CARE seeks a Deputy Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID-funded education project in Somalia, Accelerated Quality Learning for Somali Children and Youth.  USAID’s new education activity of approximately $49 million will come to fruition in fall 2018. This includes investment in non-formal education through accelerated education approaches, focusing on assessing and building basic skills for children and youth ages 8-15, and the development of national standards by levels as part of an overall accelerated education framework.
Expected outcomes of this project include:

Relevant, flexible, safe and quality education opportunities for out-of-school children and youth in Somalia through Accelerated Education Programs (AEPs).
Improvement of USAID-funded AEP student learning outcomes in reading, numeracy and socio-emotional learning.
Technical assistance to and build partnerships with federal, state, regional and local Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education (MoE) counterparts, particularly, towards institutionalization of legitimate and accredited accelerated education.
Strengthened capacity of the MoE through technical assistance and partnerships with federal, state, regional and local education stakeholders to deliver, monitor and regulate legitimate, accredited and flexible education opportunities to out-of-school children and youth.
Positive gender norms for girls and boys, including a highlighted attention on girls’ access and safety who are less likely to have access to safe, quality education in Somalia.
Promoting stability during a key transition period in Somalia through engagement of out-of-school children and youth in education opportunities that advance student learning.

Primary responsibilities:

Oversee the coordinated planning (of activities and resources) and implementation of the program and program operations in line with state-of-the art strategies, technical standards, and applicable USAID rules and regulations.
In collaboration with the Chief of Party, ensure the adequacy of planning, monitoring and reporting and competence for the effective scale up of program interventions to meet established programmatic and financial targets and timeframes.
Develop and implement systems that address food insecurity and other pertinent sectoral issues. Resolve/facilitate the resolution of technical issues.
Provide strategic oversight of program tasks and activities, including participating in budget discussions.
Conduct monitoring visits to observe field activities.
Serve on the program’s Senior Management Team.
Promote quality, efficiency, integrity, and learning throughout program duration.
Mentor and supervise direct report/s.

Required skills:

Master’s degree in a relevant field.
Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience.  Previous experience working in the technical areas of this project is required. Previous experience on USAID-funded programs of a similar size and scope is strongly preferred.  Previous experience working on a donor-funded contract is strongly preferred.
Experience in conflict areas strongly preferred.
Proven leadership skills. Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff.
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in Somali is required.
Ability to travel to project areas as may be required.

How to Apply
Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their application letter and detailed CV to by July 8, 2018. Please indicate ‘CAREDCOP’ as the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis.
CARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting gender, equity and diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


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