The Somalia Education and Water (SEW) program is a three-year, $12 million program with the aim to support viable Somali institutions, including the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Regional and Local authorities, and communities to improve access to quality education, water, and sanitation services. It is expected that the SEW program will build upon USAID's and other development partner's on-going education and water support activities.

The proposed program will utilize an integrated approach to improve access to basic education and clean water throughout Somalia. The integrated approach will utilize communities and local governments as a focal point to improve education and water services. The program will focus on five inter-related activities: 1) Schools Rehabilitated and Constructed; 2) Water and Sanitation Facilities Improved; 3) Improving Teaching and Learning; 4) Support School Education Committees; and 5) Strengthen Somali capacities to improve education, water and sanitation services.

The SEW program will work with the TFG and local government counterparts on strategic planning, policy development, site selection, training, mobilizing community support, monitoring, and identifying effective strategies and practices to improve social services. Implementing partners will be expected to demonstrate how their program will involve and support ongoing efforts to improve education and strengthen local governance. The program will work with local NGOs that have experience and a successful track record of program implementation. Due the sensitive and complex nature of variations across the regions, the program will work directly to support national and regional education plans. This will include support to the TFG and the Ministries of Education in Somaliland and Puntland. At the national level, the program will support the TFG to develop and implement sound education policies and programs especially relating to improved access and quality for primary education.

It is expected that the SEW program will be implemented nationwide; however implementation efforts will be determined, in part, by security and access. Implementation shall also focus in geographic areas where USAID has on-going governance programs (e.g. in Middle Shabelle, Hiran, Gedo and Bay and Bakool).

Proven ability in the management of large integrated programs in developing countries; familiarity with USAID programs specially in education and water and sanitation, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs; ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals; demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country; leadership of large and diverse teams; diplomacy; strong presentation skills, speaking and writing. English speaker preferred.

Education and/or Water and Sanitation technical program areas, including construction and rehabilitation of facilities, basic education, security, and conflict and mitigation.
Understanding and experience working with other international NGOs. Technical and financial management of large USAID cooperative agreements with sub-grantee management. Human-resource management. Conflict-mitigation and resolution. International-health agency initiatives, programs, and policies. USAID policies and procedures.

Working Environment/Conditions: Standard office environment. Based in Hergeisa Somalia. Frequent international travel required; must be willing to travel and work for periods of time to field project sites, including rural sites with few amenities. Experience introducing, organizing and managing education and water and sanitation programs that achieve results in complex post-conflict settings.

As a child focused organization, World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible.
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Location: Somalia (Hargeisa)
Closing date: 10 Sep 2008