Somalia : Senior Country Project Development Officer - Hargeisa/Nairobi


ACTED

Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people`s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people`s potential.

ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.

We go the last mile: ACTED`s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. With a team of 4,600 national staff 400 international staff, ACTED is active in 37 countries and implements more than 500 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries.

ACTED Somalia

ACTED is supporting man-made and natural disasters-affected populations in Somalia by delivering emergency aid and strengthening their resilience. Somalia has been experiencing recurrent humanitarian crisis for more than 20 years; ACTED teams have been deployed for over 10 years with ongoing relief programming being carried out in the North as well as in the South (Lower Juba, Bay, Sanaag and Gedo Regions), with a coordination office in Mogadiscio and a supporting team in Nairobi (Kenya). Projects are designed according to the populations` needs and include activities related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and livelihoods, lifesaving cash transfer programmes, camp coordination and camp management, as well as shelter and non-food items activities.

You will be in charge of

1. Fundraising

Context Analysis


Analyse the country`s socio-economic situation, (donor) trends, needs and gaps
Regularly conduct stakeholder analysis, in particular who does what and where (3W)


External relations


Maintain active and regular working relationships with donors
Maintain active and regular working relationships with other NGOs, UN agencies, clusters, working groups, Alliance2015, consortia and academia
Regularly update a directory of donors, international and local NGOs, other partners and stakeholders
Contribute to the reporting to national and local authorities as required by ACTED registration/legal status in country
In the absence of Technical Coordinators, represent ACTED in key clusters and working group meetings


Fundraising and proposal development


Identify funding opportunities;
Contribute to the identification of potential relevant international and/or local partners (private sector partners, national and international NGOs, think tanks, academia, etc.) to be included in proposals
Liaise with AMEU to contribute to the ToRs of assessments to be conducted for proposal development and to request their input in the logframe development (esp. formulation of SMART indicators)
Contribute to the development of fundraising documents (be it expression of Interests/ Concept Notes/ Proposals) in line with ACTED country strategy and donor requirements and in close collaboration with ACTED HQ GMU (Grant Management Unit) and finance
Liaise with Area Coordinators, Project Managers and Technical Coordinators to ensure that proposals are relevant and technically sound
Integrate learning from previous interventions (e.g. lessons learnt and best practices) into new proposals
Involve FLATS teams in the development of fundraising documents, particularly finance for the budget and logistics in case of specific donor procurement rules


Contracting


Contribute to addressing in a timely manner all comments by donors on proposals in liaison with relevant staff in country and ACTED HQ GMU and finance
Read thoroughly all contracts before signature, seeking ACTED HQ GMU and finance advice when required


2. Grant Management

Contract follow-up


Ensure that contractual obligations (including visibility requirements) and reporting deadlines are known and met by Programme, AMEU and FLATS team
When any issue is identified in meeting deliverables in the given timeframe and budget, inform relevant staff in country and seek ACTED HQ Program Department advice on potential solutions that would meet donor rules


Reporting


Participate in and take minutes of kick-off and close out meetings for each project
Write quality narrative reports, reflecting the progress and status of projects in a transparent, timely and professional manner, in liaison with ACTED HQ GMU and finance, which will contribute ultimately to steady cash inflow
Work in close relation with AMEU to incorporate AME data (incl. data on input, process, output, outcome and impact indicators, lessons learnt and best practices) in reports and review M&E reports from AMEU
Liaise with FLATS teams when preparing reports, especially with finance to ensure greater coherence between financial and narrative reports by crosschecking the matching of data in the narrative and financial reports
Contribute to the monthly update of the Reporting Follow Up (RFU) and ensure smooth and regular communication with ACTED HQ GMU
Ensure ad hoc requests from donors are addressed in liaison with the CD, programme and support teams


Partner Follow-up


Liaise with partners when required to develop relevant grant agreements in close coordination with ACTED HQ GMU and finance
Ensure partners report to ACTED in a timely and qualitative manner as per the requirements of the grant agreement


3. Management and Internal Coordination

Staff Management (if any)


Manage a Project Development Intern and/or Assistant(s) if any, following up the work plans and day-to-day activities
Mentor the PDI and/ or PDA with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity


Internal Coordination and Communication


Facilitate interdepartmental communication and information sharing from the Base, to the Area, Capital, and even up to the regional and HQ offices by taking minutes of the various ACTED coordination meetings
Ensure these meeting minutes are sent monthly to HQ
Keep ACTED HQ GMU and finance updated on latest developments, opportunities and challenges so that GMU can best advice on the way forward


Filing


File properly contractual project documents both in hard and soft copies
Update regularly the Resource Centre at the office with appropriate and relevant external and internal resources


4. External Communication

Contribute to ACTED external communication strategy by feeding regularly ACTED HQ Communication Department with informal updates on projects, a flash news, pictures, articles on projects progress and/or specific events for ACTED communication tools, including, but not limited to, ACTED Newsletter, websites and ACTED Annual Report

Ensure the update and design of in country communication and visibility tools and publications, their dissemination and availability to ACTED teams, as well as the capitalization of media and pictures of the mission

Expected skills and qualifications


Master Level education in a relevant field such as International Relations or Development
Project management experience (management, planning, staff development and training skills) in development programs
2-5 years previous work experience in a relevant position
Proven capabilities in leadership and management required
Excellent skills in written and spoken English
Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills, and flexibility in cultural and organizational terms
Ability to work well and punctually under pressure


Conditions


Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid depending on education level, expertise, security level and experience
Living allowance of 300 USD
Lodging and food provided in the ACTED Guesthouse / or housing allowance (depending on the contract lenght and country of assignement)
Flight tickets in and out + Visa taken in charge by ACTED
Provision of medical and repatriation insurances


How to apply:
Send your application by email (jobs@acted.org) under Ref: PDO/KEN