Emergency Program Development Coordinator

December 2, 2022
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Title: Emergency Program Development Coordinator – Somalia/Somaliland Country Office

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Program Development &


LOCATION: LOCATION: Nairobi, with some travel to the field




POST TYPE: National


Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Emergency Program Development Coordinator will work with the Head of Program Development to proactively seek out and disseminate information on new funding opportunities for the humanitarian response; cultivate excellent relationships with donor agencies, partners and SC Members; and coordinate the development humanitarian funding proposals in order to maintain and increase the country office’s response portfolio.


Reports to: Head of Program Development

Staff directly reporting to this post: None


Save the Children operates across all zones in Somalia and currently has three main area offices and additional 11 field offices. Programmatically Somalia is a large Country Office with more than $110million annual budget and staff over 650 staff.


Identification of donor opportunities

• Pro-actively seek information on prospective new funding opportunities for the emergency response

• Disseminate information on new humanitarian hfunding opportunities from bilateral, multi-lateral, and other institutional donors to relevant stakeholders

• Ensure key contacts, required formats, trackers, donor strategies and engagement plans are kept upto-date at the country office level

Facilitate donor engagement

• Cultivate excellent working relationships with donor agencies at regional and country level, as indicated by the line manager

• Cultivate excellent working relationships with SC members at head office and regional level to ensure coordinated donor engagement

• Represent the Somalia office in relevant donor fora, workshops and conferences where funding opportunities can be formulated, as indicated by the line manager

Coordinate proposal development

• Set and track proposal development timelines, and ensure coordination amongst teams

(Programme Development and Quality (PDQ), Programme Operations, Finance, Human Resource, Security, Member Services, and external stakeholders where relevant)

• Provide direct input, guidance and support to proposal development teams for high-value or complex proposals or bids

• Represent Save the Children (along with technical experts) in consortium meetings regarding project design and proposal development

• Organise and facilitate field visits, meetings and workshops with donors, field teams, government and partners necessary to develop and finalize proposals

• Review and edit proposal documents to ensure consistency, clarity and quality in line with Save the Children quality standards, including the facilitation of internal review and sign off processes

• Finalize and submit proposals to donors on time according to donor specifications and deadlines

• Work with the Awards Management team and Member Services team to maintain proper records and filing of final submissions and approved proposals

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

Delivering Results (competency level: skilled)

• Aligns ideas and solutions to strategic imperatives to support delivery of our long-term strategic objectives

• Helps others to navigate the organisation and assists them in developing and delivering on their strategic plans

• Pursues opportunities, managing risks and uncertainty, to enable the organisation to deliver more for children

• Builds a culture of quality and focuses on on-going performance improvement

• Provides resources and removes obstacles to support cross-organisational and/or geographically dispersed teams

Innovating and Adapting (competency level: skilled)

• Openly talks about doing things differently, pushing boundaries and ways of working to drive improvements

• Demonstrates flexibility in following processes and procedures, while remaining true to the organisation’s values

• Anticipates change and adapts their (and their team’s) plans and priorities accordingly

• Builds others’ confidence in their own ability to develop new ideas and embrace change

• Generates learning for the organisation and evidence of the impact and quality of our work

Applying Technical and Professional Expertise (competency level: skilled)

• Makes decisions based on professional expertise and experience without deferring unnecessarily to others

• Shares knowledge and best practice on technical solutions so that others can make best use of that expertise

• Actively seeks new ways to develop the application of technical and professional standards within the team

Communicating with Impact (competency level: skilled)

• Conveys complex issues with clarity, brevity and confidence

• Promotes dialogue with key stakeholders through active listening and effective questioning

• Adapts communication style to maximise support and engagement

Advises others on different approaches to influence key stakeholders

Networking (competency level: skilled)

• Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice

• Gathers and distributes organisational intelligence Maintains and develops a range of contacts and keeps them informed

• Knows what is needed from contacts and what they need to benefit from the relationship too


• Advanced degree in an area of international studies, social development or equivalent


• Minimum of 4 years of progressive work experience in fundraising environment

• Substantial and proven experience of coordinating the development of/writing winning proposals with key institutional donors (including DFID, ECHO, European Commission, NORAD)

• Excellent writing/editing skills and budget development skills, with high attention to detail

• Highly developed interpersonal, presentation and communication skills to work effectively with other team members/departments, as well as influence, inform and negotiate with partners and donors

• Sound personal organisational skills, including time management, ability to meet deadlines, multitasking, prioritisation of tasks, and working under pressure

• Must possess a strong work ethic, have confidence, take initiative and be a self-motivated, enthusiastic team player as well as individual contributor

• Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

• Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.

Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children International’s aims, values and principles • Information Communication Technology literate

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Adult Safeguarding.

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy, all employees are also expected to carry out their duties in accordance with SCI protection from sexual exploitation abuse.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

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

Female qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Interested and qualified applicants can view the profile and apply for this position through the below URLs:-