Technical Project Manager

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We are looking for a full-time Technical Project Manager who is passionate about building and implementing technology-based solutions in service delivery and research projects around the globe. You will work closely with Simprints’ partners to gather requirements and oversee the delivery of robust solutions. At times you will also take the lead on small to large projects (in their entirety, not just the technical component) overseeing their full lifecycle from design to final report. This role is unique in its breadth, offering the opportunity to collaborate with almost every team at Simprints. You’ll have the chance to collaborate with partnership managers to build relationships with external stakeholders, coordinate on-the-ground activities with our in-country teams; and work with monitoring & evaluation (M&E) specialists to draw data-driven insights.

Our preference is for this post to be based in the UK, however we will consider strong overseas candidates to work remotely.

Key Responsibilities

Actively collaborate everyday with the engineering team, project managers and partnerships to facilitate and ensure a technical solution that meets the project needs and resolve bottlenecks to meet the implementation needs.
Lead or contribute to the designing of appropriate technology solutions, defining clear technical scopes, objectives and functional requirements including, where necessary, writing project proposals and budgets, while involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility.
Oversee successful integration and own accountability of the delivery of the technical components of our projects, including travelling to project sites to conduct or support trainings and monitor field activities, to ensure they are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget at the highest attainable quality standards, coordinating activities with both internal and external stakeholders.
Where required create multi-disciplinary project teams and collaboratively define detailed requirements, prioritise deliverables and feature requests, align behind implementation plans.
Proactively identify project and technical risks early, taking ownership and / or collaborating with the team to mitigate them.
Collaborate with M&E to establish theories of change, define project metrics, monitor and analyse data, and close the feedback loop with partners to support successful implementation on the ground.
Develop and maintain strong technical understanding of the tech4dev and biometrics market in order to to translate program requirements into technical requirements to deliver great value to our clients.
Mentor colleagues on TPM best practices and growth.

What are the “must-have” skills and experience for this role?

Significant project management and/or product management experience, ideally in the ICT4D space. You’ve deployed technology projects in developing country contexts.
Significant technical project design experience (or solutions architecture or technical pre-sales), ideally in the tech for development space where you’ve either configured solutions or designed bespoke solutions projects with clients in developing country contexts.
Experience configuring or implementing data collection platforms, such as DHIS2, CommCare, ODK, OpenSRP, and/or other technology platforms commonly used in global development. You are knowledgeable about, have designed, or implemented workflows common among frontline workers in development programs (e.g. health care, aid distribution, research, education).
Understanding of technical concepts. You are able to understand at a high level the technical elements of desktop, mobile and cloud software services and applications with a specific emphasis on data concepts. You should also be able to create data flow diagrams and understand privacy impact assessments.
Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills. You are empathetic and seek to understand different perspectives, bring clarity to ambiguous or ill-defined needs, can negotiate diplomatically when there are competing interests, and influence across stakeholder groups to secure buy-in and alignment .
Strong presentation and demo skills. We work across multiple sectors with a variety of stakeholders. Being able to tailor presentations to audiences of varying technical literacy levels, for a number of different use cases and workflows, is crucial. You are comfortable hosting virtual presentations as well as conducting in-person.
Attention to detail. Global development work is complex and unpredictable. To proactively anticipate risks, assess implicit requirements on top of contractual deliverables, and successfully meet ever-changing needs, you need to be able to translate a high-level idea into concrete, detailed action steps and documentation.
Time management. You are organised, process-oriented, and attentive to following through on planned tasks and activities. You know how to allocate and shift resources to provide support to team members as needed, ensuring that project deliverables are met on time and on budget.