DREAMS PROJECT MANAGER, Catholic Medical Mission Board

Catholic Medical Mission Board

Vacancy: 1 x DREAMS Project Manager

Location: Lusaka

We believe in a world in which every human life is valued, and health and human dignity are shared by all.

We believe that access to quality healthcare is a basic human right. For more than 100 years, we have worked with global partners to deliver locally sustainable, quality healthcare solutions to women, children and their communities. We’re ready to make it 100 more.

We believe change starts with her.

We work tirelessly for women’s and children’s health because they are disproportionately affected by illness and poverty. We know that healthy, educated, and empowered women are better able to raise healthy, educated, and confident children, and that communities depend on their livelihoods. We’re making an impact – learn more.

We believe in people.

We strive to live out our core values of collaboration, love, excellence and respect every day. We provide our employees with a competitive salary and a meaningful benefits package, with opportunities to learn and grow. We especially encourage all persons of diverse backgrounds to apply. Read more from our President & CEO below.

Position Overview

The DREAMS Manager will provide leadership, program and financial management support for the DREAMS project including management of day-to-day operations of the project and supervising relevant staff under this project. Reporting to the Operations Director, the responsibility of the Project Manager – DREAMS will be to provide leadership to the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of all facets of the DREAMS project, build, lead, and guide the DREAMS project team. S/he will provide technical management and overall oversight in the following areas; budgeting and expenditure control, development and control of implementation plans as well as high quality financial and narrative reporting. As part of her/his responsibility and to assure objectives are being met and quality is being assured S/he will be expected travel extensively to all DREAMS project areas. The DREAMS Project will be implemented in close partnership with government, ZCHPP, DISCOVER Health, SAFE, ZAMFAM, Peace Corps, NAC and other stakeholders in the district and at national level and for this reason the Project manager will be expected to demonstrate excellent partnership management skills.

Reports to : The Operations Director
Staff reporting to this post: DREAMS Officer and DREAMS Site Coordinators


Project Management; Programme delivery, management and quality assurance

  • Manage and coordinate all activities under the DREAMS project, including the development and implementation and monitoring of project and budgets according to donor agreements and rules/regulations, internal policies
  • Plan and provide oversight on implementation and monitoring of all technical components of the DREAMS project in all CMMB DREAMS districts and at national level
  • Provides leadership in overall planning for annual, quarterly project plans and development of monthly Scopes of Work.
  • Responsible for ensuring quality and the timely implementation of the DREAMS project and day to day management of the project.
  • Monitor and promote integrated programming in order to increase overall DREAMS project impact.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of annual implementation plans for the DREAMS Project.
  • Develop, lead, and coordinate the DREAMS project team and provide technical leadership and supportive supervision to the staff reporting into the DREAMS Project Manager.
  • Hold overall responsibility for the development and implementation of all aspects of the project in the area of responsibility.
  • Ensure that the project is implemented in strict compliance to CMMB’s policy and donor requirements and regulations which include, in all aspects and phases of implementation.
  • Lead and motivate the project team to instill responsibility in the delivery of the project’s goals and objectives.
  • Ensure regular monitoring and monthly reporting on all grants’ management aspects: budget and actual expenses analysis, work-plan progress and updating, data collection and analysis and monitoring of indicators.
  • Take full responsibility for the delegated budget holding function on the programmatic aspects of the supervised grants, participate actively in finance meetings and contribute to financial decision making.
  • Communicate and work closely with Finance & Grants to develop quarterly and annual expenditure forecasts, monitor monthly expenses ensuring to address overspends and underspends, and ensure that expenses are incurred in accordance with annual budgets, quarterly expenditure forecast, and using correct budget codes.
  • Maintain effective program reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems for both internal and external use and ensure that monitoring and evaluation tools are systematically implemented and used by the team, in cooperation with MEAL staff.
  • Produce high quality reports within agreed reporting schedules.
  • Conduct regular field visits, including discussions with beneficiaries.
  • Document programme learning, and incorporate analysis and lessons learned into new strategies/activities and advocacy work.
  • To conduct supervisions in collaboration with district teams and stakeholders.
  • Participate in quarterly review meetings with partners for the project
  • In collaboration with the MEAL OFFICER, other staff and partners effectively contribute to documentation and dissemination of lessons learned and best practices of the DREAMS project
  • Ensure all donor questions, concerns and information requests are responded to appropriately and timely.

Performance management and capacity building

  • Manage, lead and motivate direct reports staff in the area of responsibility, ensuring they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performance regularly including through annual staff appraisals of staff reporting to her/him in collaboration with the human resources department.
  • Create and maintain a cooperative and positive working environment where staff have clear roles and responsibilities, participate in decision making and are supported in progressing towards their objectives.


  • Coordinate with relevant stakeholders for the smooth implementation of the project in every DREAMS Catchment area e.g.: ZCHPP, DISCOVER Health and SAFE
  • If and when required, represent CMMB with local authorities and governmental counterparts, donors among others to ensure that the DREAMS project is coordinated with these bodies.
  • Represent the DREAMS project in coordination meetings at district and national level and other locations in the area of responsibility.

Programme development and fundraising

  • Identify the most appropriate programming interventions for meeting the needs of AGYWs and beneficiaries based on assessment findings.
  • Contribute and participate in the development of new funding applications/concept notes and proposals by providing the technical inputs as required
  • Incorporate analysis and lessons learned into new strategies/activities.



  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling CMMB values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity



  • Bachelor’s Degree in any Social Science or Education. Masters with Education related background will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience managing projects
  • Familiarity with HIV and AIDS prevention programming
  • Knowledge of donor rules/regulations particularly USAID funded projects important
  • Well-honed project management skills and experience
  • Budget management and financial skills and experience.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and creative.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to represent agency and work effectively with a range of stakeholders, including government and partner NGOs.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Sound report writing skills Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications in providing technical leadership for successful initiatives in youth programming Knowledge and experience in successful mainstreaming of economic strengthening and Gender and gender across sectors.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit their application together with resume/CV to cmmbzamhr@cmmb.orgindicating position applied for on the subject line by 3rd August 2018. Include telephone and email contacts of 3 references and your daytime telephone/cellphone contact. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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