The Technology for People Initiative at the Lahore University of Management Sciences seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Project Manager for the project “Dynamic Financial Data Analytics for Policy and Governance” (based in Lahore).
The Technology for People Initiative (TPI) is an applied research and design unit housed in the Department of Computer Science and based at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Working directly with public sector managers, or indirectly through development partners, we study problems of governance in the public sector and attempt to design solutions to address them using technology as an enabler. Our final output is usually a working prototype deployed in the field that demonstrates the proposed mechanism and allows the stakeholders to visualize the intended benefits. We collaborate regularly and closely with teams from other disciplines, especially economics, and operate on unrestricted or restricted grants from local or international donors.
About the Project
TPI has been awarded a grant under the Innovation Challenge Fund (ICF) funded by UKAID and managed by Oxford Policy Management. The project, entitled “Dynamic Financial Data Analytics for Policy and Governance”, aims to improve the comprehensiveness, transparency and efficiency of budgetary processes in the public sector. The TPI team, led by Dr. Fareed Zaffar, Dr. Adeel Zaffar, Dr. Sameen Ali, and Dr. Suleman Shahid, will use a transdisciplinary approach and develop dashboards for select provincial departments within the Punjab Government to facilitate analysis of data relevant to the budget making and execution process.
Job Description and Responsibilities
Your primary responsibility will be towards the project and you will be required to work individually and as part of a team and provide weekly reports to the PIs and other project stakeholders. Your work will be focused on the planning, reporting, and logistics for the project, coordination and communication across the PIs and other stakeholders, managing the project team, and ensuring set deadlines and targets are met.
Some of your tasks may include, but are not limited to:
1. Project Management:
a. Creating and implementing work plans
b. Ecnsure timely and high quality output across project components through diligent follow ups
c. Coordination between the different project components and teams led by each PI
d. Scheduling progress meetings and managing resulting decision points and action items
e. Supervise and manage research assistants
f. Planning and logistics for meetings, travel and events
2. Stakeholder engagement and training:
a. Relationship building with government stakeholders
b. Setting and conducting meetings and interviews with respondents
c. Organizing and conducting quarterly progress review meetings with the donor and government stakeholders
d. Organizing trainings for government staff
3. Oversee communications efforts for the project:
a. Supervise social media coverage of the project
b. Organize dissemination events
a. Progress reporting to the donor
b. Financial reporting to the donor
This is NOT an exhaustive list of tasks that you will be performing. You may be assigned additional tasks as deemed necessary by your reporting points, the Project or TPI management.
Qualifications: Master’s degree in Public Financial Management, Economics, Social Sciences, Economics and Mathematics, Public Policy, Political Science, Political Economy, Business Administration or equivalent OR Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 2-4 years of work experience (ideally in public financial management or related)
Start Date: As soon as possible, for 12 months
How to Apply
Please follow the instructions below. Only successful candidates will be contacted.
1. In one PDF file, titled “Project Manager_[YourName]”, please include the following:
a. Cover letter (1 page max.)
b. Up-to-date CV (2 pages max.)
d. The names of 2 referees we can contact to request reference letters
2. Email the PDF file to email@example.com with the subject line: ‘Project Manager_DFDA”
Deadline to apply: 15th January 2021, 5pm.
- Excellent organizational, writing and project management skills, with attention to detail
- Exceptional communication skills, with an ability to communicate well and develop effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to manage various tasks effectively and coordinate across different aspects of the project
- Commitment to the project and the principles that underpin it
- Ability to handle a demanding work environment with deadlines and multiple responsibilities
- Experience with data handling using Stata, R or Python.
- Willingness to work as part of a team, take initiative, and learn and adapt.
TPI is a small operation but we aim to make a significant impact. The Project Manager job will be challenging but it will allow for considerable learning opportunities. However, the work is best suited to someone with the confidence to take the initiative, adapt to the needs of the project, accept responsibility, and ensure that deadlines are met.
Note: “We are an equal employment opportunity employer”