DAI Team Leader / Fund Manager Jobs vacancy in Nairobi Kenya 2013
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 and dynamic Team Leader / Fund Manager to lead the Fund.
- Provide overall strategic direction to the Fund, have responsibility for meeting the Fund objectives
- Ensure the development and management of a wide range of potential projects that build and maintain the stability of local areas and link into a process of national reconciliation.
- Provide overall programme management to the Fund
- Act as spokesperson for the Fund, representing and advocating its work on global platforms
- Serve as primary liaison between Funders (DFID,Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and the United Arab Emirates), DAI, and grantees.
- Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the overall programme, and timely submission of reports
- Overall responsibility for performance and results monitoring of the fund
- Supervise and coordinate the work of all long- and short-term staff and subcontractors.
- Oversee Grants and Finance Managers in grantee management including financial and programme implementation and monitoring
- Proven track record in developing and delivering flexible and responsive grant mechanisms in a conflict affected states from the bottom-up and that are rooted in the realities of specific local contexts.
- Creative, innovative thinker with the ability to integrate support on political, security and development issues.
- Experience developing and implementingrobust, flexible and innovative approaches to political, personnel, and financial risk management.
- At least 10 years of experience managing long-term international donor-funded development programmes, particularly programmes in conflict-affected states. Experience with DFID procurement and management requirements strongly preferred.
- Ability to travel and work in Somalia, with a proven contact base and a strong understanding of Somali politics, culture and clan dynamics.
- Experience setting up and managing multi-donor funding mechanicals, particularly in fragile states in East Africa.
- Experience overseeing grant and/or challenge funds, including:
- Financial management and compliance, and experience of applying due diligence processes to potential partners.
- Demonstrated experience working on grant management and development of grant mechanisms
- Experience working in conflict affected and fragile states, in politically complex environments, with prior work history in Somalia, East Africa, and/or other Islamic states.
- Experience applying conflict sensitive approaches and do-no-harm principles on the ground.
- Experience working cross-sector, bringing together political, security and development issues.
- Excellent communication skills, including strong presentation and facilitation skills
- English fluent and Somali desirable