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13 Jun 2017

Project Advisor (Media) Mogadishu-Somalia

Job Description

Open to Internal and External Candidates
Position Title Project Advisor (Media)
Vacancy Notice  SVN/IOM/037/2017
Duty Station : Mogadishu, Somalia
Classification : General Service Staff, Grade G5 (Third Party Contractor)
Type of Appointment Short term, six (6) months with possibility of extension
Organizational Unit Somalia Stabilization Initiatives (SSI)
Direct Supervision Strategic Communication and Media Officer
Overall Supervision  Field Coordinato
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 14th June , 2017

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of
migration and 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.
The OTI funded SSI project 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;
Under the overall supervision of the Field Coordinator in Mogadishu and the direct
supervision of the Strategic Communication and Media Officer, 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.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Assist the Strategic Communication and Media Officer in grant implementation,
monitoring and grant proposal writing;
2. Assist the Strategic Communication and Media Officer in grant operations and
IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive 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.
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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
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.
Required Qualifications and Experience
 University degree in Journalism, Mass Communications or a related field;
 A demonstrated record of field-based project management experience in positions of
increasing responsibility; preferably in Somalia;
 Thorough knowledge of United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) programming and standard requirements, specifically with Stabilization
project in Somalia is an asset.
 Three years’ professional experience, a majority of which will have been in
Emergency and Post-crises settings preferably in Somalia, with experience in
community-based communication activities and working with media ;
 Demonstrated experience in the field of media relations in Somalia;
 Well proven and demonstrated experience in developing communication strategies
and supporting media activities for large events;
 Well proven and demonstrated capacity and experience with social media channels;
 Ability to develop clear messaging and visual materials for large events;
 Thorough knowledge and demonstrated capacity to understand and analyze the
national, regional, and local political context and government structures in Somalia;
 Excellent communication and writing skills; ability to analyse complex problems and
identify and convey clear, rapid, solutions;
 Effective resource management skills; ability to work with a large pool of staff in a
dynamic, operational program environment; ability to develop and maintain
budgetary discipline across a wide range of grant activities;
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 Ability to engender group involvement, team spirit and participation; must be able to
lead teams effectively in order to achieve the desired goals;
 Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and
professional backgrounds, exhibiting a high degree of sensitivity toward other
cultures and dedication to the permission of interethnic cooperation, peace-building
and tolerance; demonstrated gender awareness and gender sensitivity;
 Ability to exhibit discretion in the conduct of professional duties; Personal
commitment, drive for results, and adaptability in the workplace as required by
changing Program conditions and requirements; Ability to work long hours under
difficult conditions while maintaining security awareness;
 Willingness to uphold and enforce professional standards of conduct, in accordance
with relevant donor requirements;
 Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Excel,
PowerPoint, Good knowledge of information technology and proficiency in Microsoft
Office applications especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and SharePoint.
Fluency in English and Somali is required.
Required 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
 Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or
 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
 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.
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Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding
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
Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a
neighbouring 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 neighbouring country located within commuting
distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating the Vacancy Notice Number (SVN No) with three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone) to: Women are encouraged to apply. Closing Date: 14 th June 2017; only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Posting period: From 01.06.2017 to 14.06.2017

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