Aug 2017 Job Opportunity AAH-I Country Programme Manager (Somalia) in Kenya

Job Vacancy: AAH-I Country Programme Manager (Somalia) in Kenya


Career Opportunity: AAH-I Country Programme Manager (Somalia) in Kenya

Job Vacancy: Country Programme Manager – Somalia
Grade: AH 3
Department: Programmes
Reports to: Programme Director
Staff reporting to this post: Project Managers; Finance Officer; Other Project Staff
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Liaises with: AAH-I Directorate; Regional Security Manager; Donors in the country, Government Authorities, Agency representatives as well as other important stakeholders in Somalia
Duty Station: Nairobi, with frequent travel to Somalia’s South Central, Somaliland and Puntland regions
Purpose of the role: The Country Programme Manager has the overall responsibility for
effectively and efficiently managing AAH-I Somalia in building strategic partnerships, resource
mobilisation, advocacy, leadership and management to contribute to AAH-I’s Mission and
Duties & Responsibilities
1) Partnership development and resource mobilisation
The Country Programme Manager is responsible for leading the team to develop strategic partnerships with key government, funders and implementing partners in line with the overall country strategy.
This includes developing relationships with key line Ministries responsible for livelihoods (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries), Health, and Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.
Keeps abreast of the country priority development areas and ensures that the country strategy addresses them so that the Somalia Country Programme remains relevant to its stakeholders.
The CPM will ensure that AAH-I is represented in key regional and national fora including the regional fora for planning and implementation of the Somali returnee strategy.
The Country Programme Manager will ensure representation with key UN and other multilateral and bilateral agencies based in Nairobi and Mogadishu.
This includes keeping up to date with business development and planning regarding regional and national contracts and multi-donor development plans.
S/he will work with the senior managers within the Somalia Country Programme to ensure that programme design and planning aligns with and secures support from these key partners.
This means ensuring that senior staff are kept abreast of global debates for instance related to the Sustainable Development Goals, development financing and development innovations.
2) Programme Development and Management
With overall responsibility for programme development and management, works in consultation with the Directorate to develop the country strategy in line with the overall AAH-I strategy and prioritise programme strategies.
Takes the lead in identifying new projects and gap areas in existing projects with a view to soliciting new funding.
Ensures that programme and project activities outlined in the overall AAH-I and Somalia Country Strategic Plans and donor contracts are effectively implemented in accordance with contractual obligations and AAH-I’s goals and mission.
Ensures that the quality of Somalia Country projects and services delivered is maintained and that projects are implemented in accordance with AAH-I’s policies and procedures.
3) Human Resource Management
Effectively manages Somalia Country Programme staff according to the approved Human Resources (HR) policies and procedures, and ensures that the Somalia ream fully conforms to labour laws and regulations in Somalia and Somaliland.
Effectively manages by setting performance targets in line with the Country Programme and project objectives and ensures that the managers follow AAH-I policies and procedure in management of project staff and partners in the field.
4) Financial Management
Works closely with the Finance Manager to ensure effective management of country and project budgets in compliance with AAH-I’s and donor policies and procedures.
Supports and manages the Finance Manager to ensure that the agreed reporting deadlines are fully complied with.
Working closely with the senior managers, draws up annual work plans and budgets for the country and seeks AAH-I Directorate and International Board approval and monitors implementation.
5) Security & Risk Management
The Country Program Manager shall be responsible for safety and security of staff, assets and
ensure continuity of AAH-I Somalia program.
S/he shall also be responsible for;
a) The development of Somalia Security policy, plan and standard operating procedures in line with AAH-I Security policy and ensure their implementation
b) Ensuring timely Security Risk Assessment, prioritization of risk levels and enforcement of mitigation measures
c) Putting in place and implementation of Minimum Security Operating Standards (MSOS).
d) For continuous security training and up to date briefing of staff and consultants.
Expected Outcomes
  • A Country Strategy and Plan is developed in line with the overall AAH-I Strategic Plan; this is implemented and regularly monitored.
  • Institutional and project annual and quarterly operational plans are developed, updated and followed.
  • AAH-I’s institutional policies, systems and procedures are followed.
  • Monthly Somalia Management Team and Project/Programme Management Team meetings are held to ensure that work at programme and project level is on track, that budgets are followed, that managers are provided with the support they need and that key issues and risks are identified and managed appropriately.
  • AAH-I is visible and networked into key humanitarian and development debates affecting Somalia and has effective partnerships with lead players in Somalia.
  • The Country Programme has set up finance management and HR systems in compliance with AAH-I guidelines, and locally applicable laws and procedures and financial management and reporting meets donor requirements
  • Programme and project monitoring and evaluation (based on programme and project indicators) is regularly carried out, and timely reporting (monthly, quarterly and annual) to the Directorate, the International Board, donors, and important stakeholders is ensured.
  • Appropriate programme documentation and reporting systems are further developed and implemented.
  • In-country contacts with existing donors and potential new donors are maintained/explored and funding proposals in support of existing and/or new projects are developed in consultation with the Directorate.
Professional qualifications
  • A Master’s degree in the social sciences with significant experience in either humanitarian relief, public health or development projects management;
Minimum relevant experience required
  • Proven track record of leadership, with at least 8 years progressive senior management experience
  • Proven track record of supervising complex programmes funded by major multilateral or bilateral donor agencies;
  • Demonstrated field leadership in strategic program and project development, implementation, and evaluation;
  • Proven track record in resource mobilization;
  • Commitment to promote AAH-I’s Vision, Mission and its strategic goals;
  • Inspiring leadership with excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent diplomatic skills and ability to create positive relations with senior government officials, heads of diplomatic missions, international organisations, NGOs and CBOs to enhance AAH-I’s programmes;
  • Experience with financial management and compliance with donor requirements.
  • Entrepreneurial orientation, self-starter able to work independently and cope with demanding work situations in complex setting.
Additional Skills & Competences
  • Strong management and supervisory skills and experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in strategising and coalition building.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and lead experience in Country and fund development.
  • Strong analytical (both political and organisational) skills with good attention to detail.
  • Ability to provide coaching, mentoring and leadership to team members.
  • Commitment to and understanding of AAH-I’s values
Application Instructions
Interested candidates should email an application letter and CV (with 3 referees) addressed to to be received by 19th August, 2017.
The email Subject Line must show the job title of the position applied for.
Kindly note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
AAH­‐I is an equal opportunity employer

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