Protection Programme Coordinator – Gedo, Somalia


Protection Programme Coordinator – Gedo, Somalia


Trócaire is one of Ireland’s top International INGOs, and has been working in Gedo, Somalia, since 1993. Currently Trócaire implements an integrated programme in Health, Nutrition, Protection, WASH and Education. Trocaire places great emphasis on empowering local communities and partners so that control and agency lies with those with whom we work.

Trócaire now seeks the services of an experienced and dynamic Protection Programme Coordinator in order to sustain the management capacity for a growing Protection portfolio.

Based in Gedo, Somalia, the Protection Coordinator position is a key thematic management position that will have overall responsibility of a thematic programme and will work with local partners, supporting them to implement their work and providing overall management and strategic direction for the programme. This programme is currently funded by Irish Aid and EIDHR.

Terms and conditions:

The role is offered on a fixed-term contract basis for two years (renewable) and will be paid on the Programme Coordinator salary scale.

Job Specification

Job Title:       Protection Coordinator

Location:        Gedo (with some international travel)     

Division:        National : Grade 5   

Date:               June 2021     

Trócaire is one of Ireland’s top INGO’s, having over 40 years’ of experience in international Development. Trócaire is a member of worldwide networks such as Caritas and CIDSE. Trocaire has worked in the Gedo region of Somalia providing humanitarian and development support since 1992. The programme provide basic support in healthcare, nutrition and education in four districts – Belet Xaawa, Dollow, Luuq and Garbahareey.Trocaire Somalia’s Country Programme is developing and aligning itself to Trocaire’s global strategic priorities and placing greater focus on Protection, accountability and resilience. The Protection Coordinator position is a key thematic management position that will have overall responsibility of a thematic programme area and will work with local partners, supporting them to implement their work and providing overall management and strategic direction for the programme. This programme is currently funded by Irish Aid and EIDHR.
Reporting to The Humanitarian Programme Manager this is a Fixed Term contract for a period of one year and is based in Gedo with some travel within Somalia and internationally.
Safeguarding Children Policy: Trócaire is committed to Safeguarding people within our programmes from Exploitation and Abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives. Any candidate offered a job with Trócaire will be expected to sign Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policies and Global Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
Programme Design:·       Develop a Programme vision that is strategically focused, responds to the local context, is guided by the relevant organisational programme policy and is coherent with the Somalia Country Strategic plan.

·       Undertake the necessary analysis (e.g. contextual, power, poverty, gender), to inform appropriate programme strategies, geographic location and target population.

·       Develop standard procedures and guidance for Protection and GBV prevention and response in close coordination and cooperation with Trócaire’s global Women’s Empowerment Programme with local partners; including standards relating to Safeguarding, Protection Mainstreaming and Accountability to Affected Populations.

·       Ensure that SGBV response, mitigation and prevention is used to frame all our responses in Trócaire’s country programme.

·       Ensure that the GBV programme approaches are consistent, technically sound and effective, culturally appropriate, drawing on both evidence-based strategies and innovative approaches.

·       Ensure that Protection Mainstreaming considerations are included in Trocaire’s broader humanitarian responses in all contexts, including sectors such as food and nutrition, water and sanitation, shelter, cash transfer programming, health and emergency livelihoods and that humanitarian responses are grounded in Trocaire’s protection mainstreaming approach and the Core Humanitarian Standards.

·       Ensure ongoing discussions regarding programme development and management with the relevant organisational programme team at HQ.

Programme Implementation and Monitoring

·       Ensure ongoing discussions regarding programme development and management with the relevant organisational programme team at HQ.

·       Together with partners identify a priority learning focus for the programme and a strategy to document and share the learning.

·       Implement all administrative (Salesforce and Agresso) procedures in relation to project and programme management to a high standard.

·       Develop an M&E Framework, for the programme with the support of the MEAL Coordinator and ensure that partners are clear on how they contribute to the framework.

·       Review and assess programme progress, including through regular partner meetings

·       Establish a regular reporting schedule (financial and narrative) ensuring that all reports respond to the relevant programme indicators and are in line with organisational policy and institutional funding requirements.

·       Ensure that all financial reports are reviewed and signed off by the Finance Manager.

·       Carry out regular field trips to communities to ensure ongoing oversight of the programme.

·       Complete the Annual Programme Review process ensuring that the review provides clear evidence of progress and challenges and that it meets internal and external reporting requirements.

·       Facilitate learning moments and ensure that this is captured and shared with colleagues in Trocaire.

Programme Evaluation

·       Undertake a programme baseline ensuring that the indicators identified are aligned to the organisational programme indicators and that both quantitative and qualitative data have been captured in the process.

·       Ensure that the programme has disaggregated data for programme participants and that indicators (where possible) are gender sensitive.

·       Work with the Programme Accountant to develop a programme budget that shows value for money and clear timeframes for spending.

