About CARE

CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We seek a world of hope, inclusion and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security, with a specific focus on the empowerment of women and girls. CARE’s Vision 2030 strategy includes six broad impact areas, with specific impact targets and metrics aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. CARE anticipates that its impact will increasingly be achieved at the systems level as part of its quest for sustainable impact at scale, achieved through local leadership, in partnership with governments, the private sector and civil society actors.

Job Summary

The Program Coordinator – Education and Gender Equality (EGE) Program Pillar has a strategic role in ensuring that CARE Somalia & Somaliland’s programs are effective in positively impacting the well-being of vulnerable women and girls in Somalia and Somaliland. Critically, this involves coordinating the implementation of programs, ensuring

that plans are aligned with the CARE Somalia & Somaliland Country strategy 2024-30 and delivering on time and to organisation and donor standards. The Deputy Country Director for Program and Deputy Country Director for Operations to ensure timely and quality support to programs, in particular, by constituting multi-disciplinary program management teams.

The Program Coordinator EGE is responsible for several large programmes or areas of responsibility with line management and budget responsibilities, S/he tailors program/portfolio reflecting thorough understanding of team capacities, organizational priorities, resources, partner needs, and operational/technological context.

The Program Coordinator EGE collaborates with the Deputy Country Directors, Country Director and Regional Management to inform and guide program development and advancement of organisational strategic directions. S/he works together with the Program Quality and Development Team to ensure that learning from projects is used to continually improve and develop new strategies, tools and approaches that will proactively address root causes of vulnerability and have a beneficial impact on the lives of Somalis most vulnerable individuals. In addition, the Program Coordinator EGE is responsible for overseeing the mobilization and deployment of CARE’s resources in projects and implementing risk management and accountability strategies according to CARE and Donor policies.

CARE Somalia & Somaliland is committed to being a gender-equal and responsive organisation, staff should demonstrate commitment to gender transformation, learning and development. CARE Somalia & Somaliland has a matrix management system where staff report to multiple line managers, staff are expected to work together sharing organisational goals, values, and beliefs to achieve a common objective. Women and men & women from other marginalised groups are positively encouraged to apply for this position.


Program Strategy, Management, Quality and Learning (40%)

Program Strategy

  • Develop and drive the vision and strategy for CARE Education and Gender Equality work in Somalia and Somaliland, based on the country’s Strategy, taking advantage of CARE’s experiences in implementing large-scale Programs in Somalia and Somaliland
  • Implement the Education and Gender Equality Pillar operational document contributing to the implementation of the program strategy and the overall Country Office strategy.
  • Collaborate with in-country colleagues to ensure integration of all programs through Sequencing, Layering and Integration (SLI) and in the development of the program guidelines
  • Ensure the use of evidence and learning to influence power holders at all levels to change their policies and practices.

Program Management

  • Ensure that the entire program cycle is managed effectively, in collaboration with all
  • department/unit heads, that good relationships are maintained with all project stakeholders and that the future sustainability of implementing partners has been considered
  • Ensure that donor and government engagement and reporting is done according to agreed standards and in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that GESI, PSHEA issues are properly considered and addressed in all programs/projects design, implementation and reporting.
  • Review the pillar advocacy work, approaches and ways of working and ensure the development of a cohesive advocacy strategy, including results measurement and management framework for advocacy objectives/activities

Program Quality and Learning

  • Take a critical lead in the national level working groups and ensure programs (are linked into guiding strategies and policies)
  • Together with the PQAD team conceptualize a program relevant research to inform program/project ideas.
  • Collaborate with the PQAD team for production, dissemination of all program/project learnings, innovations and communications materials contributing to improvement in programming;
  • Facilitate collaboration with the MEAL team to ensure project compliance on all donor, GoS and CARE M&E requirements (e.g. quality MIS, timely and quality completion of evaluations);
  • Review high-level M&E results and analysis to ensure that the portfolio of projects and partners has the desired impact.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of a comprehensive, innovative and impactful CO KML framework aligned with CARE 2030 Vision, regional and country strategies and CI Programming principles and Program Quality Standards and Guidelines.
  • Work with the PQAD director to promote a culture of reflective practice and innovation and internal and external knowledge sharing; and model a culture that recognizes and supports innovation, risk taking and learning.
  • Ensure knowledge sharing and learning between projects and programs within the EGE pillar, the CO and with parties beyond the CO; ensure the CO actively participates in organization wide, regional and global learning initiatives related to CARE’s priority program themes and approaches.
  • Ensure that proper monitoring and evaluation systems are in place to demonstrate impact and that periodic reports enhance accountability of COs vis-a-vis the communities with whom we work as well as other stakeholders (civil society, donors and government counterparts).
  • Ensure that lessons learned are used to inform ongoing and future practices, and that program lessons are being used to promote improved programming and learning.
  • Enable staff, partners, government, and other relevant stakeholders to adapt and scale up models and good practices; Test, replicate and scale up appropriate and impactful program models; ensuring co-creation with implementing and strategic partners;
  • Review system performances/ways of working to stress the importance of fast learning cycles and adaptive planning/management.
  • Monitor and analyze news, policies/legislation and the changing political and economic landscape; adjusting CARE’s advocacy strategy to remain responsive.
  • Liaise with key internal colleagues across the CARE Confederation to align strategies and bolster evidence-based policy advocacy, including liaising with Regional & Global Advocacy teams to scale impactful approaches nationally and globally.

