Partnership Specialist

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    3 weeks ago
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    Project Manager
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The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs. DRC is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization which has been operating in Somalia since 1997. DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict and natural disaster. DRC programs include Protection, Food Security & Livelihoods, Shelter/NFI and Water & Sanitation.

Overall purpose of the role:

The Partnerships and Compliance Specialist will be responsible for establishing and managing effective working relationships with DRC core sub-grantees in Somalia, government, consortia, academic institutions and private sector. In consultation with the Grants and Compliance Manager, he/she will ensure implementation of DRC’s Partnership Policy and donors Rules & Regulations. The post holder will facilitate partners’/sub-grantees institutional capacity building and strengthening and ensure compliance with contractual obligations. This position will ensure that DRC operations in Somalia comply with DRC internal policies as well as Donor rules and regulations.


  • As DRC Somalia main point of contact for sub-grants management, maintain communication and relationships with local and international partners, ensuring that partners are effectively involved in the project and that the project partners’ feedback is channelled back to DRC management.
  • Coordinate transparent negotiations with the selected partner to determine mutual rules of engagement governing the partnership; methods for achieving project success; how to ensure accountability and learning; and measures for strengthening capacity.
  • Lead in undertaking of partner vetting and partnerships capacity assessments at different areas offices to ensure donor compliance requirements are met.
  • Facilitate/conduct start-up workshops with relevant staff from the partner to ensure induction in critical compliance requirements as well as introduction to the relevant donor’s profile and requirements.
  • Conduct periodic follow-up workshops on critical compliance requirements with implementing partners.
  • Support organizational capacity assessments for sub-grantees and other partners.
  • Prepare partner sub-agreements and sub-grant agreements in line with DRC Partnership Policy.
  • Assist in strengthening the capacity of local partners by supporting trainings and providing follow-up support in report writing, sub-grants procedures, M&E and other topics as needed.
  • Provide day-to-day administration of sub-grants, including tracking budgets, payments, compliance, modifications and reporting, and alert the Grants and Compliance Manager regarding any performance or financial reporting issues.
  • Support the Program Team to monitor the programmatic progress and capacity of sub-grants against the sub-grant agreements and work plans.
  • Conduct period reviews/visits to sub-grantees to ensure technical, financial, and administrative compliance with the specific Donor rules and DRC partnership policy.
  • With support from the M&E team, support programmatic reporting for partners ensuring all procedures are followed.
  • Liaise with finance and program staff for partner-related information or financial issues.
  • Oversee partners’ programmatic and financial reporting, ensuring that quality reports are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of sub-grantees’ reporting and provide training on reporting procedures and mechanisms, to ensure improvement and impact.
  • File and achieve all sub grants liquidations and supporting documents according to the sub grants files and labeling formats.
  • Share and update database of implementing partners on a monthly basis.
  • Share monthly updates/reports on respective partners with Grants and Compliance Manager
  • Develop all DRC Strategic MoUs with states and federal government
  • Support all area office in Reviewing MoUs
  • Oversee the review and finalization of MOUs/SGAs and their Amendments, as well as the facilitation of CD signatures in accordance with the Scheme of Delegation.
  • Contribute DRC Localization agenda commitment

Experience, Education and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum three years’ professional experience in sub-grants management, partnerships, and/or capacity building of local partners. Additional experience in project management would be an advantage.
  • Experience working in donor projects especially on grants management and in conducting compliance reviews.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with local partners in Somalia especially local NGOs.
  • Experience in organization development, particularly in the NGO sector, preferred
  • At least 3 years’ relevant experience with an international NGO in grant accounting.
  • Proven experience working with the major donors including Danida, USAID, DFID, EC, etc.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • A pro-active person who is able to work independently and who is at the same time a good team-player
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven commitment to accountable practices
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Advanced MS Excel and Word


  • Fluency in written and spoken Somali & English


In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies: • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


Availability: October 2022

Duty station: Mogadishu

Reporting to: Program Manager (Grants & Compliance)

Duration: 6 Month with possibility of extension based on performance and funding

Contract: This position is graded as Band G-Non-Management for qualified national staff and the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for national staff.

The position is open to Nationals ONLY

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap. Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

Commitments DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework ( All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.

How to apply

Application Applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV in English. The cover letter should outline your personal motivation for applying and your key qualifications for the position. We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Applications sent by email will not be considered. Please submit your applications and CV in English no later than 16 September 2022.

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