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Programme Officer – Garowe, Puntland, Somalia

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Job Description

Job Description for Programme Officer (Monitoring and Reporting)

Job Title:

Programme Officer

Job Grade:



Programme Department


Garowe, Puntland State with Frequent Travel to Southwest State

Reports To:

Country Director

Direct Reports:




Diakonia is an international development organization with Christian values that works together with local partner organizations for sustainable change for the most vulnerable people in the world.  We work for a just, equal and sustainable world to change political, economic, social and cultural structures that cause poverty, inequality, oppression and violence. Diakonia does not implement or carry out projects on its own. Instead, we support through funding and cooperate with local partner organizations to achieve our objectives.

Diakonia has about 400 partner organizations in 30 countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Diakonia employs 100 staff at country offices in Mozambique, DRC, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Mali and Burkina Faso and the Regional Office in Kenya.

The Somalia Country Office has 3 programmes: Social and Economic Justice; Democracy & Human Rights; and Emergency Response and Disaster Resilience. Under these programmes, Diakonia is working with 13 partners in Somalia. The portfolio of Diakonia partners includes those that Diakonia has worked with over a long period of time while others are new partners. In addition, the portfolio includes government institutions.”

For more information please visit: https://www.diakonia.se/en/Where-we-work/Africa/Somalia/

To support this, we are looking for an outstanding, dynamic, results-oriented, and self-driven individual to fill the position of Programme Officer – Monitoring and Evaluation to provide key support in planning, formulating, and implementing the operations of assigned country program work-plan and budget. Develop Monitoring and Evaluation and provide technical and management oversight on program activities implemented by partner organizations to ensure compliance with funding and Global Diakonia requirements. We are looking for an action-oriented person who has experience in data collection, assessment techniques, and writing analytical narrative and assessment reports. The position requires a person who demonstrates proficiency in the English language, both speaking and writing skills. Further experiences in understanding the development and working with civil society as well as donor compliance.  This is a local position.

Overall Job Purpose

Provide key support in planning, formulating and implementing the operations of assigned country programme work-plan and budget. Develop Monitoring and Evaluation and provide technical and management oversight on programme activities implemented by partner organizations to ensure compliance with funding and Global Diakonia requirements

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Strategic Programme Planning & Development

  • Support in research for the design and development of the country programme operational plan in compliance with global and regional strategic priorities
  • Support in research and preparation of concept notes and proposals to support in implementation of the resource mobilization plan
  • Participate in planning and developing the country office work plan and budget based on the approved programmatic approach by translating priorities into local interventions
  • Assessment of partners and partner proposals
  • Coordinate organizations’ capacity aimed at identifying gaps and the development of capacity strengthening plans 
  • Preparation of partner organizations’ funding agreements in compliance with policy guidelines and procedures
  • Provide technical support in the development of partner work plan, budget and payment schedule
  • Provide input in the preparation and of programme guidelines and manuals to guide partner organizations in effective implementation of programme activities

Strategic Program Management

  • Support the CO and partner organizations to develop effective M&E tools and reporting systems that ensure all steps of the project cycle are accomplished
  • Support the CO and partner organizations to develop effective learning tools and ensure that learnings are reflected in the PME process
  • Monitor implementation of M&E tools and plans to ensure that agreed deliverables are produced satisfactorily according to plans in compliance with the PME handbook.
  • Undertake field visits to assess and identify operational issues, problems and risks, ensure compliance to policy guidelines and take timely corrective action
  • Ensure compliance to Diakonia’s PME guidelines at all stages of the project cycle and ensure all supporting documents are uploaded in FixIT
  • Support partners to develop exit strategies to ensure sustainability after project completion

Strategic Reporting and Learning

  • Review and quality assure partner reports and prepare compiled narrative reports, management and internal assessments reports
  • Develop and review changing stories and case studies to capture qualitative outcomes of the all projects
  • Prepare project learning reports
  • Provide partners with technical assistance through planning, mentoring, training and workshops to develop their capacity to implement project activities and development initiatives
  • Support partners in development of systematic and structured M&E tools.
  • Support in planning and conducting the annual partners review meetings
  • Support partners in improving and promoting two-way culture of learning and sharing mechanism in their projects
  • Perform other related duties and functions as requested

Education, Training & Professional Qualifications


  • Advanced degree in Development Studies or a related field

Professional Training

  • Training in Monitoring and Evaluation, and Reporting
  • Training in statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS)



Job Competencies & Experience


  • Demonstrates consistency in upholding integrity and ethics
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
  • Effective communications and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in computer office packages word, excel, power point
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Remain calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Respond positively to critical feedback and differing points of views

Language Requirement

  • Good knowledge of national/official language of the Country Office
  • Fluency in English is required

Relevant Experience

  • At least 3 years relevant experience from a non-profit organization
  • Experience in data collection, assessment techniques and analytical skills.
  • Experience in narrative and assessment reports writing
  • Excellent in communication and presentation of monitoring findings

How to Apply

All applications should be sent to recruitment.africa@diakonia.se on or before Friday 15th September 2020. A detailed job profile is available on https://www.diakonia.se/en/About-us/Job-opportunities/programme-officer-somalia/.  Diakonia is an equal opportunities employer. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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