Senior Project Manager

Immediate Opening
Field Staff, Full-Time
Commensurate with Experience 
Immediate Opening

Position Description:

CowaterSogema is currently recruiting a Senior Project Manager for its Public Financial Management and Accountability Group. The Senior Project Manager will lead the management of CowaterSogema’s DFID-funded Customs Reform and Trade Enhancement Somalia (CRATES) project (£10.2m; 2018-2021). The position is to Nairobi-based with a requirement for regular travel to Somalia (Mogadishu).

As CowaterSogema International representative in Nairobi, Kenya, the Senior Project Manager would be expected to identify and develop key business relationships and opportunities, as well as contribute to emerging thematic debates, particularly within the Kenya and East African region.

Experience Profile:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with progressively more responsibility in project management, administration and financial management in a team environment;
  • Management of international development projects, including: 
    • supervising and coordinating inputs and efforts from field and HQ team members;
    • performing quality control on all deliverables;
    • engaging in recruitment of project staff;
    • “hands-on” rigorous management of budgets, contracts and schedules; and
    • maintaining clear communication lines between HQ, the field and clients;
  • Overseas experience in developing countries, experience in Somalia will be considered a strong asset;
  • Experience with international donor reporting requirements, in particular with DFID;
  • Experience in results-based management;
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas is considered an asset
    • public financial management and revenue reform
    • extractive sector governance
    • gender and social inclusion
    • private sector development

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Excellent writing skills (reports, work plans, proposals)
  • Strong financial management skills;
  • Strong managerial and organizational skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.


English fluency essential.  Additional languages will be considered an asset.

Application Deadline:

A CV and Covering Letter should be submitted through

Applications should be submitted by the 31st of March, 2019.

About Us

With more than 34 years’ experience, CowaterSogema International is Canada’s global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development and has managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, financial and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2017 and 2018. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, CowaterSogema also has corporate offices in Montreal, Quebec, Paris, France, and Pretoria, South Africa, in addition to project offices in a wide variety of other locations across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

We thank you for your interest in building a better tomorrow with CowaterSogema.