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Boundaries & Federalism Commission


Job Title: Communication Officer

Job Category: Expert

Department/Group: Planning and Policy Department

Location: Mogadishu, Somalia

Primary Reporting Line: Secretary General of Independent Boundaries and Federalism Commission (IBFC).

Secondary Reporting Line: Reconciliation and Federalism Project (REFS) Project Team Leader/ Project Officer of UNDP, Somalia.

Duration: 3 months (Renewable subject to performance & funding)

Expected Start Date: Immediate

Position Type: Capacity Injection


Reconciliation and Federalism Support Project (REFS) is aimed at institutional capacity building of the relevant line-ministries and departments at both FGS and FMS levels. In line with the FGS National Development Plan (NDP), the REFS project contributes to the goal of Inclusive Politics targeting to: “Achieve a stable and peaceful federal Somalia through inclusive political processes and effective decentralization”. The Project also has direct thematic linkages with Inclusive Politics Roadmap (2017-2020) with 20 out of total 70 milestones shaping the scope of work of the REFS project. Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) also guides the role of REFS. The REFS project is designed to support the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Federal Member States (FMS) to implement their chosen method of State Administration and Federalism process through need-based political settlement, boundary delimitation and multipronged reconciliation processes. The project is aimed to consolidate State-formation efforts towards building and harmonizing the emerging federal system in the FGS and the FMSs, ensuring alignment with the objectives of the New Partnership for Somalia (NPS) and the NDP. More importantly, the Project is aimed to support the different levels of government to establish requisite administrative machinery geared towards the improved service delivery to the Somali people.

About the Commission

Independent Boundaries and Federalism Commission (IBFC) is responsible for the entire National Boundaries delimitation, demarcation and finalization of Federalism process in Somalia. IBFC is mandated to establish inter-state, regional and district boundaries according to the Federal Constitution of Somalia.

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Chair and Secretary General of Somalia’s National Independent

Boundaries and Federalism Commission); the Communication and Liaison Officer (CLO) will support BFC efforts to build closer ties with partners across the full spectrum of BFC activities. By building strategic relationships and working with partners, CLO will seek to confirm high level of partner’s satisfaction with BFC program implementation and support along with

assimilation of best practices and innovative solutions from experienced UN agencies, government institutions into BFC operations. The CLO will also support BFC for resource mobilization efforts across the organization.

The Communication and Liaison Officer will deliver results in the following areas:

Develop BFC communication strategy that in line with commission’s strategic planning

Provide support in the implementation of BFC Communication and Liaison activities.

Ensure effective communications, visibility and knowledge management.

Develop and prepare materials for meetings, briefings, training workshops and other events.

Ensure effective and updated social media presence including progress updates and key milestones achieved by BFC and/or its partners.

Organize and coordinate BFC communication and liaison activities in Mogadishu and other Federal Member State such as conferences, consultation meetings and BFC activities in close consultation with Commission’s top management.

Draft and edit content posted on the website and intranet as well other BFC formal communication document

Act as the focal point for BFC communication office to the government ministries, independent commissions, UNDP and other UN agencies.

Responsible for looking for a new partnership, donor agencies, and other BFC strategic partners

Guide and advice BFC main office and other regional offices on visibility and communication strategy related partner’s requirement.

Assist the engagement with partner institutions and support the BFC main Office in preparation of meetings with partners.

Any other related duties as may be required.

Education and Experience


Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in development studies, reporting and communications, journalism, international affairs, political science, or Public Administration and related field.

A first level University degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) along with 6 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced degree.

Work Experience/Requirements

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in partners or client relationships, institutional development and/or market analysis.

Demonstrated excellent research and analysis skills related to partner/business development in an international setting.

Good understanding of functioning of Somali government and its socio-political landscape.

Demonstrated ability to use basic graphics programmers.

Field experience or experience in developing countries will be considered an asset;

Experience with international organizations or public institutions are considered an asset.

Only female candidates are required to apply this position

Language Requirements

Languages: Fluency in both English and Somali is mandatory; written and oral.

Knowledge and/or fluency in other international languages will be an asset.

Desirable skills

Creativity and innovation;

Planning and organizing;

Excellent communication skills, strong analytical skills;

Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan, perform a broad range of activities;

Commitment to continuous learning, positivity and constructive approach to work

Good knowledgeable of technology and procedures related to communications.

If you meet the above requirements, please send your Cover Letter and Resume to

abdirisak.dirie@bfc.gov.so , liban.sahal@bfc.gov.so and copy hanafi.abdullahi@undp.org no later

than 25th September, 2020. Only shortlist candidates will be contacted. Only Female candidates are required to apply this position.

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