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PH International Openings

Program & Country Director, Montenegro Civic Education Program

Published: 07.07.2021

Location: Podgorica, Montenegro. This position will require travel to locations throughout Montenegro

Applications must be Submitted By: July 23, 2021

Anticipated Start Date: October 1, 2021

PH International (Project Harmony, Inc.), an innovative, not-for-profit organization working across Eurasia since 1985, seeks an experienced professional to lead a team in Montenegro as the Program Director/Chief of Party for an upcoming program.

 

The Montenegro Civic Education Program is a two year pilot initiative that is expected to expand into a multi-year program with U.S government funding.  The program will work with youth in the process of developing understanding, attitudes, ideas and behaviors about the law. The program seeks to increase youth awareness of crime risks, youth and increase public safety through an integrated approach that educates youth on the law, raises community awareness on juvenile justice issues, and develops cooperative partnerships between youth, educators, law enforcement and juvenile justice professionals. School-based legal socialization programs bring together teachers and law enforcement officers as a team for preventive work, educating students while building trust between youth, teachers and the police.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

As Program Director, you will be leading a team of innovative professionals to achieve the goals of the project while contributing to PH International’s overall mission. The Program Director will provide overall direction, oversight, management and accountability. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to:

 

•    Strategic vision: Communicate a clear vision of present and future program goals; provide leadership and direction; develop a program strategy to be communicated to team members, key ministries, local partners and the international community.

 

•    Financial and administrative: Coordinate and manage overall program budget; ensure compliance with all donor and PH policies and regulations; ensure smooth operation and functioning of country office.

 

•    Teambuilding and staff development: Foster a culture of collaboration, results orientation, and accountability with staff members; provide staff with the framework to meet or exceed program objectives; create opportunities for group and one-on-one professional development.

 

•    Representation and relationships: Develop and maintain internal and external relationships to ensure optimum program success, including with federal ministries, local partners including education and  police, local  stakeholder groups, PH headquarters and field offices, international and local NGOs working on juvenile justice in Moldova, US and host government officials, donor organizations, embassies, vendors, media and the general public.

 

•    Program evaluation and reporting:  Ensure  regular  and  complete  program  evaluations,  and complete program reporting to PH and donor organizations on a timely basis.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

•    Advanced university degree in education or a related area (e.g. criminology, social sciences, economics, history, sociology, anthropology) or Bachelor’s degree and six years’ experience in relevant fields.

•    Demonstrated leadership experience of international development activities, with preference for direction and management of internationally funded educational or community development programs in Montenegro.

•    At least five years of experience in working with sector assessment, strategic planning, project management, education-training/capacity development programs, program design, monitoring and evaluation, etc.

•    Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to negotiate with local and foreign experts, managers, and government officials to ensure the successful completion of project activities.

•    Excellent written and verbal skills in English.

•    Excellent written and verbal skills in Montenegrin. 

•    Computer proficiency including a working knowledge of Excel.

•    Budget preparation.

•    Excellent analytic and cross-cultural skills.

•    Motivation, reliability and flexibility.

•    Ability to work independently, use sound judgment, perform as a team player and know when to seek supervisor advice.

•    Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with U.S. Department of State, and other key partners.

 

PH International (Project Harmony, Inc.) is an equal opportunity employer, and provides its staff opportunities for job growth, innovation, and creativity. Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to recruitment@ph-int.org. Subject line should read: Montenegro Program Director. No phone calls.

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Consultant

Published: 28.05.2021

SEEKING A MONITORING, EVALUATION & LEARNING CONSULTANT

 

About PH International

PH International (Project Harmony, Inc.) is an international non-profit with over 35 years of experience focusing on civic engagement, cross cultural learning, and increased opportunities in the digital age. The PH U.S. headquarter office is located in Waitsfield, Vermont with field offices in Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine with projects also being implemented in other countries.

