Project Officer (Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR))

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Employer: IOM
Job Title: Project Officer (Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR))
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other
  • Position Title : Project Officer (Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR))
  • Duty Station : Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2
  • Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension
  • Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
  • Closing Date : 04 July 2018

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. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


IOM is a leading partner in supporting the efforts of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGoS) to increase community resilience to violent extremism and prevent violent extremism amongst vulnerable groups. Assistance is focused toward capacity-building initiatives for government ministries, community dialogues and information sharing, community empowerment programming, and skills-based training. IOM’s efforts in this area are geared toward national ownership and undertaken in support of the Federal Government of Somalia’s (FGoS) National Programme for Disengaged Combatants and Youth at Risk, and in close coordination with UN and local partners.

The successful candidate will support strategy development, policy and programme design with the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) Unit of IOM Somalia. Under the overall supervision of the Programme Manager (DDR - Disengaged Combatants) and the direct supervision of the Project Manager (Disengaged Combatants and Youth), the successful candidate shall be responsible for; managing programme design, producing strategy and policy for the Unit, supporting DDR advocacy, informing and overseeing the production of concept notes, proposals and project reporting.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support knowledge building and evidence-based design and implementation of DDR projects and activities:

a. Draft sections of concept notes, project strategies and proposals based on strategic DDR

priorities and changing context.

b. Oversee implementation of research projects, including drafting scopes of work for service providers and implementing partners, evaluating and approving technical deliverables and ensuring required outputs are met as per the Terms of Reference.

c. Identify and synthesise best practices, lessons learned, and comparative analysis on peacebuilding, stabilisation and DDR issues; provide technical inputs to the planning, design and implementation of projects.

d. Prepare and/or supervise preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, and project reports, etc.

  1. Provide operational information to DDR management on an ongoing basis and recommend appropriate actions. a.) Provide support towards the management and operation of the DDR programme through identifying gaps and supporting the implementation of improvements in the day-to-day operations at the Transition Centres. b.) Conduct/join regular field missions to assess and document gaps, successes and lessons learned in the implementation of the DDR programme; draft mission reports and prepare briefings for senior leadership. c.) Provide support and information for the integration of DDR activities with other mission activities (e.g. political, humanitarian; public information; legal, etc.). d.) Review and evaluate IP activities and technical deliverables to help ensure that activity deliverables are in line with programme outputs, outcomes and objectives.
  2. Support capacity building of DDR stakeholders to improve the implementation of the National Program on the Treatment and Handling of Disengaged Combatants and Youth at Risk. a.) Gather, assess and compile existing mechanisms and efforts designed to build the capacity of relevant ministries of the FGoS to implement the National Programme. Identify synergies, needs and gaps in capacity building.
  3. Develop and maintain relations with DDR stakeholders, including government officials, UN counterparts and other key players; and actively promote coordination and communication between international and national partners with a view of pursuing DDR objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of DDR activities. a.) In coordination with the DDR Coordinator and Programme Manager, attend National Programme Working Group and Sub-Working Groups meetings; identify synergies, needs and gaps in DDR related programming through these working groups. b.) Provides support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing and presenting agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents, etc.
  4. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Law, Political or Social Studies, International Affairs or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Progressive responsible experience in the relevant fields;

• Experience in research, quantitative and qualitative methods;

• Excellent drafting and editing skills;

• Previous work experience in one or more of the following thematic areas a distinct advantage; DDR, PVE, CVE, Stabilization;

• Previous work experience in conflict affected and/or fragile states;

• Experience coordinating information-sharing and capacity building activities with government and other partners.


Fluency in English is required.


Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Desirable 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.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

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

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 04 July 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 21.06.2018 to 04.07.2018

Requisition: SVN 2018/155 (P) - Project Officer (DDR) (P2) - Mogadishu, Somalia (55540399) Released

Posting: Posting NC55540413 (55540413) Released

Publish date: 2018-06-22 20:54:05
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