About the role: This is a 24 month, replacement role with unaccompanied terms based in Mogadishu, Somalia, with occasional travel to Hargeisa, Baidoa and Nairobi. The salary is Grade 4 €43,268 - €48,076
You will report to the Programme Director, and will line manage one Resilience Programme Manager based in Mogadishu.
You will work closely with: Programme Coordinators (Emergency, WASH & Construction, Health & Nutrition, Durable Solutions & Livelihoods), Somaliland Coordinator, Deputy Programme Director, Finance and Logistics teams, MEAL Manager, Grants & Information Manager, HQ Technical Advisors and Desk Officer, Consortium Management Unit and counterparts, and local partner NGOs.
We would like you to start in August 2021.
Your purpose: This role is responsible for the management and development of Concern’s Resilience programming portfolio in Somalia. This primarily entails management of the flagship FCDO-funded Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS) programme, alongside the complementary World Bank/Ministry of Finance-funded crisis recovery project, acting as Concern’s primary representative in the BRCiS Consortium Technical Working Group and leading the Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) workstream. The role holder will also further provide technical inputs, lead proposal development, and ensure cohesion across Concern’s broader resilience portfolio, including components of the Irish Aid-funded SPHERES programme and any arising new resilience programming.
Since the 2011 famine, over the past 10 years Concern’s Resilience team have built a reputation for high-quality programing, using community-driven solutions and adaptive management approaches to address the lived realities and root causes of challenges to sustainable community resilience to (predominantly climate-) shocks. Concern’s integrated Resilience portfolio incorporates livelihoods, economic inclusion, WASH, DRR, Health & Nutrition, EWEA and social protection, and is currently implemented in Banadir, Gedo, Lower Shabelle and Awdal regions in Somaliland in collaboration with four local NGO partners alongside direct implementation. It is the role of the Resilience Programme Coordinator to provide vision, leadership and effective internal and Consortium-level coordination to ensure quality implementation and reporting plus innovative programme design and technical approaches (especially in EWEA and Women’s Economic Inclusion) that lead to increasingly larger resilience impacts and evidence-based learning.
You will be responsible for:
- Assume overall responsibility and manage Concern’s implementation of FCDO-funded BRCiS Programme and World Bank/Ministry of Finance-funded Somalia Crisis Recovery Project (SCRP), ensuring implementation in line with the programme documents and contractual requirements.
- Collaborate with Deputy Programme Director and wider SPHERES team to ensure effective management of the Livelihoods and WASH component of Irish Aid-funded SPHERES programme in Mogadishu.
- Assume overall responsibility and technical writing of Resilience proposals and fundraising efforts.
- Assume overall responsibility for technical advancements of resilience programme methodologies and communication efforts related to these advancements.
- Work closely with the Health & Nutrition (H&N), WASH & Construction, Emergency and Somaliland Coordinators respectively (and others per need) to ensuring successful integration and implementation of sectoral and location specific interventions within the resilience programming.
- Create a unified team of all involved in wider resilience programme, including partners and nutrition staff, through regular organized discussions and meetings to ensure all stakeholders are approaching the programme as one unit.
- Provide leadership in developing and scaling early warning systems and anticipatory action for resilience in the BRCiS Consortium and wider-Concern Somalia programme, including co-leadership with the BRCIS Consortium Management Unit of the Early Warning Early Action work stream and internally working closely with the Emergency Coordinator to link the resilience and emergency programme portfolios.
- Responsible for financial management in accordance with the programme budgets; monthly/quarterly reviews of the management accounts and reports; forecasting; oversight of donor financial quarter reports and related compliant reporting thereof.
- Ensure narrative reports, learning documents and requests for information are produced to high quality and on time.
- Monitor and ensure the quality of programme interventions, providing technical guidance and planning/contracting oversight for both field staff, partners and consultants.
- Ensure procurement planning is undertaken to ensure materials are delivered on time compliant to specific donor regulations.
- Liaise with Concern technical advisors and other actors to ensure programme quality meets acceptable standards and both reflects and informs wider learning and best practice experience.
- Contribute significantly to overall vision and leadership in Concern’s efforts to progress adaptive management and management innovation practices, leading within resilience programmes and communicating demonstrated best-practices to the wider country programme, Concern globally and Somalia coordination fora.
Engagement with local implementing partners
- In collaboration with the Resilience Programme Manager (PM), Partnership Advisor, Deputy Programme Director (DPD) and PD, provide or source capacity support for partner organisations as required; ensure capacity assessments remain updated and significant changes in partner capacity are responded to appropriately.
- Work with the Programme Manager (PM) and Grants & Information Manager to ensure accurate partner agreements and contracts are in place, monitored and reported on.
- Work closely with the PM, Field Coordinators and Partner Support Accountant to monitor progress of partner implemented activities; review partner reports (financial/narrative) and approve disbursements.
Human Resource management
- Ensure recruitment of staff as needed and support their training, mentoring and supervision
- Provide close support, line management and professional mentoring for Resilience PM, and to wider team working on Resilience programming as appropriate.
