Programme Manager Northern Africa – Somalia

Programme Manager Northern Africa – Somalia In anticipation of potential new programme funding, SPARK is opening a call for a entrepreneurs support programming, with a focus on scaling existing SMEs, and (more limited in scope) support to start-ups. The Programme Manager can be based in SPARK’s Somaliland office in either Hargeisa or a new office in Mogadishu. Frequent travel throughout the region is required. This vacancy is subject to approval of a new programme in 2019. Main Tasks and Responsibilities The responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to: Responsible for the overall management, reporting and implementation of the programme in collaboration with local partners, in-house experts, external experts and advisors; A key role in logistic, financial and administrative management of the programme implemented by SPARK and its local partners; Supervise financial and administrative management of the programme, among timely submission of reports to institutional donors according their and SPARKs requirements; Providing technical advice and support to staff and partner organisations; Represent SPARK in lobbying, advocacy activities on entrepreneurship for youth; Networking with relevant donors, government institutions and other stakeholders. Work closely with and manage the partner organisations on the start-up of the programme and implementation of the activities Other tasks as required Requirements and Skills A minimum 5 years of relevant working experience in the non-profit sector, dealing with private sector development programming, managing large, multiyear complex projects with budgets exceeding 5 million EUR Large network in the private sector in Somalia Ability to develop relationships with government and other relevant stakeholders Thorough knowledge of the political and economic situation in Somalia Proven organisational and programme implementation skills and the ability to work independently Accurate, structured and precise Excellent networking skills Ability to adjust flexibly to rapidly changing situations Fluent in English, strong writing and reporting skills Arabic & Somali language a strong asset Ability to travel Good communication and social skills, flexibility and the ability to work in a multicultural setting SPARK Offers Full-time contract for 12 months (2 months’ probation period), with the possibility for extension. Training opportunities; A challenging and exciting position in an international environment; A gross monthly salary based on professional experience and based on a fulltime appointment of 40 hours. About SPARK SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 80+ staff members, in more than 14 offices around the world. SPARK supports refugees in the Middle-East by providing them with scholarships in universities and higher education institutions in the region. SPARK also supports young entrepreneurs in fragile states, to start or grow their own businesses. How to apply: If you are interested, please apply with a motivation letter and CV (both in English) on until 1st March 2019 with reference: Programme Manager Northern Africa – Somalia. If you have any questions regarding SPARK or the position, please visit our website All applications will be assessed on rolling basis; interviews can therefore take place before the application deadline. However, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants. If you have not received a reply we regret to inform that we have continued with other candidates.


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