·       Undertake mid-term and end of programme evaluations in line with the organisational policy.

·       Ensure that strategies are adapted and that the learning from the evaluation process is explicitly incorporated into future programme design.

·       Aim to adopt evaluation methodologies that maximise opportunities for learning for Trocaire.

·       Ensure that all necessary information is provided for the annual country report in a timely manner

Partner Relations and Support

·       Ensure that all relationships with partners are in keeping with the principles and values set out in the organisational Partnership Policy.

·       Using the Partner Capacity Building Framework, develop partner capacity building plans to strengthen and support partners in areas where they are weak, and together establish clear targets and indicators and review on a regular basis.

·       Work with the Country Finance Officer to ensure that all existing partners have completed the Partner Governance and Finance Capacity Assessment and that it is undertaken with new partners prior to making any commitments.

·       Promote accountability of partners to target communities

·       Promote and strengthen partnership with government particularly in building capacity of duty bearers in target communities.

Institutional Funding

·       Work together with the BDGM/CD to identify institutional funding sources for the programme.

·       Ensure that all institutional funding for the programme is managed in line with donor requirements and that reports are compliant with donor needs, including EU, IA and Trócaire’s internal needs.

·       Ensure that partners are aware of the grant management and reporting requirements of back donors and where necessary provide training and support to partners in order to meet these demands.


·       Participate in relevant thematic networks and learning forums, nationally and possibly internationally to improve programme and advocacy learning, sharing and impact.

·       Coordinate with other sectors to ensure integration of Protection and GBV concerns into various services.

·       Participate in relevant coordination fora and cluster meetings e.g. Protection, GBV Sub sector, both at state and national level and actively contributing to sector analysis.

·       In close coordination with the HQ WEP develop and participate in effective advocacy strategies and tools for Trócaire and its partners on GBV issues.

·       Identify a clear policy priority for the programme and develop an advocacy strategy that will deliver the required policy change.

·       Together with partners identify a priority learning focus for the programme and a strategy to document and share the learning.

Teamwork & Collaboration

·       Work collaboratively with colleagues at country, cross country and global levels, to contribute to the achievement of broader organisational goals.

·       Participate in and contribute to the global thematic meetings where relevant

·       Provide material for Trócaire’s Communications, Campaigns, Fundraising and Education units as required.

·       Deliver on other tasks as agreed by the CD and/or Programme Manager.

Behavioural Competencies in Line with Trócaire’s Competency Framework
·       Leading: Reflecting our values of Participation & Accountability, acts to inspire and lead others to achieve their potential, demonstrating Trócaire’s values with integrity in order to achieve our organisation’s objectives.·       Communicating: Reflecting our value of Participation, being one organisation, communicating clearly and transparently across, teams, units, divisions, locations and other external organisations. Getting our message across with impact.

·       Collaborating: Reflecting our values of Participation & Solidarity, partnering effectively as One Trócaire organisation and, in solidarity, maintains positive relationships built on trust and respect.

·       Stewardship of Resources: Reflecting our value of Accountability and decision-making around the best use of resources. Using our resources transparently, sustainably, ethically, fairly & with integrity; acknowledging Trócaire’s reputation in the use of resources.

·       Delivering Results: Reflecting our values of Accountability & Perseverance, getting a quality job done through effective performance, planning and decision making.

·       Continual Improvement & Learning: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, constantly looking to learn and develop self, employees, and partners to better fulfil Trócaire’s’ mission.

·       Flexibility & Change: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, adapts positively to change and to different ways of doing things; manages or takes part in change processes in a way that is appropriate to role in the organisation.

Person Specification – Essential Requirements

(E) Qualification ·       Third level qualification (preferably Masters) in relevant thematic area, Development Studies or other relevant field·       Specific qualification in thematic area of work
(E) Experience ·       Minimum 2 years’ experience managing a programme, preferably in Somalia.

·       Minimum 2 years’ development experience in a partnership context.

·       Proven track record in carrying out effective advocacy with partners

·       Research experience

·       Specific experience of Somalia

(E) Skills ·       Excellent programme development and management skills.·       Proven experience in managing institutional funding (such as EU, FCDO, Irish Aid, OFDA).

·       Good understanding of NGO financial management systems, budget monitoring and reporting.

·       Excellent facilitation skills and experience of applying them when working with individual partners or groups of partners.

·       Excellent written, oral and presentational communications skills (for purposes of reporting, advocacy and sharing learning).

·       Fluent in Somali

·       Experience working with the media.

All new hires are required to complete a Self-Declaration Form and sign up to our Code of Behaviour contained in our Safeguarding Children Policy. For additional information please consult the Human Resources Department

The closing date for receipt of applications is June 28th 2021.

For full details of this position, please see job description attached.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV and covering letter (quoting the Job Title above) to:



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