PH International strives towards a world where individuals and communities work across boundaries to address challenges with solutions rooted in cultural understanding, inspired by a sense of shared responsibility, strengthened by individuals empowered with practical skills and knowledge, and sustained through open communication, exchange, and friendship.

Consultant Responsibilities:

PH International is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded Digital Learning & Civic Education opportunity in the Republic of Georgia. The solicitation release date is mid-July 2021.

The MEL Specialist will work with the PH proposal development and program teams to design a results-based MEL framework for the program including development of the logic model, establishing targets, strategies for monitoring performance, and incorporating appropriate indicators.

If PH is awarded the grant, it is anticipated that the MEL Specialist will provide targeted MEL technical support in performance monitoring, research and evaluations, CLA (Collaborating, Learning, Adapting) and adaptive management, and MEL capacity building components.

PH is looking for a MEL Specialist who has:

  • Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of international development projects with a focus on MEL and CLA and understanding of how CLA approaches inform monitoring, evaluation, and learning throughout all stages of the program cycle to increase effectiveness.
  • Previous experience on USAID proposals and projects and in developing MEL sections of proposals.
  • Experience with performance monitoring.
  • Familiarity with USAID policies related to evaluation and performance management.
  • Excellent collaboration, management, and communication skills.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills with special emphasis on clear, persuasive language.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and comfortable with fast-paced, deadline-driven tasks and assignments.

The number of days for the consultancy position and follow-on technical support should PH be awarded the grant will be agreed upon once the solicitation is released and the level of effort determined. It is expected that the proposal work will take place between mid-July and mid-September 2021 while the estimated project dates are February 1, 2022 to January 31, 2027. The daily rate for the consultant will be determined based on the consultant’s current rate. References of past consultancies will be requested of finalists for this consultancy. If interested, please send a cover letter and CV to recruitment@ph-int.org with “MEL Consultant – Full Name” in the subject line. PH International complies with all federal requirements for hiring and employment. No phone calls please.

 

SEEKING A Finance Manager

Published: 20.04.2021

About PH International

PH International (Project Harmony, Inc.) is an international non-profit with over 35 years of experience focusing on civic engagement, cross cultural learning, and increased opportunities in the digital age. The PH U.S. headquarter office is located in Waitsfield, Vermont with field offices in Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine with projects also being implemented in other countries.

PH International strives towards a world where individuals and communities work across boundaries to address challenges with solutions rooted in cultural understanding, inspired by a sense of shared responsibility, strengthened by individuals empowered with practical skills and knowledge, and sustained through open communication, exchange, and friendship.

Staying close to our Vermont roots and hometown values applied in an international arena has set us apart as a uniquely equipped player in the international field. The quality and integrity of that work has earned recognition and trust from remarkably diverse partners and governments, contributing to our sustained presence in very challenging locations and times. As an organization that embraces challenge and strives for innovation, we seek partners that are results based and who believe, as we do, that working from a place of integrity and optimism will open creative potential that could never be achieved alone.

FAQ

Established:  1985

Employees:  60 full-time and 6 part-time

Number of Current Programs:  67

Annual Budget:  $7.5 million

Position Responsibilities:

PH International is seeking a full-time Finance Manager.  The Finance Manager is a leadership position in the organization and provides oversight for all accounting and financial functions with supervision of finance team members.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in non-profit accounting and U.S. government awards, business management and organizational leadership. Knowledge of grant management and compliance is a must. International experience is a plus.  While there is a preference for candidates who are prepared to work out of the head office in Vermont, we are open to highly qualified candidates working remotely.

