National Program Development Manager


National Program Development Manager
Somalia/Somaliland Country Office

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development
LOCATION: Somalia with frequent travel to field

and Quality
sites and Nairobi office

POST TYPE: Somalia National


Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
ROLE PURPOSE: The National Program Development Manager will work with the Head of Program Development and Senior Management Team to identify donor opportunities, facilitate donor engagement in the field and coordinate the development of concept notes and proposals for various humanitarian and development funding opportunities.
Reports to: Head of Programme Development
Dimensions: Save the Children (SC) works in more than 120 countries. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way children are treated and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. SC has been operating in Somalis for 67 years. Save the Children Somalia/Somaliland has over 600 staff across 14 field offices and is one of the largest International Non-Governmental Organisation in Somalia. In 2017, Save the Children massively scaled-up our programming in response to the drought, and as such reached 2.5 million people, of which 1.6 million (64%) were children, through our work in humanitarian and development work in Education, Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. Save the Children Somalia is currently managing 58 active awards, received from a broad range of institutional donors, with a combined total life value of US$ 211 million.
Staff directly reporting to this post: None
Identify funding opportunities:
Pro-actively seek out and disseminate intelligence on donor strategies and priorities to identify synergies with SCI country strategy and scope for collaboration
Identify, research, and disseminate information on new funding opportunities from bilateral, multi-lateral, and other institutional donors.
Cultivate business relationships in Somalia with external stakeholders and potential partners for large scale or strategic funding opportunities, either as a lead or sub-recipient in joint ventures.
Work closely with the field teams and area leadership to identify funding gaps and needs.
Proposal Development:
Work closely with the teams in the field to prepare high quality proposals and concept notes for submission to private and institutional donors and other potential funding sources in a timely manner.
Coordinate the country teams (Programme Development and Quality (PDQ), Programme Operations, Finance, Human Resource, Security, Monitoring & Evaluation) at Nairobi and field level in the full proposal development process.
Organise and lead any meetings and/or workshops necessary to develop and finalize proposals.
Provide skilled editorial assistance: edit and proofread drafts of proposals, including making editorial recommendations.
Facilitate the review, revision and approval process with the relevant SC Members.
Finalize, package and submit proposals to donors on time according to donor specifications and deadlines and Save the Children quality standards.
Facilitate donor engagement
Cultivate excellent working relationships with donor agencies’ focal points in Somalia as appropriate and as indicated by the line manager.
Support and facilitate donor visits to project/field sites.
Cultivate excellent working relationships with SC members at head office and regional level
Represent the Somalia office in relevant donor fora, workshops and conferences in Somalia where new business development opportunities can be formulated, as indicated by the line manager.
Delivering Results
Aligns ideas and solutions to strategic imperatives to support delivery of our long-term strategic objectives
Helps others to navigate the organisation and assists them in developing and delivering on their strategic plans
Pursues opportunities, managing risks and uncertainty, to enable the organisation to deliver more for children
Builds a culture of quality and focuses on on-going performance improvement
Provides resources and removes obstacles to support cross-organisational and/or geographically dispersed teams
Innovating and Adapting
Openly talks about doing things differently, pushing boundaries and ways of working to drive improvements
Demonstrates flexibility in following processes and procedures, while remaining true to the organisation’s values
Anticipates change and adapts their (and their team’s) plans and priorities accordingly Builds others’ confidence in their own ability to develop new ideas and embrace change
Generates learning for the organisation and evidence of the impact and quality of our work
Applying Technical and Professional Expertise
Makes decisions based on professional expertise and experience without deferring unnecessarily to others
Shares knowledge and best practice on technical solutions so that others can make best use of that expertise
Actively seeks new ways to develop the application of technical and professional standards within the team
Communicating with Impact
Conveys complex issues with clarity, brevity and confidence
Promotes dialogue with key stakeholders through active listening and effective questioning Adapts communication style to maximise support and engagement
Advises others on different approaches to influence key stakeholders
Seeks out new methodologies for communication to engage new audiences
Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice
Gathers and distributes organisational intelligence Maintains and develops a range of contacts and keeps them informed
Knows what is needed from contacts and what they need to benefit from the relationship too
Master degree in an area of social development or equivalent.
Recommended a minimum of five years management in a both emergency and development contexts, preferably with solid experience in more than one of the Save the Children International priority sectors: education, protection, rights governance, HIV/AIDs, health and nutrition, and emergencies
Excellent writing/editing skills, budget development skills and presentation/communication skills. Experience in presenting project information to donors and partners.
Experience in leading development of large-scale or strategic proposals, including the development of project budgets greater than $1 million.
Ability to coach or mentor staff in proposal development or funding strategies
Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.
Commitment to Save the Children International values.
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
Equal Opportunities
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Child Safeguarding:
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

JD  written  by:  Head  of  Programme
Date: 19th June 2018


JD agreed by:


Updated By:


Evaluated: HR
Date: June 2018



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