Area Manager


Job Description

CARE International is a humanitarian aid organization fighting global poverty, with a particular focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organization, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development projects and providing emergency relief. We believe supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities.

CARE International in Somalia is seeking to recruit an Area Manager for the above-mentioned project. This position will be responsible for the overall implementation for the DFID-funded LNGB AGES project under CARE Somalia’s Urban Youth Program, which aims to provide tailored, sustainable solutions to develop literacy, numeracy and key life skills for the most marginalized girls in South Somalia. AGES will target the hardest to reach among girls out of school, specifically girls engaged in child labor, married, and divorced girls, internally displaced persons (IDPs), girls from minority clans and excluded groups, and pastoralists. The Area Manager will work very closely with the Ministries of Education in State and local communities and school administrations. The post holder will be based in MOGADISHU and will be reporting to the Education Initiative Manager.

Roles & responsibilities

Result Area 1 –Project Delivery.

To be responsible for all aspects of delivering a high quality and accountable program in MOGADISHU.

A) Implementation Management.

  • Providing support to all partners and staff in the LNGB project providing technical guidance at all stages of the project.
  • Ensuring timely implementation and reporting of project work under each of the outputs.
  • Work with the M & E and Knowledge manager on M & E plan that can help measure the progress and impact of the project and the Urban youth program at large.
  • Work closely with the ministry of education, local communities, CECs, and project partners to enroll out of school adolescent girls in school.
  • Support the M & E staff and project officers to track the enrolment, attendance, retention and learning for the enrolled girls.
  • Mobilize communities and local leadership, men, and boys to support the project and the education of adolescent girls.
Cross Cutting themes.

  • Work with the Gender and Accountability Advisor unit to ensure that interventions are gender and conflict sensitive.
  • In collaboration with the Governance Advisor identify issues and engage in advocacy with relevant stakeholders
40% of time Result Area 2–Partnerships

§ Ensure strong collaborative relationships with strategic partners involved within the program area. ** § Ensure strong collaborative relationships are developed between the intended impact group, CARE, and partner staff. Ensure strong input by the intended impact group in program strategy, design, and monitoring ** § Identify partner capacity needs and provide input to the Education Manager where strategic partners need specific capacity building support that can be provided by CARE** § Ensure strong collaborative relationships with key government departments and relevant private sector organizations/ ** § Ensure the program is implemented in line with partnership principles as outlined in CI policies. ** 20% of time Result Area 3- Staff management

§ Oversee field staff as appropriate § Apply performance Management Systems to ensure consistent, strong performance within the team.

§ Identify capacity gaps and recommend opportunities to build the capacity of direct reports and other program staff to ensure implementation in line with CI principles and CARE policies § Collaborate with Education Manager and Program Coordinator for staff training/capacity building on areas of key focus (gender, governance, civil society, M&E, advocacy, conflict) 15% of time Result Area 4 - Representation Coordination and Stakeholder management

As overall responsible for the operations in the region; he/ she will ensure that CARE maintains excellent and productive relations with all key stakeholders, especially beneficiaries, local authorities, and the humanitarian community. Tasks include: § Overall area representation of CARE at relevant and senior forums/ meetings, § Ensuring other staff are appropriately representing CARE at relevant forums/ meetings, § Conducting regular stakeholder analyses to ensure that CARE has good understanding of dynamics/ relationships, § Ensuring that all staff maintain beneficiaries and communities at the center of CARE’s stakeholder list, § Engaging in coordination processes amongst local authorities and key stakeholders and within the organization for greater impact within the programs.

20% of time Result Area 5 – Staff safety and security.

The area manager has a role in ensuring staff safety and security with Technical Support from the Staff and program Security Advisor. As such, she will be responsible for ensuring programs are delivered in a safe and secure manner. Key tasks include:
  • Work to ensure that security management protocols and procedures are updated, made locally relevant and applied consistently,
  • Work with the security advisor to ensure that risks to staff, beneficiaries and assets are mitigated through a deterrence, acceptance, protection, and program-enabling lens.
5% of time Required Qualifications (minimum requirements)

  • Minimum undergraduate degree in Education.
  • At least 5 years experience working in conflict/post conflict context, with preferred work experience in Somalia.
  • At least 3 years experience in a project or Program Management setting
  • At least 2 years’ experience in working with pastoralist communities in Africa, preferably in the Horn
  • Demonstrated experience in development and recovery programming
  • Demonstrated experience in program assessments, problem analysis and Program Design
  • Team player, who can develop strong collaborative relations across the organization, in both the program and program support departments
  • Good leadership and negotiating skills
  • Proven capacity of managing programs through partnerships
  • Strong gender and conflict analysis skills, and the ability to articulate and design programs using a rights-based approach
  • Proven budgeting and financial management skills
  • Ability to develop and articulate program ideas related to Peacebuilding, governance, and civil society
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and coach field staff
  • Ability to work and live under difficult conditions.
Decision Making Authority

Contributory/collaborative: Program design, program strategy, program approaches, fundraising, and development of partnerships.

Final decision-making authority: Day to day grant/project management, reporting, staff management, implementation Key Relationships

Reporting to:
  • Education Manager.
Working closely with
  • Head of Office –Mogadishu
  • Advisors, other area managers.
  • Security advisor (advisory role in program design and management from a security point of view)
  • Finance Department (for budget preparation and financial management)
  • Financial Risks & Grant Management Unit (grants to partners, compliance)
  • Other program support departments (for logistics, procurement, HR issues etc.)
  • Local governments’ technical departments at ministry and regional level
  • Municipal and regional government
  • Local NGO partners – with emphasis on strategic partners
  • Communities
  • UN agencies, international NGOs working in the same geographic areas/sectors
  • Clusters/working groups
  • Universities and research centers
Direct Reports

  • Senior project officers
  • Other staff as needed
Working Conditions

This is a posting in MOGADISHIU in with frequent travel to project sites depending on security conditions. Security situation in is currently calm. The climate is hot and dry.

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