Project Coordinator

Project Coordinator - Mogadishu - Somali Nationals Only

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.


To contribute to Save the Children’s capacity to meet its Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program (DRSLP).  The Project Coordinator is overall responsible for the day to day implementation of DRSLP program implementation. The Project Coordinator will work closely with the Project Director, Area management and support staff (including finance, HR, Supplies Chain and program) to ensure the day to day activities are implemented according to schedule, budget and required quality. The Project Manager reports directly to the Project Director. The Project Coordinator will assist the Project Director in outlining a strategic plan for the implementation of this program including identifying target areas/projects, methods of operation for effective programming and maximum results.


Reports to:  Project Director

Staff reporting to this post: Project Officers, Assistants and Engineers

Budget responsibility: DRSLP (area budget)

Other key working contacts: Field Managers, Logistics Manager, Finance and Grants Managers, HR manager and Reporting Coordinator, other sector Programme Managers and Technical Advisors.

Dimensions: Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 500 staff across 14 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bosasso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dhobley and Mogadishu in Central South Somalia). Our Country Office coordination and administration base is in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2017, as a result of significant scale up for the countrywide drought response, our annual spend FY2017 was US$117 million and we reached more than 2 million people through our humanitarian and longer term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. The Country Office manages 61 active awards totalling US$165 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, ECHO, EU, FFP, OFDA, and DANIDA being some of our largest


  • Minimum of degree in an area of information technology, Data science, demography, statistics, or equivalent.



  • Extensive experience (minimal 5 years) of programme management in humanitarian or fragile state contexts
  • A degree in engineering or any other related field. Experience can substitute for qualifications but not vice versa.
  • Ability to write clear, well-argued project reports
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact  and diplomacy
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
  • Commitment to SC's Child Protection Policy
  • Computer literate (ability to use advanced excel)
  • A basic level of written and spoken English and good command over Somali


  • Experience of and ability to represent SC work in external meetings.
  • Experience of community mobilisations, distributions and hygiene promotion
  • Ability to work hands on implementation capacity
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible, and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.

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Application will be closed on 24th October 2020.

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

Date advertised: 13 Oct 2020

Closing date: 24 Oct 2020 - 23:59 EAT

Location: Mogadishu, Somalia

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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