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14 May 2019

Consortium Manager for Challenging Harmful Attitudes and Norms for Gender Equality and Empowerment in Somalia (CHANGES)

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TITLE: Consortium Manager for Challenging Harmful Attitudes and Norms for Gender Equality and

Empowerment in Somalia (CHANGES)

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Consortium Management Team

GRADE:   2

LOCATION: Hargeisa or Garowe – at least 50% of time will be spent in travelling to project locations Galgadud.



Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


Save the Children, in partnership with International Rescue Committee (IRC) and CARE International, is implementing an empowerment programme in Somalia/Somaliland, to achieve sustainable transformation towards greater social and economic empowerment for women and girls. The programme challenges gender discriminatory social norms at the structural, cultural and personal level and directly reaches 188,600 people across six of the seven administrative states in Somalia. The Consortium Manager is responsible for effective and high- quality coordination and management of the programme funded by DFID and the Norwegian Embassy. The grant is implemented in 6 districts in Somaliland, Puntland and Southern States in a consortium led by Save the Children. The name of the grant is Challenging Harmful Attitudes and Norms for Gender Equality and Empowerment in Somalia (CHANGES). It is also known as SNaP (Social Norms and Participation)

The responsibilities of the role include supporting the Consortium partners’ efficient planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and reporting. The Consortium Manager will lead the implementation of a harmonised package of field-tested, evidence-based models and approaches, which are aimed at:

Enhancing civic engagement to support gender equality for women and girls

Improving knowledge of and attitudes to gender discriminatory social norms such as female genital mutilation and child marriage

Increasing social and economic empowerment of women and girls

To ensure the long-term sustainability of the project and enhanced Somali ownership, the Consortium is working with a range of local NGOs who will be intrinsic to the implementation of activities across the three output areas of the project.

Although the Consortium Manager is directly contracted by Save the Children (as the consortium lead), s/he plays a neutral function that will serve all the members of the Consortium. The Consortium Manager also manages donor relations and has bi-lateral meetings with the donors as needed, representing all the consortium partners, to discuss any programmatic issues.


Reports to: The Consortium Manager will report to Save the Children’s Deputy Country Director for Programme Operations and s/he will work under the overall guidance of the Steering Committee.

Staff reporting to this post: One MEAL Coordinator and has technical line management with 3 Area level managers and a Finance Manager.

Dimension of Role:

This is a challenging role in a complex environment. It requires a dedicated, experienced and highly motivated individual who can manage the difficulties of working in such an environment and still be fundamental in helping to drive forward our programmes and ambitions. The Consortium Manager is part of a Consortium Management Unit made of an MEAL Coordinator and other Area based teams that





provides sound programme management and de-centralised technical support to all Consortium members through the Technical Working Group (TWG).


Programme Development and Planning

Ensure that the program will produce the outputs as set in the proposal, while also allowing the consortium to refine and finalize strategies, methodologies and inputs as the program goes on and as relevant.

Provide strategic advice and updates to Steering Committee and implementing partners on the planning and implementation of a high quality and innovative programme that address negative attitudes and norms for gender equality and empowerment in Somalia/Somaliland

Institute a practice of joint project planning and reviewing with consortium members

Ensure that the programme adapts best practices gained through establishment and maintenance of high level of professional engagement with relevant actors

Ensure the development and application of appropriate system for systematic documentation, dissemination and storage of best practices and knowledge gained from implementing the programme

Support the Steering Committee and members of the consortium in identifying opportunities for improving the quality and scope of the programme

Programme Implementation

Ensure the development and application of harmonised and right-based approaches for implementing the programme including the development of standards and frameworks for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL)

Ensure that technical areas of implementing consortium partners are identified and addressed to ensure quality programme delivery by the team designated for consortium management

Provide continuous guidance to the Consortium Management Unit made

Provide centralised technical support across all consortium members and to ensure the development and application of common standards and practices for programme planning, implementation, monitoring, learning and reporting within all members of the consortium

Ensure the effective planning and implementation of activities that cut-across all consortium members including assessments, studies, capacity building initiatives, setting up and running of a centralized evidence and knowledge management and dissemination initiatives etc.

