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6 Apr 2019

Somali Regional Senior Program Manager

Job Description

Somali Regional Senior Program Manager

Category: Development and Project Management, Management

Location: Jigjiga, Somali

Career Level: Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: Within the Band Salary Range (Band M)

Job Description


Good nutrition in the first 1000 days, from pregnancy to two years of age is the foundation for healthy and productive life.  Ethiopia has made nutrition through 1000 days among its nutrition flagship program where good progress is reported in reducing child malnutrition.  Example is the reduced child malnutrition reflected by decreased stunting rates from 58 per cent to 38 per cent over the past 15 years through a concerted multi-sectoral effort. To accelerate this promising progress, Ethiopia made an ambitious new declaration that envisions ending child undernutrition by 2030, named the ‘Seqota’ declaration. Recently the Food and Nutrition Policy was launched which will guide and facilitate collective action to improve nutrition service delivery through multisectoral approach.  Alive & Thrive (A&T) will support the establishment of the regional Food and Nutrition Coordination Office in four regions (Afar, Somali, Oromia and SNNPR) for which these posts are advertised for.


The Function of the Regional Food and Nutrition Coordination Office/Regional Food and Nutrition Secretariat Is To: (a) drive the execution of the ‘the national food and nutrition policy and NNP Implementation in the region, and deliver required results within the agreed time frames and resources; (b) Provide support in the coordination of Program planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation at Regional Health Bureaus (c)Provide overall support to the regional food and Nutrition Secretariat/RNTC/ in coordinating and engaging the FNP/NNP implementing bureaus

The overarching objective of this job position is to be responsible for day-to-day management of the ‘regional food and nutrition technical committee/ secretariat in the region and ensure timely execution of the ‘Food and Nutrition policy, strategy and programs. The post-holder will be responsible for fostering alignment and coordinated execution of all regional food and nutrition strategies and programs, delivering and reporting results required by the Government of Ethiopia and other key stakeholders, maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders, and ensuring effective communication always with the regional food and nutrition president advisors and other NNP implementing bureaus.

The Senior Program Manager will be located within the regional health bureaus with functional reporting to the Alive and Thrive Technical Director/Nutrition and support the establishment and functionality of the regional National nutrition technical committee/secretariat of Food and Nutrition programs in the region and will report directly to the regional health bureau and closely work with the regional food and nutrition team and have work relation with other Regional food and Nutrition secretariat members and the regional food and nutrition president advisor.

Overall, the Senior Program Manager is envisioned to support the regional health bureau to deliver their secretariat role for the regional food and nutrition policy, strategy and program implementation. Ideally, s/he should possess complementary technical expertise in food and nutrition, public health or international development with experience in managing a multi-disciplinary and highly skilled team. Good understanding of how public service in Ethiopia works is critical.


Summary of key functions: The Regional Senior Program Manager of the Food and Nutrition Coordination Office is accountable for strengthen Food and Nutrition multi-sectoral coordination at regional/ urban administration with functional responsibility to the Technical Director/Nutrition of Alive and Thrive Ethiopia based in Addis Ababa. Specifically, s/he will focus on achievement of the following key results:

The main responsibilities of the post are: Program scanning, planning and organizing:

A.     Scanning; support the situational analysis, identify key bottlenecks and challenges; develop, maintain and apply a framework and decision tree for handling, tracking and prioritization of requests and interests in supporting the overall food and nutrition plans in the region

B.     Planning; support the annual, biannually, Quarterly and monthly planning of the RNTC/secretariat clearly define activities, resources (time, money, equipment etc.), ensure budgets is allocated for each activity by Food and Nutrition Policy/NNP implementing sector bureaus, required for effective implementation and achievement of the overall objectives;

