Kenya: Consortium Director – Somalia Cash Consortium (Nairobi-based)

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Organization: Concern Worldwide
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 20 Dec 2017

Consortium Director – Somalia Cash Consortium (Nairobi-based)

About the role: This is a 2-year, new role with accompanied terms based in Nairobi, Kenya with 30% travel to Somalia, and a salary of Grade 6 €44,883 – €49,871.

You will report to Concern’s Country Director – Somalia and will line-manage the Consortium Finance & Systems Director and the Consortium Programme Manager.

Background: The “*Coordinated implementation of Cash Assistance to support Somali Households (CASH) affected by disaster*” is a €35million 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.

Your purpose: This position demands a dynamic individual with demonstrable ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment. The Consortium Director will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership, and direction of the Somalia Cash Consortium in close coordination with the donor, consortium members and other partners. S/he will drive innovative practice, overseeing the consortium’s technical matters and drive for added value, aligned with global best practice and adapted appropriately to Somalia context. S/he must be effective working with senior government officials, influencing donor and government policy and strategy, based on new evidence or technical developments. S/he will ensure that all elements of the Somalia Cash Consortium will coordinate effectively to deliver the commitments of the consortium in an efficient, effective and economical manner.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, management and clear strategic direction of the consortium;

  • Manage, supervise and support all staff employed in the Consortium Management Unit (CMU) and ensure that the team fulfil their responsibilities; Coordinate and supervise the recruitment of the CMU;

  • Lead the development and maintenance of a coherent consortium strategy and strong partnership ethos;

  • Protect and promote the vision, mission and interests of Concern Worldwide and the consortium with external audiences, representing the consortium with donor(s) and government authorities, and relevant stakeholders;

  • Establish, maintain and coordinate successful relationships with numerous stakeholders and actors (UN, NGOs) intervening in a similar sector;

  • Provide regular and open/transparent communication between consortium partners through secretariat support to the consortium steering committee;

  • Oversee efficient use of resources and achievement of results;

  • Ensuring members are fully abreast, committed to and engaged with the agreed processes and governance and objectives of the consortium;

  • Provide technical leadership for program activities including conceptualizing, designing, implementing and monitoring innovative, cutting-edge programming activities creating opportunities for experience sharing and learning to support the achievement of outcomes and impact;

  • Lead the drafting and dissemination of position papers, statements, reports and releases on the consortium’s engagements including formal presentations, engaging key stakeholders;

  • Identify opportunities for increased impact/ added value of consortium approach, influencing sectoral actors based on evidence and generating additional funding sources to expand the potential of the programme;

  • Conduct regular programme visits to ensure the Consortium Members have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the programmes to ensure accurate representation of the Consortium;

  • Represent the consortium with the donor and negotiate on behalf of the consortium on any contractual or obligatory issues;

  • Ensure consortium members are delivering quality and harmonised programming aligned with agreed timelines and objectives and ensure members implement accountability activities agreed by Consortium members and tracking progress against the consortium accountability framework

  • Lead Programme Steering Committee and Programme Management Committee meetings.

Any other duties as assigned by your line manager.

Skills and Experience Required:

Essential:

  • Appropriate qualification at Master’s degree level in development related field.

  • A background in resilience/cash based programming experience, working in Somalia context is a distinct advantage.

  • Proven experience (at least 5 years) in senior programme management and leadership positions working in international development.

  • Experience acting in a technical leadership role within the resilience/cash sector.

  • Experience of working with major international donors, particularly ECHO and DFID.

  • Strong influencing, analytical, interpersonal, communication and organisation skills.

  • Strong coordination skills specifically with the ability to effectively coordinate among consortium members.

  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with senior representatives of donor, INGO and Government structures and to represent the consortium at national or international level.

  • Strong experience of financial management and donor compliance processes.

  • Experience in the design and use of monitoring and evaluation systems.

  • At least 6 years’ experience working in or managing consortium structures.

  • Required Competencies: Managing yourself; Leadership; Communication & working with Others; Delivering Results; Creativity & Innovation; Influence, Advocacy, Networking; Change.

    Desirable:

  • A grants and systems management background.

How to apply:

All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net 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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