Job Description Christian Aid
Position: Project Manager- Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Reports to: Country Director
Location: Christian Aid, Somalia
Last updated: October 2018
More than half the world lives in poverty. Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality. We are striving to bring lasting change to the lives of the poorest communities. We work wherever there is great need, helping people to find their own solutions to the problems they face, irrespective of their religion, caste or creed. If you’re passionate about positive change across the world, then this job might be for you.
Christian Aid is working with its partners in Somalia to achieve its goal of ending poverty. We are committed to expose the scandal of poverty and to help in practical ways through our programme, partnerships, campaign and advocacy to root it out from the world. We work with our partners to challenge and change the system that favours the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalized. Christian Aid (CA) has been working in Somalia since 1972. We are recognized for our work on emergency response programme, climate change, disaster risk management, gender equality and human rights issues. Our emergency programmes promote access to just and equitable resources and support the creation of resilient and thriving livelihoods for disaster and crisis affected communities. This role is for ensuring emergency support to the Maiduguri as part of Christian Aid’s emergency programme.
To be responsible for providing technical, overarching direction, Christian Aid partnerships and day to day implementation on Disaster Management projects with support from the Programme Manager Governance as well as the effective disbursement of funds to Christian Aid partners (where applicable) working on the programme with interest on work regarding Disaster management, governance, gender and inclusion and conflict sensitivity. To contribute to the representation and brand of Christian Aid in country, engage with and promote communications and fundraising, including institutional donors. The role holder directly working with partners will conduct technical trainings on: Disaster risk reduction and management, conflict analysis, sensitivity and do no harm, peace building, Participatory Vulnerability Capacity Assessments and protection monitoring. The role will be responsible for strategic planning and will identify new opportunities. Furthermore, the role is expected to build relationship and work closely with external stakeholders including government and donors and to proactively engage with networks and learning groups.
The Project Manager- Disaster Management & Peacebuilding works within the International Programmes family and the wider Programme Funding remit. The position is also expected to bring creative ideas, innovation and technical know-how to support the wider team around disaster management, Conflict sensitivity and participatory vulnerability capacity assessments in accordance with CA’s” From Violence to Peace” strategy. The role provides support to programmes to ensure that programmes are well implemented and reported on. Because reporting is key and central to CA, this role ensures that timely reporting is done and in the best possible way that meets CA standards. Travel within country will be required.
Develop and manage a strong portfolio of Disaster management partnerships which contributes to the Somalia Country programme objectives through strategic planning, conceptualizing and projects design.
Effective Christian Aid partner programmes in Somalia meeting internationally agreed standards such as SPHERE and accountability to disaster affected populations.
Consistent adherence to contractual agreements, performance standards, Visibility requirements financial policies/procedures (Funds used for designated purposes) and reporting needs for donor e.g. EU, DFID, USAID
Relationship forged with strategic stakeholders, donors, government, learning groups and other forums
Project proposals completed, based on strong planning and evaluation procedures using Christian Aid’s internal systems. Learning documents, knowledge products developed and shared with stakeholders
Advocacy and policy engagement plans are developed and action demonstrated
Institutional donors, networks & working groups, civil society platforms and wider civil society, INGOs, ACT Forum, government departments and agencies.
The position is line managed by the Programme Manager Governance. She/he though based within the governance team will work closely with the wider country team, leveraging across programme areas, linkages, coherence and visibility. Has a key role in ensuring good relations with other roles in communications, fundraising and advocacy in Christian Aid. Maintains excellent relationship with other teams including programme funding, humanitarian, Disaster Management and From Violence to Peace advisors.
Required to make significant decisions on programme work in the country with special interest in Disaster management, peace building, conflict sensitivity, gender & inclusion and power analysis (as agreed with the Programme Manager, Governance); and also as informed by Christian Aid strategic direction in country.
Initiative and judgment needs to be applied regularly during day-to-day work.
Ability to apply logical thinking and common sense to gathering and analyzing information, designing and testing solutions to problems.
Working in a conscientious, consistent and thorough manner. Integrate and interpret broad and complex information.
Risk assessment is an important part of developing the solution.
Innovation is fundamental to developing solutions.
Developing self and others
The role has responsibilities of training partner staff and other team members on Disaster management, Peace building, early warning early response mechanism, advocacy and lobbying, Conflict sensitivity, PVCA and inclusion for improved outcomes. Responsible for identifying his/her development needs and taking proactive actions to meet those needs.
Applied skills/knowledge and expertise
Educated to degree level or equivalent in relevant field
Knowledge of development issues and current affairs especially in Northern Somalia especially around peace building and conflict issues
Relevant experience of similar task and responsibilities, including administration
Programme management experience and financial controls and procedures
Strong training, facilitation and consensus- building skills
Direct experience of developing partners’ capacity
Progressive experience (for not less than 3 years) in implementing gender programmes
Understanding of advocacy, campaigning and lobbying and network building
Good knowledge of political and religious context especially in northern Somalia.
Fluency in Hausa language
Understanding of partnership approach to international development
Understanding of gender and other forms of exclusion
Network and alliance building
IT competency required Intermediate
You are expected to be able to:
Take on different work when necessary to achieve a team or organisational goal.
Actively consult with others to ensure you understand their needs or goals.
Listen to and take on board fresh perspectives and views even if you initially disagree with them.
Maintain on-going relationships with individuals and contacts through networks, based on mutual rapport and respect.
Make complex things simple for the benefit of others.
Actively listen and question to check your understanding and draw out others when they are not expressing themselves clearly or seem to be holding back.
Be sensitive to what others may be feeling, based on what they say, how they say it and their non-verbal behaviour, adapting your style and approach to fit.
Address difficult issues when they arise, being honest and open.
Implement ways to reduce the inefficient use of resources or pass the ideas on to someone who can make them happen.
Estimate the resources needed to achieve your own work plans or objectives and to deliver them in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
Set and communicate realistic timelines for achieving tasks, working out how best to adapt as priorities change or unforeseen circumstances arise.
Prioritise, plan and monitor own work to meet own and team deliverables to agreed performance or quality standards.
Acknowledge others’ priorities whilst being prepared to say “no” if there are genuine reasons why their needs cannot be met.
Use logical processes and relevant tools and techniques to report on information or analyse options.
Make timely and considered recommendations or decisions based on analysis of available data, information and evidence.
Evaluate your own work and actively address gaps in knowledge and skills, without prompting.
Recognise how you react to feedback and manage reactions positively, acting on specific feedback from others.
Share your knowledge where it will help others to be more effective.
Provide instruction, constructive feedback and guidance to others to help them learn.
Strive for improvement
Constructively challenge existing practice.
Seek better ways of doing things, taking into account the possible implications.
Make positive suggestions on a way forward when faced with challenges even if these falls outside own scope of work.
Look inside and outside Christian Aid for new ideas and evaluate them for own work
Christian Aid values its employees and offers a comprehensive remuneration and benefits package. These include but are not limited to: –
Monthly Salary USD 5,100 per month.
Paid annual leave (vacation)
This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.
All candidates should apply by email at email@example.com with “Project Manager- Disaster Risk Reduction and Management” as the subject line.
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