Oxfam Novib Somalia / Somaliland is looking for a Consortium Coordinator – Somalia Joint Response
- Deadline for applications: 3 April 2023
- Duty station: Mogadishu, with frequent travel between Somaliland, Puntland, South Central Somalia and Nairobi
- Type of contract: International fixed term contract for 12 months
- Work schedule: Full-time (40 hours per week)
- Reports to: Humanitarian & Resilience Program Manager
- Type of Posting: Single Posting
- Salary & Scale: € 3309 to € 5091 gross / Oxfam Novib’s scale 709 ( Int Grading C1)
- Start date: as soon as possible.
Oxfam is the lead organisation for the Dutch MFA-funded “Somalia Joint Response” (SOMJR under the “Dutch Relief Alliance” – an NGO Alliance), a consortium project implemented by 4 INGOs and 8 LNGOs, with a presence in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia. Since 2019, the SOMJR has been delivering a multisectoral integrated humanitarian response, focusing on the following sectors: Nutrition, WASH, Health, Food Security and Livelihoods, Protection and Multi-Purpose Cash. Accountability and localisation are the key objectives and drivers of the consortium, and considerable budget and resources have been allocated to support joint initiatives in these areas.
NEXUS is a platform of 8 Somali NGOs, supported by Oxfam and Save the Children that aims to shape the future in Somalia and Somaliland and breaks the silos of humanitarian aid, development and peacebuilding interventions. Oxfam’s role within the NEXUS Platform is Fund Manager and lead on Learning and Innovation. This is recognizing that many donors are currently unable to directly fund local NGOs and to support NEXUS members in donor compliance, Program quality and dispersing learning regionally and globally.
Working with others is a fundamental part of Oxfam’s strategy and crucial for us to achieve Oxfam’s vision: most effectively address the root causes of poverty, vulnerability and injustice, and that help strengthen people as empowered agents of their own development. The Oxfam Somalia Program works on life saving and resilience projects in a complex and changeable context. The programme is committed to working with a variety of actors and to further strengthen the capacity of local actors and to shift power to local actors.
OBJECTIVE OF THE POSITION
To manage Oxfam’s commitments as lead of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) consortium delivering the Joint Response Program across Somalia (SOMJR); and to manage Oxfam’s commitments towards the NEXUS locally-led platform (8 leading local NGOs across Somalia, three of whom are Oxfam’s local partners in the SOMJR). This includes grant management, compliance and donor reporting, ensuring program quality, facilitating collaboration, and building and maintaining good partnership relations. The role is also crucial in promoting and coordinating local humanitarian partnerships and leadership – with internal and external stakeholders.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS
Grant and risk management
- Oversee financial compliance, grant/risk management and related areas in line with donor rules and regulations for projects of implemented by local humanitarian partners (SOMJR and NEXUS).
- Oversee management of grants and contracts with SOMJR and NEXUS local partners, ensuring timely release of grant funds, financial monitoring of partner projects and internal budget monitoring that are in compliance with Oxfam’s financial systems; report on progress, status and possible re-adjustments of activities.
- Support development of proposals for new funding opportunities for local partners.
- Upon award of SOMJR and NEXUS-related grants, prepare individual financing agreements for the local partners receiving funding.
- Ensure safe programming and safeguarding processes are in place and mainstreamed across the implemented projects.
- Facilitate all NEXUS core members through Oxfam’s internal due diligence processes.
- Facilitate an external evaluation and reviews of the Programs.
Partner coordination and relationship management
- Liaise with relevant actors, including but not limited to the Dutch Embassy, and the UN Clusters(s) and Coordination forums across the country on the DRA Program.
- Organise regular meetings with SOMJR members and NEXUS partners to report on progress, status and possible re-adjustments of activities; and share and discuss best practices and new initiatives and/or innovations.
- Represent the SOMJR consortium towards government, donors and other stakeholders, with members if necessary.
- Maintain situational awareness including current and upcoming opportunities, economic and political developments, humanitarian risks and challenges; monitor context, give updates to donors and the DRA leadership in the Netherlands.
- Assess and provide recommendations for visibility, and if relevant, develop joint advocacy initiatives with a focus on localisation.
- Represent the SOMJR in relevant DRA working groups and meetings.
Learning and Innovation:
- Ensure cooperation and coordination between the implementing partners regarding Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), knowledge and best practice sharing among member organizations to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery.
- Coordinate and capture learning inputs related to locally-led implementation, nexus programming and the overall localization agenda.
- Directly manage one MEAL Coordinator and matrix management of one Finance Coordinator
Who are we looking for? REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Postgraduate degree in relevant discipline.
- At least 5 years’ experience in managing and coordinating humanitarian/development programs and grants (standalone and in consortia), in collaboration with partners (local and international).
- Proven donor reporting skills and very good understanding of compliance and risk management.
- Experience in donor contract management and understanding of donor regulations, including the effective communication of such towards project stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience in project cycle management, including strategic planning, monitoring & evaluation.
- Very good command of English language, written and spoken.
- A clear understanding of the Grand Bargain, Charter for Change, the localization agenda and CHS; nuanced understanding of partnerships which encourages participation, articulates the rights of partners, alongside managing relational issues.
- Experience in partner capacity strengthening.
- Excellent people, networking and diplomacy skills.
- Experience and understanding of working in volatile and conflict-affected contexts.
- Effective communication and facilitation skills internally and externally towards donors, government and NGOs, superiors, managers, technical experts.
- Leadership capacity to develop a common vision, and capacity to support and develop staff and partners.
- Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity into emergency response programs.
- Understanding of safe programming and PSEA, including related potential risks/mitigation measures in NGO programming.
- Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
- Interest in and commitment to the aims, values and objectives of Oxfam.
- Commitment to humanitarian principles and action, and relevant codes of conduct including CHS, the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, and Oxfam International procedures and other regulatory codes.
WHAT WE OFFER
Oxfam Novib is committed to providing you with a competitive, fair, and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. The salary range for this position is set in scale 709 with a salary range between € 3309 to € 5091 gross per month.
- If you are interested, please click here: Consortium Coordinator – Somalia Joint Response (oxfamnovib.nl). Your application must be received by 3 April 2023 at the latest.
- Only applications submitted through our recruitment portal will be considered.
- Only applicants shortlisted for a post will be contacted. This vacancy is posted both internally and externally at the same time, however with equal suitability the internal candidate will be preferred.
- All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and are subject to appropriate screening checks, including criminal records and terrorism, finance checks and integrity screenings/references relating to misconduct and disciplinary actions in prior employment.
- Oxfam aims to attract a diverse mix of talented people that share our standards, values, principles, and are committed to prevent and eradicate any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. High priority is placed on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.
- We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization. People of all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, colours, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are eligible for this position.
- We work according to our Feminist Principles; female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Oxfam Novib reserves the right, to its sole discretion, not to make agreements regarding this job opening, make an agreement in a lower grade, or to make an agreement with an amended job description.
Acquisition on the occasion of this vacancy is not appreciated.