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Posted: 30 March 2021
Location: Mogadishu, Somalia

Senior SAGAL Advisor – MoLSA

Posted: 30 March 2021
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29 April 2021 Contract & Consultant Mogadishu, Somalia Full Time Save the children
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TITLE:  Senior SAGAL Advisor – MoLSA
TEAM/PROGRAMME: SAGAL MoLSA (secondment) LOCATION: Mogadishu, Somalia
GRADE: (please leave this blank) CONTRACT LENGTH:

12 months (renewable)

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one)

(This section explains the level and type of contact the post holder may have with children. These levels are determined in accordance with our Save the Children Child Safeguarding Policy. Select the level applicable to the post and delete the levels that are not relevant to the post holder). Please check with HR for further clarification

Level 1:  A basic criminal record background (DBS) check is required/equivalent police record check.

Level 2: either the post holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or the post holder will be working  in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore a police check  will be required (at ‘standard’ level in the UK or equivalent in other countries).

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 Senior MoLSA SAGAL Advisor (SMSA) will lead the SAGAL Social Cash Transfer Coordination Unit (SSCTCU) on all liaison and coordination with FMS in the corridors, the Consortium Management Unit, and partners, donors and other key stakeholders of the project while also holding primary responsibility for driving forward key project outputs and operations. The SMSA will report to the Social Affairs Director and be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the ILED Programme including supervision of Junior MoLSA SAGAL Advisor.


Reports to: Social Affairs Director (MoLSA)

Staff reporting to this post:

Direct: Junior MoLSA SAGAL Advisor

Indirect : Social Transfer Advisors (FMS)

Budget Responsibilities: £xxxx per year

Role Dimensions: The role is key in the management of the SAGAL project and requires diplomacy, problem solving, initiative and follow through of various tasks. S/he must have the ability to establish productive working relationship with various international, national and government (federal and state-level) counterparts. S/he must also be able to lead a team of professionals and achieve the required results in a timely and professional manner.


1.     Oversee the administrative, programmatic, and the operations aspect of the project: ensuring that project resources are allocated according to plan, and activities are in line with the project’s objectives, policies and guidelines.

2.     Lead the team for the successful delivery of the project, on-time delivery of key milestones as well as the timely completion of the activities and the delivery of the outputs.

3.     Prepare and provide timely progress, financial, and other relevant reports to Cash Consortia, MoLSA, and other relevant government entities (Ministry of Planning, etc.).

4.     Coordinate project activities with Baxnaano and within MoLSA, the Cash Consortium and EU, and other development partners.

5.     Work closely with the Cash Consortium, providing monitoring of social transfer activities and performance, and serve as the focal point for the social transfer both internally and externally.

6.     Provide operational support to MoLSA, as relates to the implementation plan of the Social Protection Policy and the associated support under the Project.

7.     Provide advice and support in the establishment and staffing of the SAGAL team, supervising the work of the key members.

8.     Contribute and coordinate the preparation of the Standard Operating Procedures for a government-owned and led social transfer model, ensuring that project implementation follows the stipulations of the SoPs.

12.  Initiate and coordinate the preparation of annual work plans based on a standardized format.

13.  Carry out other functions related to the project that will, from time to time, be agreed upon between the FGS, the CMU and the EU.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


·       holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

·       holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


·       sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

·       widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

·       future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


·       builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

·       values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

·       approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


·       develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

·       willing to take disciplined risks.


·       honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity



Master’s degree in social sciences, management, economics, business administration, or a related field with at least 5 years of work experience in relevant fields; or a bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of work experience in relevant fields.


·     A minimum of 3 years of experience in successfully leading programs in safety nets/social protection, nutrition, health, education, or other development field.

·     Proven record of knowledge, experience and involvement in Somalia’s social protection/social care agenda.

·     Track record of successful coordination with government.

·     Applied knowledge of European Union and NGO policies.

·     Experience in Somalia with strong understanding of poverty and vulnerability issues, public sector experience, and/or private sector experience is desirable.

·     Firsthand knowledge of Somalia and sensitivity to the underlying social, economic and cultural context in particular.

·     Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-disciplinary project management team, including identifying training and capacity building opportunities for team members.

·     Proven ability to build effective working relations with colleagues and clients, and capable of working under pressure, with good experience in leadership and strategic management of project team at national level.

·     Proven experience in project management, coordinating, cooperating and negotiating with high level Government officials, donor partners and diverse local stakeholders.

·     Ability to establish productive working relationship with various international, national and government (federal and state-level) counterparts.

·     Readiness and proven ability to work in multi-cultural environment; and

·     Complete fluency and writing skills in Somali and English.

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.

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

Female qualifiedcandidates are strongly encouraged to apply

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

Deadline: 11-April-2021