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Project Director – OFDA/FFP Projects – Somalia

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Title:Project Director – OFDA/FFP Projects

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

TITLE:Project Director – OFDA/FFP Projects
GRADE: Executive/Tier 3 CONTRACT LENGTH: 12 months

Open for both National & International applicants


Save the Children is seeking a Project Director for its proposed USAID/FFP and OFDA-funded programmes in Somalia designed to deliver an integrated emergency food assistance, health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), disaster risk reduction (DRR) and child protection (CP) services to drought-affected communities in Puntland, Somaliland, South-West state, Hir-shebelle State and other regional states the project could potentially expand to. Through these projects, SC will respond to food insecurity, reducing mortality and morbidity levels and increasing wellbeing among drought and conflict-affected communities in Somalia through integrated, multi-sectoral programming. We are currently seeking a senior-level Project Director to lead these critical projects in Somalia.

The Project Director’s base of operations is Somalia with up to 75% travel to Puntland, Somaliland,Hiran, and other operational Member States within Somalia to work with Program Managers and FSL,health, nutrition, WASH and CP program teams to provide effective leadership, strategic oversight,operational guidance, support monitoring and evaluation, and ensure quality and timely implementation of the project. He/she will also ensure effective financial and operational management of the project. The Project Director acts as the key focal point and represents the project to USAID/FFP and OFDA, and other key stakeholders, including government representatives in Somalia, while ensuring SC participation in key technical working groups and sectors (including Cash).


Reports to:Director of Program Operations

Direct Reports:(1) OFDA/FFP MEAL Coordinator

Budget Responsibilities:OFDA and FFP projects, according to Scheme of Delegation


Program Implementation

Working closely with the Field Program Managers (FSL, Health, Nutrition, WASH and CP), Heads of Programmes, as well as local partner staff to:

  • Lead the development and successful implementation ofhigh-quality program activities in line with the grant agreement and SC technical and operational requirements.
  • Conduct planning meetings with key program staff, while ensuring adequate planning documents are established and maintained
  • Provide effective leadership and strategic oversight for integrated programming under OFDA and FFP programming
  • Ensuretimely program reports on project activities in compliance with internal requirementsand any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Oversee and support implementation, including the supervision of proper targeting, identification, registration, and monitoring of beneficiary lists to prevent overlap with other humanitarian programmes in the intervention areas.
  • Steer efficient internal coordination with OFDA and FFP programmes, as well as other SC program teams, to ensure effective program integration within the areas of intervention
  • Coordinate closely with other humanitarian actors and UN agencies for geographic mapping and ensure program activities are in line with national and humanitarian technical priorities.
  • Ensure that efficient systems are in place to mitigate risk and to support all aspects of project activity, including financial and grant management, project monitoring and evaluation, and that they support the effective use of project resources and allow for contingencies, in compliance with OFDA/FFPregulations.
  • Work closely with the Research, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning and Monitoring (REALM)  team (Head of REALM, REALMManagers, and REALM officers) to develop appropriate monitoring and evaluation plans and to capture learning opportunities; ensure that data collection processes are standardized and applied by all field staff
  • Ensure all administrative procedures are followed, such as those regarding vehicle use and procurement
  • Ensure logistics/administrative staff provide sufficient and timely support to programmes and programmatic staff.
  • Ensure partner implementation of program activities is timely, appropriate, and compliant with program design and donor regulations.
  • Arrange regular/Ad-hoc meetings with project implementation team, technical team (PDQ) and member focal points and other relevant departments for program progress review, to promote integration and to foster team collaboration for program success

Financial, Budget and Grant Management

  • Serve as overall budget holder for both OFDA and FFP awards; support sub-budget holders for individual projects and grants as appropriate.
  • Ensure that programme budgets are managed through rigorous budget and finance monitoring practices with participation of all key functions involved in projects.
  • Oversee the general application and observance of financial procedures and guidelines set out in SC financial manual and donors’ requirements.
  • Lead the timely expenditure of approved budgets, avoiding both underspending and overspending on grant line items.
  • Ensure that budgets are spent and charged to their respective budget heads and grants by diligently reviewing the financial (AGRESSO) reports at least every month and bringing to the timely attention of the Director of Operations and the Finance Director any major budget concerns.
  • Efficiently and successfully manage the grant cycle by putting in place robust mechanisms to start, implement and close grants in line with donor as well as Save the Children’s policies, with support from the Country Office Award Management team.
  • Ensure that grants are managed as per Save the Children’s and donors’ requirements; lead the development, review and approval of high-quality donor reports that reflect information from all implementing teams, in line with internal and donor requirements.

