This role is responsible for strategic leadership and implementation oversight of Concern Somalia’s multi-sector Durable Solutions (DS) programming, in keeping with wider initiatives to address protracted displacement and support the attainment of durable solutions for IDPs, Returnees and Host Communities (‘displacement Affected Communities’) across Somalia. It includes management of Concern’s £5.5 million (2018-2022) DFID-funded Enhancing Conditions for Durable Solutions for IDPs and Returning Refugees in Somalia (“Danwadaag”) programme, implemented through consortium led by IoM.
The Coordinator will also provide leadership on Concern’s urban livelihoods and financial inclusion strategy and interventions as relates to DS and related programming in Somalia/Somaliland, as well as be focal point for development and implementation of pilot and future Graduation programming.
The Coordinator will represent Concern on all DS-related consortia and key stakeholder bodies, and oversee quality programming and relationships, including documentation and dissemination of learning and DS-policy influence at State and National levels in Somalia.
Technical and Strategic Leadership
- Provide strategic leadership in Durable Solutions programming, ensuring cohesion of multi-sector interventions, and with particular focus on developing and implementing DS Livelihoods strategy and approaches.
- Create a strong team of core DS programme staff and implementing partners, ensuring a common understanding and consistent approach.
- Proactively ensure effective collaboration towards shared outcomes across sector/programmes teams engaged in DS programming within Concern Somalia/Somaliland.
- Provide technical support and continued capacity strengthening to Concern Somalia programming, staff and partners on Durable Solutions and Urban Livelihoods approaches and activities.
- Ensure Concern approaches to DS attainment reflect frameworks such as Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) DS framework, Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDDS) Solution Framework and the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF).
- Contribute to Concern’s vision and leadership in adaptive management.
- Liaise with Technical Advisors and other actors to ensure programme quality.
- Support roll out of the Country Strategic Plan and contribute to internal reporting.
Programme and Financial Management and Reporting
- Assume overall responsibility for Concern’s DFID-funded Enhancing Conditions for Durable Solutions for IDPs and Returning Refugees in Somalia Programme (known as ‘Danwadaag’), working closely in collaboration with DS Programme Manager and team, and ensuring cohesive, effective and timely contributions of fellow sector-specific Coordinators and their teams.
- Lead Durable Solutions reporting, communication and visibility, proposals and fundraising efforts.
- Work with Finance team to ensure sound financial management including oversight of programme budgets, regular review of management accounts, expenditure reporting and compliance.
- Work with Logistics to ensure timely procurement in line with donor and internal requirements.
- Ensure high quality, timely narrative reports, aligned with expenditure reports, and respond to queries.
- Ensure high quality programme interventions, providing technical guidance, sustained support and planning/contracting oversight for field staff, partners and consultants.
- Work closely with DS PM, Field Coordinator, Partner Support Accountant and Grants & Information Manager to monitor partner activity progress and critically review reports (financial and narrative).
Human Resource Management
- Line manage, support and mentor Baidoa-based Durable Solutions Programme Manager (and other staff as the portfolio expands and per request of PD).
- Strengthen capacity of programme staff engaging in DS and related urban Livelihoods programming, through provision of training, active mentoring and technical support.
- Support identification of DS staffing needs and ensure timely recruitments.
- Ensure and promote compliance to Security, Code of Conduct and Associated Policies including Safeguarding.
External Relationships and Funding
- Represent Concern as a strategic thinker and technical leader in Somalia DS work in external fora.
- Take the lead on identification of suitable funding opportunities and development of Durable Solutions and Graduation programme proposals, supported by Grants & Information Manager and PD.
- Collaborate with Technical Advisors, ReDSS and Consortium counterparts (supported by Deputy Programme Director as relevant) to develop, produce and disseminate DS technical-advocacy pieces aimed at donors, Government and external stakeholders.
- Represent Concern in DS Technical Working Groups, both Consortia and Government led. Ensure CD and PD regularly updated on programme progress and critical issues for raising to Steering Committee level.
- Maintain effective relations with donors, consortium members and Consortium Management Units, and with relevant Government focal points.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
- Provide overall vision and leadership for Concern’s DS and Graduation measurement efforts: process & outcome monitoring, Value for Money, results framework and logframe indicator value updates.
- Lead DS team development and tracking of annual and quarterly work plans. Ensure staff regularly gather and document activity and output data, as well as key learning and recommendations.
- Collaborate with and provide technical support to the M&E unit in designing and conducting DS-related surveys; support sound data analysis and lead strategic adjustment of work plans and key decisions.
- Conduct frequent supervision and monitoring visits to programme areas (per security clearance) and identify any issues needing attention related to implementation, donor compliance and programme quality standards.
- Take responsibility for the implementation of learning and recommendations from external or internal reviews/evaluations and donor feedback.
- Remain updated on context (esp. displacement trends) to ensure continued programming relevance.
- Collaborate with Deputy Programme Director to continually ensure, strengthen and demonstrate quality and accountability in programming, including through demonstrable consideration of cross-cutting issues such as conflict sensitivity, equality and protection.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree in International Development/Relations, Livelihoods, Urban Planning, or related field.
- At least 5 years professional experience with a humanitarian/development agency, of which at least 3 overseas, with minimum 2 years in a senior management role.
- Prior working experience in complex, insecure operational environments.
- Past experience of working on programmes and issues affecting displacement-affected communities, and demonstrable keen interest in trends and policies relating to solutions to protracted displacement.
- Prior experience implementing livelihoods programming, preferably in urban/peri-urban contexts.
- Ability to foster effective collaboration on multi-sector programmes.
- Evidence of strong, proactive leadership in complex multi-stakeholder contexts, including Consortia.
- Critical thinker able to apply learning towards effective programming.
- Experience interpreting data and writing high quality reports to a rigorous technical standard.
- Excellent English language communication skills; abilities in networking and influencing at different levels.
- Strong proposal and report-writing writing skills and prior success in accessing funding from diverse sources.
- Ability to represent the organisation in external meetings (cluster/working groups, consortia, donors), share timely information and influence key stakeholders.
- Experience developing and managing complex donor budgets.
- Experience working with institutional donors, e.g. DFID, EU, USAID.