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VAC-11406 National Program Officer (Government Liasion)


  • Organization: CTG - Committed To Good
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Democratic Governance
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Job description

CTG overview

CTG staff and support humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world, providing a rapid and cost-effective service for development and humanitarian missions. With past performance in 17 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, we have placed more than 20,000 staff all over the world since operations began in 2006.

CTG recruits, deploys and manages the right people with the right skills to implement humanitarian and development projects, from cleaners to obstetricians, and mechanics to infection specialists, we’re skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Key to successful project delivery is the ability to mobilise at speed; CTG can source and deploy anyone, anywhere, in less than 2 weeks and have done so in 48 hours on a number of occasions.

Through our efficient and agile HR, logistical and operational services, CTG saves multilateral organisations time and money. We handle all our clients’ HR related issues, so they are free to focus on their core services.

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Overview of position
  • Our clients Transition & Recovery Pillar (TRP) encompasses their Somalia’s Community Stabilization Unit (CSU) & Disengagement, Disassociation, Reintegration & Reconciliation (DDRR) program & addresses the multifaceted drivers of instability to support the Somali government & communities to build peace & lay the foundations for longer term, sustainable recovery through activities that restore trust horizontally between communities & vertically between communities & government authorities in newly recovered & fragile areas. Within this mandate, TRP works with marginalized & at risk youth on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) & to promote social cohesion & supports the Federal Government of Somalia's (FGS) national program for the treatment & handling of disengaged combatants in South West State & Jubaland. TRP also supports the FGS’s & Federal Member State (FMS) level stabilization strategies through the Daryeel program that works in Galmudug (GM), Hirshabelle (HS), South West State (SWS) & Jubaland (JSS).

  • CSU under its rapid stabilization portfolio is implementing two projects namely Rapid Stabilization Support (RSS) funded by FCDO & Stabilization & Recovery in Somalia (SRS) funded by USAID. The success of the project is reliant on government engagement & coordination at both the federal level & at the FMS level. Currently the Program Manager & Senior Program Coordinator, together with national colleagues all serve as focal points with the government. To streamline this & ensure there is one person dedicated to government coordination, CSU is looking to hire a National Program Officer (Government Liasion) to support to the unit.

  • Under the overall guidance of the Senior Program Coordinator (Community Stabilization) & under the direct supervision of the Program Manager (Community Stabilization), the successful candidate will will play a crucial role in facilitating communication, collaboration & coordination between the CSU & various government entities, international organizations, NGOs & other stakeholders involved in Somalia's stabilization efforts. The primary objective is to ensure effective communication, cooperation & alignment of strategies & initiatives towards achieving stabilization & development goals within Somalia.

Role objectives
  • Serve as point of contact for CSU with governmental bodies at local, regional & national levels.

  • Act as a liaison between the CSU & governmental bodies to facilitate information exchange, coordination of efforts & implementation of projects.

  • Facilitate communication & coordination between CSU & FMS's in Somalia that CSU is operating or planning to operate in.

  • Establish & maintain strong working relationships with government agencies, ministries, local authorities & relevant stakeholders.

  • Provide regular updates, reports & briefings to senior management within the CSU on governmental policies, priorities & activities relevant to stabilization efforts.

  • Organize & facilitate meetings, workshops & consultations between our client & government representatives to discuss strategies, challenges & opportunities for cooperation.

  • Provide weekly & monthly updates & reports to the Program Manager on the political, social & security situation in the assigned area.

  • Monitor & analyze political, social & economic developments within Somalia & provide insights & recommendations to the CSU on how government policies may impact stabilization efforts.

  • Prepare regular reports, briefings & documentation on activities, progress, challenges & opportunities in Somalia's stabilization efforts.

  • Provide recommendations to the Senior Program Coordinator (CSU) & the Program Manager (CSU) based on insights gained from interactions & observations.

  • Contribute to the development & implementing a strategy for CSU in line with the national stabilization staregy.

  • Assist in the mapping of district profiles & key stakeholders in CSU target locations when requested.

  • Ensure the management team is briefed on strategic level stakeholder interaction, including changes to key policies & messages.

  • Undertake any assignments requested by the Program Manager & / or the CS Program Coordinator.

Project reporting

This role works under the overall guidance of the Senior Program Coordinator (Community Stabilization) & under the direct supervision of the Program Manager (Community Stabilization).

Key competencies
  • Master’s degree in political or social sciences, international relations, project planning or management or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience or a bachelors degree in the same fields with four years of relevant professional experience with at least 1 year of field work experience on community stabilization & peacebuilding programs.

  • Experience in liaison with governments & international agencies in Somalia.

  • Strong analytic & organizational skills, strong creative & innovative thinking skills.

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a complex collaborative environment, including government stakeholders.

  • Excellent & demonstrable analytical, communication & writing skills.

  • Experience with UN, non governmental or governmental institutions / organizations in a multi cultural setting.

  • Sound knowledge of project implementation.

  • Good level of computer literacy, including database applications.

  • For all applicants, fluency in English & Somali is required (oral & written).

  • Respects & promotes individual & cultural differences. Encourages diversity & inclusion.

  • Maintains high ethical standards & acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles / rules & standards of conduct.

  • Demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent & committed manner & exercises careful judgment in meeting day to day challenges.

  • Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.

  • Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected & fairly treated.

  • Develops & promotes effective collaboration within & across units to achieve shared goals & optimize results.

  • Produces & delivers quality results in a service oriented & timely manner. Is action oriented & committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

  • Continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge & innovate.

  • Takes ownership for achieving the organization’s priorities & assumes responsibility for own actions & delegated work.

  • Encourages & contributes to clear & open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring & motivational way.

Team management

This role has no team management responsibility.

Further information
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for this role.

  • Educaitonal certificate(s) of the selected candidate will be sent for verification.

· At no stage of the recruitment process will CTG ask candidates for a fee. This includes during the application stage, interview, assessment and training.
· CTG has a zero tolerance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) which is outlined in its Code of Conduct. Protection from SEA is everyone’s responsibility and all staff are required to adhere to CTG’s Code of Conduct at all times.
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