9 Jan 2017



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Job Description



  1. Background

In mid 2010 CARE Somalia initiated a change in its program structure and strategy – from working in technical sectors to working in more holistic programs focusing on the needs of particular ‘impact groups’. CARE has identified a number of particularly vulnerable groups in Northern Somalia. One of the categories of vulnerable groups are urban youth. This is an increasingly large group of people, due to drought, conflict and marginalization. CARE had undertaken a series of studies that aimed to further ‘break down’ this group into specific sub-sets and identify particular causes of poverty for each of them; and on the basis of that analysis further developed our program strategy for working with these groups. At present the focus of much of the work with urban youth is on education, inclusive governance and livelihoods with an emphasis on TVET. The aim of this program will be to work with these youth to address underlying causes of poverty, vulnerability and marginalization that affect them.

  1. Job Summary

The Area Manager has the overall responsibility for implementing all Urban Youth Programs activities within Somaliland. She/he will report to the Programme Coordinator – Urban Youth. The incumbent will contribute to strategic planning and lead in management of all programmatic aspects within Somaliland. The Area Manager is responsible for maintaining high quality and accountable programme delivery in Somaliland in collaboration with other program teams. The Area Manager works within a clearly defined urban youth strategy, and under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator.

The position will be directly responsible for grant management, staff oversight, and liaison with partners, government and other stakeholders who are key to achieving the results of the program. The program will address the needs of urban youth and will be designed around a theory of change that is based on continuing assessments, studies of the underlying causes of poverty and learning from existing interventions. The program will work closely with CARE’s strategic partners and other local NGOs, community groups/associations, local elders, youth groups, women organizations, local government, research institutes and private sector – in recognition of the fact that addressing the underlying causes of exclusion and marginalization will need the involvement of all these stakeholders.

  1. Roles & responsibilities

Result Area 1 –Project Delivery.

To be responsible for all aspects of delivering a high quality and accountable program in Somaliland

  1. Implementation Management.
  • Providing support to all partners in the EU funded BRIDGES project, Horumarinta Elmiga II  in regard to secondary education, NFE and the vocational education & training for youth (TVET) and the SOMGEP Phase I and the transition phase (secondary, NFE and TVET) providing technical guidance at all stages of the project. Any other upcoming projects or initiatives under the Urban Youth program in Somaliland.
  • Ensuring timely implementation and reporting of program work under each of these projects.
  • Work with the Programme Coordinator, PQU, M & E manager (based in Garowe), managers (SOMGEP and HE) and Education Advisor on M & E plan that can help measure the progress and impact of the projects and the program at large.

Cross Cutting themes.

  • Work with the Program Quality unit to ensure that interventions are gender and conflict sensitive.
  • In collaboration with the PQU identify issues and engage in advocacy with relevant stakeholders

Result Area 2–Partnerships

  • Ensure strong collaborative relationships with strategic partners involved within the program area.
  • Ensure strong collaborative relationships are developed between the intended impact group, CARE and partner staff. Ensure strong input by the intended impact group in program strategy, design and monitoring
  • Identify partner capacity needs and provide input to PQU or PS departments where strategic partners are in need of specific capacity building support that can be provided by CARE
  • Ensure strong collaborative relationships with key government departments and relevant private sector organizations/
  • Ensure the program is implemented in line with partnership principles as outlined in CI policies.

Result Area 3- Staff management

  • Oversee field staff as appropriate
  • Apply performance management systems to ensure consistent, strong performance within the team.
  • Identify capacity gaps and recommend opportunities to build the capacity of direct reports and other program staff to ensure implementation in line with CI principles and CARE policies
  • Collaborate with PQU for staff training/capacity building on areas of key focus (gender, governance, civil society, M&E, advocacy, conflict)

Result Area 4 – Contract management and Compliance adherence

To be responsible for achieving programme compliance with the organizational quality and accountability commitments. Task includes:

