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Baidoa, Somalia

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Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title: National Programme Officer

Vacancy Number: SVN/IOMSO/002/2021

Duty Station: Baidoa, Somalia

Classification: National Officer, Grade NOB**

Type of Appointment: Short term, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 08 February, 2021

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.


Conflict, drought, floods, outbreak of locusts, closure of refugee camps in neighboring countries and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the displacement situation in Somalia. Finding durable solutions to large-scale and protracted displacement in Somalia has become a priority for national and international stakeholders since 2016. Failure to support IDP communities will likely result in disenfranchisement, thereby increasing prospects for radicalization, violent behavior and/or criminality. These scenarios pose an overall obstacle to social cohesion and manifest as clan disagreements, ineffective governance and decelerated development in Somalia thereby reducing the prospects to achieve the goals established in the Somalia National Development Plan, the National IDPs and Refugee Returnees Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Addressing displacement in Somalia is, therefore, an imperative and urgent priority.

In recognition of the complex challenges posed by mass displacement, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC) launched the Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI). Under the leadership of the DSRSG/RC/HC, the UN system has stepped up its efforts to support durable solutions and progress has been achieved towards making the search for durable solutions a priority for Somalia as reflected in the 2020-2024 National Development Plan (NDP); development of National Durable Solutions Strategy and ratification of the Kampala Convention.

In view of this displacement situation, IOM will be leading a consortium composed of UNDP, UN Habitat, and Integrated Office of the UN Resident Coordinator for Somalia to implement the Saameynta (Impact) programme that seeks to contribute to: “reducing the number of people living in forced displacement through leveraging value generated by urbanization and urban infrastructure investment to deliver durable solutions at scale in three Somali cities (Baidoa, Bossaso and Beletweyne)”. The Saameynta programme was developed to address displacement challenges in an innovative manner seeking durable solutions that are affordable and sustainable through addressing specific inter-related systemic blockages, challenges, and opportunities.

Under the overall supervision of the Programme Coordinator (RDS) and the direct supervision of the Programme Manager (Durable Solutions and Urban), the successful candidate will coordinate, monitor, and support the implementation of the Recovery and Durable Solutions (RDS) interventions, providing technical support to RDS Saameynta Programme in Baidoa district of South West State of Somalia.

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 South West State Federal Member State level and, Baidoa district.
  2. With technical guidance from the Durable Solutions Programme Manager, assist the project management team and work with local authorities, communities, and partners to ensure that Displacement Affected Communities (DACs) can effectively participate in public affairs as full citizens with equal rights to make independent planning decisions that advance their access to services.
  3. Participate in the development of roadmaps, strategies, and policies for scaling up durable solutions from Federal to Municipal levels.
  4. Participate in the development, implementation and reporting of capacity building initiatives to strengthen DACs, Local Authorities and relevant stakeholders on social cohesion and social accountability.
  5. Contribute to the feasibility assessments, development of context appropriate Community Managed Funds, designing of training materials as well as organizing and facilitating capacity building exercises working with relevant partners to strengthen Local Community Fund Mobilization and Management.
  6. Support the Local Authorities, RDS and Consortium members to plan, organize and execute local and international fora with donors, diaspora, and private sector to present development briefs that increase the investment potential of target sites.
  7. Prepare project updates and briefs in coordination with the Durable Solutions Programme Manager and communicate with relevant Government Ministries/Departments on a bimonthly/monthly basis at Federal Member State and Municipal levels to clarify plans and implementation status as well as technical issues that may need to be addressed.
  8. Monitor, research, and analyze information/data on socio-political events/developments in the country and durable blends priorities, trends, and strategies in view of supporting efforts for project implementation, risk management, project development and harnessing fundraising opportunities.
  9. 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 Programme Manager.
  10. Support Durable Solutions Programme Manager and Monitoring and Reporting Officer, when needed, on activity updates and donor reporting.
  11. Undertake duty travels as needed and perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution preferably in Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Relations, and Business Administration or other related fields with four years of relevant work experience; or

· Master’s degree in the above field with two years of relevant experience.


· Three years of relevant professional experience in IDP/returnee reintegration and community driven development initiatives.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in urbanization, durable solutions, stabilization, and peacebuilding concepts.

· Previous work experience in coordinating with local and state government authorities and civil society organizations.


  • Demonstrates proficiency and knowledge of information technology in Microsoft Office applications especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Good teamwork and ability to work independently.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to conduct training and impart knowledge effectively.
  • Information monitoring, analysis, and synthesis.


Fluency in English and Somali is advantageous.

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 neighboring 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 neighboring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to apply :

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 26.01.2021 to 08.02.2021

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