Program Officer


Centre for Education and Development (CED), Somalia is a non-governmental humanitarian and development organization working in Somalia. CED responds to emergency and development needs in Somalia and assists Somali communities towards self-reliance. CED works with poor local communities through sustainable community development programs to overcome ignorance, hunger, injustice and inequality.

CED is looking qualified and committed individual to join CED team as Program Officer:

Job Title: Program Officer

Location: Based in Mogadishu with frequent travel to the projects sites in Somalia.

Reports to: Program Manager

Contract length: One year with the possibility of extension.

Closing date: February 10, 2018


Under the direction and supervision of the Program Manager, the Program Officer will be responsible for managing all aspects of CED`s program including the analyses of the problems faced by the community, the design, development and implementation of effective program interventions, monitoring/evaluation and the management and development of staff and resources under the program.

Key responsibilities include the following.

Ensure effective coordination and management of CED Programs
Developing strategy and operational plans
Providing continuous assessment of the situation and advising on appropriate CED interventions.
Designing and preparing proposals for program interventions and seek and identify sources of funding for new programs.
Managing all aspects of the program, including technical support and supervision, and development of effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems.
Ensure programs are managed in line with program proposals, approved budgets and timelines.
Manage and provide technical advice, direction and support to program staff
Preparing regular daily updates, weekly reports, monthly reports and updates and yearly organizational reports on program activities and the general situation for CED programs to donors as agreed.
Ensure the production of good quality, accurate, timely proposals and reports both for donors and internal use.
Ensure timely monitoring and evaluation of programs.
Ensure adequate information sharing internally and externally
Draft and compile short human interest and success stories on programs
Ensure donor visibility in all of the activities of the program
Ensure close coordination with local government authorities in all phases of the programs implementation
Represent CED in donor and government meetings and establish partnerships with relevant stakeholders..
Encourage Program staff development through provision of appropriate trainings.
Encourage innovations and ensure that lessons learned are documented and shared and encourage application of such learning where appropriate.
Closely monitoring the security situation in the program area.
Maintaining strong links with community leaders, NGOs, etc.
Provide coordination and support to CED emergency response preparedness and interventions.
Assist CED Program Managerin all matters related to the day to day managements of the organizations program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Providing regular feedback to CED Executive Director
Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


Graduate degree in development studies, social science or related discipline.
At least 3 years experience in managing emergency and development responses with International and local NGOs.
Community development experience
A proven track record in proposal development
Experience in staff management
Experience in managing large emergency operations.
Knowledge and experience in a range of participatory and gender sensitive approaches.
Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage staff
Experience in use of Microsoft access database, Excel sheets as well as other analyses software.
Good data management.
Proven record of leadership and management of relief and development programs.
Sound knowledge and commitment to participatory approaches to working with communities.


Excellent written and spoken English and Somali

General Skill

Very good proposal and report writing skills
Exceptional communication skills
Excellent training / facilitation and capacity building skills.
Excellent negotiation and problem solving skills
Good team management skills
Good planning and analytical capacities
Good Research skills
Able to sit at a computer for extended periods of time
Ability to travel frequently to project sites.
Capacity to work in a difficult environment particularly locations of conflict and desire to take on challenges.
Flexibility and patience required

Contract period: One year, with possibility of renewal

How to apply:
If you are interested and meet the criteria herein please submit your motivation letter and detailed CV. Each applicant package will include the following:

Motivation letter explaining why consider yourself qualified for this position with the applicants current contact information
CV including work experience and education
Copies of Certificates
Your contact number, present salary and contact details for three professional referees with their complete contact information (including current or most recent supervisor)

All applications should be sent to (email: Att: Human Resource Department with the subject of the e-mail marked "Program Officer " By February 10th 2018. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will have their applications acknowledged.

CED is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.