  • Manage grants in line with CARE & donor regulations, formats and requirements
  • Contribute to ensuring compliance to CARE and donor policies
  • Ensure progress against grant proposals/work plans
  • Ensure quality and timely submission of  reports  in line with donor requirements
  • Ensure adequate financial management in liaison with the CARE Somalia finance department
  • In collaboration with the PC and risks and grants unit facilitate timely audits and evaluations as required.
  • Coordinate grant management with other Area Managers for those grants that are across multiple Areas

Result Area 5 – Representation Coordination and Stakeholder management

As overall responsible for the operations in the region; he/ she will ensure that CARE maintains excellent and productive relations with all key stakeholders, especially beneficiaries, local authorities and the humanitarian community. Tasks include:

  • Overall area representation of CARE at relevant and senior forums/ meetings,
  • Ensuring other staff are appropriately representing CARE at relevant forums/ meetings,
  • Conducting regular stakeholder analyses to ensure that CARE has good understanding of dynamics/ relationships,
  • Ensuring that all staff maintain beneficiaries and communities at the centre of CARE’s stakeholder list,
  • Engaging in coordination processes amongst local authorities and key stakeholders and within the organization for greater impact within the programs.

Result Area 6 – Staff safety and security.

The area manager has a role in ensuring staff safety and security with technical support from the

Staff and program security advisor. As such, she will be responsible for ensuring programs are delivered in a safe and secure manner. Key tasks include:

  • Work to ensure that security management protocols and procedures are updated, made locally relevant and applied consistently,
  • Work with the security advisor to ensure that risks to staff, beneficiaries and assets are mitigated through a deterrence, acceptance, protection and program-enabling lens.
  1. Required Qualifications (minimum requirements)
  • Relevant degree with significant relevant experience.
  • At least 5 years experience working in conflict/post conflict context, with preferred work experience in Somalia.
  • At least 3 years experience in a project or program management setting
  • At least 2 years’ experience in working with pastoralist communities in Africa, preferably in the Horn
  • Demonstrated experience in development and recovery programming
  • Demonstrated experience in program assessments, problem analysis and program design


  • Team player, who is able to develop strong collaborative relations across the organization, in both the program and program support departments
  • Good leadership and negotiating skills
  • Proven capacity of managing programs through partnerships
  • Strong gender and conflict analysis skills, and the ability to articulate and design programs using a rights based approach
  • Proven budgeting and financial management skills
  • Ability to develop and articulate program ideas related to Peacebuilding, governance and civil society
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and coach field staff
  • Ability to work and live under difficult conditions.
  1. Decision Making Authority


Program design, program strategy, program approaches, fundraising, and development of partnerships.

Final decision making authority:

Day to day grant/project management, reporting, staff management, implementation

  1. Key Relationships

Reporting to:

  • Programme Coordinator.

Working closely with

  • Head of Office –Somaliland
  • Advisors, other area managers.
  • Security advisor (advisory role in program design and management from a security point of view)
  • Finance Department (for budget preparation and financial management)
  • Financial Risks & Grant Management Unit (grants to partners, compliance)
  • Other program support departments (for logistics, procurement, HR issues etc)


  • Local governments’ technical departments at ministry and regional level
  • Municipal and regional government
  • Local NGO partners – with emphasis on strategic partners
  • Communities
  • UN agencies, international NGOs working in the same geographic areas/sectors
  • Clusters/working groups
  • Universities and research centers
  1. Direct Reports
  • Senior project officers
  • Other staff as needed
  1. Working Conditions

This is a posting in Hargeisa in Somaliland with frequent travel to project sites depending on security conditions.  Security situation in Somaliland is currently calm.  The climate is hot and dry.

How to Apply:

Applications clearly marked “Area Manager – Urban Program” accompanied by CVs should be sent through email by 21st January, 2017 to:

The Human Resources Office

CARE International in Somaliland

Email: SOMRecruitment@care.org. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

CARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer, promoting gender, equity and diversity.


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