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Mercy-USA currently has nutrition, food security and livelihood interventions in North East, West, Central and South Somalia. Under the general direction and guidance of the Head of Programs, the Project Manager will ensure all Mercy-USA Somalia Nutrition, food security and livelihood programming is of excellent technical quality, attracts significant donor funding and contributes to national and global learning, advocacy and programme development. The post holder is expected to provide technical advice and support to the project staff in the field offices to ensure Somalia programming objectives are successfully achieved. The post-holder shall also contribute to the development and review of the Somalia strategic direction and actively participate in the development of nutrition/IYCF, food security and livelihood program policy and design. Mercy-USA is looking for candidates who have adequate past experience with World Food Programme (WFP) especially in programme and in M&E department.


Program Management:

Oversee the effective implementation of planned nutrition, food security and livelihood activities in the field in support of Nutrition Coordinators and Officers at the decentralized level;
Advise the Head of Programs and Country Office management on implementation of the Management Plan 2019-2021 and on the application of the strategic results framework and associated monitoring and evaluation requirements as relates to nutrition, food security and livelihood activities;
Responsible for leadership of the Mercy-USA-nutrition, food security and livelihood project in country and for positioning the project into national strategies;
Assist Country Office in project implementation for scaling up nutrition, food security and livelihood activities to address the needs of the most vulnerable groups; this could include pilots of innovative approaches which have the potential to be initiated or scaled up, in close consultation with Mercy-USA headquarters/Regional Office, government and relevant partners;
Integrate initiatives addressing the utilization pillar of the food security into the nutrition activities, such as behavior-change communications (BCC), sensitization and community-based information and training;
Advise the CO management on implementation of the Management Plan and on the application of the strategic results framework and associated monitoring and evaluation requirements as relates to nutrition activities;
Ensure programmes are compliant with Mercy-USA policies and procedures with regard to food and nutrition;
Program Development

Stay updated on donor priorities and calls for proposals, and advise the CO on potential fund development opportunities
Pursue new and routine resource mobilization opportunities for Mercy-USA

Anticipate and assist in concept identification and development, and mobilize and lead nutrition, food security and livelihood proposal development,

Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation

Frequent Travel to the field offices for monitoring and coordination
Ensure project activities are monitored and appropriate changes to project implementation are taken when required and report to Country Office (CO) management team and other stakeholders in a timely and appropriate manner;
Ensure timely preparation and submission of narrative program and finance documentation including progress/status reports, budget analysis, programme analysis and assessment, and monthly, quarterly or annual reports as required for management, donors, stakeholders, etc.
Technical Leadership:

Provide technical support, orientation and guidance to government officials, technicians and partners on appropriate technical and institutional capacity-building measures to achieve programme goals and expand coverage of services.
Lead and support the field team to develop participatory approaches for community involvement in education services.

Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and accessibility, and achieve programme requirements and objectives.


Assist CO in its coordination with federal government, the states and the MoH, UNICEF,WFP and other actors for elaboration of national policies and programmes for child malnutrition through a multi-sect oral approach;
Represent the project with stakeholders in the nutrition, food security and livelihood community in country, including WFP, UNICEF, the Government (Direction of Nutrition of the Ministry of Health), the NGOs and others;
Interact with the key stakeholders including the Ministries of Health at the zonal and national level, the communities, and other partners, and support program ownership and partnership at all levels.
Support the continuous evaluation of the programme through periodic meetings, individually and in groups with the various sectoral team members. Lead coordination between Mercy-USA and other partners, NGO’s, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of programme implementation, to follow up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.
Communicate with donors as outlined in funding agreements, and support future resource mobilization efforts for the programs.
Liaise with technical units/agencies (WFP/UNICEF/WHO/OCHA), NGOs and research institutes on nutrition with the aim of consolidating emerging scientific and operational nutrition related evidence and data and integrate in food and nutrition strategies and guidance material for the field.

Degree in Health/ Nutrition & Dietetics/ Social Sciences or another relevant technical discipline
Professional qualification will be an added advantage
Master’s Degree in the specified field will be an added advantage

5 years in similar position
3 years’ direct experience in a coordination and implementation of a project
Experience working in Somalia
Languages:- Somali and English
Experience of implementing USAID,UN,EAC funded projects
Experience on WFP of implementing WFP projects i.e. Nutrition, Livelihoods, Relief and School meal programme.
Experience working with budgets, including managing financial outlays and expenditures
Previous work experience managing remote field teams
Previous work experience of WFP projects i.e.
Work related skills

Strong knowledge of the programme management cycle, and related process and structures for quality programme management
Good organizational skills
Good time management skills
Strong communication skills, including ability to lead and manage remote
Ability to work in harsh conditions
Strategic thinking
Aggressive and Result Oriented
Able to meet set own targets and meet own targets on a monthly basis and follow up targets of reporting colleagues
Able to meet deadlines
Able to identify programme challenges and plan and communicate alternatives for smooth programme implementation
Courses or skills related to program management (such as PMP)
Personal attributes

Ability to work under pressure
Team player
Strong interpersonal skills
About Mercy USA

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development is dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient. Incorporated in the State of Michigan in 1988, Mercy-USA’s projects focus on improving health, nutrition and access to safe water, as well as promoting economic and educational growth around the world.

The position will close 12th July 2019

Any interested candidate can send a CV and cover letter to the following email address: hr.eaprogram@mercyusa.org . Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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