Project Technical Advisor

Beneficiary Institution
Somali Academy of Sciences and Arts
Duty Stations
Mogadishu
Stream
To be determined my MIDA salary scale
Duration
3 months (subject to possible extension)
Post Date
17 May 2017
Deadline Date
19 May 2017

Summary

About MIDA FINNSOM South Central Somalia Project
IOM Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) programmes focus on strengthening the institutional capacities of African States through a structured framework of mobilization of resources involving countries of destination, countries of origin and diasporas. In Somalia, through its MIDA programme, IOM has been helping the Somali Government since 2008 to strengthen the capacity of Somali institutions so that they can be more effective in responding to the needs of Somali people. The MIDA FINNSOM South Central Somalia project is funded by the Government of Finland. Similarly to the MIDA FINNSOM Health projects implemented in Somaliland and Puntland by IOM Helsinki with support from the Finnish Government, this project aims to facilitate the transfer of skills, competencies and knowledge of qualified Somali expatriates to public institutions in South Central Somalia, with focus on two sectors: health and education. The beneficiary institution will host the qualified Somali expatriate, and will be responsible to provide a safe and secure work environment. The IOM Mogadishu MIDA staff will monitor the expatriates while on assignment.

Background

About the host institution
Somali academy of Science and arts (SOMASA) is founded as autonomous institution which is under the Ministry of Education, Culture and higher Education, The Academy was established in 1975. It intended to unite all different researches in the country, to develop the language, culture and Heritage, to protect and repair the historical places, to write and print all the written books, to take a role for solving Somali problems as traditional way.


Education sector context
Somalia is characterized by three main administrations namely Somaliland, Puntland and Somali Federal Government, each having their own Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education. Each zone is at very different levels of educational development and as a result education activities are based on the differing priorities and agendas. Ministry of Education, Culture & Higher Education consists of two ministries combined Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture and Higher Education.

Expected Result

1. Collaborate with the Somali Academy of Sciences and Arts and IOM MIDA in identifying priority short and medium-term projects for the development of the Academy;
2. Assess the needs of the entire departments of the Somali Academy of Sciences and Arts;
3. Identify viable projects in consultation with the president of the Academy;
4. Support the process of consultations, validation, dissemination of feasible projects for funding and submit for final approval and consultation with key stakeholders;
5. Identify funders for feasible projects for the Academy;
6. Write up proposals to donors and existing funders for projects identified;
7. Support in drawing up Mission and Vision for the Academy from the perspectives of projects and their implementations;
8. Advise the Academy on key strategies on project initiation, implementation and monitoring. 9. Develop, finalize and operationalize the regulatory frameworks and criteria for sustainable projects funding strategy
10. Work closely with the Academy and contractors on provision of materials and service.
12. Review on-going projects and advise the Academy President on ways of enhancing them and how to go by;
13. Mentor and train an intern project officer on writing proposals and writing-up projects.
14. Establish contacts with relevant NGO on promotion of Somali Culture and Arts through documentaries and exhibitions;
15. Create a Data Base for all future projects and all suitable sources of funding;
16. Conduct regular training for the relevant employees of Academy and transfer all skills that will benefit the Somali Academy of Sciences and Arts in the future;
17. Liaise the Academy with IOM and recommend tangible methods of sustainable improvements

Targets

To be specified for the workplan of the TA.

Requirements

1.Transfer of skills: one of the main responsibilities of the qualified Somali expatriate, and one which he/she will be measured against, will be to insure continuous and systematic transfer of knowledge and skills are related to the assignment it will have to be agreed with the beneficiary institutions, which civil servants will have to benefit from this knowledge.
2.Work plan: A work plan will have to be developed with the supervisor at the line Ministry during the first week of assignment, which will provide clear and time bound activities to successfully implement the outputs of assignment.
3.Monthly and final reports: Monthly progress reports will be submitted by the incumbent to the Supervisor in the Ministry and to IOM Mogadishu MIDA Programme Officer. At the end of the assignment, the Participant must also provide a final report covering the duration of his/her assignment.

Qualifications

Level of education:Masters Degree

Area of study:Degree in Business Administration, Project Management or similar academic qualification

Years of work experience in that area:5-10 years
Languages needed: English and Somali

General skills / other requirements:
1.Good command of computers: Microsoft Office (Words, Excel, Outlook) and Internet;
2. Knowledge and experience in using project management software.
3. Previous work experience in initiating and implementing projects;
4. Excellent experience in fundraising;
5. Experience and ability to liaise with International NGOs;
6. Experience in working with international organisations, governmental institutions, and/or aid organizations is an asset;
7. Experience in working with government authorities in Somalia including knowledge of writing proposals
8. Mature individual, able to work independently, under pressure, able to maintain accuracy, paying attention to details, meeting deadlines and working with minimal supervision.
9. Develop, finalize and operationalize the regulatory frameworks and criteria for sustainable projects funding strategy
10. Work closely with the Academy and contractors on provision of materials and service.
12. Review on-going projects and advise the Academy President on ways of enhancing them and how to go by;
13. Mentor and train an intern project officer on writing proposals and writing-up projects.
14. Establish contacts with relevant NGO on promotion of Somali Culture and Arts through documentaries and exhibitions;
15. Create a Data Base for all future projects and all suitable sources of funding;
16. Conduct regular training for the relevant employees of Academy and transfer all skills that will benefit the Somali Academy of Sciences and Arts in the future;
17. Liaise the Academy with IOM and recommend tangible methods of sustainable improvements

Salary

Stipend commensurate with degree and experience

Security

Health insurance, including evacuation due to medical emergency, will be provided by the project. However, experts will be requested to provide a recent medical certificate stating that they are physically well and apt to work in a hardship area in Africa.
Please note that neither IOM nor Swedish Government, according to the contract, will be responsible for the security of the qualified Somali expatriates. The host beneficiary institution will be responsible for the security of the individual.
Before leaving the country of residence and upon arrival in Nairobi or in Somalia, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-departure briefing including security advice and cultural background.

How to apply

All applications must be sent to iomhelsinkimida@iom.int, with the following reference as subject in your e-mail: APPLICATION: Project Technical Advisor /Mogadishu

To be considered, applicants must provide a cover letter, CV, and the contact information (email and phone number) of two professional references by the closing date of this vacancy. Please save your documents in PDF format. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
While this project is geared toward the Somali-Finnish diaspora, we also welcome members of other Somali diaspora communities to apply. Note that preference may be given to applicants who were successful participants in the Phase II project. Lastly, we highly encourage the participation of women in MIDA FINNSOM Health and Education