Head of Programme DDG Somalia

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Employer: DRC
Job Title: Head of Programme DDG Somalia Featured job
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other

The DRC/DDG Somalia Programme is the largest programmes in East Africa region. DRC/DDG is among the INGOs with the largest presence in Somalia, with country-wide programmes implemented through six main sub offices in Somaliland, Puntland, Hirran Region, Gedo Region, Bay Region and Banadir Region. Because we are there, DRC/DDG is able to respond rapidly and flexibly to recurrent crises and the needs of Somalis who are affected by humanitarian crises.

DRC/DDG supports refugees, migrants, internally displaced populations and other persons affected by crises in both urban and rural settings. DRC/DDG implements activities in Somalia in the following sectors: WASH, Shelter and Non Food Items (NFIs), Protection, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction (AVR).


DDG, a specialized unit within DRC has been operational in Somalia since 1999 and has established itself as one of the main international actors engaged in bottom-up community safety, conflict management and security, and justice reform as well as humanitarian mine action in the country.

The DDG Somalia Head of Programme has overall management responsibility of DDG work in Somalia. S/he must ensure high quality and timely implementation of planned results, strategically grow DDG’s programme and portfolio and ensure adherence to applicable donor and organizational policies and requirements. S/he leads DDG’s team of national, international staff and works closely with the DDG Regional Technical Manager, and DDG’s regional and HQ team of technical advisers specialized in different aspects of security and justice, community safety and conflict management.


Strategy Development

  • Lead the strategic development of DDG’s work in Somalia, and cross border initiatives with neighboring countries. This will be achieved in close consultation with the DDG Regional Technical Manager and DDG technical specialist/Advisors.
  • Work closely with the DRC Head of Programs to ensure that DDG work in Somalia fits within and complements DRC’s wider Somalia programme.
  • Ensure proper understanding and implementation of DDG’s strategy and portfolio by relevant actors (including DRC/DDG staff, partners, NGOs, government counterparts, and donors).
  • Update the Country Director from time to time on DDG program strategy development issues.
  • Contribute to the operationalization and implementation of the DDG specific aspects of the Results Contract.
  • Contribute to the annual reviews and planning processes for the Somalia program.


  • Management, operational oversight, coordination and implementation of DDG projects within the DRC/DDG Somalia programme.
  • Ensure high quality project implementation for DDG and DRC/DDG joint projects in accordance with donor and DRC/DDG regulations as well as in line with agreed indicators, budgets, and work plans.
  • Maintain oversight and supervision of DDG Somalia programme staff. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between local managers, staff recruitment and development.
  • In consultation with the Country Admin and HR Manager, provide appropriate and timely feedback to DDG staff regarding their performance, including bi-annual staff performance appraisals. Identify with staff their needs and opportunities for professional development.
  • Brief the Country Director regularly on DDG program status, and issues that require support and follow up.
  • Serve as a member of the Country Senior Management Team.
  • Any other assignments as delegated by the Country Director.

Programme development

  • Ensure high quality programming by building on DDG’s strong programmatic platform, global best practice and foster innovation.
  • Explore and exploit opportunities for new Armed Violence Reduction and Mine Action funding as well as integrated DRC/DDG projects.
  • Consult with the DRC Head of Programme on program synergies and joint programming.
  • Jointly with the DRC Head of Programme, contribute to the preparation of the annual strategic program document (SPD) for DRC/DDG Somalia.
  • Participate in the organization of the quarterly meetings and Annual review meetings.

Finance and administration

  • responsible for thorough and timely budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC/DDG and donor requirements and ensuring that the necessary systems are in place.
  • Work closely with the Head of Support Services and the Finance Manager in ensuring sound financial practices as per DRC financial processes.
  • Signatory of official documents (payments, purchase orders etc. as per IDRA) within approved parameters and in compliance with the laws of Somalia, donor and DRC/DDG’s rules and regulations.
  • Work closely with the Area Managers, base managers and the Admin/HR Manager to ensure sound administration of field offices where DDG programme staff are operating. Fundraising and Donor engagement

  • Develop strong relations with existing and new donors based on DDG’s record of accomplishment and mutual trust and respect.

  • Develop and implement a donor engagement strategy in consultation with the DDG SSJP Chief of party; Country Director, DDG Regional Technical Manager, and Somalia Grants Manager.

  • Actively identify and respond to relevant funding opportunities.

  • Be a driving force for the development of highly competitive funding proposals to ensure a growing impact on Somalis and their country.


  • In consultation with the Safety Coordinator for Somalia, play a key role in security management in ensuring DDG staff adherence to security procedures, monitoring the development in the security situation, developing contingency plans etc. reporting

  • Ensure high quality and timely financial and narrative reporting in compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement.

  • Work closely with the Head of Programme and Grants Manager to ensure timely reporting to donors.


  • In close coordination with the Country Director, represent DDG in key meetings forums in Somalia and with local government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies, international and local NGOs and various local co-ordination forums.
  • Work closely with the Area Managers and DDG Project Managers who are currently interlocutors with regional authorities at area level.


  • Guided by the DRC Program Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of DDG’s activities.
  • Work closely with the Program quality assurance Manager and the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager to ensure quality assurance of DDG work in Somalia/land.

About you
To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with a proven track record of developing effective initiatives, programmes, and impact.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:
• Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the Regional team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverables.
• Collaborating: You lead regional initiatives and processes by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
• Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
• Communicating: You listen to other stakeholders and staff; and you communicate concisely and persuasively.
• Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.

Moreover, we also expect the following:


  • Minimum of 7 years’ programme management experience with International NGOs or operational UN agencies.
  • Extensive project management experience including at community level.
  • Extensive experience of conflict and security related programming in conflict affected and insecure contexts.
  • Demonstrable ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment.
  • Demonstrable leadership and management skills, including team building and management by example.
  • Demonstrable capacity to be articulate, imaginative and innovative.
  • Strong analytical skills and understanding of conflict sensitive programming.
  • Strong budget development and expenditure tracking capacity.
  • Extensive experience of monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize resources and expand programmes.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills in English for project proposals, reports, and communications; Somali skills is an added advantage.


  • Experience of developing and implementing mine action programmes.
  • Strong understanding of the Somalia context.
  • Prior experience of working in Somalia.

Personal competencies

  • Leadership skills, including ability to build and motivate a team and willingness to deal with conflicts.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently unsupervised with a strong work ethic.
  • Political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures.
  • Have a high degree of flexibility with respect to working hours, with ability to plan and manage her/his own time effectively.
  • He/she must be able to exercise a large degree of common sense and personal discipline. Demonstrated successful experience working within a complex security environment is preferred.
  • Able to work under pressure and difficult security conditions.


Availability: 1st February 2019

Duty station: Mogadishu with frequent travel to field locations, this is a non-family and unaccompanied positon.

Reporting: Country Director

Duration: 1year contract possibility of extension, subject to performance and funding.

Contract: Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates available at www.drc.dk under Vacancies graded as Band E Manager for qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff in Somaliland.

Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html). All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.


All applicants must send a cover letter (max 1 page) and an updated CV (max 3 pages) in English. The cover letter should outline your personal motivation for applying and your key qualifications for the position. Apply online on our page Current Vacancies at www.drc.ngo. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 5th of January 2019

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport

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