Partnerships and Business Development (25%)

  • Liaise with the DCD P and the Partnership and Business Development manager to implement the CO Resource Mobilization Strategy and ensure the pipeline of the CO continues to grow;
  • Coordinate with the EGE program pillar, PQA development unit and partner staff to generate viable proposals and assist in identifying and securing funding
  • Ensure a coordinated alignment of contributions by all program staff to the partnership and agenda, with clear roles and responsibilities against the strategies/workplans.
  • With partners, ensure CARE uses the evidence, learning, and innovation from our program to influence broader social change, at significant scale with government, private sector and other strategic partners, more specifically working closely with the government to support proven models to be scaled up to national level.
  • Support the Partnership Manager leading on the partnership strategy design and implementation.
  • Ensure CARE Somalia & Somaliland’s role/value added as a convener/facilitator while contributing/ to influencing societal change .
  • Build new strategic partnerships and strengthening ongoing ones in order to jointly speak out, be heard and engage meaningfully in strategic spaces for policy and decision-making, conceptualising a portfolio of impactful partners and projects to achieve systemic change.
  • Through coordination with the partnership manager, ensure that CARE’s partnership strategy is rolled out consistently to deepen localization and provide a space for advocacy for CARE and its partners; that partner screening and due diligence are conducted, capacity building / organisational development activities are properly coordinated for maximum impact

Budget and Contract Management (15%)

  • In consultation with the DCD Program and DCD Operations, review the EGE project contracts/IPIAs and ensure approvals according to the threshold.
  • Maximise the impact of CARE Somalia & Somaliland resources by monitoring the finances of the EGE Program pillar on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis; oversee the receipt and disbursement of funds, review expenditures against budget and take any necessary corrective actions;
  • Ensure compliance of EGE program pillar grants with CARE & Donor policies and guidelines.
  • Support internal and external audits, review audit findings and implement any corrective actions assigned to the programs team;
  • Ensure that all actions allocated to the programs team in the Country Office Risk Management Framework are implemented at all times

Staff Management and Development (15%)

  • Liaise with the HR Specialist to ensure that suitable Learning & Development opportunities are provided to staff (and partners if appropriate); leading the programs team in facilitating workshops and other learning events according to personal specialisation.
  • Ensure a coordinated alignment of contributions by all program staff to the partnership and advocacy agenda, with clear roles and responsibilities against the strategies/workplans.
  • Deploy a cross departmental team of relevant program, impact Measurement and financial/program support staff to manage each project
  • Manage the team towards high standards of performance through clear roles & responsibilities and provision of appropriate support; Proactively address performance issues through timely constructive feedback and coaching;
  • Using standard CARE procedures manage CARE’s staff performance management processes including conducting regular one on one review meetings, mid-year and annual reviews.
  • Notice talent and maximize the use of available talent through ongoing staff development, succession planning, career management and utilization of a leadership style that will drive employee engagement and motivation
  • Manage and supervise program managers to ensure they are delivering on the outcomes of their respective programs through timely and effective implementation of all program strategies and project work plans under their leadership
  • Through the supervision of the program managers, ensure that all programs are managed according to CARE standards and principles in terms of project cycle, are sourcing the right skills and competencies to deliver on their pillar level KPIs and achieving maximum impact.

Other Responsibilities As Assigned: (5%)




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Development Studies, Social Sciences and/or related field
  • Training in Women and Gender Studies, Gender Inclusive Education, Women Economic Empowerment, Rights-Based Approaches and similar areas


  • Master’s Degree in Education, Development studies, Social Science or a related field

Experience and Technical Skills


  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a complex international and regional setting
  • Demonstrated ability in program design, implementation and evaluation
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong human resource management skills, including capacity building, coaching and conflict management;
  • Demonstrated interest and ability to give feedback, develop, motivate and lead a diverse team to achieve results
  • Ability to establish a learning culture and to facilitate knowledge sharing
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments
  • Demonstrated capability in raising funds from bilateral and multilateral donors
  • Demonstrated proposal writing and report writing skills
  • Knowledge and demonstrated skill in financial management


  • At least five years in a senior management position (head of department/function) in the education and gender development-related field
  • At least four years’ experience in leadership or managing programs at the senior level and working with multi-donor funded/supported programs.
  • Excellent understanding of economic development and poverty analysis
  • Experience in managing a multi-million-dollar budget; demonstrated skills in risk management and ensuring value for money
  • Demonstrated experience in program design, implementation and evaluation; including participatory approaches
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with implementing partners, donors and government counterparts.
  • Experience managing emergencies
  • Experience in policy and advocacy work at local, national and international levels;

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their application letters and detailed CV in a one PDF document to[email protected]by referring to the job title and location “(Coordinator – Education and Gender Equality Program)” as the subject line of the email, latest on Sunday, 19 May 2024

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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CARE is an equal-opportunity employer promoting gender equity and diversity. Women and men from marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. Our selection process reflects our commitment to protecting children from abuse. CARE is a zero-tolerance organization for child abuse, sexual exploitation, and abuse