Program Coordinator

at The Oslo Center
Published August 17, 2022
Location Puntland, Somalia
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


The Oslo Center, Puntland Development and Research Center, and Demo Finland as a consortium are implementing a 12-month program in Puntland to assist political associations to develop and strengthen their institutions and develop the capacity and capabilities of women in politics.


The program areas will be implemented by the consortium members individually or jointly. There will be a specific implementation plan for activities developed in consultation and coordination with the three consortium partners.


The overall responsibility of the Program Coordinator is:


Ensure appropriate coordination and qualitative monitoring of the program at all times, which includes coordination of work plans, monitoring of activities, spending of funds, and collection of reporting data in a cohesive manner using agreed-upon templates.

More specific job responsibilities are:


Program oversight, management, coordination, and implementation


Coordinate the drafting of the work plan and implementation plan, including detailed division of tasks between the consortium partners, in consultation with consortium partners

Assist in the coordination with PDRC and Demo Finland staff on the timely implementation of program activities according to the agreed work plans

Assist in research and development of technical reports and documents and consolidate inputs from program partners and stakeholders in consultation with the program team

Assist in screening, review, and editing of program documents, training material, etc. to ensure effective program implementation

Provide support and when needed, plan, organize, and implement program activities such as workshops, south-south learning visits, program reviews, and meetings, including the conduct of follow-up activities.

Organize quarterly consortium meetings, including the development of invitation, agenda, and minutes

Implement program activities in close coordination and cooperation with PDRC and Demo Finland based on the detailed division of tasks between the consortium partners

Finance and Budget Coordination


Provide administrative, finance, and day-to-day support working with finance staff in PDRC, Demo Finland, and The Oslo Center Kenya office in line with The Oslo Center policies and guidelines for carrying out activities under the programs


Review and assess financial requests from PDRC for program activities and submit them to The Oslo Center for execution


Assist in the preparation and monitoring of Terms of Reference for consultants and experts


Coordinate with finance staff on procurements and prepare and review financial and administrative documents


Assist in drafting project and activity budgets following the overall budgets of the programs


Assist in project financial management, including monitoring of project budgets and reporting of monthly financial statements and reconciliation


Ensure timely submission of financial reports to partners and donors in close cooperation with PDRC and The Oslo Center Kenya and head office financial staff


Monitoring and Evaluation


Assist in compiling and drafting program evaluation reports


Coordinate and organize monitoring of program activities


Coordinate reflection sessions between consortium partners to evaluate the program


Coordinate M&E activities with The Oslo Center M&E officer in The Oslo Center Kenya office


Any other tasks assigned by the consortium or The Oslo Center executive director/senior advisor




The applicant must have the following qualifications:


University Degree in Social Sciences, Law, International Development, or related areas.


Minimum of 5 years of working experience with local/international level organization(s).


Minimum of 5 years of field experience in conflict-affected areas, preferably in Somalia/Puntland.


Proven experience in project management, including budget expenditure, donor relations, reporting, proposal writing, staff management, and monitoring and evaluation.


Fluency in written and spoken Somali and English.


The high degree of computer literacy.


The applicant’s duty station will be Garowe, Puntland State of Somalia. However, the applicant must be able to travel across Puntland, Somalia, and abroad when necessary.


Strong leadership skills, including the ability to build and motivate a team as well as willingness to deal with Political Associations and Civil Society Organizations.


Political and cultural sensitivity, including the ability to adapt well to local cultures


Proven ability to function well in a volatile and very restricted environment


Strong liaison and communication skills


Ability to resist external pressures


Innovative and creative thinking


Strong analytical and reporting skills


How to apply


Interested candidates should submit their CV and any other supporting documents with the subject line: Program Coordinator: Somalia - Puntland

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