CARE Program Quality Coordinator Job in Kenya

Program Quality Coordinator

CARE’s programming in Somalia focuses on strengthening resilience, reducing conflict and addressing chronic poverty as well as mitigating immediate emergency situations. 

This position, reporting to the ACDP is a central position for CARE Somalia’s efforts to strengthen the quality of its programming; and our ability to innovate, learn and adjust to continually changing realities in Somalia. 

The position will cover the full breadth of our programming, both development and emergency. 
The position will cover the whole program and project cycle; designing and evaluating program frameworks, developing projects on the basis of the program frameworks; ensuring the systems are in place to monitoring and evaluate impact. 
The incumbent will focus on ensuring that our programs and projects address the underlying causes of poverty and vulnerability. 
The position will work closely with the CARE program coordinators, area managers, project managers and local partners.

Job Responsibility #1 – Participate development and review of program strategies

  • Support the ACDP, Gender Advisor, program coordinators, technical staff and consultants in developing research activities that contribute to an understanding of underlying causes of poverty, vulnerability and marginalization.
  • Provide technical guidance on research methodology and reporting of research finding
Result 2 – Design, monitor and evaluate program strategy frameworks of our long term programs
  • Support program coordinators in reviewing overarching program theories of change, implementation strategies, and monitoring frameworks
  • Ensure ongoing monitoring, learning and innovation on the program strategies
  • Ensure strong collaborative relationships with strategic partners involved in the program and ensure their involvement in design and implementation
  • Ensure strong collaborative relationships are developed between the intended impact group, CARE staff and partner staff. 
  • Ensure strong input by the intended impact group in program strategy, design and monitoring 
  • Ensure the program is implemented in line with partnership principles as outlined in CI policies. 
Job Responsibility #3 – Develop funding proposals that are aligned with the program strategies
  • Conduct and provide technical guidance to assessments
  • Lead program design teams with program coordinators, consultants and field staff
  • Ensure design of quality proposals
  • Ensure projects are in line with the overall program strategies and further additional learning and innovation
Job Responsibility #4 – Ensure that all programs and projects have a DME and information management system in place that adequately ensures program accountability and outcome/impact measurement
  • Lead Program Quality unit in developing indicators to measure impact of the programs and ensure data is being gathered against these indicators – next to indicators needed as per donor requirements
  • Ensure project M&E systems
  • Guide project and area managers in adequate implementation of M&E systems
  • Support the design of terms of references for evaluations and other project studies
  • Ensure that work with partners is of high quality, contributes to partner growth and ensure that the accountability systems for work with partners are in place.
Job Responsibility #5 – Conduct internal reviews of program quality and accountability against agreed standards on a regular basis and support implementation of improvement strategies
  • Ensure commonly agreed program quality and accountability standards are in place
  • Conduct reviews of projects and programs against these standards
  • Provide recommendations for improvements Provide management reports to the Senior Management Team 
Job Responsibility #6
  • Other program related duties as required.
Problem Solving

There are three levels of problem-solving: 

1) What has to be done and how to do it are clearly defined, and the incumbent will face identical or similar problems on a regular basis; 
2) What has to be done is known, but how to do it is not defined. The incumbent must use interpolative skills to pick and choose the right strategy to address a given problem; and 
3) Why things are done is known, but what has to be done and how to do it are not defined. Situations are variable and the incumbent’s response will involve analysis, problem definition, development of alternatives, and making recommendations. 
He or she will face and address problems that are typically non-recurring.

Education / Training
  • Minimum relevant Masters degree or graduate with significant relevant experience
  • At least 7 years experience working in conflict/post conflict context, with preferred work experience in Somalia
  • At least 2 years experience in a program management setting
  • At least 2 years experience in working with pastoralist communities in Africa, preferably in the Horn
  • Demonstrated experience in gender analysis and women’s empowerment
  • Demonstrated experience in development and recovery programming
  • Demonstrated experience in program assessments, problem analysis and program design 
  • Experience in working in partnerships
Technical Skills
  • Team player, who is able to develop strong collaborative relations across the organization, in both the program and program support departments
  • Proven capacity of managing programs through partnerships
  • Strong gender and conflict analysis skills, and the ability to articulate and design programs using a rights based approach
  • Preferably the incumbent also has a strong grasp of CAREs Unifying Framework for understanding the underlying causes of poverty and vulnerability
  • Proven budgeting and financial management skills
  • Ability to develop and articulate program ideas related to Peace building, governance and civil society
  • Demonstrated ability to advise and coach field staff
  • Ability to work and live under difficult conditions .
How to Apply:

Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their application letters and detailed CV to by 28th September, 2016. 

Please indicate the title of the position applied for as the subject line.

Only qualified candidates will be conducted.

CARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer Promoting gender, equity and diversity. 

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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