ZA24144- Project Manager

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CIMMYT is a cutting edge, non-profit, international organization dedicated to solving tomorrow's problems today. It is entrusted with fostering improved quantity, quality, and dependability of production systems and basic cereals such as maize, wheat, triticale, sorghum, millets, and associated crops through applied agricultural science, particularly in the Global South, through building strong partnerships. This combination enhances the livelihood trajectories and resilience of millions of resource-poor farmers, while working towards a more productive, inclusive, and resilient agrifood system within planetary boundaries.

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated candidate for the position of Project Manager to be based in Zambia. This is a nationally recruited position and is open to all Zambians with excellent academic records and relevant experiences. The LRS Project Manager will serve as the lead for the EU-SIFAZ project, stationed in Zambia. This role entails comprehensive management of project budgets, contracts, communications, performance monitoring, and coordination with CIMMYT.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Review monthly expenditures.
  • Assess Zambia office liquidation reports and funds requests monthly.
  • Allocate budget codes for expenditures as necessary.
  • Provide support for asset procurements and inventory management.
  • Supervise subgrants in compliance with donor requirements.
  • Ensure timely submission of technical and financial reports from partners/subgrantees.
  • Facilitate payment disbursements as required.
  • Develop or oversee content for various communication platforms.
  • Customize written materials for diverse audiences including donors, government partners, and farmers.
  • Review and edit written materials produced by the project team.
  • Achieve project deliverables outlined in Annual Workplans.
  • Maintain the annual results tracker/results framework for donors.
  • Assist staff with indicator reporting if mandated by donors.
  • Compile, edit, and submit annual and semi-annual reports for donors.
  • Assist in developing annual project implementation plans.
  • Manage project HR activities including recruitment, onboarding, and performance evaluations following CIMMYT/IITA procedures.
  • Organize leadership committee meetings, technical meetings, and planning sessions as necessary.
  • Serve as a liaison for all implementing partners.
  • Supervise project staff as required.


  • Master’s degree in business administration, Finance, Public Administration, or equivalent; alternatively, a BBA in Project Management or related field.
  • Experience in managing projects funded by FAO, EU, USAID, or GIZ is advantageous.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in both corporate and non-profit environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in project and budget management for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, with proficiency in presentation and negotiation.
  • Proficient in MS Office suite and advanced internet skills.
  • High cultural sensitivity and ability to understand the needs of staff and partners.
  • Strong sense of responsibility, discretion, and capability to work under pressure.
  • Effective team leadership skills.
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) or PRINCE2 certification desired.


Kindly fill and submit the online form no later than Thursday 16th May 2024.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality. Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

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