Organisational Unit/Department: Somalia Programme
Technical Cooperation Programme: ILO Projects -Youth Employment Programme Somalia
Position (Title): Project Officer
Proposed grade: NOA
Duty Station: Mogadishu, Somalia
Type of Contract: ICA

Source of funding: YES Project

Duration: 6 months with possible extension

The Joint Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)-United Nations (UN) Youth Employment Programme (YES) for Somalia, aims to capitalise on recent security, governance and reconciliation achievements by expanding employment opportunities for young men and women in Somalia. The programme recognizes the centrality of youth in fostering stability in the country and outlines specific interventions to help in generating decent work opportunities for young people that will serve as positive alternatives to participation in violence and conflict.
The Project Officer will work closely with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as the lead agency for the YES programme.

Guidance and Supervision

Under the overall guidance of the direct supervision of the project Chief Technical Advisor (CTA). The Project Officer will work in close coordination and collaboration of the ILO project activities in Mogadishu. The project officer will also provide additional support towards the overarching technical support towards Decent Work Programme implementation. This position reports to the CTA of ILO Somalia with close collaboration with Technical advisers and technical officers assigned to the projects.

Description of duties:
Generic duties and responsibilities

  1. Support in planning, leading, supervising and monitoring the work of the project team, for project implementation, delivery of outputs, and attainment of objective. Identify any problems or constraints, and identify and implement appropriate remedies.
  2. Support in the development of work plan of activities for Somalia in line with the objectives and main outputs identified in the project document and complimentary of the on-going project and new projects in Somalia namely the Youth Employment Flashship Programme.
  3. Proactively assist in organising of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meeting as my be needed for the successful implementation of the project,
  4. Proactively assist in intra-team coordination in Somalia and wider project coordination.
  5. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Specific Duties:

  1. Support in monitoring progress of the implementation partners including ILO constituents, by undertaking official travel and physical monitoring, reviewing and verifying and analysing their work plans, progress reports and other deliverables and data clarity constituency and completeness
  2. Liaise/negotiate with Somalia authorities being central or regional as needed; written monthly reports as required for the area;
  3. Represent ILO at interagency meetings, Coordination Working groups, conferences and seminars.
  4. Ensure that ILO maintains productive relations with key stakeholders, especially beneficiaries, local authorities, the humanitarian community and donors.
  5. Representing ILO at relevant and senior forums/ meetings,
  6. Ensuring other staff are appropriately representing ILO at relevant forums/ meetings,
  7. Conducting regular stakeholder analyses to ensure that ILO has good understanding of dynamics/relationships,
  8. Maintains regular contacts and liaises with the appropriate level in Government entities to ensure full information sharing and participation;
  9. Engaging in, and promoting, proactive coordination processes amongst key stakeholders.
  10. Take the lead in coordinating and organizing VIP visits to the area (i.e. donors, ILO executive management staff and other related missions);
  11. Participate in Donor meetings at field level and communicate relevant information to management.
  12. Engaging in, and promoting, proactive coordination processes amongst key stakeholders.
  13. Take the lead in coordinating and organizing VIP visits to the area (i.e. donors, ILO executive management staff and other related missions);

Corporate competences;

  • Demonstrate integrity by modelling the ILO’s, the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promote vision, mission and strategic goals of ILO.
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, national and age sensitivity and adoptability.

Functional competencies:

  • Demonstrated hands-on experiences in planning and managing development projects (preferably in conflict environments), in particularly dealing with employment related development, private sector and public-private partnership and how this fits to decentralization and local governance
  • Substantial previous experience in working with senior government officials, donor representatives and civil society on policy and strategic issues.
  • Good knowledge of programme and project formulation, administration and evaluation concepts and procedures.
  • Ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyse problems with implementation
  • Demonstrated strong coordination, communication and facilitation skills
  • Ability to speak, read and write in Somali a distinct advantage
  • Willingness and ability to spend a minimum of 50 percent of time on mission in various parts of Somalia a prerequisite. Recruitment Qualification:
    Education: Degree in public administration, governance, economics, political sciences or related international development fields.
    At least 4 years of work experience in project formulation and management in thematic areas of economic development, employment generation programmes, and governance

How to apply:


Qualified candidates may submit a written application with a cover letter clearly demonstrating how your qualifications and experience meet the requirements for the functions and responsibilities described.

Include your latest CV with 3 (three) references to the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) Somalia Programme. Please send your application by e-mail to [email protected] subject line marked Project Officer

Closing date for receipt of submissions Friday 5th August, 2016

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for the next stages of selection.


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