- Build capacity of resilience programme staff and partners through training and mentoring, and ensure they are up to date on current thinking around resilience.
- Work with the PM to ensure programme staff strictly adhere to security measures/procedures as stated in the Security Management Plan and comply to Concern’s Code of Conduct and Associated Policies.
External relationships and fundraising
- Represent Concern as a technical leader in Somalia resilience work, in Somalia cluster/working group coordination fora, multi-lateral events and to the national and regional resilience community.
- Work with Concern grants manager, technical advisors and advocacy teams to develop, professionally write and disseminate technical-advocacy pieces to donor and external stakeholders, notably on the subjects of Early Warning Early Action and Economic Inclusion of Women and Youth (in collaboration with Durable Solutions & Livelihoods Coordinator), and Value for Money of Resilience investments
- Maintain relationships with external partners and colleagues working on technical learning aspects of the programming, such as FAO-SWALIM, Imperial College London PhD Researcher (on/in-ground remote-sensing) and Self Help Group Community of Practice.
- Represent Concern and contribute to the BRCiS Technical Working Group, ensure CD/PD are briefed on programme progress as well as any issues that need to be raised at Steering Committee level.
- Ensure effective relations are maintained with the donors and other BRCiS consortium members, Consortium Management Unit in particular, and keep Grants Manager and PD updated.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
- Provide overall vision and leadership in Concern’s resilience measurement efforts
- Lead the team to develop and maintain annual/quarterly work plans and ensure programme staff regularly gather and document activity and output data.
- Provide technical support to the M&E unit in designing and conducting surveys; ensure data are analysed and used to influence and adjust work plans and decisions; support or lead research initiatives wherever possible.
- Build and maintain relationships with BRCiS MEAL working group, wider resilience community of practice regionally and within global resilience measurement groups.
- Maintain and appropriately share a dataset and analysis of context (including ongoing seasonal performances) in Somalia/Somaliland programming areas in particular, and ensure the programme remains relevant and responsive.
- Conduct frequent supervision and monitoring visits to programme areas (per security clearance) and identify any issues needing attention related to implementation, donor compliance and programme quality standards.
- Collaborate with Deputy Programme Director to continually ensure, strengthen and demonstrate quality and accountability in programming, including through demonstrable consideration of cross-cutting issues such as conflict sensitivity, equality and protection.
Senior management of wider programme
- Contribute to Concern Somalia management team meetings and decision-making.
- Contribute to the roll out of the Country Strategic Plan and provide inputs to monthly and annual reports.
- Provide technical advisory support to other programmes as required, especially through collaboration with the Durable Solutions Programme Coordinator and Deputy PD.
- Proactively facilitate and support PD and Deputy PD efforts to ensure effective and efficient collaboration and synergies across Concern’s broad Somalia/Somaliland programming portfolio.
Your skills and experience will include:
- Masters degree in international development/relations, business, economics, environment, climate action or other field relevant to community resilience.
- At least 7 years’ experience in humanitarian/development aid – ideally in Resilience programming - in complex contexts, with minimum 3 years in a management role.
- Excellent report and proposal writing skills in English language; experience in interpreting data and writing reports to a rigorous technical standard.
- Excellent English language communication skills – negotiation, networking, influencing, public speaking and facilitating workshops at different levels.
- Results oriented, with strong analytical skills and an eye to details.
- Detailed knowledge of latest resilience measurement guidance and ability to distil complex resilience concepts into real-world examples across differing livelihood zones.
- Experience developing and managing detailed budget plans and forecasts and applying them to flexible financial/programme management practices within major donor guidelines.
- Experience working on large major donor funded programmes, ideally FCDO and/or World Bank, also USAID and EU, etc, and sound knowledge of key specific donor compliance regulations.
- Experience working through local partner organisations and of remote management.
- Experience managing staff, staff development and building a team culture conducive to innovation and learning.
- Working understanding of and commitment to Accountability and the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).
Desirable Qualifications & Experience:
- Experience working in Somalia/Somaliland, Horn of Africa or other comparable context.
- Experience working in complex consortium structures.
- Experience in early warning and anticipatory action and/or DRR would be strongly preferred.
- Knowledge and understanding of commercial contract programme management and compliance.
- Experience undertaking humanitarian contextual analysis.
- Understanding of cross-cutting issues and their application in programming, especially gender equality, centrality of protection, and conflict sensitivity.
- M&E knowledge and experience, specifically designing and conducting surveys, analysing data, use of digital data gathering technology.
- Contributions to published work on resilience theory, resilience measurement or adaptive management.
- Demonstrated understanding of design-thinking (human-centred design) approaches and applications in programme designs and methodologies.
Desirable Special Skills, Aptitude & Personality Traits:
- Ability to work both as part of a team and on own initiative, be a self-starter, and work with minimal supervision.
- Ability to get on with people and get the best out of them.
- Fluency in building trusting and understanding relationships across different levels of stakeholders from field staff to partners, government and donors.
- Willingness to travel and stay in basic conditions and in insecure areas.
- A good sense of humour and positive attitude.