Ensure that implementation of the programme across all consortium members and local partners is regularly monitored; evidences, results and lessons are documented and communicated; challenges are tracked and addressed in a timely manner

Ensure that the project is appropriately staffed across the consortium members, including the appropriate combination of expertise across technical and operational areas.


Ensure that monthly programme progress updates are produced and shared with Consortium Members

Ensure the adoption of data/information collection and management system including the production and communication of professional quality reports to users and the donor as required

Institute a practice of producing a harmonised quality programme report by consortium members (develop relevant tools and training of staff)

Ensure the production and submission of evidence based and high quality technical/narrative and financial reports to be submitted to the donors and consortium members


Chair the Programme Technical Working Group (TWG) to be held on a regular basis

Ensure that all consortium members both at field and Nairobi levels coordinate and regularly





represent the Consortium at the coordination and technical working group meetings, and other relevant fora

Strengthen and maintain links between the CHANGES project and other thematic interventions of the consortium members and local partners to ensure synergy

Liaise on a regular basis with other departments of the Lead Agency and other Consortium members to guarantee the smooth running of the programme.


Ensure that evidence is adequately produced and use learning related to the CHANGES programme to advocate for good practices with key stakeholders (international agencies, local government, civil society and communities).

Ensure that the team is disseminating effective interventions at a wider scale.

Other duties:

Serve as secretary of the Steering Committee

Comply with and promote all Global Policies such as Child Safeguarding, whistle blowing, fraud and safety

Perform other duties as may be requested by the Steering Committee and incumbent’s line manager


Problem solving and Decision Making (Accomplished level)

Produces data and evidence to drive decision making and quality improvement Provides frameworks to support decision making

Explores and analysis external trends and their potential impact on strategic choices

Delivering Results: (Accomplished level)

Maintains a broad strategic perspective at the same time as an awareness of the detail of a situation

Establishes clear and compelling objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance

Creates and applies measures and metrics to track performance

Holds others accountable for achieving results and challenges underperformance Demonstrates financial awareness and a concern for cost effectiveness

Gives regular positive and constructive feedback to others

Identifies clear development needs and development plans through regular constructive reviews of their own performance (and their team’s where appropriate)

Creates space for others to learn and provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments when people are ready for them

Coaches others to learn from their experiences on the job and to use the resources available to them

Enables people from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives to contribute to positive outcomes

Breaks down silo working and challenges behaviors that are not collaborative

Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities

Knows when to follow and lend leadership to strengthen other leaders

Recognises when trust is broken and seeks to resolve conflict and re-establish trust

Networking (accomplished level)

Builds trust with contacts through openness and honesty

Participates effectively in sensitive, complex and/or high impact relationships and networks





Builds strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders

Spots opportunities to bring together partnerships/working alliances that have not been used before



Post-graduate qualification in, social science, development, gender related studies, or other relevant discipline

At least 6 years of senior management experience in designing and/or delivering large scale programmes.

Proven ability to manage consortia with an extensive experience managing multi-agency programmes.

Demonstrable track record of meeting or exceeding programme targets, while maintaining technical quality.

Ability to represent the CHANGES programme at a strategic level including donors and engage and influence key stakeholders at district and national level.

Demonstrated experience of working with national level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the state to take ownership for and deliver services.

Self-motivated and results orientated.

Highly numerically articulated with a track record of data management and reporting systems. Experience in management of finance and budget monitoring and risk management.

Proven ability to motivate and develop others

Highly diplomatic and emotionally intelligent with strong oral and written communication skills

Strong communication skills in English, with substantial experience in managing multicultural teams knowledge of the Somali language is an added value

Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise

Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in


Substantial experience of working and living in the Horn of Africa, ideally with professional experience in the Somalia.

Demonstrable understanding of Value for Money and DFID results agenda. Ability to coach and mentor partners.


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