National Project Officer – Mogadisho

  • Full time
  • 7 months ago
  • / Monthly

Job Information

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    Posted On Jan 5 ,2021
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Level :
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    Job Experience : 2 years

Job Description


Prolonged instability in Somalia has inhibited the economic growth potential of Somalia. The country’s 25-year conflict has seen the destruction of key economic infrastructure; government buildings, public facilities, roads, and transportation and communication networks have been destroyed or severely damaged. In this context, the lack of economic infrastructure that stimulates enterprise development and supports economic growth has resulted in limited investments in the productive sectors, effectively constraining the urban population to rely predominantly on an informal economy based on trade, transport, utilities, communication and construction, for income and service provision. Policies to stimulate economic growth are required on multiple fronts. Significant investments to close the country’s capital and infrastructure gap will be needed to increase economic growth in the medium term.

Reforms in public financial management, strengthened governance, and improvements to the business environment are needed. To support diversification, policies should focus on addressing weaknesses that hinder entry into new lines of economic activity, such as the provision of infrastructure, security, the regulatory and institutional environment. Short- and medium-term policies to diversify Somalia’s economy could help stabilize the economy and enhance economic recovery.The Programme is implemented by government ministries and institutions, business development service providers, FESTU, SCCI and other private sector players in Somalia. Technical assistance is provided by a consortium of UN agencies,  UNIDO (lead), FAO and ILO wish to  leverage  their core area of expertise and experience in Somalia to support an enabling environment for suitable development of Somali productive sectors by:

(1) Improving Somalia productive sector’s policy regulators’ capacities to create business environment that will lead to sustainable and inclusive  economic growth and decent job opportunities;

(2) Improve and establish infrastructure for productive sector growth and enhance the capacities of public and private institutions to stimulate sustainable production, inclusive economic growth and job creation in all productive sectors of the Somali economy, and particularly for youth and women in vulnerable areas of the country;

(3) enhance skills and production capacities of farmers, fishermen, cooperatives and MSMEs to create sustainable job opportunities.

Introduction continued

This joint-programme aims at promoting interventions at macro, meso and micro levels of the Somali economy to promote investment in infrastructure and in the private sector, stimulate sustainable production, foster inclusive economic growth and job opportunities, particularly among youth and women. The overarching goal or ultimate objective of this programme is “Private and Public sectors are able to operate and sustain investments into productive sectors and infrastructures, enough to nurture an economic ecosystem able to create opportunities and jobs, that can sustain themselves also against internal and external shocks. “Experience of ILO working in Somalia for a long period has shown that affirmative policies and regulations for worker rights is almost negligible. It is highly important at this stage that if simultaneous care for worker rights are not worked upon, an exploitative environment will result. With this view in mind, the ILO will provide technical assistance to the development of OSH policy and the re-establishment of the National Labour Court.

Reporting lines

Under the overall responsibility of the Director for ILO Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan and under direct supervision of the Head of Office of the ILO Somalia Programme, the incumbent of the position will assume the overall responsibility for the day-to-day efficient and effective implementation of the ILO component, of the PSDP with a view to ensuring the attainment of its objectives and delivery of the outputs. The NPO will support national implementers MOLSA, FESTU and SCCI towards the development of OSH policy and the review of the existing legislation for the establishment of the Labor court.

While accountable to the ILO, the NPO will be expected to have smooth and cordial relationships with the UN and the implementing institutions in general and the National Counterpart particularly. The NPO will also work closely and on day-to-day basis with the national counterpart designated by the implementing partners; S/He will work as a member of the team in collaboration with the NPOs responsible for the other components of the Programme including monitoring and evaluation.

In order to provide a coordinated input and ensure delivery of the project, the NPO will work closely with Employment and OSH Specialist attached to the ILO Decent Work Team in Cairo, staff from other ILO supported projects operating in Somalia, and other Technical Support unit in CO Addis Ababa and Geneva.

Description of Duties

  • Raise awareness to shift perspectives, from seeing improved working conditions as a business cost to seeing them as a business investment with productivity and competitive returns on one hand, supporting enhanced capacity to improve working conditions on the other hand.
  • Review and analyse country specific development plans and priorities, socioeconomic data, reports and other information related to OSH in order to share and critically examine research findings, and identify relevant knowledge gaps on the linkages between working conditions and productivity.
  • Support capacity building of MOLSA, SCCI and FESTU towards the development of the OSH policy, and assist them in the review of the legislation on the setting up of labour court.
  • Contribute creative ideas for programme/project interventions on strengthening the national OSH system and in the productive sector and related value chains, identifying potential improvements in ILO (and other) tools. This will be aligned to in line with the Somalia draft National OSH Program and Profile;
  • Prepare annual work plans, budgets and progress reports for the ILO Component of the PSDP Project.
  • Assist in monitoring progress and verifying final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness; and prepare briefs, background information, periodical reports, and subject matter related technical reports on status of programme activities.
  • Assist in the programming and control of resources, prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analyzing and monitoring situation of resources as compared to planned activities and making recommendations to management for remedial action.

Duties continued

  • Participate in the preparation of conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings related with the extension of occupational safety and health to the national constituents.
  • Serve as a Focal Point for Occupational Safety and Health, attend workshops and inter-agency meetings, and present reports and papers.
  • Contribute to the UN joint efforts under the UNCF Outcomes related to OSH.
  • Brief ILO specialists, project experts, associate experts and visiting officials and provide relevant information on programme matters relating to the project.
  • Undertake missions to project sites independently or accompanying other officials.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualifications


First level university degree in Social Sciences. Related qualification in OSH will be an added advantage


At least two years of professional experience in the area of Occupational Safety and Health and other labour related issues, management of technical cooperation projects in Somalia.


Excellent command of English and a good working knowledge of Somali.


  • Good knowledge of programme and budget, project formulation and management, administration and evaluation techniques and practices.
  • Good knowledge of the role and operations of UN system activities for development.
  • Knowledge of office’s financial rules and regulations.
  • Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the formulation, administration and evaluation of projects.
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

competencies continued

  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution, and ability to negotiate.
  • Good computer applications skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.

Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position.

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