FFO/BMZ/GIZ Project Director

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 February 2020
  • Somalia
  • Closing on 5 April 2020

Job Description


Title: FFO/BMZ/GIZ Project Director - National/international

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.


Save the Children is seeking a Project Director for its proposed 2-3 years FFO/BMZ and any potential funding from the Federal gov’t of Germany projects in Somalia designed to deliver integrated emergency food security/livelihoods assistance, health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and child protection (CP) services to drought-affected communities in Puntland, Somaliland, and South Central regions of Somalia and Somaliland, Through these projects, SC will respond to food insecurity, reducing mortality and morbidity levels and increase wellbeing among drought and conflict-affected communities in Somalia through integrated, multi-sectoral programming. We are currently seeking a senior-level Project Director to lead these critical projects in Somalia.

The Project Director (PD)’s base of operations is TBD with up to 75% travel to Puntland, Somaliland, and South Central regions of Somalia to work with Program Managers and FSL, health, nutrition, WASH and CP program teams to provide management and operational guidance, support monitoring and evaluation, and ensure quality of the project. He/she will also ensure effective financial and operational management of the project. The Project Director will represent the projects to FFO, BMZ and other key stakeholders in Somalia, ensuring participation in key technical working groups and sectors (including Cash), and ensuring all projects contribute to the Humanitarian–Development Nexus.

Location: TBC



  • Minimum seven years of demonstrable professional experience in implementing multi sector programs and at least of five years’ experience in a leadership role in the implementation of projects relevant to FSL and either health, nutrition, WASH or child protection within a complex country program in an emergency response or fragile state

· Master’s degree or equivalent experience in development, humanitarian response, technical sector (FSL, health, nutrition, WASH or protection), or related field is required.

· Prior experience designing and managing FFO/BMZ and/or German gov’t funded food security programs ; familiarity with federal regulations is critical

· Strong track record in managing portfolios greater than USD 10 million, with proven experience in project management, including budget management and oversight

· In depth knowledge and experience of logistics systems and requirements in a multi field office, multi program setting

· Experience with remote management and cash programming

· Prior experience living and working in conflict or emergency settings.

· Flexibility and the ability to effectively adjust expectations to on-the ground realities, while adhering to humanitarian minimum standards.

· Strength in inspiring and enabling others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives.

· Strong understanding of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus in practice, with experience in designing projects that contribute to achieving the Nexus.

· Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

· Experience of building and developing the capacity of Supply Chain staff through the use of training, performance management frameworks and development plans.

· Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically

· Experience in project managing significant and diverse construction projects within a challenging environment

· Previous experience of managing and developing large teams and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others

· Excellent interpersonal and team skills.

· Excellent IT skills.

· Fluency in written and spoken English

· Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles


· Previous Project Director experience

· Prior experience in Somalia

· Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Somalia

· Technical experience and background in various components involved in food security projects including, but not limited to voucher/cash transfers, food distribution, market assessments, post distribution monitoring, etc.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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