Programme Development and Strategy

  • Lead the development of Project Modifications and Amendment requests as identified during the implementation of the project. 

·         Provide effective leadership and strategic oversight for integrated programming under OFDA and FFP programming

·         Contribute to situation/response analysis and any corresponding revision of program strategy documents and sector response plans, ensuring integration with other sectors.

·         Work closely with PDQ and Awards/Finance team on the coordination of follow-on funding for the program. This includes developing funding strategies, creating grant proposals, and identifying strategic leads and concepts.

Human Resources and Administration

  • In close collaboration with Head of Programs and Area Managers, the PD will supervise the respective program management team funded by the programmes: conduct performance evaluations, with the support of technical specialists identify staff skills development needs and seek technical assistance from relevant TSs and management support from the operations director to fill the gaps identified.
  • See that all project staff are aware of and understand SCI policies and procedures; take appropriate disciplinary measures as needed.
  • Promote accountability, communicating expectations and providing constructive feedback through regular performance reviews.
  • Responsible for the timely recruitment, orientation, and training of new staff as needed.

Representationand Leadership

  • Represent SC and the multi-sector program in USAID donor meetings and with representatives from USAID/FFP and OFDA.
  • The Project Director will represent Save the Children in relevant coordination forums within the country, and internationally, as and when required.
  • Maintain good working relationships with officials and other humanitarian actors, particularly those within the relevant government agencies (local and national authorities including technical departments, INGOs, NGOs, UN agencies.)
  • Represent SC and maintain good working relationships among the international and local NGO community, among community leadership structures and community-based organizations, and with visiting donor and third-party monitoring teams and other key contacts. Keep abreast of NGO, government, and donor initiatives relevant to SC’s work.
  • Maintain focus on SC program principles.
  • Encourage teamwork, openness, and honesty among OFDA/FFP project staff and between SC and its partners.

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Where security permits, the Project Director will make frequent visits to field sites, to monitor and oversee project implementation and provide managerial guidance/support identifying issues that need timely action and support at different levels.
  • Work with Monitoring, Evaluation and Research unit to develop tools and ideas to ensure that the program is monitored against measurable and appropriate indicators.
  • Ensure regular price monitoring and post distribution monitoring is carried out appropriately and contributes to analysis.
  • Support and ensure the timely completion of program assessments, evaluations and other reviews required in the program.
  • Contribute to situation/response analysis and any corresponding revision of program strategy documents and sector response plans ensuring integration with other sectors.
  • Ensure best practices are gathered, documented, and shared with the wider program.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


·         Holds selfaccountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.

·         Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.

·         Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding.


·         Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

·         Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


·         Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

·         Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.

·         Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust.

·         Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realise their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future.


·         Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the organization.

·         Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and succeed in ever-changing and uncertain global and working environments.

·         Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organization.


·         Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence.

·         Displays consistent excellent judgement.



  • Minimum 9years of demonstrable professional experience in implementing multi sector programmesand at least of five years’ experience in a leadership role in the implementation of projects relevant to FSL and either health, nutrition, WASH, DRR or child protection within a complex country program in an emergency response or fragile state.

·         Master’s degree or equivalent experience in development, humanitarian response, technical sector (FSL, health, nutrition, WASH or protection), or related field is required.

·         Prior experience designing and managing OFDA/FFP and/or USAID funded food security programmes; familiarity with USG federal regulations is critical

·         Strong track record in managing portfolios greater than USD 10 million, with proven experience in project management, including budget management and oversight

·         In-depth knowledge and experience of logistics systems and requirements in a multi-field office, multi-program setting

·         Experience with remote management and cash programming

·         Prior experience living and working in conflict or emergency settings.

·         Flexibility and the ability to effectively adjust expectations to on-the ground realities, while adhering to humanitarian minimum standards.

·         Strength in inspiring and enabling others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives.

·         Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.


·         Previous Project Director experience

·         Experience working across humanitarian and development programmes in transitional contexts

·         Prior experience in Somalia

·         Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Somalia

·         Technical experience and background in various components involved in food security projects including, but not limited to voucher/cash transfers, food distribution, market assessments, post distribution monitoring, etc.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and

assign the best qualified talent.

Interested and qualified applicants can view the profile and apply for this position through thebelow URLs:-


Closing Date will be 25thMay 2020


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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