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Mobile for Development Project Manager

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Mobile for Development
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The GSMA is the global industry association that helps shape the future of the mobile industry. Our mission is to act as a guiding beacon for the mobile industry, focusing on activities where collective action can deliver significant benefit. In order to achieve this, the GSMA concentrates on four main activities:

  • We provide strategic direction and thought leadership to our members
  • We drive collaborative industry programmes aimed at maintaining operator relevance in the digital world
  • We advocate for the industry to regulators, policy makers and society as a whole
  • We convene the broad mobile communications ecosystem at our industry leading events

Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations.

The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry.

The GSMA is also established as a major inter-industry resource, partnering with industries across the mobile ecosystem in order to enable growth through mobile technologies, programmes and frameworks.

We act as a “think tank” for the mobile community focusing on strategic and policy initiatives that will impact the direction of the industry.

Our organisation engages with a wide range of governments, regulators and NGOs (such as The World Bank, UN and philanthropic organisations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) to advocate for the mobile industry and develop the social and economic value of mobile for countries, regions and continents.

We convene the mobile industry at our leading events such as Mobile World Congress Americas, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress 360 Series and the world leading Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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The Role

This is an exciting role to manage one or more projects with Mobile Money in the GSMA Mobile for Development, as the need arises.

There are projects currently within different stages in the project lifecycle, and the project manager would need to be adaptable from undertaking project start up activities, through to learning and adapting quickly to large, complex projects that are currently in mid activity or approaching close down phase.

The role of Project Manager is to support the Programme Manager in driving the project(s) to meet its objectives and ensuring success of all work streams within the project(s), ensure effective and efficient communication and collaboration within the team, timely and effective internal and external reporting, including financial reports, contract management for contractors and consultants. The project manager role also includes managing the events and team logistics.

Main responsibilities

Responsible for all stages of design and implementation of the designated project, including:

  • Leading the project planning for the project team to successfully deliver on programme commitments, including internal and external deliverables
  • Ensure the programme has in place and is following professionally correct project processes to support delivery. Ensure that the projects are delivered to time, quality and budget
  • Support individual team members by identifying projects’ priorities, risks, dependencies, opportunities and proactively searching for optimal mitigation strategy or a specific solution
  • Assist the contract manager(s) to ensure contractors budgets, timely delivery, quality and reporting is on track
  • Optimise and own shared tools, templates, trackers, contact databases, document repositories for effective team collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • Contribute to internal and external project reporting, both narrative and financial

Provide all aspects of robust financial management, including:

  • Raising purchase orders, contract approval forms, supplier management, receiving invoices etc
  • Managing staff travel budget and approving travel expenditure (flights and hotels)
  • Reconciling staff expenses against travel allocations and monthly travel report
  • Ensuring expenditure is compliant with donor requirements and within GSMA policy
  • Ensuring the correct transactions are posted to the correct donor budget
  • Ensuring the project provides value for money
  • Providing approval to spend within agreed boundaries
  • Identifying and managing financial risks and issues
  • Ensuring project is within agreed financial tolerance as per donor and GSMA policy
  • Managing the procurement and contracting process for staff and suppliers, including RFPs in conjunction with the Legal, Finance and Compliance departments
  • Events management for regular working groups and project participation in wider GSMA events: own logistics and operations, venue set-up, drive and own agenda, lead communication with speakers and attendees
  • Travel management: tracks flight database; resolves travel issues; collate staff travel plans for upcoming months and check against travel planner; reconcile with travel budget


  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, without supervision and produce high quality results, that can be presented to senior management, external stakeholders including donors, and may be publically available for the industry
  • Collaborative team player, serves as best practice/quality resource and shares knowledge and expertise with others
  • Interest in international development and the role of telecom industry
  • Highly organised individual with excellent attention to detail and a proactive attitude
  • Ability to manage own time effectively as well as that of others
  • Confident in dealing with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including C-level management
  • Excellent cultural awareness, and with a diversity of cultures and backgrounds

Consultative and Collaborative Approach

  • Clear, articulate and persuasive communicator, both in writing and in person
  • Ability to consistently influence both internal and external stakeholders and build consensus around an approach
  • A strong and engaging listener driven to understand the views, needs and challenges of a wide spectrum of audiences
  • Provides proactive support to team members
  • Ability to review and critique output of others

Qualifications and Experience

  • MA, MSc or MBA in relevant discipline, e.g. social/international development, business etc
  • Valid PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner certificate
  • Experience of managing complex multinational multifunctional projects producing social impact
  • Background in social/international development
  • Experience of managing large project budgets (£1m+)
  • Experience of managing grant funded projects with a variety of donors
  • Proven track record of passing internal and donor audits
  • Experience of managing projects with geographically dispersed teams
  • Experience of managing grant funded projects in all lifecycle stages, including setting up processes and tools for delivery
  • High financial literacy
  • Understanding of technical terms within the mobile money industry
  • Record of managing and delivering international events
  • Proven ability to manage suppliers and contractors