Eastern Africa – Regional Program Manager

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COOPI is looking for a Eastern Africa Regional Program Manager

Since 2020, COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale has established the East Africa Regional office  based in Nairobi  with the purpose to monitor and support  5 country  missions within the region:  Kenya Somalia Ethiopia Sudan  and  Malawi . The East Africa regional office is part of the wider  decentralization process  that took place in COOPI since few years. This decentralization process is aimed to ensure the closer HQ presence and to build stronger relationships with potential partners and donors.

Purpose of the role

The role has responsibility at regional level, under the supervision and in cooperation with the Regional Coordinator, for the monitoring of active programmes in the 5 countries. The role is also responsible for regional positioning and monitoring of institutional and private donors, including the planning and implementation of new projects and partnerships, as well as the search for new opportunities and funds.


  • Responsible for the  monitoring  of programmes active in the East Africa region and related to the mentioned countries (Sudan, Ethiopia and Malawi);
  • In collaboration with the Heads of Mission (Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi) the role ensures the correct  implementation  of the programmes and the validation of the  reports  according to the timing foreseen by the internal regulations and the donors;
  • Participates actively in the monitoring of new  project proposals , in cooperation with programme roles at national coordination level and at headquarters;
  • Provides  technical support  to Project Coordination and Country Coordination, identifying strategic and operational needs and proposing solutions to identified needs to ensure their implementation;
  • Contributes to research and writing of proposals for  private funding  (foundations or others) for the co-financing of projects;
  • Develops  regional partnerships  aimed at improving the quality of COOPI’s work in the region and presenting proposals to funders;
  • Searches for  analytical documents , data and studies carried out in the region, by national and international agencies and other NGOs, in order to update the list of current events on a regular basis;
  • Identifies needs, using the information collected, in cooperation with the national coordinators, not already met by humanitarian interventions in order to present new actions;
  • Facilitates the exchange of necessary documents and support projects between the different COOPI country offices and headquarters;
  • Participates in regional  coordination platforms  relevant to the organisation.



  • University degree ( postgraduate degree  required);
  • A minimum of  5 years’ working experience  in writing, implementing and coordinating humanitarian projects with international NGOs;
  • Demonstrable experience in coordinating teams in the humanitarian and development sector;
  • Experience with  donors  (ECHO, UNICEF, FAO, OCHA, WFP, AICS, European Union, UNHCR, UNDP etc.);
  • Strong familiarity with the  humanitarian cluster system ;
  • In-depth knowledge of  humanitarian standards  (ex. Sphere standard);
  • Excellent  report writing skills ;
  • Proficiency in  English  language;
  • Advanced IT skills.

Soft skills

  • Strong managerial and organisational skills;
  • Proactive attitude in planning and coordination with multiple actors, institutions, donors and coordination tables;
  • Goal-oriented and problem-solving attitude;
  • Good leadership skills aimed at managing and motivating multidisciplinary and multi-ethnic work teams;
  • Positive attitude in managing complex situations under stress;
  • Diplomatic skills.


  • Knowledge of Italian;
  • Previous experience in East Africa.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the application closing date, once a sufficient number of applications have been received.   Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled, thanks for understanding.

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