Somalia: Somali speaking Technical Adviser on IDPs and Durable Solutions for deployment to Mogadishu, Somalia

Job description

Due to conflict and natural disasters, Somalia has one of the largest populations of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world. It is crucial to protect and establish durable solutions for and with the displaced population. The advertised position will be centrally placed to influence this work.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Providing advice on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and durable solutions at a senior level.
Contributing to establishing and developing long-term solutions for the displaced population across the country and in Mogadishu in particular.
Provide policy advice and technical inputs to the respective stakeholders for enhancing effective and efficient crisis response and coordination in Somalia.
Proactively support and contribute to the formulation of programme strategies and activities for crisis response coordination. Strengthen coordination mechanisms both at regional and national level.
Promoting public outreach and communication with the displaced population, in order to strengthen community involvement and empowerment, e.g. consultations on durable solutions.
Contribute the capacity development processes of centrally placed staff working on IDPs and durable solutions in Somalia.
Identify gaps and challenges and come up with the way forward.
Participate in Task Forces and other ad-hoc internal working groups on cross-cutting themes as requested.


  • At least five years of international experience in a technical advisory role within the field of displacement, preferably on IDPs and durable solutions, preferably within a national government agency or in an international organization.
  • Knowledge of best practices related to IDPs and durable solutions.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues through quickly establishing good working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to interface effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including senior decision makers.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent coordination skills, including with governments, UN agencies, donors and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
  • Experience of operating in a complex political environment. Must be willing to travel and work in a challenging environment with security risks
  • Experience with and proven interest in capacity development, knowledge transfer and developing practical mentoring processes.
  • Oral and written fluency of the Somali language with awareness of local issues is required.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to think critically and strategically in difficult conditions to diplomatically challenge the status quo and encourage shared ownership of outcomes.
  • Ability to work proactively, take initiative and be a self-starter.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, relationship building and networking skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a conflict environment.
  • Respect for gender equality and proven ability to integrate this in tasks carried out.


  • Somali (required)
  • English (required)

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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