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Liaison Officer - Dhusamareb (National Position) - Somalia


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been present in Somalia since early 2004 and has since expanded its programme. Since 2004, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has demonstrated a regional competence and expertise in working with displaced populations. The Regional Office is based in Nairobi, Kenya with offices and operations in Somalia (Puntland, Somaliland and South & Central), Kenya, Ethiopia Yemen, Djibouti and South Sudan.

The main objective of the Liaison Officer Position is to participate NRC’s activities, represent and attend to NRC’s interests in Central Somalia and shall operates under the leadership and supervision of the Area Manager

Candidates can apply online by going through the " VACANCIES" link at
Email or Paper applications will not be considered

Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply

Job description

Liaison and collaborate with relevant local authorities and stakeholders on the ground to ensure NRC’s presence is well coordinated
Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
Implement delegated CC project portfolio according to plan of action
Ensure proper filing of documents
Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
Liaise with other humanitarian actors to complement the understanding of the humanitarian situation in the area and to ensure proper coordination of NRC’s interventions
Provides regular reporting on the security situation and in case of security incident or event likely to affect staff security, shares an ad hoc and timely written report to Area Manager
Participates and Coordinates joint assessments and follow-up visits of the various Operational Core competencies.
Participate in the identification of humanitarian needs project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation including rapid assessments, and other data collection in order to inform and improve programming
Work with project staff to undertake the implementations of all CCs in central Somalia.
Communicate timely and adequately of any concerns that threats the smooth operation of program and advise of possible course of actions to take
Staying updated on all relevant political and policy issues related to central regions
In coordination with the project Managers/Staff organize day-to-day logistics, administration, and provide security guidance (briefing, instructions) to NRC staff operating in the Central region, according to NRC’s Security guidelines.
Proposes adaptations to office set-up (premises, Vehicles.) to the SC Management based on needs.
Maintains a regular (oral and written) communication flow with the Area Manager and project staff on all aspects related (programing, analysis, contacts, internal management, operations, and etc).
Report to Area Manager, any violations of NRC’s Personnel policies and Code of Conduct.
The employee may be asked to perform duties and task not covered in this job description according to operation needs


University degree or diploma in Social Science, Public relations or equivalent
4 years’ work experience in a similar field,
Fluent in written and spoken Somali and English,
Team leadership and management skills,
Very good analytical skills,
Sense of organization,
capacity to work independently,
Good knowledge of central regions,
Computer skills:
Previous experience in working with INGOs in this regions is an advantage

Personal qualities

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies, and the following are essential for this position:
Planning and delivering results
Empowering and building trust
Communicating with impact and respect
Handling insecure environment
Willingness to expand further his competences and learning new approaches and methodologies of work
Knowledge of his limits and willingness to surpass them

We offer

Commencement: As soon as possible
Contract Duration: 1 year with a possibility of extension
Duty Station: Dhusamareb
Salary/Benefits: According to NRC's general directions.
The candidate is to observe NRC's four core values dedication, innovation, inclusivity, accountability and the Code of Conduct for all staff.

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Dhusamareb
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-27

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