Programme Manager – Concern Worldwide

Programme Manager, Somalia Cash Consortium

About the role: This is a 1 year (with view to extension), new role with unaccompanied terms based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to Somaliland, Puntland and South-Central Somalia on a salary of Band 3 (€34,106 – €37,895). This position is contingent on donor approval and funding.

You will report to the Somalia Cash Consortium Director and will line manage Programme Assistant and work closely with Programme and M&E Focal Points of Consortium Members, Consortium Management Unit Staff; Concern’s Country Emergency Coordinator, Concern M&E team

We would like you to start February 2018

Job Background:

The “Coordinated implementation of Cash Assistance to support Somali Households (CASH) affected by disaster” is a €10million project to be rolled out in Somalia in 2018, managed by a consortium of six international agencies, led by Concern Worldwide. This specific action will concentrate on addressing the immediate humanitarian challenges facing Somalia through multi-purpose cash assistance. The Consortium has set out both short term and longer term goals with regard to the added value it can bring to the wider cash delivery agenda. Within this, we will seek to contribute to the development of a context appropriate, unified, efficient and effective cash delivery system for Somalia.

Concern Worldwide is a global organisation with programmes operating in 28 countries worldwide supported by our offices in the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Korea and by our affiliate offices in the United States of America.

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Consortium Director and serving as a senior member of the consortium management unit (CMU), the Programme Manager is expected to contribute to the strategic thinking, planning, and overall coordination efforts of the consortium. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that a drive for quality and innovative practice is embedded in the day-to-day implementation of the project, overseeing the consortium’s technical matters related to the building of an efficient and inclusive cash payment programme. S/he will be responsible for ensuring application of standard processes and activities across partner implementation. Specific to consortium M&E, s/he will coordinate the M&E Working Group, ensuring relevant data is collected and applied to decision making. Specific to programme management, s/he will manage, coordinate and consolidate consortium member reporting and programmatic accountability, as well as donor reporting.

Key Responsibilities:

Senior team member of Consortium Management Unit

Leading development and coordinating implementation of cash delivery activities

Leading M&E Working Group, charged with re/developing M&E processes, analysis and application

Developing and managing internal and donor-level consortium reporting

Supporting general programme cycle management of Cash Consortium

Leading the development and dissemination of learning, communication and advocacy initiatives

Represent Cash Consortium at technical coordination and working-group meetings

Specific Responsibilities:

Ensure that consortium validated M&E and programme implementation processes are developed and implemented across the consortium to: Ensure programme goals are met; protect the contractual and reputational interests of Concern Worldwide and the consortium members.

Ensure that sub-grant related processes and procedures are standardised and consistently implemented throughout the programme, including data collection, reporting, timelines and partner capacity-building.

Ensure that programme reporting is adhered to by all consortium member agencies and the Consortium Management Unit (CMU) and communicated clearly to the donor, this includes: proactive follow-up and monitoring of the implementation of the programme; ensuring all narrative reporting is professionally coordinated and compiled on time, accurately and in line with agreed formats.

Manage Cash Consortium Programme Assistant

Maintain a consistent and high level of communication with the consortium members, as well as respond and follow-up to ad-hoc donor and consortium member requests.

Lead development, analysis and revision of post distribution monitoring surveys implemented by the Cash Consortium, ensuring that they are efficient, pertinent to decision making, rigorously cleaned and adapted at appropriate intervals.

Lead the Consortium M&E Working Group (M&E WG), including regular data cleaning and analysis, and present its activities to the wider consortium.

Support members to collect, analyse and keep updated on relevant post distribution monitoring data, innovative approaches and other relevant socio-economic information to inform the cash programme. Recommend and support the implementation of any adjustments needed based on contextual changes.

Capture evidence and learning from programme M&E, case studies and consortium processes in order to test the rigour of the cash consortium approach and ensure that it is future proofed and fit for purpose – leading the drafting and dissemination of position papers and reports on cash-based delivery processes and measurement.

Contribute to the consolidation of programme revisions and writing of new proposals as required.

Work with the Consortium Members to coordinate collection of stories, case studies, pictures, etc. for raising the profile of the humanitarian situation in Somalia

Attend advocacy and communication meetings and calls as appropriate, including NGO Consortium Advocacy Working Group

Represent Cash Consortium at Somalia Cash Working Group Meetings and/or Work Streams, and other relevant coordination fora, in coordination with the Cash Consortium members.

Coordinate with ECHO and other potential donors on specific response actions as requested.

Coordinate all cash responses closely with the BRCiS Consortium IRF and Resilience programmes, managed by NRC Somalia.

Ensure compliance and adherence to Concern programme policies, tools and handbooks, notably the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4).

Support Cash Consortium members to ensure activities are carried out in accordance with agreed consortium standards and timelines, as well as the Sphere Minimum Standards and Humanitarian Charter in disaster response.

Frequent travel to programme locations across Somalia as required for trainings, monitoring and coordination.

Any other duties as assigned by your line manager.

Skills and Experience Required:

Must have at least three (3) years’ experience in the humanitarian/international development sector

University graduate or post-graduate qualification in international development or other relevant discipline or with distinction

Experience working in Somalia or similar remote-management context, ideally applying mobile cash-based delivery

Strong technical experience in monitoring and evaluation, including creating surveys, managing digital data gathering survey processes, cleaning data and applying analysis to decision making and managing evaluation processes.

Ability to work efficiently, utilize complex budgets and build user-friendly tools in Excel

Ability to work closely with field-based national staff and experience utilizing various staff training and adaptive management approaches.

Strong coordination/negotiation skills specifically with the ability to effectively coordinate among consortium members and actively contribute to creating a high-paced, flexible, team-oriented culture

Strong organizational, prioritization and analytical skills, as well as a good understanding of the application of logical and adaptive frameworks

Experience writing original, creative and high quality donor funding proposals, reports, case studies and learning documents

Experience of working on projects funded by major international donors, such as ECHO, DFID and USAID

Fluency in English, both written and verbal; proficiency in Somali language is an added benefit

Willing to spend significant time in Somalia and Somaliland driving project implementation, M&E.


Relevant experiences with cash coordination and cash learning forums.

Post graduate qualification in relevant field

Professional qualification/certificate in monitoring and evaluation and/or programme cycle management

Experience in other professional sector that adds unique value to the job specifications would be advantageous

Experience of working with ECHO as a donor and understanding of ECHO’s cash guidance note

Experience working with national safety net systems

Experience/interest in IT infrastructure

Experience using human-centred design processes

Experience writing surveys in ODK and building visualizations

Experience using statistical analysis software

Experience using InDesign and creating publish-ready communications


All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

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