Somalia: Project Advisor- Media


CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have the ability to act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.


The OTI program in Somalia is primarily a community-based, small grants initiative implemented in close coordination with the donor, with communities in priority areas, and with all levels of Government, particularly newly formed District Administrations and regional state institutions. The overall objective of the program is to support the political transition of Somalia towards a functioning and stabilized Federal State through activities that promote good governance, consolidation of the federal structure, and a receptive environment to respond to emerging political contingencies. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the, coordination, execution, and monitoring of small grants, specifically media and communication related in South West State Administration.


Role objective:

  1. Assist the Strategic Communication and Media Officer in grant implementation, monitoring and grant proposal writing;

  2. the Strategic Communication and Media Officer in grant operations and reporting;

  3. Prepare and maintain an updated electronic and hard copy of all grant documents in close coordination with the grants team;

  4. Prepare weekly grants report on the implementation of grants in his/her area of responsibility in accordance with the priorities established by the project’s Senior Management team (SMT);

  5. Coordinate media activities and press releases for all grants, in collaboration with SSI Strategic Communication and Media Officer in Nairobi;

  6. Work closely with the logistics, finance, procurement and grants teams to ensure implementation timely procurement and delivery, payments for goods and services;

  7. Represent the SSI project in various forums and to discuss coordinated responses to recovery and transition initiatives;

  8. Assist the Communication unit to collect grant-related information for weekly reporting purposes;

  9. Assist in monitoring of communication activities for the SSI project;

  10. Assist during training and workshops to help all SSI staff understand strategic communication plans at the activity level;

  11. Assist in developing communication products e.g. short videos, documentaries, success stories, snapshots, for the program;

  12. Assist in discerning lessons learned and documenting obstacles/challenges and resulting mitigating measures;

  13. Assist in grant activity closure process.

Project reporting:

Administrative supervision – SSI Deputy Chief of Party based in Mogadishu, Somalia

Technical supervision – Strategic Communication and Media Officer based in Nairobi, Kenya

Team management:

This role does not have team management responsibility.



§ Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communications or a related field.

Work experience:

§ Minimum of 3 years of demonstrable relevant Media & Communications experience and/or minimum of 3 years of demonstrable relevant Project Management experience.

Geographical experience:

§ Minimum of 3 year of experience in Africa (essential).


§ Fluency in English (essential) and Somali (desirable).

Key competencies:

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and 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 1

• 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 – behavioral indicators N/A

• 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.

Other relevant information:

The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

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

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