Project Manager – Mogadisho, Somalia

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Project Manager – Mogadisho, Somalia


FCA works to enable people to break the circle of poverty and violence. We are a rights-based actor, a Finnish organization with 70 years of experience, with operations in 15 countries. FCA is Finland’s largest NGO in development cooperation and second largest provider of disaster relief. Our action is guided by international human rights standards and principles. We realize our mission and vision through development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and advocacy work. We contribute to positive change by supporting people in the most vulnerable situations within fragile and disaster-affected areas. We consider three thematic areas as central to sustainable change: the right to peace (R2P), livelihood (R2L) and quality education (R2QE).

In Somalia and Somaliland FCA has been working under a right to peace thematic areas since 2008 including governance and reconciliation projects and later has expanded in quality education (R2QE) thematic area.

Primary purpose of the position:

The Project Manager will be responsible for the coordination and management of Local Governance and Reconciliation Project, as well as for the contribution and support to the execution of Right to Peace deliverables in FCA. The position will report to the Head of Programs and Business Development on project deliverables and in compliance with Donor and FCA guidelines. He/She will also closely collaborate with other staff, and will contribute as required to the development and implementation of other Right to Peace Projects as they interface with the STRONG Project.

Main tasks:

Project Coordination and management

  • Establish and maintain a close working relationship with the government institutions at National and Federal Member States of Somalia level and in partnership with local Partner Organizations (that FCA refers as “Implementing Partners or Partners”)
  • Lead the execution of the project per the approved project proposal and manage the day-to-day activities of the project, coordinating among others, Project coordinators, long and short-term consultants.
  • Mobilize, under the guidance of STRONG Project partners and stakeholders to be engaged in project implementation
  • Establish relationships with relevant government and non-government actors such as organizations dealing with Peace building, Reconciliation and Governance.
  • Ensure implementation of STRONG project activities are coordinated among national actors (government, private sector, academia and research institutions) and other regional and international organizations based in the country – to take advantage of synergies and linkages among agencies and to avoid duplication of efforts and inefficiencies in resource use.
  • Facilitate policy level engagements with support from the Government Institutions and CSO actors.
  • Establish synergies with other on-going Right to Peace Projects in FCA Somalia and contribute to wider peace-building portfolio of FCA Somalia country office.
  • Work with Women Led Organisation, CSOs and Ministry of Women and Human Rights to ensure gender and social mainstreaming in all STRONG Project outputs.
  • Prepare annual work plans and budgets for effective implementation of the project and follow them accordingly.
  • Work with Operations and Administration to seek administrative, logistics and financial support to project activities.

Project Implementation

  • Support the establishment of the Project Technical Steering Committee and the Organization of its meetings.
  • Lead/contribute to the facilitation of stakeholders’ consultation workshops and writing workshops reports.
  • Lead/contribute to the capacity building activities of the project.
  • Lead the enhancement of the knowledge sharing platform, including engagement with relevant stakeholders, and conducting consultation workshops.
  • Contribute and support the implementation of the project output.
  • Lead/contribute to writing the technical reports.

Project Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

  • Prepare and submit monthly, Quarterly, Bi-Annual and Annual project implementation progress updates.
  • Coordinate project evaluation and audit when requested whenever necessary with MEAL and Finance teams respectively.

Team Management

  • Lead, mentor and provide technical guidance to the coordinators
  • Provide capacity building and day-to-day coaching on program management to project staff.
  • Other leadership and management tasks are explained in a general Management ToR that applies all FCA supervisors and leaders.

Accountability, Safeguarding and CRM

  • Ensure quality and accountability in Project and support CHS accountability mechanism including roll-out of CRM on the project
  • Champion safeguarding practices across the country program.
  • Provide ongoing coaching and mentoring of project teams on safeguarding.


  • Minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited university in Political Science, Human Rights, International Law, International Relations, Public Administration, or related field and/or a specialization in Governance, Rule of Law, Peace Building and reconciliation or Public Policy Analysis.
  • Five or more years of prior professional work experience in international development is required, preferably in the area of democracy and good governance.
  • Relevant experience in two or more of the following technical areas desired: institutional capacity building, elections, political processes,, legal/constitutional work, conflict resolution, stabilization, civil society capacity building, and local governance.
  • Fluency in both written and oral English is required. The incumbent must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with: all categories of FCA employees at Country Office and HQ in Helsinki, Somali government officials; International Organizations, Donors, and Embassies; and the general public.
  • Able to prepare concise/thorough documents and reports including but not limited to: concept papers; scopes of work; reports; budgets; a range of other project documents for Internal and external purposes; human interest stories; and correspondence, all of which must be done in a professional and competent manner requiring little or no editorial chances.
  • Managerial and coordination skills; excellent interpersonal skills in various settings; good social and professional judgment
  • Able to work under complex situations and maintain high-quality work output.
  • The ability to work in teams, and applying good listening skills will be important to accomplishing the objectives of this position.
  • A strong ability to analyze information, evaluate data and prepare reports and related documents in English.
  • Candidates with good monitoring, evaluation, management and computer skills are preferred.
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point is essential to the effective performance of this job.

Application process:

Please apply by using the link no later than on 14th October 2022 . Applicants will be short-listed and contacted for an interview on a progressive basis. NOTE, the application period has been extended.

The position will be filled as soon as possible and it is a fixed-term employment until 31st December 2023, with six-month probation period. The contract can be extended for another two years based on funding availability. The compensation is based on FCA salary scale and the candidate’s level of experience.

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is Finland’s largest development co-operation organization and the second biggest organization in Finland working in humanitarian aid. FCA is a founding member of the international aid alliance of churches, ACT Alliance. We seek positive change by supporting the most vulnerable people in fragile contexts. We specialize in supporting local communities’ right to peace, livelihoods and quality education. Qualified and interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply for the vacancy.

FCA practices zero tolerance against child abuse. FCA’s Child Safeguarding Policy applies to all FCA staff. FCA has zero tolerance concerning aid diversion and illegal actions and may screen applicants against international lists to ensure due diligence and compliance with Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism requirements.

FCA is certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS)


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