View Vacancy - Senior Programme Manager (Counter Extremism Programme) - Nairobi & Somalia (46/17 NR)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
CSSF - Conflict Stability and Security Fund

Main purpose of job:

The Somalia Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) is a cross-government programme of c£30m annually designed to tackle the drivers of instability and deliver the UK’s Security Strategy in Somalia. Working with policy leads across the UK Government, you will be responsible for direct management of the Counter Extremism  Programme within that portfolio. This includes major flag-ship projects, for example work with former Al Shabaab fighters and strategic communications. The projects are high-profile, high-risk, complex and the delivery environment is challenging. However, the portfolio is critical to achieving sustainable peace and political settlement in Somalia. Even small gains can have a tangible impact on the ground.

The Programme is overseen by a programme board composed of policy leads from across the British Embassy Mogadishu and UK Government Somalia teams in London. The job-holder will be responsible for contributing to this programme board and ensuring it makes good, timely decisions, balancing the risks and benefits, and that these decisions are implemented. You will liaise with a wide range of external stakeholders including international partners and project implementers.

Roles and responsibilities

Programme Management:

Overall responsibility for day-to-day oversight and delivery of the programme, responding to challenges and obstacles, and reviewing progress against the programme objectives.

  • Develop the programme strategy and design on behalf of the programme board, making use of the policy team expertise as needed, ensuring that the programme design will deliver the strategy and is well evidenced
  • Coordinate appropriate and robust monitoring, evaluation and verification activities working with the CSSF team M&E Officer, including working with existing third party monitors.
  • Convene meetings of the programme board, flagging key issues to policy leads and seeking agreement within the programme board’s delegated tolerances
  • Work closely with project implementers to ensure that good project management is taking place, risks are being addressed, plans are on track, and to be the primary communications link on programme delivery
  • Identify, record, assess, mitigate and monitor risks at programme and project level including around human rights abuses and fiduciary risk. Report on key risks to the Local      Strategy Board when necessary.
  • Present financial and narrative reporting to the Local Strategy Board and CSSF system as needed
  • Support the CSSF Finance Officer with financial and budget management of the projects including generating accurate and agile forecasting and ensuring HMG gets value for money from implementers and suppliers. Track, chase and process payments against projects. Ensure that financial due diligence is conducted on implementing partners.
  • Lead on procurement and contracting processes including working with political colleagues to negotiate MoUs with the Federal Government, UN and implementing agencies.
  • Ensure the programme is compliant with CSSF cross-cutting requirements including conflict and gender sensitivity

Experience of working in a project or programme environment particularly financial, risk and planning management skills

Previous experience of counter extremism projects/programmes or communications and would be an advantage. Experience of activities or delivery in a Conflict environment
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service
19 January 2018
C4 (L)
Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
British High Commission
1 March 2018
1 March 2020
  • It is essential that the applicants already have the right to live and work in Kenya without the need to apply for a work permit
  • The British High Commissionin in Nairobi is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.
  • Staff members recruited locally by the British High Commissionin in Nairobi and British Embassy Mogadishu are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Kenyan employment law.
  • Spouses/registered partners of UK Based Staff, are able to work within the BHC/BCG but their salary will be abated at the appropriate tax rates.
  • Reference checking, medical checks and security clearances will be conducted.
  • Regular (approx 2 per month) travel to Mogadishu, under UK Government duty of care, will be required
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