POSITION OPEN TO SOMALI NATIONALS ONLY
Vacancy no.: DC/MOGADISHU/NO/2019/13
Publication date: 25 November 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 08 December 2019
Job ID: 2059
Organization Unit: CO-Addis Ababa
Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract duration: 1 year with possibility of extension
Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.
In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.
The following are eligible to apply:
*The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria.
Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.
*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.
Over the past two decades, Somalia has endured persistent periods of conflict, political instability, and environmental and economic shocks, resulting in widespread hunger and malnutrition. Over half of the country’s population live below the poverty line. Conflict, drought and floods have triggered large-scale displacements: millions of Somalis are displaced and an additional around one million are refugees in neighbouring countries. Since 2012, Somalia has made considerable strides with the establishment of the Federal Government of Somalia. Significant progress continues with the founding of permanent political institutions and a federal institutional structure.
From mid-2015, severe drought conditions, conflict, increased displacement, lack of access to basic services and the absence of a formal social protection system caused an acute crisis that brought Somalia to the brink of famine in 2017.
There are currently no large-scale, government-led social protection programmes in Somalia, and the government lacks the basic capacity to identify the poorest and most vulnerable community members. Somalia’s rich tradition of familial and community-based coping strategies, including substantial remittances from the diaspora, is insufficient to address the challenges of the context. Humanitarian assistance has reached some 2.5 million people a month since April, mostly displaced, returning, and extremely poor people in rural and peri-urban areas. This assistance has been a major driver of the slight improvement in food security figures. However, such assistance is short term and designed to address acute needs, missing the underlying causes of vulnerability to poverty and risk. The rare social protection interventions that are implemented are fragmented, and social protection gaps remain the norm. Overall coverage and quality of programmes remain marginal and low. Even the formal public and private sectors workers do not have access to a proper social protection system. Furthermore, provision of other social services is also limited, especially nutrition, health, education and water and sanitation services.
In this context, the ILO, UNICEF and WFP have developed a joint project. The purpose of the Joint programme is to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Somalia to focus on prioritizing support to the most vulnerable populations, with a view of transitioning from short-term emergency response, to long-term predictable social protection mechanism – with linkages to education, health and justice systems. This will help in achieving SDG 1.3 to which, the Government of Somalia is fully committed. More specifically it aims to strengthen the Ministry and Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) leadership on social protection through a targeted institutional support and capacity development. This support will be done both at federal government and at federal member state (FMS) levels and will focus on three areas: (i) Supporting MoLSA institutional capacity for policy analysis and coordination of partners activities in order to ensure national ownership and leadership of the social protection reform agenda; (ii) Support MoLSA role to create an adaptive approach to reform through capturing the potential for scale of past and present social protection and link them with human capital (nutrition, health and education); and (iii) Strengthen MoLSA capacity on International Standards for Social Protection.
The ILO seeks to recruit the services of a ‘National Project Coordinator’ to manage the implementation of the ILO component in this project on “Toward a Somali led transition to National Social Protection System”.
The National Project Coordinator will support the effective implementation of the project through the technical, efficient and timely execution of tasks in accordance with the policies, values and procedures of the ILO, overall guidance from the donor and alignment with Somali government strategic orientations. The incumbent will initiate, sustain and guide cooperation with key partners, in close collaboration with the Head of ILO Somali Office, counterparts in UNICEF and WFP and relevant ILO technical specialists to ensure that Social Protection Systems are established and mainstreamed in existing Government institutions.
First level university degree in a Social Science, Business Administration, Economics and any Specialization on Labour Studies or Industrial Relations or related field and strong knowledge on development issues particularly in Somalia.
At least three years of professional experience on areas related to Social Protection, Decent Work, Social Dialogue, and capacity building on labour-related issues.
Excellent knowledge of English and good knowledge of Somali language.
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