AECOM Deputy Chief of Party in Mogadishu, Somalia
Somalia - Banaadir, Mogadishu
AECOM is implementing the Somalia Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TIS+) Program, which is a $66 million, USAID-funded program that promotes good governance and community cohesion. TIS+ is implemented in Mogadishu, Kismayo, Baidoa, Galkayo and Hargeisa, with possible expansion to other communities across Somalia.
The objectives of this contract are to: 1) Increase confidence in governance based on equitable participation in decision making and management of community assets; 2) Empower community and government representatives to engage with private sector and development actors in a collaborative process for community growth; 3) Increase Somali engagement in creating a more stable future; and 4) Support inclusive, sustainable development by reducing gender gaps in stabilization and development.
The Deputy Chief of Party-Program Implementation (DCOP-PI) will be responsible for the overall implementation of the TIS+ PIKA portfolio, including tracking PIKA progress, developing PIKA projections and managing PIKA budgets, and facilitating PIKA design. The DCOP-PI will also manage the Field Coordinators and the Information and Grants Specialist and oversee the Somalia-based field offices. While based in Mogadishu, the DCOP-PI will travel to other field offices, including Nairobi, for up to 50% of the time, ensuring that the field and technical teams have the support necessary to quickly and accurately implement the PIKA activities.
Overall technical direction will be provided by the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), with supervision by the COP. The DCOP-PI will work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party-Technical Quality (DCOP-T) in the design and oversite of PIKA portfolio and will lead the following three main management streams:
Hands on support to the prompt and timely implementation of the in-kind grants.
On the ground representation and participation with the Somalia government partner entities as well as Somali aid coordination framework and associated forums
Developing an on the job hands-on contextual analysis and strategic reflection processes in real time
The DCOP-PI must be flexible, pragmatic and able to think creatively to implement activities in a sustainable, responsive manner.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Oversee daily program management, in partnership with the COP and DCOP-T, supervising, designing, analyzing and implementing all in-kind and grant activities.
Serve as a thought leader for TIS+ and write strategic rationale for proposed geographic expansion. Work with program staff to collect, synthesize and report on key political, economic and security information in geographic areas of interest.
Provide program management support to the Field Coordinators, Information and Grants Specialist, and field teams, to ensure effective and timely management of all activity interventions.
In partnership with the Director of Procurement and Home Office Program Management Unit (PMU), ensure that all activities are in compliance with FAR/USG regulations and AECOM policy.
Lead the overall progress tracking of the implementation of the PIKA portfolio, and coordinating the relevant support to implementation processes from Nairobi office.
Provide programming guidance, and On-the-Job Training (OJT) support, to the new Field Coordinators, Program Development Officers (PDOs) and Program Activity Specialists (PAS).
Support the DCOP-T in contributing to technical and cross-cutting program initiatives. .
Track end-dates of the PIKAs and alert the responsible field coordinator to act accordingly, in partnership with the Information and Grants Specialist.
Liaise with governments officials, maintaining professional relationships and forming new ones that support program implementation and a contextual understanding of the operational environment in Somalia.
Contribute to project deliverables such as, success stories, quarterly reports, annual reports and annual work plans.
Mentor, guide and supervise staff through regular field visits.
Perform other duties as assigned by the COP.
Reporting and Working Arrangements:
The DCOP-PI will report to the Chief of Party and will be spending significant amount of time (up to 50%) traveling in Somalia and to Nairobi.
At least seven (7) years’of grant and program management experience, particularly in the areas of stabilization and transition initiatives.
At least seven (7) years’ managing projects overseas of similar scale, scope and technical focus, with at least one of those years in a fragile state context; experience working on Somalia is a plus.
Advanced degree (or a bachelor’s degree with an additional seven (7) years’ experience managing projects overseas of similar scale, scope and technical focus) in governance, peace-building, conflict management, social sciences, international development, international relations/affairs, business, management, political science, law or other related field.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with communities, civil society, local government representatives, and other stakeholders.
Demonstrated experience in overseeing programmatic, administrative, and financial management functions, particularly for design and administration of in-kind or other grant activities.
Previous experience working with government counterparts on complex programs.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English and Somali, both verbally and in writing.
Technical expertise in the areas of local governance, citizen security, peace building or other similar technical areas.
Demonstrated skills in effectively negotiating with host-country governments and regional institutions, donors, UN agencies, other U.S. Government projects, local organizations, and partners.
Ability to successfully manage and develop staff in a multi-country setting as demonstrated by past experience
Exceptional ability to communicate effectively in English and Somali, both verbally and in writing, to donors, government counterparts and other key stakeholders.
Work experience in Somalia or within the region.
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Job Category International Development
Business Line Management Services
Business Group Management Services Group (MS)
Position Status Full-Time
Requisition/Vacancy No. 209118BR
Clearance Required No
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