Job Title: Delivery and Performance Unit Lead

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya with travel to Somalia

Type: Fixed-Term (12 months with possible extension)



The Somalia Stability Fund (SSF) is a multi-donor fund working towards a peaceful, secure, and stable Somalia. It offers Somali stakeholders a source of multi-year funding that can respond to local needs and opportunities. The Stability Fund aims to contribute to enhancing stability in Somalia through the following programmatic outputs:

  1. Fault-lines for political conflict (FGS-FMS, inter & intra state) are identified and appropriately addressed;
  2. Enhanced popular participation in governance, particularly for women and excluded communities;
  3. Increased government visibility and community engagement;
  4. Reduced community vulnerability to conflict.


The responsibility of the Delivery and Performance Unit Lead is to provide strategic leadership and operational management support to the SSF leadership team and work closely with the Team Leader, Programme Manager and Head of SSF to; design, develop, implement and administer SSF research. The unit lead is responsible for SSF reporting, communications, M&E and learnings to meet the needs of the fund leadership and its donors. The Delivery and Performance Unit Lead sits within the SSF leadership team and is responsible for managing 3 key components of SSF: 1) Research 2) Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning and 3) Communications.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • As the head of the unit, the Delivery and Performance Unit Lead will be responsible for all aspects of Fund and investment level research, monitoring, evaluations, reporting, learning and communications;
  •  Supervise three permanent staff within the unit, as well as consultants/advisors hired for commissioned research;
  • Lead the development of the SSF Results Framework;
  • Lead the development of SSF’s M&E approach and oversee / assure the team to implement it successfully;
  • Lead the drafting of the quarterly and annual and progress reports, to include (but not limited to) updates on: progress, key achievements, lessons learned and challenges, forward look, value for money (VfM), coordination with SSF management;
  • Lead on development of SSF’s research strategy in order to ensure research is aligned with SSF principles and enables SSF to meet its strategic objectives. Oversee and assure the team to implement successfully;
  • Ensures evidence gathered through research feeds into programming and the SSF investments adapt to the evolving strategy of SSF II, organises Learning Forums for investees, SSF staff and external actors to share information, ensures all M&E and learning systems and approaches are applied consistently across the SSF core team and partners;
  • Leads on development of SSF’s communications strategy and oversees implementation by the team; coordinates the deliverables and support expected from the communications team (Incl. Online presence, success stories, newsletters and other communication products);
  • Leads the implementation of the SSF’s performance management plan, including M&E guidelines, tools and systems for SSF and its partners. Manages design and utilization of the SSF Knowledge Management Platform
  • Coordinates closely with the Learning and Monitoring Program for Somalia (LAMPS), FCDO’s third party monitoring program. Primary point of contact for SSF on all issues related to knowledge management, learning, reporting and communications.


  • Research strategy
  • M&E strategy
  • Communications strategy
  • Quality assurance process
  • Knowledge management process
  • Processing of SSF invoices
  • Updating of SSF investment risk register
  • Processing of SSF Contracts & updating SSF HR system
  •  Monthly update of SSF forecasts
  • Support on SSF donor reporting
  • Review SSF partner compliance with SSF requirements
  • Other Deliverables as requested by the Team Leader or Programme Manager


The Delivery and Performance Unit Lead will report to the Team Leader and directly supervise the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, Research Manager and the Communications Specialist

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree in development, social sciences or other relevant field;
  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience in research, monitoring & evaluation and/or knowledge management components of large and complex development projects ;
  • Minimum four (4) years of experience managing research and/or M&E teams, ideally on UK-funded development projects;
  • Five (5) years’ experience in Somalia or other Fragile and Conflict Affected Countries;
  • Substantive knowledge and prior experience working on governance, stabilization or peace building programs
  • Demonstrated excellent English language professional writing skills;
  • Proven ability to develop strategy to address complex national and programme challenges;
  • Proven ability to manage a multicultural team;
  • Understanding of SSF (desirable).

How to Apply

If you meet the above criteria please send a covering letter and your CV (maximum of 3 pages total) to referencing ‘Delivery and Performance Unit Lead-Nairobi’ in the title of your email.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Canvassing will lead to disqualification.

Deadline for applications will be November 20th, 2020

ASI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continually improve the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people. We want people to be comfortable bringing their whole self to work and recognise that inclusion brings further opportunities for innovation and creativity.