Olimpiadas Especiales Panamá - Healthy Communities Project Manager Position Description
Posted on July 10, 2018 by Special Olympics
The Project Manager, Healthy Communities, has overall stewardship, operational, and strategic responsibilities for meeting the Healthy Community criteria for their Program as established by Special Olympics International. The position is associated with the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, which provides health assessments, education, services, and care at clinic events to Special Olympics athletes globally.
The ideal candidate will be comfortable in a role that blends partnership management, collaborative development, and program planning with basic operational and logistical responsibilities required to ensure plans are well executed.
Project Development and Management (50%)
·Working closely with Special Olympics Panama and Special Olympics International, develop a Healthy Communities Project Plan outlining the objectives, activities, performance measures, timeline, and budget needed to achieve the Healthy Community criteria and to support the SOI global strategic health plan and vision of inclusive health for all people with intellectual disability;
·Serve in an operational role in implementing the activities outlined in the plan, managing the budget, all on-the-ground operations and liaising with the various departments of Special Olympics Panama where needed for support and integration with other functional areas;
·Working closely with the Regional Healthy Athletes Manager, Clinical Directors, and other key stakeholders such as athletes and families, pilot new SOI programming within the Program in an effort to meet the Healthy Community criteria. Foster learning and innovation for the Project by implementing regular review and reflection cycles including participation in conference calls with Special Olympics International and other Healthy Community project teams;
Development and Management of Stakeholder Relationships (25%)
·In coordination with the senior staff, develop and manage partnerships at a national/state level with key stakeholders from the government, NGO, academic and private sector to foster collaboration and support for the project;
·Effectively engage all partners in the planning and implementation of the project including athletes to create inclusion, clear delineation of responsibilities and effective coordination;
·Promote the Project among the health community through participation in relevant workshops, conferences and committees.
Project Sustainability (10%)
·Provide support to Special Olympics Panama in regards to grant writing, fundraising, and partnership cultivation to bring new resources that support the project's sustainability;
·Develop a strategy to allow for the sustainability of Project outputs at the end of the funding period.
Project Reporting and Financial Management (10%)
·Ensure high level of accountability through clear and consistent communication and reporting on Project implementation and status of criteria necessary for achieving or maintaining recognition as a Healthy Community through completion of required reports and presentations to Program staff and Board on key performance measures;
·Share programmatic successes via social media and other SOI communications tools;
·Maintain fiscal responsibility for the project by developing and monitoring a budget, ensuring expenses are within budget spending parameters and financial reports are submitted in a timely manner in coordination with the finance department;
·Monitor and forecast budget requirements;
Evaluation and Risk Management (5%)
·Participate in SOI monitoring and evaluation efforts by collecting and providing data on performance measures and objectives related to the Healthy Communities criteria and facilitating data collection and site visits by SOI program evaluation team.
·Identify, monitor and respond to risks to Healthy Communities success.
Note: Links to the Healthy Community Project Planning Template, Tracking Tools, and online reporting tool can be found at http://resources.specialolympics.org/Taxonomy/Health/Healthy_Communities_Resources_Center.aspx
·Education background matching the needs of the position;
·Sound technical knowledge of health sector service delivery including an understanding of the main health systems challenges for people with intellectual disability.
·Demonstrated high-level skills in designing, appraising and evaluating assistance to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
- 5-7 years of experience in health program planning and implementation, with a particular focus on implementing multi-year projects through collaboration with a range of partners;
- Experience creating new outcomes-oriented programming that is tied to clear objectives and performance measures, with demonstrated success in achieving those outcomes;
- Experience stewarding partners and successfully engaging them in planning and operations while creating solutions to address the competing priorities of various stakeholders;
- Strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills, including a demonstrated ability to build and maintain networks, provide advice and communicate effectively in English (both in writing and verbally) on sensitive issues with the professionally diverse range of stakeholders;
- Ability to travel frequently within in the Program area;
- Ability to work evenings and weekends to staff healthy communities activities that often do not take place during regular work hours;
- Proficiency in managing information systems and databases relevant to program development.
- Understanding of and/or experience in advocacy issues to do with the rights of people with disabilities.
- Experience working with people with disabilities and knowledge of the Country/State network of organizations in the disability and health sectors.
- Ability to work independently while integrating and working effectively with the local Special Olympics team.
- Ability to think laterally, challenge accepted approaches, come up with innovative solutions and implement improved work practices.
·Please note that only those candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified.