Program Officer, Somali National

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Employer: International Republican Institute (IRI)
Job Title: Program Officer, Somali National
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other


POSITION TITLE: Program Officer, Somali National

LOCATION: Mogadishu, Somalia

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Fixed term, three (3) months with strong possibility of extension and full-time employment

ESTIMATED START DATE: As soon as possible


The International Republican Institute (IRI) is a Washington, D.C. based nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization dedicated to advancing democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance, and the rule of law.  IRI provides technical assistance in the areas of political party strengthening, developing civic institutions and open elections, promoting democratic governance and advancing the rule of law.

In Somalia, as a partner in the Bringing Unity, Integrity and Legitimacy to Democracy (BUILD) program, International Republican Institute assists political parties to be competitive, inclusive, and representative of people’s interests, and to contribute to peaceful political processes.

IRI needs a local Program Officer (PO) to perform programmatic duties on a full-time employment basis.

POSITION: Local Program Officer

The Program Officer will oversee the development and implementation of IRI programs in  Somalia, focusing on political party policy development, internal process improvement, election preparation and general party strengthening. PO will work as part of IRI's program team and support the Resident Program Director (RPD) in developing program strategy, drafting program proposals and reports, organizing and implementing program activities, assisting in program monitoring and evaluation, and overseeing program budgets. The Program Officer will report directly to the RPD.

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the mission of IRI, and demonstrating the core values in their day to day operations.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Resident Program Director (RPD) in designing and implementing a strategy for IRI programs;
  • Assist the RPD in developing long-term and annual plans for the program;
  • Assist in developing training strategies and training material, and conduct trainings;
  • Update and maintain program resource files and program participants’ contacts for purposes of communications, monitoring, evaluation and internal reporting;
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with local partners, relevant government officials, and members of the diplomatic and donor community;
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of IRI and partner organization activities, identifying successes and failures and recommending program adjustments accordingly;
  • Monitor regional political developments and provide political and programmatic analysis and recommendation as needed;
  • Oversee work and development of junior staff and delegate work appropriately;
  • Assist RPD to fulfill reporting requirements of assigned program areas; write meeting and training reports, as well as weekly program activity reports;
  • Represent IRI at meetings, events and other activities as needed;
  • Perform written and oral translation when required;
  • Review training materials for content and cultural sensitivity;
  • Keep IRI’s information confidential and ensure its security;
  • Travel from time-to-time, independently and/or as part of a team, to various locations to support IRI’s programmatic objectives;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications

  •  A bachelor's degree, preferably in either International Relations, Political Science, Law or a related subject.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ programmatic work experience for an international organization on a donor funded project, preferably in the field of democracy and governance.


  • Proven capacity to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously and under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet program needs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills, with a proven capacity to create clear and concise proposals and reports;
  • Well-developed report writing skills.
  • Strong written and spoken English skills; Somali language is a requirement.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency and advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite; strong familiarity with social media and online applications.
  • Must be able to travel independently.
  • Must have the legal right to work in Somalia. Visas, resident permits and work permits are the applicant’s and staff member’s responsibility.


Desired Competency and Experience

  • Experience working with political parties and government institutions is an asset.
  • Familiarity with U.S. Government regulations is an asset; experience working on USAID-funded project is an asset.
  • Sound knowledge or competency in political party structures and internal processes, election preparation, and the inclusion of women and youth in political process.
  • Proficiency in grant management and accounting skills necessary to draft and oversee program budgets and disbursement of funds.
  • Ability to develop and implement monitoring and evaluation systems to measure impact and effectiveness of programs.


All applications must include a one-page cover letter, Curriculum Vitae (CV), and at least three (3) professional references.

CVs must be submitted via email to with the subject line “Application, Program Officer, Mogadishu”. The closing date for applying is April 18, 2018; no further applications will be accepted after this date. If the applicant does not hear from IRI within two weeks of the closing date, application should be considered unsuccessful. Any possible questions will only be answered during interview, upon invitation. Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted.

Publish date: 2018-04-07 21:45:37
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