Position Title : Project Officer (DDRR)

Duty Station : Mogadishu, Somalia

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 25 November 2020

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Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


IOM’s Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR) programme is a key component of IOM’s peacebuilding and stabilization portfolio that aims to increase Somalia’s resilience to destabilizing conditions and build national capacity towards sustained peace. The programme aims to contribute to peace and improved security in Somalia through supporting the Federal Government of Somalia’s National Programme on the Treatment and Handling of Disengaged Combatants and Youth at Risk (National Programme).

In the absence of a peace agreement, and other preconditions usually required for traditional Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programming, IOM has been supporting the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in its implementation of the National Programme through a four-pillared approach that reframes traditional DDR in terms of Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR). This context specific and context sensitive approach has been developed and implemented alongside local partners to include the national government and regional administrations, to create viable, reliable, gender-responsive, transparent and nationally owned legal and operational processes to support exit and reintegration pathways for former associates where sanctioned violent extremist groups are involved. In facilitating the reintegration of former associates within these new contexts, IOM works to reduce the risk of recidivism or recruitment into criminal or violent extremist groups by addressing the drivers of conflict and building resilience at the individual and community levels.

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (DDRR) in Mogadishu, Somalia, the successful candidate will provide technical support for the day-to-day management, coordination, monitoring and reporting of DDRR project activities linked to assigned project grant(s), to include funding from the German

Federal Foreign Office (approx. 5 million). S/he will work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team and other IOM technical leads Women, Peace and Security (WPS) , Reintegration, Livelihoods, Gender-Based Violence, Case Management, Education, etc. to facilitate linkages and effective implementation of DDRR projects and activities in Mogadishu, Kismayo and Baidoa.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the day-to-day implementation of assigned IOM Somalia DDRR Project(s) in a timely manner, including monitoring the administrative and budgetary aspects and burn rates of project(s) in line with IOM policies and practices, as well as other donor requirements.

  2. Assist with the successful implementation of DDRR project activities and the Transitional Plan(s) through effective cooperation and coordination with IOM's implementing partners, field staff, technical focal points, UN Agencies, and Federal and Regional government counterparts from relevant line ministries. Check that activities are implemented in accordance with government approved SOPs, policies, and practices for the treatment and handling of disengaged combatants and women associated with armed groups and bring issues to the attention of the supervisor.

  3. Supervise assigned project support staff and monitor the work of consultants. Provide close guidance with respect to cultural and political sensitivities.

  4. Draft assigned briefs, reports and other project documents for subsequent internal and external consumption and project evaluation purposes.

  5. Maintain relations with DDRR stakeholders, including government officials, UN counterparts and other key players to facilitate project implementation.

  6. Participate in relevant coordination forums at country level, Technical Working Group meetings, workshops, etc.

  7. Contribute to the development of strong Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management systems that promote effective reporting, organizational learning, financial accountability and safeguards, and innovation.

  8. Provide technical inputs for the development of process focused learning documents on DDRR activities to contribute to institutional learning and accountability.

  9. Check that Transitional Rehabilitation Centre and project staff maintain an updated record of cases and files for the project and ensure data confidentiality.

  10. Work closely with the Technical Leads and contribute to the design of research and assessment activities that improve the evidence and knowledge base for supporting DDRR and reintegration processes, including as concerns the profiling and assessment of disengaged fighters, Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) programming, gender programming and broader context analysis.

  11. Contribute to the development of new project activities by selecting and summarizing background information, assessing the local context for the planning and administration of individual projects, and drafting segments of project proposals.

  12. Analyze project progress, implementation reports and overall performance of project activities, and identify and document significant project events, decisions, problems or deviations for the Programme Coordinator and other members of the IOM Somalia senior management team as appropriate.

  13. Conduct field visits as required to provide information and support with respect to project management and internal procedures for implementation, monitoring and reporting, and draft comments on designated aspects of project progress as an input to programme monitoring.

  14. Provide and consolidate input to project procurement plans and facilitate the timely implementation of approved procurement activities.

  15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master's degree in Political or Social Science, Gender, Development Studies, International Relations, or a related field from an accredited academic Institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience coordinating multiple projects simultaneously;

• Experience supporting project management with grants with high burn rates of upwards of 6million or more per year, to include procurement and financial planning;

• Project experience related to two or more of the following topics: stabilization, government capacity building, community-led recovery, and conflict mitigation;

• Experience in programme/institutional learning, coordinating information-sharing, or awareness-raising activities within a community;

• Previous work experience in one or more of the following thematic areas a distinct advantage: DDRR, Women Peace and Security, and PVE;

• Prior experience working with vulnerable groups in a highly complex conflict area, particularly in areas related to DDRR, human rights, or peacekeeping;

• Experience working with various stakeholders including Federal and regional government as well as UN agencies, NGOs, and donors.


• Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming;

• Knowledge of Somalia, including socioeconomic and political context is an advantage.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Somali, French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.



Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

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