Project Manager – IT


The African Climate Foundation is a start-up strategic grant-making foundation with a dedicated focus on addressing climate change issues and supporting development on the African continent. They are committed to shifting the narrative on development and finding novel solutions to complex African challenges. They will be tapping into their established network of influencers and thought leaders in the broad field of development in a collaborative effort to guide just transitions, particularly in the energy sector, land-use, and cities.
The ACF is part of a network of strategic grant-making foundations in other parts of the world.

The ACF seeks to appoint a Project Manager – IT to be based in Cape Town.

Employment type: Contract duration is 6 months

The purpose of this position is to find a person that will be working closely with the Project Steering Committee the Project Manager will lead the successful development of the scope of work, procurement and implementation of an Integrated Grant-Making System on behalf of the African Climate Foundation. This is an exciting opportunity to come on board during the crucial start-up phase of a foundation that is the first of its kind on the continent.

Conceptualise and develop the brief for a cloud-based software system which can integrate grant-making, accounting, monitoring and evaluation and allow future scalability.
Develop a budget, strategy and programme of implementation to be evaluated by the Executive Director, reference group and board of the ACF.
Formulate a functional and technical vision and translate it into clear requirements.
Support the elaboration of a vision on the best use of digital capabilities of the package: Board portal, grantee portal, non-functional requirements.
Design an application blueprint incl. the required workflows and functionalities to support ACF grant-making activities
Develop robust functional and non-functional specifications for suitable consultants or software firms.
Work with the technical reference group based in Europe and South Africa when developing the specs and implementation plan to ensure that such a system meets ACF’s needs and operational standards.

Write the proposal for potential vendors
Invite software companies to bid for implementation of grant-making
Lead procurement process for most suitable software system/company
Technically evaluate proposed software solution best aligned with ACF specification (in terms of grant-making, processing of grants and contract making).
Negotiate contract terms with successful bidder, ensuring value for money

Working closely with the software company, the Project Manager will monitor scope, budget and timing of the project and report to the project steering committee.

Recognized Project Management qualification e.g. Prince 2 or PMI
Track record of delivering successful software projects for back-office operations
At least five years’ experience of proposal writing, configuration, procurement and implementation of software solutions
Working knowledge of Agile methodology and ITIL certification advantageous.
Competences and personal qualities:
Negotiation skills
Excellent Interpersonal skills
Strong communication and presentation skills
Innovative and creative thinker

Please contact Este Buchholz or send your CV and 1-page motivational letter to [email protected]

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