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Senior Program Officer, Somalia

Job Description


The position will lead in grant acquisition and management of a grant portfolio. Actively build donor relationship in support of acquisition. The job holder will lead program and proposal development and design for high-value, competitive, complex funding opportunities, in line with WVSom strategy. S/he will help with the review monthly, quarterly and annual reports for submission to donors and Support Offices (SOs) ensuring quality compliance and donor satisfaction. The position will also support the creation and promotion of strategic alliances with donors, multilateral agencies, and other NGOs for purposes of resources mobilization.


Programming & Proposal Development:

  • Pursue resource mobilization opportunities aligned to World Vision Somalia strategy and capacity.

  • Mobilize and lead cross-functional proposal development teams.

  • Anticipate, plan, and write proposals with high win rate.

  • With the support of Quality Assurance (QA) team - regularly apply learning, emerging innovations, and best practices from project evaluations, field visit reports, project reports across the program, and from other NGOs and donors to new proposals.

Program Reporting & Donor Compliance:

  • Provide timely, detailed and quality program reports to Support Offices and donors.

  • Ensure WVS’ success stories are shared with communications to enhance the visibility of programming.

  • Support monitoring and bring up implementation or compliance challenges with QA, Ops Managers, PDU Manager and donors.

External Engagement and competitive intelligence gathering:

  • Establish or strengthen linkages and networks with key donors and strategic partners to gather donor intelligence and build collaborative relationships.

  • Advise WV on potential fundraising opportunities arising.

  • Research, monitor, and utilize shifting donor strategy, funding, or regulatory information, and advise PDQA and Operations leadership of emerging trends that could positively or negatively affect the program.

Field Support:

  • Plan and lead start-up workshop or process to ensure comprehensive hand-over of project to Project Manager and wider grant project teams.

  • Use meetings and other forums to engage with operations staff to gather emerging challenges, lessons learned, and innovations to apply to future proposals.

  • As required, support Operations in implementation challenges with hands-on capacity building and support in the field.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Development studies or related field

  • 3 to 5 years international programming experience in a grant funded humanitarian and / or emergency program. Preferably with one or two previous assignments in a fragile context.

  • Training in humanitarian standards is desirable with specific training in donor requirements e.g. OFDA, DFID, GAC, ADH and Europe Aid.

  • Proven experience in networking with donors and partners to bring about funding opportunities.

  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize cross-functional proposal team (technical, ops, field, finance, M&E, Regional/HQ) with right staff at the right time to meet even the tightest deadlines. Can also effectively mobilize multi-partner proposal development teams.

  • Demonstrate ability to establish and cultivate strong, collaborative relationships.

  • Strong writing skills.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Strong negotiation skills.

  • Strong proposal writing skills.

  • Team player; the ability to mobilize and work as part of a diverse team to achieve the overall goal.

Working Environment/Travel:

  • Work environment: Field based in either Baidoa or Hargaisa. The position requires frequent travel to different offices in Somalia, a dynamic and often insecure context; when in Somalia accommodation is in team houses.

  • Travel: .30-40% travel locally among Somalia and other international destinations required.

  • On call: As required.