Curriculum Development Technical Advisor

Beneficiary Institution
Somalia National University
Duty Stations
6months (subject to possible extension)
Post Date
19 Mar 2018
Deadline Date
31 Mar 2018


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 six main administrations namely Somaliland, Puntland, South West, Hirshabelle, Galmudug and Banadir region, each having their own Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education. Each zone is at very different levels of educational development and as 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

The overall purpose of the assignment is to assist in development and review of teacher training curriculum for Somali National Universitys teacher training programme in collaboration with University of Helsinki. The Technical Advisor will work in close collaboration with the Dean of the Faculty of education and other concerned Faculties. He/ She will report to the Dean of the Faculty of Education.
The incumbent will take up the following (but not limited to) duties:
Review Teacher Education curriculum and conduct a needs assessment recommendation
Modify and update current curriculum to be contextual and relevant
Review the professors and lectures capacity on curriculum development
Suggest areas of interventions and needed actions to improve the course content, procedures, tasks, assessment schemes, project selection criteria and course outcomes
Redesign selected course outlines with full description
Develop the outline, contents and schedule for practicum training including specific topics covered and competencies needed
Develop manual for teacher strategy
Define and apply new trends and assessment techniques to be integrated into the course
Give recommendations and specifications about lab equipment
Conduct ToTs sessions for faculty and staff


To be specified for the workplan of the TA.


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 5 years experience in curriculum development
-Ability to work in cross-cultural environments with partners and other collaborators;
-Problem solving skills working on and providing expert inputs into complex projects in challenging environments;
-Ability to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs
-Knowledge of the education, health and social landscape of the Somalia
- Strong interpersonal communication and excellent oral communication and writing skills with strong attention to detail;
-Ability to work effectively with a broad range of partners and in a team environment;
-High degree of judgment, maturity and originality;


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, 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.