Project Director for CSO Accountability

Position: Project Director, Global Standard for CSO Accountability
Location: Berlin, Germany
Starting Date: As soon as possible
How to Apply: see

Application Deadline: 10 December 2015

About the Global Standard for CSO Accountability
      The Global Standard for CSO Accountability is an initiative of eight well-established civil society organisations’ (CSO) accountability networks from around the world together with the International Civil Society Centre as the Implementing Partner. Funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) over the course of three years, the project will bring together the eight
      Project Partners to systematically cooperate over the course of three years to exchange expertise, improve their codes and agree on what constitutes the core elements of good CSO accountability globally. The result will be a collectively agreed Global Standard for CSO Accountability, functioning as a reference standard across the globe for anyone engaging in CSO accountability.

About the International Civil Society Centre
      The International Civil Society Centre is the Implementing Partner of the project and will host the Project Delivery Team for the Global Standard on behalf of all Project Partners. The Centre helps the world’s leading international civil society organisations (ICSOs) maximise their impact for a sustainable and more equitable world. The Centre works with ICSOs to develop strategies for successfully navigating change. The International Civil Society Centre scan the horizon for exciting opportunities; enable learning and cooperation among ICSOs and their stakeholders; support ICSOs with developing effective leadership and promote robust accountability to strengthen ICSOs’ legitimacy. The Centre is a not-for-profit organisation fully owned by the organisations it serves. The International Civil Society Centre strive to set high standards in management, governance and strategy for ICSOs and the wider sector.

Job Purpose
      The Project Director will play a key role in shaping and driving the Global Standard project to a successful outcome over three years. Being responsible for strategic development and outreach, the Project Director will take active ownership for the project’s progression according to plan and seize further opportunities where they arise to strengthen CSO accountability globally. Fuelling the vision of strengthening CSOs´ effectiveness worldwide, the Project Director will facilitate and support the Project Partners efforts to come to an agreed global framework for CSO accountability. This will require strong intercultural and diplomatic skills as Project Partners differ greatly in regard to size, history and cultural context. Keeping their current determination for collective success alive and regularly invigorating it is important. As the leader of the Project Delivery Team, the Project Director oversees the accurate implementation of all agreed reporting, monitoring and evaluation activities, and monitors all incoming information to potentially adjust the project approach to ensure maximum success in accordance with the funder’s requirements.

Key Responsibilities

Reports to:
  • Deputy Executive Director of the Centre (member of Global Standard Executive Committee).
  • The Global Standard Executive Committee (monthly)
  • Overall project management of the implementation of the Global Standard project.
  • The two other members of the Project Delivery Team: the Senior Accountability Advisor and the Project Coordinator.
Project leadership and coordination:
  • Ensure proper implementation and progress of the Global Standard project including performance and delivery of all actions as per grant agreement.
  • Define operational objectives and develop operational plans for the implementation of the Global Standard project in consultation with the Project Partners and the Executive Committee in coherence with the projects overall objective and strategic priorities; prepare annual plans and budgets to be approved by all Project Partners.
  • Liaise with Project Partners, Consultative Partners and other key stakeholders, build trustful and constructive working relationships.
  • Initiate, support and monitor proper knowledge management and exchange of experiences between the project players.
  • Review the progress reports provided by the Project Partners and support them to achieve the agreed goals.
  • Provide timely and high quality draft reporting for the donor agency.
  • Lead and empower the Project Delivery Team to be of optimal support to the collaborative efforts of the Project Partners.
Internal communication and cooperation:
  • Establish and maintain required communication measures, i.e. corporate identity and website.
  • Support the Project Partners in developing communication strategies, material and formats to support the consultation process with constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Prepare and follow-up all meetings for the Global Standard Executive Committee (monthly conference calls) and Steering Group of all Project Partners (bi-annual face-to-face meetings).
  • Ensure optimal communication between the Project Partners.
External representation, engagement and outreach:
  • Market and seek recognition for the Global Standard at relevant international fora.
  • Identify opportunities for linking the Global Standard to global and regional accountability efforts, events, discourses (i.e. Post 2015, Post Busan, CPDE etc.) and initiate engagement with related stakeholders.

How to Apply
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