Project Manager Wet feeding & Livelihoods - Danish Refugee Council, Mogadishu

OVERALL OBJECTIVES
The position of Wet feeding and Livelihoods Manager will work under the supervision and direction of the Programme Manager, South Central Somalia to:

1) Strengthening DRC Somalia capacity and quality of wet feeding and livelihood project in Mogadishu

2) Assist in the transition of modalities of project from current phase to future implementation

3) Focal point for DRC Somalia programme in reporting, proposal development, documentation and programme monitoring of the wet feeding and livelihood project.

BACKGROUND
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a protection of human rights framework, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict. Programmes include protection, livelihoods, water and sanitation, food and NFI distribution, community driven recovery and development and advocacy, amongst others.

There are 14 main/sub offices throughout Somalia, Puntland, and South Central Somalia. Recently, the three separate programme areas (Somaliland, Puntland and Somalia) have been restructured as the Somalia Country Programme.

DRC has been implementing a large wet feeding programme in Mogadishu over the past four years. Changes in the context provide the opportunity to adjust the implementation of the wet feeding programme including linkages with more durable livelihood solutions targeting the most vulnerable who currently benefit from the wet feeding programme.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
The Wet feeding and Livelihood Manager will oversee and provide technical and strategic assistance to the food security / livelihood programme activities in Mogadishu. This new post will play a critical role in supporting the delivery of quality programme implementation though sustained quality technical advice. The manager will work close with relevant country level M&E, livelihood and cash coordinators and the South Somalia area manager to review and improve existing programmes and identify opportunities for new and innovative programmes.

This position will primarily focus on the transition of the current wet feeding programme into a modality of implementation linked with the expansion of livelihood programmes to assist the most vulnerable populations in Mogadishu. The WF&L manager will ensure best practices, maximum impact, and quality programming. Currently, DRC implements livelihood programmes throughout Somaliland, Puntland and Somalia including cash for work, conditional and unconditional cash transfers, vocational training, small business support and others. In addition, the manager will support a consistent integration of HAP and M & E principles and practices into all programmes activities. The key responsibilities include:

• Focal point for all wet feeding programmes to ensure best practices and optimum results

• Oversight of partner activities including capacity building where necessary

• Ensure technical quality though support to national and international staff by providing on the job training and capacity building

• Ensure relevant monitoring and evaluation instruments are utilized and provide real time technical advice to project staff through direct field visits

• Focal point for technical proposal writing and quality reporting for the programme

• Undertake frequent field visits to project sites to ensure that the activities are carried out in accordance to work plan and technical requirements

• Liaison with various stakeholders and resolve problems and issues together

• Ensure programme adheres to HAP guideline and that livelihood and food assistance activities are appropriately integrated with other relevant programmes

• Strategy development and development of future food security and livelihood interventions

• Represent DRC Somalia in technical meetings and related forums

• Organize and facilitate training for all staff and partners on technical components of the

• Oversee the activities of the project in all locations, and ensure proper monitoring for informed reports and improved quality of programming.

• Oversee project budget and ensure budget is strictly adhered to and all supporting documentation for expenses are properly completed and sent to Nairobi per required donor guidelines and schedule.

• Compile monthly internal reports to the Nairobi office and donor reports as per contracts

• Coordinate with cash consortium members and other actors to ensure synergy, cross learning, and best practices on the various project components

• Contribute to field based learning of DRC and its partners, on related aspects, such as compiling and publishing related learning.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Minimum University degree in Economics or related livelihoods and FS field.

• A minimum of 3 years experience as a project manager with food security, livelihoods, and/or other relevant programming with international NGOs.

• Extensive experience in M&E including ability to analyse data

• Strong project management experience is essential, including experience in proposal writing, strong M&E skills, budget management and financial monitoring, and donor reporting

• Extensive experience in budget management and knowledge of financial procedures required

• Knowledge and experience in participatory approaches and tools

• Demonstrated ability to implement technically appropriate and innovative approaches within this sector in highly challenging environments

• Extensive operational knowledge of donor guidelines and procedures (logical frameworks, proposal development and report writing

• Experience in capacity building of national staff and community mobilization.

• Excellent command of computer programs and applications.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations various stakeholders.

• Strong knowledge of and experience with humanitarian guidelines and principles.

• Experience working in insecure environments, preferably Sub-Sahara Africa and ability to live and work in an isolated area in conditions of limited comfort

• Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential and proficiency in written and spoken Somali is beneficial.

CONDITIONS
Availability: February 2011

Duty station: Mogadishu Somalia with travel to Nairobi. Please note that this posting is a non-family duty station.

Contract: One year with possibility of extension. Salary and other terms are in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Field Recruited Expatriates recruited by the Horn of Africa (HOA) Regional Office in Nairobi.

GENERAL
Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework

APPLICATION AND CV
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit their CV and a 1-page cover letter that clearly states how they are qualified, and why they are interested in the post to: drcjobs@drchoa.org.

Please forward the application and CV in English and marked “Wet feeding and Livelihood Manager” no later than 27. January 2012.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, Please consult.

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