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THE “WHY” - Purpose of the Position                                                                                             

 The Project Officer will be responsible for managing the field-level program implementation in target districts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and for achievement of the field level outputs through participant mobilization and follow up, engagement with local stakeholders and partners, and activity planning, implementation, and reporting.

Scope of Position

 Reports to: Project Manager

Direct Reports:

Working relationships:

Budget Managed:

THE “WHAT” - Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Organize and implement field activities in Balochistan or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  • Mobilize participants for activities in the target districts, including women.
  • Coordinate closely with local partners by maintaining contact, attending activities, regular reporting, and ensuring that activities are running according to the plan.
  • Ensure activities are contextually relevant and sensitive to the local context, particularly the needs of women or minority participants.
  • Serve as focal person in the field for Search stakeholders, maintain respectful and constructive relations, and ensure regular meetings and ongoing coordination.
  • Assist in the collection of data and collaborate with the M&E and Communications teams to monitor the quality of activities and gather participant feedback.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for all people involved in project implementation and maintain the highest standards of behavior when working with the community targeted. 
  • Adherence to all organizational policies and procedures as outlined in Search policies and procedure manuals.
  • Follow all organizational protocols and regulations according to guidance provided by the HR department.
  • Carry out frequent field visits to targeted districts to facilitate and supervise project’s activities.
  • Keep Project Manager informed of progress achieved and challenges faced (through regular reports).
  • Ensures implementation of activities as per the work plan and all related documents and logistics are prepared and approved. 
  • Participate in reflection exercises and monitoring activities with program and M&E staff to analyze findings and contextual updates and adapt programmatic approaches to maximize outreach activities and the overall project’s impact.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

 

The “HOW” - Skills & Competencies

 Education:

  • A university degree or equivalent certificate/diploma or similar qualification from a recognized establishment or equivalent experiences. Masters in Journalism/Mass communication will be given a preference.
  • Association with local or national press clubs is an added advantage.

Experience:

  • At least two (2) years of professional experience in a similar position including extensive fieldwork
  • Experience working in Balochistan or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Experience with community mobilization and administrative, organizational, and operational project work

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the current affairs in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) provinces
  • Strong knowledge of local context and dynamics in Balochistan and KPK provinces
  • Strong community mobilization skills
  • Ability to analyze and present information in a clear manner
  • Ability to work independently and problem-solving skills
  • Honest, hardworking and committed to community development and peacebuilding.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, creativity and enthusiasm while working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of local media landscape including universities, press clubs, local and national newspapers and media houses
  • Cultural sensitivity and gender sensitivity, understanding of locally-sensitive approaches to engaging and mobilizing women participants
  • Ability to work under pressure and in challenging environments
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances
  • Willingness to travel regularly between Search’s field offices and target locations
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Urdu. Proficiency in Pashto is an added advantage.
  • Excellent report writing skills

Behavioral Competencies

  • Working with People:  The ability to respect the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy, listens, supports; consults others and shares information and expertise, builds team spirit and adapts to the team.
  • Flexibility:  The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities, to tolerate ambiguity, to adapt personal style to different people and situations.
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency:  The ability to set quality standards, monitor and maintain quality of work, and set goals to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Relationship Management:  The ability to manage interactions, to provide service and to support the organization while building an effective internal and external network.
  • Leadership and Navigation:   The ability to manage and contribute to initiatives and processes within the organization while making progress toward change and continuous improvement.
  • Communication:  The ability to effectively exchange information with others, to effectively deliver critical information, to gather information and communicate with others.
  • Global and Cultural Effectiveness:   The ability to value and consider the perspectives and backgrounds of all parties and be able to work cross-culturally.
  • Ethical Practice:   The ability to integrate Search vision, mission and core values, integrity and accountability throughout all organizational and business practices.

Commitment to Search Values:

Shared Humanity - Empathy - Impartiality - Inclusivity - Courage - Hope - Humility - Audacity






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