OFDA Program Manager

from Save the Children
Closing date: 25 Sep 2017


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Role Purpose:

The program manager will provide overall technical, managerial and coordination support to the project teams implementing OFDA funded emergency response in Somaliland (Awdal region) and Central Somalia' Bakool region. The program manager will be the overall budget holder for the grant and will manage it through the existing staff in each location. Key functions of the role will include technical joint planning of the intervention, oversight in implementation, monitoring of the intervention, consolidation of the donor reports and budget management. The program manager is also expected to promote and disseminate best practice, documenting achievements and lessons learned from project. Program manager is expected to be conversant in emergency programming with focus to health, nutrition, wash and FSL. The role holder will closely work with the area representatives, technical teams and the humanitarian director/coordinator.

Contract Duration: 12 Months

Location: Somalia/Somaliland

Qualifications and Experience


Person Specification

The post holder will be sensitive to the cultural and political environment of Somalia and will have the ability to plan and ensure the implementation of the project, and to manage resources effectively.


  • Program management experience in humanitarian context with relevant qualification in public health or community development. At least 5 years' experience in similar role with substantial relevant experience in Health program management.
  • Previous experience in coordinating, implementing and managing complex emergency project with INGO's in developing countries and/or IDPs settings.
  • Experience in situation analysis, rapid need assessments and program implementation.
  • Ability to support and build capacity of staff through performance management.
  • Excellent skills in monitoring implementation of integrated emergency programme activities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively to the field, under sometimes difficult and occasionally insecure circumstances.
  • Experience in grant management and proposal writing is preferred.
  • Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Power point, Epi-Info/SPSS, Outlook and the internet.
  • Ability to multitask, work under pressure, exercise flexibility and adaptability to transition.

Commitment to Save the Children's Child Protection Policy

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