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Organization: Adeso - African Development Solutions

Organizational Context: Adeso is an expanding and vibrant African based international development and humanitarian organization.

We work with communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive. Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming.

Position Title: Chief Program Officer

Reporting to: Executive Director

Working With: All levels of staff worldwide

Employment Status: Full time, one year or two year contract

Program / Duty Station: Nairobi

Starting Date: ASAP

Commitment to Diversity: Adeso is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on one's background, beliefs, gender or sexual orientation.

Position Summary: Reporting to the Executive Director, the core function of this position is to lead and manage all of Adeso’s programs.

The CPO will lead more than 10 programs delivered across more than 15 field offices in 3 countries with a program staff of over 200.

The CPO will be responsible for all program planning, organizing, operating, staffing and budgeting.

The CPO will also assist the Executive Director and CFO with strategic planning activities including fund development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide inspiring leadership and management to ensure the effective, quality and timely delivery of all of Adeso’s programs.
  • Develop robust management systems and tools to enhance efficiencies and accountability throughout the program structure.
  • Set program priorities and provide day-to-day guidance within the overall vision, mission and goals of Adeso; support, enable and hold accountable program staff within this framework.
  • Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization
  • Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the programs
  • Lead the development of a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement
  • Develop new and unique ways to improve the efficiency of program operations across the organization
  • Focus on client needs; anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
  • Implement and lead a continuous quality improvement process throughout the program area focusing on systems/process improvement.
  • Ensure that all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of Adeso, as well as in accordance with relevant donor rules and regulations.
  • Prepare and submit an annual operational budget for programs to the ED and CFO for review and approval, manage effectively within the budget and report accurately on the progress made and challenges encountered.
  • Lead a high performing field team at all levels by developing and mentoring them. In partnership with HR, implement recruitment, training and retention strategies.
  • Lead a robust new business development approach that proactively identifies, pursues and wins new funding within Adeso’s vision and goals.
  • Actively contribute to the content and development of concept notes and proposals for additional program funding.
  • As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), provide leadership coverage for other members of the SMT in their absence as required.

Skills and Qualifications
  • A minimum of ten years professional experience with a minimum of five years senior – leadership experience supervising seasoned staff operating multiple field programs across Africa
  • Bachelor’s degree in Management or related field
  • Experience with USAID funded programs including USAID rules and regulations including engaging with key stakeholders in the national and international NGO community.
  • Relationship builder and communicator with experience leading diverse work teams, developing organization-wide strategies for program excellence, engaging community partners and working closely within the senior leadership team.
  • Proven ability to monitor and evaluate field programs and understands the relationship between field and HQ.
  • Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Foster Teamwork – the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
  • Assertive decision-maker - Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Outstanding problem solver - Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
  • Ability to travel 50% of the time to provide on-site leadership to programs
  • Ability to work independently and on one’s own initiative.
  • Understanding of and commitment to humanitarian principles
  • Cultural sensitivity

Terms of Reference for Project Video Producer / Photographer

Organization: Adeso – African Development Solutions

Project: Promoting Women’s Political Participation for development of peace and security in Puntland (PROWOPP)

Position Type: Short-term consultancy

Study / Assessment Topic: Project Video Producer Consultancy assignment for documentation of PROWOPP accomplishments

Technical & Cost Proposals: The service provider is required to provide a technical proposal on how these works & tasks will be completed and proposal covering all costs.

Position Location: Puntland - Bari, Mudug, Sanaag and Sool

Duration: Up to 10 days

Reporting to: PROWOPP Program Manager, Adeso

Working with: Program Officer, Community Liaison Officer and Community Trainers

Starting Date: Third Week of June 2014

Advertisement Issued: 3rd June 2014

Application deadline: 12th June 2014

Organizational Background: Adeso is an expanding and vibrant African-based international organization, working with communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive.

We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: reinvigorating the economy, developing skills for life and work, providing humanitarian aid, and influencing policy.

Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming.

Adeso has been strengthening rural livelihood and delivering innovative humanitarian aid and development programs for the past 20 years. Currently, we have programs in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan.

Our present donor portfolio includes the European Commission, USAID, SIDA, SDC and UNICEF, among others. Adeso is an exciting, dynamic organization experiencing managed rapid growth. It offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development.

Project Summary: PROWOPP is a two year initiative funded by the EU which is being implemented by Adeso in Puntland, Somalia.

The project is aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment and political participation in Somalia to foster the development of an inclusive, transparent and accountable society. PROWOPP expects to reach 300 women including councilors and women civil society organizations.

