DAI Deputy Team Leader (Somalia Stability Fund) Jobs in Nairobi Kenya 2013

Deputy Team Leader – Somalia Stability Fund
DAI is an employee-owned global development company.
For 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governments, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 60 countries.
Our integrated development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines—crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS and disease control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change.
Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.
About the Programme
The UK Prime Minister’s London Conference on Somalia (February 2012) concluded that support for local stability should be in accordance with the New Deal for engagement in fragile states and build on the stabilisation strategies prepared by relevant authorities, including the Intergovernmental Authority and the Government of Somalia .
Improved coordination of international support to build stability and a need to integrate political, security and development initiatives was recognised.  To that end, the Conference announced the establishment of a multi-donor Somalia Stability Fund (SSF) and a set of principles to guide international support.
The donors contributing to the SSF (Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom) reviewed existing funding mechanisms to Somalia and agreed that a new, multi-donor Fund was required.
The SSF offers donors a means to respond rapidly and flexibly to the ebb and flow of opportunity that Somalia’s complex operating environment offers, to develop an approach that fully integrates political, security and development interventions, and to improve the coherence and impact of international support to promote stability.
The Fund offers Somali stakeholders a source of multi-year funding that can respond to local, small-scale needs and opportunities, provide resources equitably across Somalia to take to scale existing programmes and establish new initiatives, and can link local interventions to regional and national political processes.
The SSF will incorporate innovative approaches to promote transparency, manage risk, and monitor results.
Its governance structure is designed to promote coordination and cooperation with other programmes and to allow representation of core international and Somali stakeholders, while ensuring it is sufficiently agile to capitalise on opportunities and leverage greater impact from complementary programming.
The aim of the fund is to provide sustained support over the longer term to local processes of building stability in Somalia, and to help areas become stable over the medium-term, whilst linking them to national processes.
It seeks to be flexible, and to respond to an evolving context and lessons learnt, addressing priorities and approaches set out by local stakeholders.
The Fund aims to provide sustained and graduated support to stability issues in the short, medium, and longer term as needed.

The Fund’s expected outcome is to provide more stability for poor Somalis by building peace and security, strengthening administrations, and improving infrastructure and services.

It will fund development projects led and implemented by communities, support legitimate and representative local administrations, and increase the number of inclusive local, regional and national peace agreements. SSF outputs are:
  • A greater number of inclusive local, regional and national peace settlements.
  • A greater number of communities who are safe and more secure.
  • Target communities’ priority development needs met.
  • A greater number of legitimate and representative local administrations
  • International support to local areas of stability is better managed and coordinated.
DAI is seeking an experienced Deputy Team Leader who will be responsible for all operational aspects of the Project, including oversight of grant, logistics, finances, and subcontracts, and administrative matters.
S/He will deputise for the Team Leader as required, leading on the annual workplanning process, and will act as a liaison between Somali-based teams and the project office.
Based in Nairobi,  the Deputy Team Leaderwill be expected to travel to Somalia on a regular basis.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Overall responsibility for project administration as the Team Leader’s delegated representative.
  • Directly supervise Operations personnel – including Logistics, HR, finance, procurement and grants.
  • Support the Team Leader in the day to day management of the grants programme and the activities fund, including procurement, tracking of results and administrative oversight
  • Deputise on behalf of the Team Leader when required
  • Serve as liaison with other project components (including Regional Managers)  on matters of project operations
  • Serve as the Team Leader’s advisor on all contractual and financial matters with the donors, Partners, and Subcontractors and play a key role in the preparation of the budget
  • Work with counterpart consultants to improve systems, policies, procedures, and structures in targeted governmental and non-governmental institutions.
  • Provide support to the technical components of the project to help staff overcome specific bottlenecks and to provide results documentation and publicity for a wider audience.
  • Assist technical staff with planning and preparation of grants and activities
  • Assist in the documentation of project results, via contributions to articles, reports and other deliverables.
  • With Team Leader, oversee programme’s annual workplanning and budgeting process.
  • Maintain project results files and documentation of deliverables achievement, including regular drafting and compilation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports, as indicated by the Team Leader
  • Recruit and manage new staff with Team Leader
Requirements
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in international development, with at least 5 years in management positions in fragile states, conflict contexts.
  • Experience and strong understanding of governance and stability issues in Horn of Africa.
  • Previous management experience in Somalia essential
  • Proven understanding of how to do business in Somalia, with established networks through which to mobilise support and smooth operations.
  • Experience in managing international and national teams from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Programme strategy development experience, including work planning, and activity budgeting
  • Experienced in DFID systems and processes, including demonstrated understanding of the value for money agenda, and its application to programme implementation and monitoring.
  • Ability to oversee programme financial manager, with proven experience in financial accountability.
Project Start Date: May 2013
Duration: 29 to 41 months
Application Deadline: 28th February 2013
 
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