Senior Project Advisor-Kismayo, Somalia
SPECIAL VACANCY NOTICE
Open to Internal and External Candidates
Position Title: Senior Project Advisor
Vacancy Notice SVN/IOM/039/2017
Duty Station : Kismayo, Somalia
Classification : General Service Staff, Grade G6 (Third Party Contractor)
Type of Appointment : Short term, six (6) months with possibility of extension
Organizational Unit: Somalia Stabilization Initiatives (SSI)
Direct Supervision: National Project Officer
Overall Supervision: Field Coordinator
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 18 th 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 guidance of the Chief of Mission of IOM Somalia and under the overall
supervision of the SSI Chief of Party and reporting directly to the SS Field Coordinator in
Mogadishu, the incumbent will responsible for the planning, coordination, execution,
monitoring, and overall management of the OTI project in Jubba Land state of Somalia
The Sr. Project Advisor in the OTI Unit will represent the interests of the program in his/her
area of responsibility. In doing so, the Sr. Project Advisor will work in an integrated manner
with the Somali Government and regional and district authorities with a particular focus on,
outreach and coordination with local communities.
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.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Assist in providing advice to the program management on programmatic strategy
including where to focus program resources, how to develop operational relationships
with government entities and operational challenges as they arise;
2. Develop, coordinate and implement methodologies for engaging government entities
and local communities in on-going bases for project identification and implementation;
3. Write-up and recommend projects from those identified through on-going consultations
with stakeholders using the Programme’s Activity Database;
4. Develop, implement and share with other program staff in Kismayo, Mogadishu and
Nairobi methodologies for small grant project implementation that incorporates a
consultative approach between the government entities and communities;
5. Develop, implement and share with other program staff in Kismayo, Mogadishu and
Nairobi monitoring and evaluation processes;
6. Responsible for overall grant design and implementation process in Jubbaland State of
Somalia, including the supervision of the Project Advisors in Jubbaland;
7. It is particularly important to assist the National Project Officer proactively identify
potential grantees and grants that are appropriate to respond to overall program goals;
8. Provide technical assistance to grantees as required, or arrange technical assistance
from the relevant government authority;
9. Assist the National Project Officer and M&E Assistant In evaluating grants throughout
implementation and once the grant activities are closed out;
10. Report as necessary to program management in Kismayo, Mogadishu and Nairobi on
all aspects of project design and implementation;
11. Undertake regular travel to the districts in order to identify, develop and/or support
12. Provide program management with ongoing assessment and anticipation of political
events, including potential impacts and outcomes of community grants;
13.Undertake any further duties as requested.
Required Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor’s degree s in law, international relations, governance and development
studies or a related field
Excellent computer skills, including MS Office suite.
Demonstrated experience in project Cycle management
Proven skills and experience projects monitoring and evaluation
Good report writing skills
Thorough understanding and knowledge in working and coordinating with
government agencies and other development partners
Minimum of six years of professional experience in the field of governance and
development, or management, especially in international organizations such as
NGOs or USAID funded programmes.
Three years specific experience in the field of development with project design,
implementation and management.
Experience in community participation and consensus-building projects.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of government structures and current
development planning in Somalia.
Demonstrated capacity to understand and analyse the national, regional, and local
political context in Somalia, and especially Kismayo.
A drive for results in a high-volume, quick-paced programme environment; creativity
and analytical capability required to respond to evolving programme demands and
Fluency in English and Somali is required.
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
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.
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