Kenya: Head of Operations in Somalia

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Organization: Polish Humanitarian Action – Polska Akcja Humanitarna
Country: Kenya, Somalia
Closing date: 20 Jul 2018

Polish Humanitarian Action is looking for a Head of Operations in Somalia

General information:

Position: Head of Operations

Location: 70% Mogadishu, 30% Nairobi based

Contract details: Permanent/Full-time

Starting date: September 2018

What PAH is about:

Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) is a non-governmental organization employing people who want to make the world a better place. For over 25 years, we have been providing relief in big and small emergencies worldwide alongside with running missions in several countries in crisis. Our interventions of both humanitarian and development character have been carried out in 49 countries so far. We concentrate on ensuring sustainable and stable development of regions suffering consequences of war and/or natural disasters. We possess long-standing expertise in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), but also implement projects in Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), as well as Shelter, Nutrition and Education. For more information, please refer to www.pah.org.pl/eng.

PAH in Somalia:

Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) is present in Somalia since 2011 and implements projects in FSL and WASH. We operate through 2 field offices covering areas in Banadiir, Middle Shabelle and Lower Shabelle.

PAH’s current activities in Somalia include:

  • provision of safe and sufficient water to the communities in emergency (achieved by rehabilitating crucial water points and increased capacity of water points) – including Water for Schools component;
  • construction of gender-sensitive, emergency latrines in the most populated IDP settlements;
  • increasing awareness of hygiene practices among communities, including intensive gender-sensitive hygiene campaigns;
  • direct cash transfers to most vulnerable households in the IDPs settlements;
  • distribution of Shelter materials and WASH NFIs to IDP households affected by evictions, displacement or natural disasters.

Since the establishment of PAH’s mission in Somalia, we have worked with a variety of partners through a diverse funding portfolio. Partnering with local NGOs, iNGOs, UN agencies, institutional donors, local leaders and regional administrations, PAH has been continuing to provide efficient humanitarian aid. Our projects are funded by ECHO, UNICEF, DAP and other donors.

Who PAH is looking for:

PAH in Somalia is looking for a Head of Operations. The person will hold the following responsibilities:

  • Management of Operations Team (Finance & Accounting, HR&Administration, Logistics);
  • Management of operational budget;
  • Supervision of the financial and accounting processes in terms of their accuracy;
  • Coordination of the logistical, HR and administrative necessities of the mission;
  • Providing complete and accurate documentations of all operational processes;
  • Solving operational issues reported by stakeholders (HQ, donors, programs);
  • Continues improvement (capacity building) of operational processes;
  • Administrative costs management and optimization;
  • Contracts management;
  • Ensuring operational compliance with internal procedures, donors requirements and local regulations;
  • Cooperation with external auditors and supervision bodies;
  • Writing monthly/quarterly/annual reports compatible with the guidelines; regular reporting to Head of Mission and HQ;
  • Supporting the team when needed.

What PAH requires:

  • Experience on relevant positions (Operations Manager/Director or Finance Manager/Director) preferably in non-government sector;
  • At least 3 years of experience in managing operational processes within dynamic and challenging operating environments;
  • Proven experience in team management, including different levels of subordination (managers, experts, specialists);
  • Good understanding of HR, accounting, procurement and finance procedures is a must;
  • Budget management experience
  • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload;
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
  • Results orientation, strong organizational and problem solving skills;
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Excellent spoken and written English;
  • Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) will be an asset
  • University degree

What PAH offers:

  • Friendly and cooperative working atmosphere with comprehensive development possibilities
  • A full-time position with a 3-month trial period
  • Psychological Support Package Free accommodation, flights home covered every 3 months, 31 days of paid leave, medical insurance (including Emergency Evacuation) if expatriate

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your application form including a short CV (max.2 pages) and a cover letter in English, no later than July 20th.

Please do not include photos in your application documents.

We kindly inform you that only short-listed candidates will be notified and that we reserve the right to terminate the recruitment process before the application deadline.

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