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Project Officer, Midnimo II Project

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United Nations Human Settlements Programme P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi 00100, KENYA


Issued on: 6 November 2019
DUTY STATION: Mogadishu – with frequent travls to Midnimo II
project locations in Hirshabelle and Galmudug
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Project Officer, Midnimo II Project
POST DURATION 6 months, renewable to performance and funds
CLOSING DATE: 16th November 2019


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for Human Settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. In October 2016, at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III – member states signed the New Urban Agenda. This is an action-oriented document which sets global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities. Through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors, including at all levels of government as well as the private sector, UN-Habitat is applying its technical expertise, normative work and capacity development to implement the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11.

The IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) population in Somalia has doubled over the past two years, from 1.1 million in 2016 to some 2.6 million in 2019. In addition, there are 131,000 refugees and refugee returnees across the country as of 2019. The States of Galmudug and Hirshabelle, two of the most recently-established federal member states in Somalia, had at least 428,000 IDPs as of end of 2018, due to climate related crises and conflict. The IDP and refugee communities have tended to settle in the periphery of urban centers, putting strain on limited resources and overall social cohesion in those areas.

The Midnimo II (Unity) Project, jointly implemented by IOM, UNDP and UN-Habitat through a partnership agreement between the UN and the Federal Government of Somalia, Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation aims to provide long-term durable solutions to displacement across Hirshabelle and Galmuduug States. The project is funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. It is part of a broader set Durable Solutions Programs that include Danwadaag, Dhulka Nabaada, and others and links to programs on stabilization and local governance.

In Galmuduug , Midnimo II it covers the towns of Abudwaq, Dhusamareeb, Hobyo, and in Hirshabelle, it covers the towns of Jowhar, Balcad, and Beledweyne. Midnimo-II aims to strengthen the capacities of government and communities to work together to deliver the activities of the project in an accountable and

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transparent manner. Midnimo-II ensures that actions are participatory and inclusive, people-centered, government-led, context-specific, gender-oriented, and prevention-orientated. Midnimo bridges humanitarian, development and peace and state-building efforts supported . It helps to move from an aid agency driven modality to one where the government and community co-design and lead nationally aligned and owned programs. Under Midnimo II, UN-Habitat’s specific project activities cover urban analyses, toolkits for land management, land conflicht resolution and sustainable town planning including settlement upgrading combined with pilot projects and capacity building for community and local leaders as well as government officials from districts, regions and state institutions.

Against the background of the specific and complex political, social and economic environment in Hirshabelle and Galmudug States of Somalia, urbanization continues to produce both many new opportunities to unlock livelihood opportunities for an overwhelmingly young population when well managed; or leading to new conflicts over access to basic urban services if poorly managed. Urban populations in Somalia largely rely on an informal economy based on trade, the hospitality sector, transport, utilities (energy and water), communications and construction. Somalia’s population is very young with more than twoout of three Somalis under the age of thirty. Subsistence, petty trading and micro, small sized enterprises are the sources of employment and income for the majority of city-dwellers. Livelihoods are fragile and highly vulnerable to shocks whilst unemployment rates are among the highest in the world. This is especially notable amongst the high proportion of unemployed youth and other marginalized groups such as IDPs and poor host communities; populations whose needs and rights urgently need to be addressed through the adoption of rights based approaches in all program activities. Therefore, project activities related to urban analyses, town planning and land management and settlement upgrading through pilotp rojects are aimed to create strong linkages to livelihood opportunities for communities affected by displacement in the project locations and create synergie effects with similar project interventions under IOM and UNDP.


Under the overall supervision of the Officer in Charge of the Somalia Programme for Somalia and the direct supervision of the Mogadishu based Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with UN-Habitat colleagues involved into Durable Solutions Programs as such as Dhulka Nabaada, EU-Stabilization, and EU-Reinteg and the Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG).

She/he will contribute to the implementation of the Midnimo II project workplan in the thematic areas outlined above, by performing the following tasks

  • Attend meetings with various stakeholders whenever required, in particular be a focal point for all interaction with Govenors, District Commissioners and Mayors and state government institutions, especially with the Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing, and facilitate their active project involvement and participation in capacity devleopment and coordination workshops;
  • Closely cooperate and coordinate with other national staff and the staff of Midnimo II partner organizations UNDP and IOM and with local core facilitation members in the project locations;
  • Ensure that all stakeholders understand the projects strategy and implementation guidelines including gender and youth relevant aspects;

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  • Mobilise stakeholders to participate in and contribute to activities carried out by UN-Habitat in Midnimo II project locations, in particular, organise, enable and encourage local partners, institutions and communities to provide their agreed upon inputs in a timely and technically appropriate manner;
  • Provide inputs to site assessments conducted in the frame of the project with regard to UN-

Habitat’s specific Midnimo II outputs related to land (conflicht) management, townplanning, IDP settlement upgrading, townplanning and urban resilience as well as market development;

  • Upon request by UN-Habitat organise, conduct and participate in meetings, work sessions, discussions and workshops with key project stakeholders and other UN agencies;
  • Ensure visibility of the Midnimo II supported projects and the respective donor through awareness creation among local counterparts and beneficiaries, compilation of best practices, pictures/ videos and dissemniation of project achievements and human stories as per project guidelines;
  • Ensure weekly monitoring of progress made, continuously identify gaps, risks and bottlenecks that can obstruct proper implementation of activities;
  • Provide assistance to all monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • Translate relevant documents form Somali to English, and vice versa, when needed;
  • Assist in mission preparations, budget formulation and execution, for example in cash-for-work activities, and other project related administration tasks;
  • Any further tasks as assigned by the project manager and senior managers.



Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery in delivering on UN-Habitat mandate; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas.


Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organizing

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


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A first university degree in Urban and Regional Planning, International Development and Peace Studies, Economics, Management, Architecture, Civil engineering or related field. Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) is an advantage.


  • Three (3) years of relevant working experience in urban development, local governance and/or Durable Solutions;
  • Knowledge and experience of community development planning and project management, urban planning and environmental management, working experience with government authorities;
  • Previous work experience related to the job position and/ or with international agencies is a major asset.


Strong written and oral skills in both English and Somali are a requirement.


  • Proven knowledge in project development and management; preferably in market development;
  • Being proroactive, results oriented, independent, able to identify and carry out duties and responsibilities with minimum supervision. Professional, supportive and cooperative in all matters within the work setting, problem-solving oriented. Maintain confidentiality with regards to all work-related issues;
  • Ability to communicate complex technical issues in a clear language and convincing narrative;
  • Work implies frequent interaction with the following: local core facilitation teams, community leaders, representatives and officials from local and state authorities, UNDP and IOM project teams, relevant UN agencies in project locations


How to Apply

Applications should include:

  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page)
  • Completed United Nation Personal History Form ( P.11) marked “Project Officer, Midnimo II, Mogadishu”

Qualified women are highly encouraged to submit their application.

Assessment Method

United Nations Human Settlements Programme P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi 00100, KENYA

Evaluation of qualified candidates includes an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview and written test for short-listed candidates.

All applications should be submitted to:


UN-Habitat Somalia

P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya

Email: unhabitat-som@un.org

Deadline for applications: 16th November 2019

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