Closing date:  25 Nov 2011

CARE is seeking an experienced Program Quality Senior Advisor to cover the full breadth of our programming, both development and emergency, but with a significant emphasis on the development, recovery and resilience programming. The position will cover the whole program and project cycle; managing research and strategy development for the programs together with the program coordinators, designing and evaluating these program frameworks, developing projects on the basis of the program frameworks; ensuring the systems are in place to monitoring and evaluate impact. The incumbent will focus on ensuring that our programs and projects address the underlying causes of poverty and vulnerability.

S/he will work closely with CARE program coordinators, area managers, project managers and local partners. This position, reporting to the ACDP is a central position for CARE Somalia’s efforts to strengthen the quality of its programming, and our ability to innovate, learn and adjust to continually changing realities in Somalia.

CARE's programming in Somalia focuses on strengthening resilience, reducing conflict and addressing chronic poverty as well as mitigating immediate emergency situations.

Conduct research that guides CARE's program strategies and support ongoing learning

Design, monitor and evaluate program strategy frameworks of our long term programs

Develop funding proposals that are aligned with the program strategies

Ensure that all programs and projects have a DME and information management system in place that adequately ensures program accountability and outcome/impact measurement

Conduct internal reviews of program quality and accountability against agreed standards on a regular basis and support implementation of improvement strategies


Minimum relevant Masters degree or graduate with significant relevant experience

At least 7 years experience working in conflict/post conflict context, with preferred work experience in Somalia

At least 2 years experience in a program management setting

At least 2 years experience in working with pastoralist communities in Africa, preferably in the Horn

Demonstrated experience in gender analysis and women’s empowerment

Demonstrated experience in development and recovery programming

Demonstrated experience in program assessments, problem analysis and program design

Experience working in partnerships

Team player, who is able to develop strong collaborative relations across the organization, in both the program and program support departments

Proven capacity of managing programs through partnerships

Strong gender and conflict analysis skills, and the ability to articulate and design programs using a rights based approach

Preferably the incumbent also has a strong grasp of CARE's Unifying Framework for understanding the underlying causes of poverty and vulnerability

Proven budgeting and financial management skills

Ability to develop and articulate program ideas related to Peacebuilding, governance and civil society

Demonstrated ability to advise and coach field staff

Ability to work and live under difficult conditions

Our diversity is our strength; we encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences, particularly women, to apply.