Programme Manager – Peace and Stabilisation Programme
Background The Danish Embassy is part of the Danish Foreign Service. The Embassy covers Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and the Seychelles. The Embassy is an ambitious, high-paced and dynamic workplace with approximately 60 employees. The Embassy’s work in Somalia is guided by the Danish Policy Paper for Somalia, the Danish Peace and Stabilisation Programme for the […]
The Danish Embassy is part of the Danish Foreign Service. The Embassy covers Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and the Seychelles. The Embassy is an ambitious, high-paced and dynamic workplace with approximately 60 employees. The Embassy’s work in Somalia is guided by the Danish Policy Paper for Somalia, the Danish Peace and Stabilisation Programme for the Horn of Africa and the Danish Country Programme for Somalia. For more information about the Embassy, see www.kenya.um.dk and www.somalia.um.dk
The Embassy is seeking to recruit an experienced, proactive and analytical full-time programme manager. We are looking for a team player with a positive personality, who is results-oriented, professional, a strong networker and with solid experience in development project and programme management in the field of peace and stabilisation, preferably in the Horn of Africa.
You will be working in the Politics, Stabilisation and Human Rights team together with 6 colleagues. The team is placed in the Somalia Unit of the Danish Embassy in Kenya. The main tasks of the Politics, Stabilisation and Human Rights Team is to oversee and monitor the implementation of the Danish Peace and Stabilisation Programme for the Horn of Africa (PSP HOA), monitor and report on the political and security situation in Somalia, contribute to formulating Danish policies and programmes in Somalia, implement Danish human rights engagement in Somalia including engagement related to children’s and women’s rights.
As Programme Manager you will be responsible for the implementation, monitoring, administration and coordination of the PSP-HOA. This encompasses applying the Danish development aid management systems, including the digital programme, financial management and result framework inter-faces. The PSP-HOA is a whole-of-government programme engaging the Danish Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Development, Defence, Justice and the Office of the Prime Minister with advisors from several of these ministries. The Programme is implemented across the Horn of Africa with a particular focus on Somalia.
Your main task will be to coordinate the implementation of the overall programme in cooperation with the Team Leader, including engaging with partners and advisors, monitoring results, ensuring sufficient and qualitative reporting and managing the overall budget. As Programme Manager you will also be responsible for project management of specific engagements in Somalia under the PSP-HOA. It is expected that you will contribute with strategic inputs towards developing the PSP-HOA further and that you contribute with strong inputs for analysis and reporting on the security situation in Somalia. You are, overall, expected to show the flexibility required for an optimal handling of tasks across the Somalia Unit at the Embassy and thus might be requested to take on other tasks if need be.
Main tasks and responsibilities
Programme Management. This entails overall coordination between thematic programmes, projects and embassies/advisors engaged on the PSP HOA, including managing the overall budget, monitoring and reporting on results and ensuring synergies when relevant including using the MFA management and digitalised tools.
Project Management for the engagements implemented in Somalia. This includes monitoring work plans and budgets and reporting on results, providing strategic inputs meetings with partners and coordination with national and international partners.
Participate in relevant aid coordination working groups.
Networking with local and international partners, analysists and experts.
Inputting to political analysis of the Team (mainly on stabilisation and security).
With the team ensuring a focus on the hum-dev-peace nexus.
The Programme Manager reports to the Politics, Stabilisation and Human Rights team leader and will work closely with all 6 team members.
Education and Desired Experience
– Master’s Degree (ideally in political science, peace, stabilisation and/or development studies, security studies or similar).
– 5-10 years working experience with project and programme and financial management within stabilisation, governance or human rights programme and solid knowledge of managing budgets, reporting and monitoring preferably using digital platforms.
– 5-10 years of working experience in the Horn of Africa and strong knowledge of local, national and regional political and security dynamics.
– Working experience with the field of peace, stabilisation and security, preferably in the Horn of Africa.
– Experience with working in teams including contributing to the work, engagements of the colleagues and the whole team and pro-actively contribute to the synergies between the different work streams in the Team and overall, in the Somalia Unit.
Skills, Knowledge and Attributes
– A pro-active, positive, open-minded, and results-oriented attitude and approach to handling many different and sometimes complex assignments.
– Openness and willingness to learn from others.
– A structured mind-set and work habits and strong planning and coordination skills.
– A high sense of responsibility.
– Excellent command of English. Knowledge of Somali will be considered an asset.
– Ability to foster and maintain networks.
– An exciting, inter-cultural and dynamic work environment with a wide range of diverse tasks and assignments.
– Working independently with interesting and stimulating tasks under the supervision of the Team Leader.
– Great opportunities for further development of your professional and personal competences.
– A large degree of self-dependence.
– Travelling in the Horn of Africa and particularly to Somalia.
How to Apply
Interested individuals are invited to submit a 1-page Letter of Motivation CV, proof of relevant education, recommendations and 2-3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 3rd of March 2021 at 4PM EAT
The email subject should be “PROGRAMME MANAGER- PEACE AND STABILISATION PROGRAMME’’
Please note that we will not consider late and applications that are not done in the requested format.
The Royal Danish Embassy encourages all relevant applicants to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, personal background, etc.
Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. The applicant must present a “No Criminal Record” and pass the security clearance prior to appointment.