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Qualified Somali Diaspora: Senior Communication Expert

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Qualified Somali Diaspora: Senior Communication Expert
Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education, FGS

  • Post/Title: Senior Communication Expert
  • Duty Station: Mogadishu
  • Duration of Assignment: 12 months
  • Deadline for applications: 03 March 2020

II. Background Information

About MIDA
The Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) Somalia programme supports the mobilization of resources and expertise of the Somali diaspora to contribute to the stabilization and development of Somalia, while ensuring that skills and knowledge are transferred to the host institutions and retained by local staff once the diaspora experts complete their assignments.

MIDA FINNSOM Phase II – Health and Education Project is funded by the Government of Finland, the project aims to facilitate the transfer of skills, competencies, and knowledge of qualified Somali expatriates to public institutions in Somalia, with a focus on two sectors, namely health and education. The beneficiary institution the Federal Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education in Mogadishu (MoECHE) will host the qualified Somali expatriate and will be responsible to provide a safe and secure work environment. MoECHE & IOM Somalia MIDA staff will monitor the expatriate while on assignment.

About FGS Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education (MoECHE)
Somalia is currently striving towards regaining its economic development, social inclusion and state-building to ensure an improved sustained quality of life to the current and future generations. From that perspective, the Ministry of Education Culture and Higher Education of Somalia on institutional measures to better enable the role and value of education in empowering Somali citizens and developing its people and the country. Although some minor gains in education can be noted over the past several years, the country faces numerous challenges with strengthening the capacities of education institutions and systems to support continued progress to achieving SDG 4 education targets, particularly those related to improving access to education and improving learning outcomes. The position will assist the ministry with the areas of enhancing the communication strategy and work plan of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education.

This position is unique in that the successful candidate will play an integral role in working with the federal, regional member states, and Higher Education institution teams and other stakeholders to put into place the administrative, policy and research management structures of the Communications Unit of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education.

III. Activities / Key Results Expected

Under the overall guidance of the Office of the Minister and the Director General Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Lead on the development, adaptation, and implementation of the Higher Education Policy framework.
  2. Ensure project adherence to general research design, sample selection, data management and general research protocols, and overall project management timelines.
  3. Directly supervise project research associates, and leadership transitions, onboarding of new research staff and maintaining institutional memory of project activities.
  4. Lead training on data management and general project management for new/incoming project research staff.
  5. Promote inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best practices with projects through formal and informal training.
  6. Ensuring program quality and innovation where possible.
  7. Build capacity of the Higher Education team in the different selected program methodologies and provide ongoing coaching and support of staff to ensure high-quality program implementation.
  8. Build and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education of the Federal Member States.
  9. Provide clear technical support, capacity building, and mentoring to the Higher Education teams at the Federal and Federal Member States, including training needed to build specialized skills.
  10. Provide technical support, training, and supervision to the Higher education department as required.
  11. Actively seek out and promote formal and informal training for all staff in the Higher education department.
  12. Ensure that Education staff adhere to the best principles. IV. Target Outputs (Measurable Results)
  13. Working with the federal, regional member states, and Higher Education institution teams and other stakeholders to put into place the administrative, policy and research management structures of the Communications Unit of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education.

V: MIDA requirements

Besides the specific outputs mentioned in section IV, MIDA is requiring the following steps/actions to be undertaken throughout the assignment. These are standard requirements for all assignments undertaken through this project:

1. Transfer of skills: One of the main responsibilities of the Somali diaspora participant, and one which he/she will be measured against, will be to ensure continuous and systematic transfer of knowledge and skills as related to the assignment. It will have to be agreed with the beneficiary institution which civil servants will have to benefit from this knowledge.

2. Work plan: A work plan will have to be developed with the Supervisor during the first week of the assignment which will provide clear and time-bound activities to successfully implement the outputs of the assignment. This work plan will be shared with the MIDA Project Assistant. This work plan can be revised during the mid-term review to reflect new developments or changes in strategy.

3. Mid Term Review: there will be a mid-term review of the assignment between the incumbent and the beneficiary institution to discuss progress of the assignment and feedback on performance.

4. Interim and Final Reports: A progress report will be submitted by the incumbent to the Supervisor and to the MIDA Project Assistant. Thereafter a final report will be provided at the end of assignment.

V: Qualifications

Area of Study: Communication, Journalism, Public Policy, Public Relations or another relevant field.

Years of work experience in what area(s): More than 5years of experience in providing strategic advice, policy, and public relations and research development.

Demonstrated professional experience in the field of Journalism, communications, external relations, public policy, public affairs, public relations) or other relevant areas.

Languages needed: English and Somali.

General Skills / Other Requirements:

  • Strong knowledge of good practice in Communication Strategies. Experience working in education in countries under fragility.
  • Demonstrate understanding of governance, budgeting and accountability;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with counterparts in government ministries, relevant stakeholders and institutions of higher education across Somalia.
  • Ability to work without supervision and be results-oriented.
  • Familiarity with development, political, social and cultural issues in Somalia
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability in managing relationships with senior Government officials, local organizations and donor agencies is highly desirable
  • Outstanding drafting and communication skills.
  • Function well independently and have the ability to professionally represent the ministry, handle multiple tasks, meet changing priorities and deliver high-quality analysis and work on-time.
  • Knowledge and previous experience with the practices of cultural diplomacy.
  • Previous work experience in Somalia would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-professional team.
  • Have integrity and team spirit.

VII: Security and Insurance Modalities

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 IOM, according to the contract, will not 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

To apply please send your CV (with two professional references including their email and phone number) and a cover letter by email to Word format preferred.
Kindly write: Senior Communications Expert/MoECHE in the subject field of the email when sending the application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that this vacancy is only open for qualified Somali Diaspora candidates, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Mogadishu, Somalia
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