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Program Officer – World Vision Somalia based in Nairobi, Kenya


World Vision (WV) is a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to improving the lives and futures of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Position Title:  Program Officer - Somalia   
Position Location: Nairobi   
Position Start Date: 15 Jun 2013
Region:    Africa\East Africa   
Requisition Category: International   
Country Name:    Somalia   
Program/Office Name: Somalia Program
City/Province: Nairobi   
Employee Type:    Contract
Job Grade Level: 14/156   
Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting
Is this a family post? Non-family - Staff only
Application Deadline Date: 29 May 2013
Position End Date: 14 Jun 2014
Recruitment Priority: Need Immediately

Purpose of Position:

  • The Program Officer will lead in the development, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of programming which addresses humanitarian emergency and long term development needs that promote resilience in communities in Somalia. The position will actively develop strategic relationships with support offices, donors, NGOs and the UN for coordination and fund-raising purpose to support WVS’s programming.
  • The Program Officer will also serve as a main link between World Vision Somalia and humanitarian emergency and development departments within Support Offices and with external emergency-focused donors.
  • The Program Officer will lead in the development of proposals, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of programming which addresses humanitarian emergency and long-term development needs that promote resilience in communities in Somalia.
  • The position will actively develop strategic relationships with support offices, donors, NGOs and the UN for coordination and fund-raising purpose to support WV Somalia’s (WVS’s) programming.
  • The Program Officer will also serve as a main link between World Vision Somalia and humanitarian emergency and development departments within Support Offices and with external emergency-focused donors.
  • With a proven track record in a fast paced, complex and ideally global organisation, you will have a desire to help others and model ethics in line with ethos of the organisation.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Pursue resource mobilisation opportunities aligned to WVS strategy and capacities in HEA and programming sectors by working closely with TAs, Project Managers and Project Officers in developing proposals for a variety of donors to address emergency and rehabilitative proposals which meet local community needs that are aligned to WV Somalia’s strategy; in developing program designs and proposals.
  • Will also Develop and implement systems to provide timely information and analysis of on-going and future humanitarian emergency and development programming;
  • Provide timely, detailed and quality program and financial reports to Support Offices and donors on emergency and rehabilitative grant funded programs by ensuring timely, accurate reporting which addresses the needs of various donors.
  • In collaboration with Project Managers and Finance team, ensure accurate, accountable reporting of donor resources.
  • Provide effective and reliable monitoring of emergency and rehabilitative programs through liaison with partners, Project Managers and Technical Advisors and ensure compliance and adherence by Project Managers to WVS policies and procedures, donor regulations and monitoring mechanisms which allow transparent and accountable implementation of projects;
  • Ensure good donor and World Vision International Support Office relations by ensuring that WVS meets all contractual obligations and achieves high quality planning and implementation levels;
  • Build capacity of field staff in reporting, monitoring and use of humanitarian standards such as SHPERE, HAP and NGO Code of Conduct;
  • Conduct routine field support visits, for the purposes of assessing if and ensuring that programs are managed in accordance with internal procedures, such as LEAP, SPHERE and HAP principles as well as in a manner that will promote good practice, maximise impact and encourage learning. Will also work towards building the resilience of communities to cope with humanitarian emergency and development programs through the promotion of disaster risk reduction
  • Ensure compliance and adherence by Project Managers to WVS policies and procedures, donor regulations and monitoring mechanisms which allow transparent and accountable implementation of projects;
  • Represent WV Somalia in various donor and coordination forums at National level and providing programmatic information as required and maintain good relationships with donors including, UN Agencies, bilateral, multilaterals and Support Offices. Actively seek out strategic alliances with donors, NGOs, UN, governments, Support Offices, bilateral and multilateral agencies for purposes of coordination, marketing and fundraising.
  • Undertake assessments, evaluations and draft documents which aim to inform internal and external stakeholders concerning WV Somalia’s on-going and future programming;
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Required:
  • First degree in Development studies or related field
  • 3 years’ experience in the development field working with humanitarian emergency interventions, preferably with experience in developing countries;
  • Humanitarian standards (SPHERE, HAP), specific trainings on donor requirements e.g. OFDA, CIDA, DEC, DFID, EuropeAid training, personal security awareness training;
  • Excellent English languages skills; written and verbal
  • Demonstrated writing skills: the ability to develop quality concept notes, proposals, logical frameworks and reports under tight deadlines
  • Experience working with both bilateral and multilateral donors
  • Networking/external engagement skills: proven experience in networking with donors and partners to bring about funding opportunities
  • A strategic thinker; the ability to develop proposals which meet strategic objectives of donors, the organization, and government
  • Innovative and the ability to think outside of the box
  • Team player; the ability to work as part of a diverse team to achieve the overall goal
Preferred:
  • Experience of working in fragile contexts a plus
How to apply:

Apply online via https://jobs.wvi.org/WebJobs.nsf/WebPublished/744AAACA72E83F0E88257B4400352813?OpenDocument by the closing date.

World Vision is an equal opportunity employer.

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