Project Director
Project Associate, Project leaders, Project Assistant
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About the Organization

Pathfinder Educational Centre is a leading educational institute in eastern India that provides comprehensive test preparatory services to students preparing for both Competitive exams and Board exams such as Engineering and Medical entrance exams, school/board exams, KVPY, NTSE, Olympiads and other Foundation level exams. We have 40+ centres in West Bengal and 5+ centres in outside Bengal.

Pathfinder backed by India’s top-notch academicians with deep rooted understanding of the test preparation industry and a compelling passion to nurture next-generation talent. Our flagship services are JEE Main, JEE Advanced, NEET, WBJEE, KVPY, Foundation programme and Board preparation for Madhyamik, ICSE, CBSE, HS, ISC.

Job Description

The Project Director provides strategic technical leadership; technical representation for the program among donors, stakeholder, and partners; and managerial oversight of the overarching programmatic, technical, and operational aspects of the program. S/he is accountable for all aspects of existing projects’ effective management, including working with partners to ensure successful and timely implementation of sub-awards, and overall financial and budgetary oversight.

Job Responsibilities

  • Strategic Leadership: Provides strategic direction for project teams and their activities. Develops and updates program and country strategic plans to ensure alignment with programmatic directions and priorities.

  • Project Implementation: Ensures that project performance objectives and mandated deliverables such as technical activities, annual work plans and programmatic/financial/technical reports are carried out in a timely fashion, meet the highest quality standards and take into account donor requirements and procedures.

  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning: Oversees monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies, frameworks, plans and indicators to capture and report on project performance and results, using data for decision-making. Leads periodic implementation review processes to monitor progress and to identify specific actions that may be needed to achieve expected results. Works closely with colleagues in other Pathfinder countries (with a focus on Asia) and global staff to ensure cross-country learning, and identification and scale-up of innovative new approaches.

  • Financial and Administrative Operations: Collaborates with project staff to establish and maintain the ongoing administrative and financial operations of project offices and ensure compliance with Pathfinder International’s policy and contract provisions. Develops, monitors and revises budget pipeline and conducts monthly reviews to ensure accountability of all project activities as well as the accurate and timely reporting of finance deliverables. Manages funds and approve expenditures in accordance and compliance with Pathfinder International and donor procedures, cost principles, and regulations.

  • Contracts: Takes a central role in contracting with and managing local individuals and organizations for identified tasks according to organizational regulations and procedures. Negotiates consultancy agreements and develops capacity of local partners in mandated program areas.

  • Security Standards and Guidelines: Ensures that appropriate security standards, guidelines and procedures are established, maintained, updated regularly and adhered to by the staff in all project offices in compliance with donor rules and regulations.

  • Management and Supervision: Recruits, mentors, develops and manages staff and teams.

  • Management Reports: Develops and presents timely financial, technical, and operations reports and updates on the project progress and difficulties. Documents project achievements for communications materials such as the annual reports, brochures, and website updates.

  • External Representation: Cultivates and strengthens positive, productive relationships with donors, regulatory agencies, partners, and other agencies to ensure that Pathfinder International is consistently viewed as an effective implementing partner in meeting and achieving project targets.

  • Proposals: Leads in the planning stage to full submission, including the tasks of defining the project teams and roles, strategizing for technical proposals and approaches, defining partners, and developing budgets.

Education Qualification/required Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in public health, social sciences, health systems, management, or a related field.  7 years of experience designing and implementing health and/or development programs, with at least three of these years in a management role.

  • Presentation Skills: Proven ability to make presentations on results to small and large groups.

  • Community Relations: Mastery of skills in facilitating working relationships between partners, government officials, donors, and communities

  • Commitment to Family Planning and Reproductive Health: Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender transformative approaches and maternal, child health services.

  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to work with people from different cultures, ability thrive in a matrix organization, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.

How to apply

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