Teacher Training Advisor for Hiirshabeele

Beneficiary Institution
Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education
Duty Stations
Mogadishu (with frequent travel to Hiirshabele)
6 months (subject to possible extension)
Post Date
01 Dec 2017
Deadline Date
18 Dec 2017


The Ministry of Education, Culture & Higher Education of the HIRSHABEELE STATE of Somalia with the assistance of the IOM/MIDA FINNSOM Education Project seeks to improve the capacity of Teacher training Department at the Ministry to develop and administer the education services.
The selected candidate will create, develop and/or revise work policies and procedures for Teacher Training and prepare resource mobilization plans for teacher training development intervention with national and international partners, provide leadership, guidance and support in developing implementing and reviewing teacher training procedures.


Background Information

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.

About the geographical coverage of the project
Initially, the project will support positions in Mogadishu and subject to security, the project aims at extending its support to other regions in South Central Somalia.

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.Providing technical support to the Ministry of Education to identify and select primary school teachers to be trained on child-centered teacher training and pedagogy.
2.Working with the Ministry of Education to provide teachers with school-based job/training, mentoring, oversee the delivery of proper and adequate training to these teachers at the head quarter of the Ministry.
3.Conducting a rapid capacity and training needs assessment of Head teachers and Deputy Head Teachers.
4.Developing training materials to train HT and DHT and provide them trainings on school management and leadership.
5.Collaborating with and under the direction of the Ministry, by ensuring that Regional and District Education Offices are re-established and fully functional, as district centers improve education delivery methods and that they coordinate effectively.
6.Liaising with the MoE and the TA for REOs, develop competency based job descriptions for all the DEOs AND REOs.
7.Working closely with the MoE and the TA for REOs, conduct a rapid capacity training needs assessments for all the DEOs and REOs.
8.Working in conjunction with the MoE and the TA at REOs the TA will provide technical support to DEOs and REOs, by creating guidelines to develop strategies; skills to plan; budget; supervise and conduct inspections. He/she will also be responsible to conduct training to DEOs to carry out inspections and supervisions.
9.Liaising with the MoE and TA at the REOs to support the DEOs and REOs to prepare inspection and supervision work plan.


IOM-MIDA 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.


Level of education:Masters Degree
Area of study:Education
Years of work experience in that area:5-10 years
Languages needed: English and Somali
General skills / other requirements:Minimum of 5 years experience working in Somalia or in the Horn of Africa and must possess a good understanding and sound programming principles
Experience working in Teacher Education and training including child-centered pedagogy.
Knowledge of donors programmatic and financial regulations - Demonstrated experience in managing partnership/institutional strengthening knowhow
Experience in managing and mentoring staff and promoting teamwork - Good interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
Able to work independently.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Knowledge of Somalia, its' culture and political background
Proven experience in organizing trainings and developing training materials
Proven capacity to working through partnerships
Demonstrated ability to motivate and coach field staff
Willingness for frequent travel


Monthly stipend
The monthly stipend amount will be determined by criteria set by IOM MIDA FINNSOM project based on degree and years of relevant experience.


Security and insurance modalities
Health insurance including evacuation due to medical emergence will be provided by the project. However, experts will be requested to provide a recent medical certificate starting that they are physically well and apt to work in a hardship area in Africa.

Please note that according to the contract, IOM will not be responsible for the security of the qualified Somali expatriates. The host beneficiary institutions 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 orientation.

How to apply

How to apply
All applications must be sent to iomhelsinkimida@iom.int, with the following reference as subject in your e-mail APPLICATION, and above reference number and title.

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.