1, 2022

End Date: Aug 1, 2023 

Period: 12 months

Working hours: Full time

Contract type: Employment Contract 

Job Location: Yerevan, Armenia

 

Program background
Improving Waste Policy Implementation in Armenia is a 4-year Program aimed at improving Armenia’s waste management sector capacity to implement more environmentally sound waste management practices through:

  1. Providing technical assistance to RA Government in developing and adopting Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation for several specific waste streams in line with EU Waste legislation and best practices (Program Component 1);
  2. Providing technical assistance to RA Government in developing a national model on waste source separation and introducing it as a system in a pilot municipality (Program Component 2); 
  3. Building sector capacities to implement Component 1 and Component 2, as well as to scale up the achieved results (Program Component 3). 

The Program supports the implementation of several provisions set in the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) signed between EU and RA, as well as several provisions regarding “Waste management strategy and its implementation action plan” of the RA Government Program for 2021-2026.

The Program’s principal partners and beneficiaries are the RA Ministry of Environment (MoE), RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure (MTAI), and a target municipality to be selected from Kotayk or Gegharkunik provinces. 

 

Scope of work

Under the supervision of the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment’s Director, the PM shall: 

  • Oversee the implementation of the Program and all its activities within the three Program Components;
  • Maintain the communication between and work with the Steering Board, Program principal beneficiaries and partners, Program Implementation Units, and Program Team, including local and international experts.
  • Maintain periodic communication and work with the Sounding Board Experts and Program Team Experts on the Program Components and activities, with the support of Program Coordinator. 
  • Monitor progress and, if needed, suggest revisions on the work plan and Program Outcomes and Outputs, including those to be carried out by Program partners, sub-contractors, and experts. 
  • Provide feedback as necessary, and coordinate the work and activities of the Program subcontractors, experts, and team to ensure effective and timely implementation of the Program work-plan;
  • Assure quality of all interim and final deliverables and perform quality control;
  • Together with the Program Coordinator and with the support of available experts work on developing Human Rights and Gender Action Plan, Monitoring Plan, and mid-term review, as well as conducting post-intervention review of the Program results, financial audit, and conducting final reporting; 
  • Liaise effectively and maintain good relations with beneficiaries, partners, and other stakeholders with a view to ensuring a multi-stakeholder approach to Program implementation;
  • Maintain, or as appropriate, supervise the Program reporting, including preparation and delivery of Inception Report, Semi-annual Progress Reports (Interim Reports), Annual Progress Reports, Annual financial reports, Program Evaluations, Annual audit reports, Final Report, and other reports upon request from Sida;
  • Participate in the activities related to the Internal Control Review and Program Audit, including ToR preparation, procurement, organization of bidder conferences, provision of necessary information to auditors, etc.
  • Coordinate implementation arrangements and needed resources with the Program Coordinator and financial, accounting, HR, and administrative team members on the proper management of funds, including financial control and audit procedures as well as the procurement of goods, works and services in accordance with Sida and AUA guidelines;
  • Ensure the Program Implementation complies with all provisions stipulated in the Program Agreement between Sida and AUA, as well as policies and procedures of both institutions;
  • Other duties and tasks that may be necessary for successful Program implementation.

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Economics, Systems Management, Business, or related fields, or in their absence, demonstrated experience/knowledge in the following fields: business process (including waste) management, market system analysis (including value-chain mapping);
  • Good understanding of the waste management sector context and structure, waste market systems structure and performance, sub or related sectors;
  • At least 7 years of project management experience 
  • Experience in waste-sector related projects or programmes;
  • Outstanding communication, project management and organizational skills; proven experience and technical ability to manage a large project;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing skills, including ability to produce high quality practical reports and knowledge products;
  • Effective interpersonal, management and negotiation skills proven through successful interaction with stakeholders, including government officials, regional/local authorities, experts and NGOs/communities;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability in team management and collaboration; excellent presentation and facilitation skills; 
  • Fluency in Armenian and English; ability to write clearly and concisely in both languages;
  • Proficiency with standard computer applications;
  • Integrity and ethical standards; positive, with constructive attitude to work; and
  • Be the ultimate responsible for timely and proper completion of all project deliverables.

 

How to apply:  A letter of intent, Curriculum Vitae with the names and contact information for three referees should be sent to [email protected] with the subject heading “Program Manager/ACE”. Applications must be received by August 15, 2022 to be considered.  Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for interview.

 

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