The Finance Manager position comprises three specific functional areas:

Organization Financial and Administrative Support (60% LOE):

The Finance Manager spends most of his/her efforts supporting the organization’s financial operations and overall growth, ensuring newly developed funds are integrated into PH as a whole as well as providing compliance and risk management oversight.  The following examples highlight category efforts:

  • Provide reviews of new program budgets, budget notes and amendments ensuring program finances are consistent across programs and new funding supplements are logically planned and projected.
  • Support the development team not only with new fund budget creation, but also advise and supply data for fund amendments and LOEs across all associated programs.
  • Guide the processes associated with all PH checklist (program and subaward) creation from start to finish.
  • Monitor and ensure that internal procedures are followed for new awards, cost share collection and reporting, sub recipient monitoring and reporting, and procurement.
  • Assure that all financial records are in compliance with GAAP and OMB Circulars and other specific grant requirements and provide compliance guidance to staff as needed/ requested.
  • Advise on compliance with state and federal insurance and tax laws.
  • Provide training and support to other staff as needed.
  • Work with Senior Management to manage and lead organizational initiatives and planning; including oversight of the annual General and Administrative budget.
  • Provide hands on financial guidance to Country Directors and Program Managers to ensure adherence to organizational and funder procedures and regulations.
  • Assist Senior Staff in the writing and development of key operational policies and procedures, including risk management planning.
  • Lead financial report preparation and reporting for Senior Management and the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Manage and oversee the annual organizational budget creation process.
  • Monitor organizational investments and line of credit.

Supervise and Collaborate with Senior Accountant (20% LOE):

This category includes organizational tasks requiring the review and approval of staff involved with the actual processing of data, document, and report creation. Consequently, mutual review of colleagues’ work is fundamental to the accounting and financial staff duties.  As a member of the senior management team, the Finance Manager is integral to the efforts of the organization to process sustainability, innovation and evaluation. The following examples highlight category efforts:

  • Work with the Overseas Finance Manager, Chief Information Officer, Senior Accountant and others to identify new solutions to accounting and reporting challenges.
  • Perform general accounting functions, including review of monthly, quarterly, and annual closings of fiscal records; review and approval of reports, invoices, journal entries, and transactions; preparation of monthly account reconciliations.
  • Strategize efforts to continuously improve systems, processes, and utilization of accounting software and the virtual office.
  • Provide monthly and quarterly crosschecks of QuickBooks and VO closures along with review of associated documents such as bank reconciliations.
  • Facilitate annual organizational audits, 990 & FBAR filings, and NICRA proposals. 
  • Review and approve all general journal and bill payment entries into QuickBooks.
  • Review and approve internal documents (BVAs, checklists, cost-share reports).
  • Provide cash management oversight for all grants.

Back-Up for Senior Accountant (20% LOE):

The Finance Manager is required to maintain the necessary skills and knowledge to provide direct support and back-up to the Vermont Senior Accountant when she/he is on vacation, sick, or otherwise in need of support.  The following examples highlight category efforts:

  • Issuing payments by wire
  • Processing invoice payments, issuing checks
  • Handling all other routine tasks necessary for continued operations

Start Date

Negotiable

Salary Range

$90 - $100K commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Benefits include medical insurance and generous CTO (combined time off).

How to Apply

Individuals interested in this position should apply by sending a resume, cover letter, and answers to the questions below, to recruitment@ph-int.org with “Finance Manager - Full Name” in the subject line.  PH International complies with all federal requirements for hiring and employment. No phone calls please.

Please submit your answers to these questions as part of your application:

1) Let us know why you are interested in working with an international development non-profit organization.

2) Tell us about a key project you worked on that helped prepare you for this position. What was your specific role? What was its impact? Were there obstacles you had to overcome? What did you learn from this process and how do think this project prepared you for working with PH?

3)  Tell us about your experience in grants management and U.S. government funded awards specifically.

4) Tell us about the challenges that you feel come with working with a finance team that is global and factors that contribute to working successfully in multi-national teams. What do you think your learning curve will be in this position?

5) This position requires both financial and administrative responsibilities.  Tell us about how you see these roles relating to each other.

6) Tell us about your ties to Vermont and your interest in living and working here as well as your availability for work at the Waitsfield office headquarters.  If you are not available for a Vermont working location, please tell us about your experience with distant/remote working.

Application Deadline

Open

 

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