In addition it will closely work with Puntland Ministry of Women Development and Social Affairs to efficiently implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.

It will also provide technical and capacity building support to the MOWDAFA to prepare their 2012 – 2014 Strategic Plan and a consolidated gender strategy that will engage Somali women from different walks of life in their own peace and reconstruction efforts.

The initiative will provide consistent capacity development through technical support, institutional capacity building and training on various thematic areas, including: policy and advocacy; conflict resolution; and monitoring evaluation.

In addition, 100 men will receive training on inclusion of women in local governance issue, decision making and peace processes in order to make more space for women’s participation in political and civil processes.

Scope of Work: Adeso is seeking the services of a video producer/ director/ videographer to visually document the program’s areas of operation, showing how PROWOPP has impacted the target districts and beneficiaries.

The pictures and short video will be used to create awareness about the program’s achievements in the lead up to its closing in September 2014.

Photographs will be used in online and print publications.

The videos will be used online as well as shown and distributed for external use.

The consultant will be expected to travel to four regions of Puntland in Somalia (namely Bari, Mudug, Sanaag and Sool) and:
  • Take pictures of women councilors and women civil society members conducting activities that promote women’s participation in politics and peace building processes.
  • Carry out short 2-3 minute Vox-Pop type interviews with community members, Adeso staff, local authorities and Ministry of Women’s Development and Social Affairs officials about the impacts of PROWOPP on their lives.
  • Produce a project video that highlights accomplishments of the project to date.


It is expected that the consultant will have good understanding of video producer and documentation.

The ideal candidate(s) should possess the following qualifications and experience:
  • Bachelor Degree in Communications or Equivalent subject;
  • Outstanding videography skills;
  • Outstanding photo and video editing skills;
  • Five years experience working in Somalia;
  • Proven ability to create and deliver effective training sessions;
  • Experience working in remote areas, experience in Somalia preferred;
  • Proven ability to work in multicultural environment.

Consultancy Period: The consultancy will entail 10 days of work, with field travel from June 17th – 26th 2014. The 10 days include days required for preparation, reporting, and editing.. All travel, accommodation and meal expenses will be covered by Adeso.


1) 300 high-quality and high-resolution, edited and captioned pictures delivered on CD;

2) 2 slideshow animations (around 3 minutes each) with sound and text using a selection of the above pictures and the interviews (examples of the type of product expected can be found here, here, and here);

3) A short video in HD that captures the improved capacity of women representatives and groups to develop and influence MOWDAFA’s strategic priorities and UNSCR 1325 Action plan.

The video will capture women’s increased participation in the implementation and development of policies, strategies and action plans and increased ability to take an active role as peace mediators.

Lastly, the video will highlight the Action plan for implementation of UNSCR 1325 that was developed

a. Video shooting and editing

b. Narration and translation

c. Script development

d. A digital format of the final version for online use

e. 15 branded DVDs of the final work

f. All B roll footage

4) A detailed report on all photography and filming locations, including names and contact details of all individuals interviewed.

Adeso’s Photography

We use a reportage style for all of our photography to ensure authenticity and re-enforce our honest values, alongside the meaning and conviction behind our thinking.

The subjects within the image should appear natural, relaxed and images should not be posed.

Our photography style should tell a story about the function of our aid and services and not be superficial with an over use of added effects.

Please ensure your images are not contrived and have an inspirational, positive feel to them.

We want to illustrate the positive impact our work has with people and Africa as a whole.

Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights

In consideration of the fees paid, the Consultant expressly assigns to Adeso any copyright arising from the works the consultant produces while executing this contract.

All images (whether used for online or print purposes) must however bear the consultant’s photo credit, as specified by international intellectual property rights.

The consultant may not use, reproduce or otherwise disseminate or authorize others to use, reproduce or disseminate such works without prior consent from Adeso.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted by 12th June 2014.

The selection committee will review all applications as they arrive.

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above, and those unable to meet these requirements will not be considered.

Adeso is an equal opportunity employer.

Each application package should include the following:
An application letter addressing the selection criteria including how the consultant’s previous experience matches the consultancy objectives as well as the interest for the position. It should also indicate the candidate’s availability and consultancy rates. The letter should be no longer than two pages.
  • A sample of recent work.
  • Updated CV including relevant work experience and qualifications.
  • Contact details of 2 references.

Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.

All applications should be sent to Adeso at with the subject line:
Project Video Producer/ Photographer

Adeso will only respond to short-listed applicants.

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