C.      Implementation: support the day-to-day coordination of the regional food and nutrition plan Implementation, including

a)      Communication– articulate the scope, goals and deliverables of the Plan and ensure they are understood by all relevant Program staff and stakeholders, ensure effective ongoing communication always with the Regional health bureau heads and other staffs members, regional Food and Nutrition president advisor and regional sector bureaus;

b)     Program coordination and steering– schedule and organize regular RNTC/FN technical committee meetings and coordination meetings with external stakeholders, ensure regular communication with existing national nutrition structures, and steward donor and key partners interests;

c)      Identification and screening of requests and interests – ensure that the RNTC act to screen, handle appropriately and response promptly in line with agreed regional plan

d)     Program budget and financial management: (a) Track implementation of all Program activities within the budgets agreed for annual, biannual, quarterly and monthly plans; (b) As needed, provide costed revisions to work plans for discussion with the chair of RNTC and RNCB through the president advisor.

e)     Program Monitoring and Evaluation Support:

The technical and financial reporting of the ‘regional food and nutrition Plan is clear and is communicated to all stakeholders;
Detailed Program monitoring plan that is in line with the ‘Food and Nutrition Policy, strategy and programs frame work and agreed schedule of deliverables is developed in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, is well understood and is implemented in a timely manner;
Develop forms and records to document Program activities, ensure that a system is set up and maintained to ensure that all Program information is appropriately documented, secured and shared;
The Program implementation and progress are regularly monitored and reviewed with stakeholders and corrective actions are undertaken in a timely manner;
The communication of schedule to update stakeholders on the progress of the Program; and
To Collate all relevant Program information and generate regular report as required;
Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the regional Health bureau head

Technical Expertise:

Proven knowledge and experience in the areas of nutrition, public health and program management;
Diplomatic and conflict resolution skills;
Strong understanding of political dynamics in government, civil society and implementing partners in the region.
Knowledge Management and Learning:

Ability to share knowledge and experience;
Ability to provide top quality expertise on Monitoring and Evaluation;
In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:

Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
Ability to go beyond established procedures and models, propose new approaches of Project Management;
Ability to work with minimal supervision;
Negotiation skills: capacity to work with diverse partners working in nutrition including the regional government, regional food and nutrition members, development partners and civil society.
Program management and teamwork:

Work with teams effectively;
Works well with a diverse group of people;
Focuses on impact and results, and responds positively to critical feedback;
Encourages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation;
Interact with teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills.
Job Requirements



Postgraduate level degree in Public Health, Human Nutrition and/or a discipline relevant to the management of International Development work in social sectors. A qualification in public health, Food and Nutrition (any food and nutrition field), or a health-related discipline is preferred but not essential.

At least 10 years’ experience in the management of social sector international development Programs in developing countries, with progressive managerial and coordination responsibilities at regional level
Deep knowledge of the program management cycle, including program implementation and portfolio management will be an advantage;
Broad professional and personal network in the Ethiopian public and private sectors will be a distinct advantage;
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of partners with varying interests and priorities in food and nutrition;
Good understanding of the Ethiopian context and of Program management within this context;
Good understanding of the Food and Nutrition Policy directions/ National nutrition program and other nutrition sensitive strategies and programs, the Government of Ethiopia’s multisectoral response to child undernutrition;
Previous work experience with the government of Ethiopia will be a distinct advantage;
Ability to think critically and analytically to draw sound conclusions based on evidence and data;
Strong financial management skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills (in English);
Knowledge of local culture/ Somaligna language is required;
Strong inter-personal and relationship building skills;
Effective management of people;
Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues to achieve team goals;
Willingness to travel extensively within Ethiopia; and
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite is a critical requirement.

Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within the RHB context;
Ability to work effectively in a team consisting of people with different technical backgrounds and with varying levels of technical training and expertise;
Ability to assess priorities, and manage variety of activities while communicating, connecting, and collaborating with the RHB and A&T staff, a broad coalition of government, NGO, and international partners;
Demonstrated supervisory and interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate relationships and partnerships, interact effectively with government and partner staff, and mentor junior technical staff;
Strong organizational skills;
Excellent written and spoken communication skills, including strong presentation skills to report results to regional stakeholders;
Additional Information:               Works in a typical government office setting; working conditions include extensive travel within the region to Zone and Woredas.

How to Apply


To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by

Deadline: Ten Working days from the date of posting (April 15, 2019)

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

“Women Applicants are Highly Encouraged to Apply”

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