Program Development Officer Southwest State
SCOPE OF WORK
Program Development Officer
The objectives of this contract are to: 1) Increase confidence in governance based on equitable
participation in decision making and management of community assets. 2) Empower community
and government representatives to engage with private sector and development actors in a
collaborative process for community growth. 3) Increase Somali engagement in creating a more
stable future. 4) Support inclusive, sustainable development by reducing gender gaps in
stabilization and development.
The Program Development Officer will support the timely and accurate implementation of
activities and support grant development.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Lead the development and implementation of a strategic and compliant portfolio of
• Interact constantly with senior staff on program related issues such as grant
development, context analysis and reporting, grant monitoring and evaluation.
• Provides senior level program, operations, and contextual weekly updates to the
• Ensure that all reports are properly written and submitted as per workplan and grant
milestones, ensure direct beneficiary communication is held in regard to progress of the
activities and submission progress report as per milestones.
• Liaise with local partners, beneficiaries, NGOs, Donors, etc to ensure coordinated and
effective program implementation and ensuring the proposed budgets costs arc verified
with the current market price before finalizing the grant budgets.
• Participate in coordination with the local government to facilitate USAID, staff, and
Contractors trips to/from Somalia.
• Represents TIS+ in meetings, workshops and conferences as requested by the supervisor
and submit an internal report to the supervisor.
• Ensure that baseline information is collected (GPS, photographs, etc) and provided to
the M&E Specialist for further production and circulation as per when required with full
participation to ensure that the data is productive for reporting purposes.
• Ensure that proper documentation is signed by beneficiaries/trainees/grantees in close
coordination with the central office and other responsible staff (Agreements, waybills,
Completion Certificates, Transfer of ownership, etc) and submitted to the GS in a timely
• Manages the activity evaluation process in the field in close coordination with the M&E
Specialist and central office.
• Ensure that all permits and/or authorizations that may be necessary to implement the
activity arc granted in the shortest possible timeframe.
• Assist with the preparation of accurate Reports, evaluations and other documents as
• In coordination with the Program Activity Specialist (PAS) and/or DCoP, meditate/solve
any conflicts during the development and implementation of the activities.
• Participate in recruitment of additional staff when requested.
• Provide input on procurement for materials and human resources as required, very
quality and quantity as per specification provided.
• In close coordination with the central office, ensure that activity, training, and grants
files are properly completed and maintained in both soft and electronic versions.
• Other duties as assigned.
The Program Development Officer (PDO) reports directly to the Field Coordinator or Deputy
Chief of Party (DCoP) as applicable.
• Four-year university degree in development, sociology, law, social or political science, or other
development-related field required.
• Minimum of five years’ professional experience working with urban and rural populations,
local organizations, and/or communities in Somalia.
• In-depth knowledge of the communities where TIS+ is operating and the ability to identify
potential interventions that will contribute toward program strategy and objectives.
• Ability to oversee and coordinate the financial and administrative management of program
activities including budget management and procurement
• Experience working on social or political development projects required and experience
identifying, developing, and managing projects for an international organization preferred.
• Demonstrated experience in community participation/engagement-type projects required.
• Ability to network and identify appropriate local partners and grantees and support reformoriented
entities and local and international organizations design and develop activities.
• Ability to draft well written succinct reports and grant ideas forms.
• Fluency in spoken and written Somali, and high proficiency in spoken and written English.
• Willingness and ability to travel throughout Somalia and to Nairobi, Kenya.
• Computer literacy required with proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word and
Excel. Knowledge of Microsoft Access preferred.
Baidoa with extensive travel in southern and central Somalia.
LEVEL OF EFFORT:
One year with possible extension up to two years.
Applications and detailed CV to be sent by June 23, 2016. Applications will only be accepted via
the following link:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Women applicants are strong
encouraged to apply.