11 Sep 2017

National Program Officer


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Job Description


Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title: National Program Officer

Vacancy Number: SVN/IOMSO/097/2017

Duty Station: Mogadishu, Somalia

Classification: National Officer Category, Grade NO-A

Type of Appointment: Short term, six (6) months with possibility of extension

Organizational Unit: Somalia Stabilization Initiatives

Direct Supervision: Deputy Chief of Party -SSI Program

Overall Supervision: Chief of Party -SSI Program

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 24th September 2017

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. Internal and External Candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy.


The SSI program in Somalia is primarily a community-based, small grants initiative implemented in close coordination with the donor, with communities in priority areas, and with all levels of Government, particularly newly formed District Administrations and regional state institutions. The overall objective of the program is to support the political transition of Somalia towards a functioning and stabilized Federal State through activities that promote good governance, consolidation of the federal structure, and a receptive environment to respond to emerging political contingencies.

Under the overall guidance of the Program Manager/Chief of Party based in Nairobi, and under the direct supervision of the Deputy Program Manager/Deputy Chief of Party, the successful candidate will be responsible for organizing, administrating, tracking and coordinating all aspects of the activities funded by the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Support the Deputy Chief of Party / Deputy Program Manager (DCOP/DPM) to engage with, provide analysis to and discuss ongoing programme issues with the IOM Chief of Party (COP) and USAID / OTI representatives in Mogadishu and in Nairobi
Contribute to ongoing context analysis of political and security developments both at the national level and federal member states levels and contribute to the weekly political and security reports
In close coordination with the field teams and field coordination officer, ensure strong coordination and communication with federal, sub-federal and local government counterparts as well as community groups involved in the implementation of small grants
Assist the DCOP in representing the SSI programme in various fora, and inter-agency gatherings convened to discuss coordinated responses to recovery and transition initiatives in Somalia.
Support the DCOP’s coordination with Nairobi support office, including the various support units, to ensure that programmatic issues are quickly resolved
Participate in the design and development of federal-level new program ideas and activities in close coordination with the Program development Unit and the DCOP while acting as the focal point for the development and implementation all Mogadishu-based grants/activities
Assist the SSI M&E coordinator and the Field Coordination Officer in designing, developing and implementing the SSI research and analysis activities including working closely with individual researchers and research firms contracted to undertake reach and analysis assignments
Support the DCOP in performing trouble-shooting and related tasks to identify gaps and bottlenecks in the Activity Cycle and recommend changes to be made to ensure a faster and more efficient process.
Attend the weekly program Development meetings, Activity implementation meetings (AIM) as well as the bi-weekly all field staff meetings field teams and relevant units in Mogadishu and Nairobi, track challenges, opportunities and action points from these meetings and coordinate with Field Coordination officer to quickly resolve bottlenecks
Support the SSI COP and DCOP in compiling, analysing and presenting relevant reports, work plans, strategic documents and other substantive documents in a timely manner
Undertake field support missions to SWS and JSS on a regular basis in coordination with DCOP and Field Coordination Officer
Support the hiring and training of field programme staff in coordination with DCOP and Field Coordination Officer
Identify, analyse and resolve diverse issues/problems as they arise and determine appropriate actions in coordination with DCOP and Field Coordination Officer
Back stop the Field Coordination Officer is his absence
Serve as acting DCOP/DPM in the absence of the DCOP/DPM
Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


Master’s degree from an accredited academic institution preferably in Business Administration, Management, Social Sciences or a related field or;

Bachelor’s degree in the above fields with 2 years of relevant experience professional experience in small grants administration, infrastructure works, procurement, and/or civil society strengthening;

Demonstrated experience and ability in political analysis in complex crisis settings and/or Somalia

Understanding of the political situation in Somalia

Experience in graphic design, Power Point or other software to generate sophisticated reporting


Fluency in English and Somali language is required.

Required Competencies


Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms
Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders
Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others
Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience
Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services
Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.
Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter
Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.
Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating the Vacancy Notice Number (SVN No..) on the subject line with three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone) to: recruitmentsomalia@iom.int

Closing Date: 24th September 2017

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period: From 11.09.2017 to 24.09.2017



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