Programme Support Officer

Reporting to: Senior Programme Manager, Somali Programme

Location: Mogadishu, with travel required

Type of position: L3 S1

Application closing: 25 November 2021

Background

Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding that supports locally led peacebuilding initiatives around the world. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that the work is locally driven. Together with local partners and local teams, Interpeace jointly develops peacebuilding programmes and helps establish processes of change that connect local communities, civil society, government and the international community. As a strategic partner of the United Nations, Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices around the world. For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org

Position within the Organization

The position is embedded in the Somali Programme team that is headed by the Country Representative. The Programme Support Officer will be supervised by the Senior Programme Manager who will provide regular and close supervision. The Programme Support Officer’s strategic goal is to support smooth management, coordination and implementation of Interpeace programmes in Somali.

Purpose and General Overview

The position will support efficient and effective management and implementation of the Interpeace programmes in Somali. The position will also enhance Somali programme fundraising efforts in other Somali regions. The position will collaborate directly with the other members of the Interpeace Somali Programme and the Nairobi office team. The post will be based in Mogadishu and will involve travel to the field when need arises.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Strategic and programme development
  2. Programme implementation
  3. Funding and financial management
  4. Communications and advocacy

Duties and responsibilities

1: Strategic and programme development

  • Assist in the development and implementation of Interpeace’s Somali programme strategy for the next phase of the programme
  • Contribute to the internal (within the Somali team and across the Organisation) discussions on thematic and learning issues particularly on peacebuilding and governance

2: Programme implementation

Programme management:

  • Provide close support in the planning, development and implementation of Interpeace’s peacebuilding programme in Somalia
  • Participate in the Somali programme engagements to help:
    • Improve programme implementation/performance
    • Promote cooperation and collaboration with other actors
    • Support the capacity development of Somali partners
    • Share experiences-especially those that strategically position Interpeace and the Somali partners
    • Support efforts to improve the reporting/documentation capacities of the Somali partners
  • Contribute to the development of Interpeace’s relationships with partners in Somalia

Grant management and monitoring and evaluation:

  • Provide support in the development of donor reports and compliance to contractual obligations of the Somalia programme
  • Provide support to the Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer in assessing the extent to which partners’ initiatives are achieving the set results, writing and filing of reports
  • In collaboration with Somali programme team, review the partners’ research capacities to assess areas of improvement in order to develop and implement strategies to strengthen capacities in order to improve programme impact
  • Assist in identifying funding opportunities and fundraising opportunities
  • When need be, support the Finance department in ensuring partners adhere to Interpeace’s financial policies and procedures-especially when developing activity requests and/or procurement of programme services/goods

Communications and advocacy

  • Support the Communication Officer in the documentation of ‘success stories’ and other anecdotal information to demonstrate results/impact of initiatives undertaken by Interpeace and the Somali partners
  • Assist the Somali partners develop and implement strategies to enhance dissemination of their research

Qualifications:

Education

  • Degree in a related field such international relations, political science, development studies or peacebuilding

Experience

  • At least 1-3 years of relevant professional experience in research, analysis and programme management, with some experience with non-profit or international organizations being an advantage

Competencies

  • Knowledge of current thinking on peacebuilding issues and methods; and demonstrable ability to anticipate emerging needs and integrate them swiftly into priority programme setting
  • Well established and practiced organizational and planning skills; and knowledge and experience of project cycle management including using project planning and management tools
  • Developed ability of raising the profile of an organization, networking with government agencies, donors and other international agencies, and using the media to generate profile
  • Proven ability to communicate, negotiate and work with high level executives and government officials
  • Strong writing and communications skills in English and Somali is an asset

Interpeace Competencies

  • Collaboration and Weaving
  • Communication
  • Drive for results
  • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
  • Respect for Diversity

Other requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of English
  • Legal status to work in Somali
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Somali region

How to apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications to recruitment-eca@interpeace.org on or before 25th November 2021, 23:59 pm, Mogadishu time. “Programme Support Officer, Mogadishu” MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email to be considered.

  • a complete curriculum vitae
  • a letter of interest
  • an acknowledgement letter, answering the following questions:
  1. Have you ever been criminally convicted or subject to any criminal or administrative penalty by any competent authority? If yes, please specify:
  2. Have you ever been terminated or separated (e.g. contract termination, dismissal, non-renewal) or subject to any disciplinary measure or sanction by your employer for fraud, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse?
  3. Have you ever resigned while under investigation or during disciplinary proceedings?

Confirming the following declaration of understanding:

I confirm the accuracy of the information provided, with the understanding that Interpeace will conduct reference checks to verify relevant information.

I understand that if any false or misleading information is provided in my application, or any material fact suppressed, I may not be employed, of if I am employed, I may be dismissed.

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims to achieve gender equality both through gender parity at all levels of the organisation and the promotion of a gender dimension in all its work. We welcome applications from women and men, and those with disabilities.

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted.