National Programme Officer

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Employer: IOM
Job Title: National Programme Officer
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other


Open to Internal and External Candidates

  • Position Title: National Programme Officer
  • Vacancy Number: VN/IOMSO/026/2019
  • Duty Station: Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Classification: National Officer, Grade NOB**
  • Type of Appointment: One Year Fixed Term with possibility of extension
  • Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
  • Closing Date: 17 April, 2019

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 work environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


Since the 2017 drought, the number of IDPs in Somalia has doubled to reach more than 2.6 million persons living in over 3,000 sites and settlements, exacerbating Somalia’s dramatic demographic shift from a rural to a predominantly urbanized country. Climate and conflict induced displacement across Somalia is continuing, and recent assessments show that the majority of IDPs tend to remain near urban centres to access humanitarian assistance, largely because of lack of livelihoods opportunities, food, water and other basic services or lack of access by humanitarian actors to their areas of origin. Mogadishu is hosting the largest number of IDPs estimated at 495,000 whereas Baidoa is hosting the second highest caseload of IDPs estimated at 247,950.

As climate and conflict induced displacement across Somalia continues, Somalia has also witnessed increasing in-flow of returnees from the region and beyond. Over 73,000 Somali refugees have been repatriated from Dadaab since 2014 – formerly the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya’s north-eastern province. Over 45,000 refugees have since returned to Kismayo and Baidoa has received 2,136 Households (11,612 people) from Kenya, Ethiopia, and Yemen. This pattern of migration and returns, coupled with displacement, has resulted in Mogadishu, Kismayo, and Baidoa experiencing the fastest rates of urbanization and Baidoa has doubled in population size in the past three years. These settlements are experiencing extreme pressure on basic service provision and resources, bringing competition and conflict between IDPs, returnees and Host communities. As the security situation and livelihoods deteriorate further, more people from rural areas are likely to migrate to urban centres like Baidoa, Kismayo and Mogadishu to join IDP settlements.

Under the overall supervision of the Program Manager and the direct supervision of the Durable Solutions Project Officer, the successful candidate will coordinate, monitor, and support the implementation of the Recovery and Durable Solutions (RDS) interventions, providing technical support to RDS DFID Funded Programme on “Enhancing conditions for durable solutions for IDPs and returning refugees in Somalia”, initially in Mogadishu, Banadir Regional Administration and in Juba land and South West State, where necessary.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support RDS management to liaise, establish and/or maintain cordial working relationships with relevant Government focal points for the effective implementation of RDS activities at Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member State levels particularly in Mogadishu, Banadir Regional Administration as well as in Juba land and South West State, where necessary.
  2. With technical guidance from the Durable Solutions Project Officer, assist the project management team and work with local authorities, communities and partners to ensure design and implementation of inclusive approaches and strategies that enable targeted displacement affected communities to increase decision making and increase access to basic services using physical, material and legal safety priorities.
  3. Participate in the development and implementation of capacity building initiatives to strengthen government leadership for Durable Solutions processes at Federal Member States (FMS)/Banadir Regional Authority (BRA) and district level.
  4. Participate in feasibility assessments, development of context appropriate business models, designing of training materials as well as organizing and facilitating capacity building exercises working with relevant partners to increase self-reliance of displacement affected communities through inclusive, sustainable economic opportunities with local private sector, development and resilience actors.
  5. Support the Local Authorities, RDS and Consortium members to plan, organize and execute durable solutions coordinating meetings, forums, workshops as well as represent IOM in regional coordination meetings with Government, UN agencies and NGOs.
  6. Prepare project updates and briefs in coordination with the Durable Solutions Project Officer and communicate with relevant Government Ministries/Departments on a bimonthly/monthly basis at Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member State levels to clarify plans and implementation status as well as technical issues that may need to be addressed.
  7. Monitor, research and analyse information/data on socio-political events/developments in the country and durable solutions priorities, trends and strategies in view of supporting efforts for project implementation, risk management, project development and harnessing fundraising opportunities.
  8. In liaison with the Monitoring and Reporting Officer, undertake regular field visits to monitor the quality of work and review the performance of community based projects, implementing partners and recommend action to the Durable Solutions Project Officers.
  9. Support Durable Solutions Project Officer and Monitoring and Reporting Officer, when needed, on activity updates and donor reporting.
  10. Undertake duty travels as needed and perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Completed University degree from an accredited academic institution preferably in Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Relations, and Business Administration or other related fields with two years of relevant work experience; or
  • No years of working experience with Master’s Degree is required.


  • Four years of relevant professional experience in IDP/returnee reintegration and community driven development initiatives
  • Demonstrated knowledge in urbanization, durable solutions, stabilization and peacebuilding concepts
  • Demonstrated proficiency and knowledge of information technology in Microsoft Office applications especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Previous work experience in coordinating with local and state government authorities and civil society organizations.


Fluency in English and Somali is required.

Required Competencies


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others and building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


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 Special Vacancy Notice Number (SVN No.), Position Title and the Duty Station with three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone) to:

Posting period:

From 04.04.2019 to 17.04.2019

Publish date: 2019-04-03 23:21:02
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