NEXUS Consortium Director

NEXUS ( ) is a platform for civil society leadership to advance a new community-driven model of partnership promoting peaceful, thriving, and empowered communities in Somalia and Somaliland. This unique platform, led by nine pioneering Somali NGOs, aspires to lead a locally driven agenda for change, finding common cause and syncing interventions with government authorities, private sector, and the international community.

Reports to: Chairperson, Nexus Consortium Steering Committee.

Duty Station: 100% Somalia/Somaliland

Position Summary:

The Consortium Director is the leader of the consortium and heads the secretariat that is made up of a diverse team of high-performing sector leaders. S/he strategically steers the consortium and drives its vision. S/he is the Chief Mobilizer that leverages the power of relationships and networks, and works across private, public and charity sectors to realize the vision of the NEXUS Consortium. S/he possesses a high level of broad leadership and management skills and is effective at generating resources, strengthening the brand and the reputation of the consortium.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Organizational Leadership, Management and Development

  • Work collaboratively with the Steering Committee in formulating and implementing the strategic direction and goals of the Consortium.
  • Develop and implement necessary policies, procedures and strategic plans for the Consortium.
  • Maintain ethical standards and accountability, manage risk, perform due diligence, and
  • implement operational best practices.
  • Coordinate and manage all Consortium’s administrative tasks and systems.
  • Manage donor compliance and reporting requirements.
  • Engage with the Consortium members on a regular basis for updates.
  • Contract and manage professional partnerships and other services as necessary to support the work of the consortium.
  • Maintain accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the Consortium, manage spending, monitor budget compliance, develop annual operational consortium budget for Steering Committee’s approval and mitigate financial risks.
  • Provide the leadership, communication, management skills and effective internal and external relations.
  • Develop and foster a strong and open dialogue with the NEXUS Steering Committee and members.

Program and Staff Management

  • Accountable for building and leading high-performing teams, ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results
  • Lead in the planning, organizing, and implementation of projects, programs, and events of the Consortium.
  • Provide day-to-day oversight and guidance to the secretariat staff.
  • Motivate and develop the professional management team; direct hiring, retention, evaluation and management of competent and qualified secretariat staff.
  • Directly supervises Senior Leadership positions and establishes individual goals.

Resource Mobilization

  • Develop diverse funding streams and longterm plans to best support the mission and
  • goals of the Consortium.
  • Oversee fundraising efforts including donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship and grants development
  • Develop high quality and technical funding proposals and businesses cases.
  • Develop collaborative projects/partnerships with other stakeholders including government ministries, private corporate companies, community associations, academia, other consortia, development partners etc.

Representation, Advocacy and Representation

  • Act as a liaison and ambassador, maintain and create new relationships on behalf of the Consortium.
  • Create and implement a branding and communication plan to include strategies that will increase visibility and fundraising activities for the Consortium.
  • Serve as primary spokesperson and representative of the consortium in both internal and external fora.
  • Coordinate NEXUS Consortium’s Advocacy and Communication Initiatives.
  • Provide the NEXUS Consortium Steering Committee and members with strategic analysis on humanitarian and development trends, understanding conflict dynamics and geopolitical factors that can impact the Consortium’s work.
  • Identify Advocacy and Communications opportunities (in country and abroad).
  • Lead in the development of evidence-based position papers and policy briefs as and when required.
  • Supervise the dissemination of communication products and media outreach when appropriate and identify niche opportunities for specific target audiences.
  • Regularly update and identify potential risks associated with NEXUS Consortium’s Communication Strategy and advocacy positioning on different areas of work.

Required Qualifications and Personal Skills

  • Master’s degree in Strategic Management, BMA, International Development or any relevant social science field.
  • At least 15 years’ minimum relevant experience in strategic leadership within humanitarian and non-governmental consortia/associations/councils and international organizations.
  • At least 10 years working experience in Somalia
  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with large and diverse donor agencies including but not limited to USAID, DFID, EU, ECHO, BMZ, NORAD, SIDA, World Bank etc
  • Demonstrated success in grant seeking, technical proposal writing and organizing fundraising events.
  • Demonstrated management experience, including large staff supervision, team development and financial management/reporting.
  • Proven capacity to work with senior level government, private and public sector officials.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written communication and verbal presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently, proactively, and collaborative within a consortium with large and diverse members and staff.
  • Good organizational abilities, effective in time management, handle high stress situations and ability to work independently.
  • Leadership skills and ability to develop program vision.
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, QuickBooks, and internet communications.
  • Ability to command the confidence and respect of stakeholders.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.
  • S/he has unquestioned integrity, strong sense of accountability; a practical ability to get things done, a fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives
  • Ingenuity, dedication, enthusiasm and energy are also key attributes
  • Fluency in oral and written Somali (both maay & maxatiri dialects) is a MUST

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