Head of Programme – Mogadishu, Somalia


Head of Programme – Mogadishu, Somalia

Job Description

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Program Strategy & Development

    • Participate in country level strategic planning and contribute to the sustainable management of program growth with an eye towards program growth and development.
    • Contribute to the conceptualization and evolution of the country strategy, develop/define the country programming in a collaborative way ensuring program appropriateness and accountability among the country program team with active participation in the drafting of the DRC Strategic Programme Document
    • Collaborate closely with CD and senior management staff in the development and design of innovative initiatives to drive new program development in DRC Somalia in accordance with DRC’s assistance framework
    • Foster synergies between program areas (integrated approach) inclusive of HDPB, support the strong integration of protection and gender considerations throughout all humanitarian initiatives and ensure adherence to humanitarian principles and  any other international standards when relevant
    • Advocate for DRC’s program in Somalia with government, donors and humanitarian stakeholders, in HCT, consortia, cluster meetings, workshops, conferences and in other relevant fora.
    • Establish strong and efficient partnerships with organisations, donors and authorities, in line with the country programme strategy and DRC partnership management policy

Program Implementation & Coordination

    • Provide oversight, guidance and leadership to all technical coordinators and specialists to ensure quality program implementation and integration in DRC Somalia.
    • In a frequent context of remote management, provide oversight on programmatic needs and gaps collaborate closely with the AMs, as well as the Quality Assurance management team.
    • With the Technical teams, continually evaluate current methodologies and policies, determine their effectiveness and provide suggestions on ways to improve compliance, and to ensure program and organizational success.
    • Ensure effective and transparent budget follow up, planning and use of financial resources in compliance with DRC and donor policies and priorities.
    • Lead Technical Coordinators in compiling and developing work plans for PMs and achieving benchmarks for program activities including spending plans and burn rates.
    • Effectively stay abreast of donor policies, procedures, rules and regulations; and train DRC program staff in these policies

Program Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

    • With BDQM, ensure that all projects contribute to measuring impact and are in line with DRC’s country strategic plan.
    • Ensure quality programming by coordinating the technical support provided by the Quality Assurance team into progrms with a keen focus on IM, MEAL and other quality improvement initiatives
    • Promote learning and knowledge management within the country program
    • Document lessons learned and best practices for dissemination within DRC country and Regional teams, to donors and to other stakeholders when relevant in order ensure synergetic programming and cross-program collaboration in DRC Somalia and in the whole region
    • Implement appropriate monitoring, tracking and reporting systems, tools and templates that enhance monitoring of program outputs and quality, generate quality evidence on program impact and promote and ensure use of data for decision-making processes/ program adjustments.

Fundraising, Grant proposals writing & reporting processes

    • Pursue funding opportunities in all DRC- areas of competence and coordinate the capacities of the Technical Coordiators and SMT to identify and materialize opportunities in alignment with country and regional strategies
    • Trigger and oversee the drafting of concept notes, proposals and donor reports by program managers (including budgets for cost-related activities) in coordination with grants departments in line with DRC HQ/Region and donor requirements
    • Ensure timely and targeted communication and information flow to all relevant internal and external parties in coordination with the Country Director, Regional Office, HQ and other program stakeholders to remain informed about program achievements

Program staff Management and Capacity Building

    • Effectively manage program teams, including where applicable, international and national managers, specialists and technical experts, coordinators, officers, located at sites throughout the country with an emphasis on excellence, promoting a culture of cooperation, learning, creativity and innovation.
    • Develop Job descriptions/Terms of Reference, lead and or contribute to recruitment processes and the induction and/or orientation of new staff.
    • Development of overall staff competence through leadership, training and coaching of technical and management key program staff
    • Conduct annual staff performance reviews
    • Collaborate closely with the Head of Support Services and Head of Operations to allocate funding for staff development, performance management and team building processes.

Donor liaison, Partnerships and Representation

  • Together with Country Director, ensure adequate bilateral representation of DRC with government authorities, donors, UN agencies, humanitarian agencies and other partners in regard to programme and participation in coordination meetings as relevant.
  • Liaise with government counterpats to ensure DRC grant sub agreements are signed in a timely manner.

 Advocacy and communication:

  • Work in collaboration with CD on developing advocacy and policy key messages across programmatic platforms.
  • Support the CD in the development and review of communication materials, including brochures, case studies as well as press releases.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Min 8 years management experience, of which at least 3 should include management of a large portfolio of programmes across multiple sectors.
  • Min 4 years of experience in staff management and development in complex environments
  • Post-graduate in international relations, Humanitarian Programs Management, degree, social science, international development and/or similar field
  • Good understanding of displacement issues and related international standards/frameworks
  • Strong experience in programme quality, MEAL, programme development and proven fundraising abilities with key donors
  • Proven experience of representing externally to key stakeholders, including government authotities, donors, embassies and clusters.
  • Experience of leading strategic programming and planning processes
  • Experience of managing systems and tools to oversee complex project portfolios across different sectors and locations as well as within consortia
  • Ability to live and work under pressure in a rapidly changing and sometimes insecure environment
  • Team player with excellent communication and strong participatory leadership skills
  • Ability to work in harazarous environments with limited social possibilities
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required
  • Fluency in written and spoken Somali desired

In this position, you are also expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer:

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies.

Contract length: 12 months

Start date: 01 June 2022

Duty stations: Mogadishu with travel to field locations l Unacccompanied/Non-family Duty Station

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriate staff.

How to apply

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 28 June 2022.

The screening process for this position is on rolling basis, so early submission of applications is encouraged.  DRC remains a right to close the vacancy once a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/about-us/job-and-career/support-for-job-seekers.
Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!

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