Program Development Officer

Muslim Hands International

Job Title:

Program Development Officer



Reports to:

Head of Programs


Mogadishu, Hargeisa or Nairobi

Contract Type:


About Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands (MH Worldwide) is an international humanitarian organization that has been working in Somalia since 2011. Muslim Hands is committed to achieving its vision of caring the poor and the most vulnerable people in Somalia and other countries in the world where Muslim Hands works. Our goal is to provide vulnerable people with access to basic needs which include Livelihood support, Health care services, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Education and emergency programs.

About the role:

To achieve the country’s program ambitions outlined in the ADP and in line with MH CS-RCs, the program development officer will be responsible for managing the proposal development process and ensuring the final product is responsive, competitive, and timely. S/he will work closely with the colleagues across the country office but particularly with program staff, MEAL team and Country Director.

Successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent experience in developing proposals.
  • Good knowledge of data collection protocols and using M&E tools.
  • Excellent English oral and professional writing skills.
  • Self-learning, problem solving skills and the ability to take initiative



  • Develop high-quality programmatic concept notes and proposals, including drafting problem and context analyses, theories of change, narrative and budget elements, logic models, logical frameworks, risk registers, work plans and other relevant documents.
  • Provide advice, technical guidance, and support country teams for the development of high-quality programmatic concept notes and proposals.
  • Undertake quality and compliance reviews of concept notes and proposals with view to ensuring conformity with Muslim Hands guidance and templates on program design, theory of change and monitoring.
  • Provide advice and technical support for the development of strategy documents, including regional, country and thematic strategies, promoting strong alignment with the organizational strategies and priorities.


  • Provide advice, technical guidance and support to country team for the development of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) plans, risk registers, annual work plans, data collection protocols and other monitoring tools, in alignment with the organizational results and resources frameworks.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to country team, for conducting reflection exercises to enable iterative programming and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Provide overall guidance on conducting needs assessment, pre/post case studies and program reporting to MH country staff.


  • Assist in strengthening the program development capacity, program team and implementing through the design and delivery of dedicated activities (trainings, webinars, field missions etc.).
  • Contribute to annual development plan.

Required Qualification, Experience and Skills:


  • Graduate degree in Community Development, Development Studies or another related field is required. Professional and accredited qualification in project management in will be accepted lieu of graduate studies.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in international development with a focus on program development is required. Experience in emergency and humanitarian context is highly preferred.
  • Experience with program design catering to program requirements of major donors is preferred.


  • Excellent communication in English, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to deal with stressful situations.
  • Ability to work within a team setting.
  • Ability to adapt within the working environment.


  • Sound knowledge of program proposal design and budgeting process is required.
  • Solid skills and experience in high quality proposal writing is MUST.
  • Proven experience with standard program and data management tools, as well as results-based management, program design, monitoring and evaluation approaches
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Proficient use of other ICT software and internet software.
  • Works well with others. Shares information, contributes, encourages and motivates others to become involved in team activities. Provides constructive feedback and willingly helps others.
  • Contributes to a fair environment that fosters collaboration and cooperation.
  • Takes initiative to share knowledge, experiences and information with others. Accepts and gives constructive feedback.
  • Proven ability to see through tasks set and delivers results.
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility, and a good spirit.
  • Ability and willingness to conduct missions, including to potential high-risk areas.
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity, and commitment to MH mandate. Self-motivated and dynamic with a willingness and ability to use initiative to assist the organization to achieve its objectives


How to apply

  • Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications should submit their cover letter 1 page and CV not more than 4 pages with three references to Email: [email protected] not later than 18th March 2024.
  • Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted for Interviews.
  • Please indicate the title of the position in the subject line Subject: Program Development Officer
  • Muslim Hands is an equal employment opportunity employer and doesn’t discriminate in its selection process, implementing practice nor does it charge any fee for recruitment.
  • Qualified women and persons with disability are highly encouraged.

Deadline: 18 Mar 2024

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