Aug 13, 2019

Project Assistant - Durable Solution (CBP)

  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) - Ethiopia
  • Jijiga, Ethiopia
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Job Description

Vacancy No.       IOM-SVN/0096/2019

Position Title      Project Assistant - Durable Solution (CBP)

Duty Station       Jigjiga, Ethiopia

Classification      General Service Staff, G-5

Type of Appointment    SVN, Six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date      As soon as possible

Posting Period   13.08.2019-27.08.2019Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal & External candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy.


Under the current circumstance in Ethiopia, currently there is a heavy influx of ex-combatants who will require assistance to reintegrate into communities after long periods in exile. Hence, to secure sustainable and peaceful reintegration of the ex-combatants having returned to their communities IOM along with the Government of Ethiopia is going to implement a disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Project.

Under the overall supervision of the Transition and Recovery Manager and the direct supervision of the Senior Project Assistant - Durable Solution the incumbent will be responsible for assisting the day to day implementation and coordination, networking and information sharing activities of durable solution working groups (DSWGs) with focus on community-based planning at federal and regional level in close collaboration with IOM staff members, DSWG members, project partners and local authorities. S/he will be tasked to prepare activity plans, organize and coordinate regular meetings, follow up on action points, and collect and prepare implementation progresses of planned activities and meeting minutes. In particular, he/she will:

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Support the coordination of the Federal and Somali Region’s DSWG regular and ad-hoc meetings in close collaboration with the National Disaster and Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and the Somali Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Bureau (DPPB);
  • Support and facilitate timely information sharing among the members of both DSWG through meetings, follow-up and assistance;
  • Facilitate community-based planning (CBP) process including training and capacity building activities targeting community member, leaders and local authorities, based on guidance from the regional DSWG
  • In close coordination and consultation with NDRMC and DPPB, prepare agendas, set schedules, facilitate participation of DSWG members on a regular basis, facilitate meeting minutes, convene meetings and follow up on implementation of action points;
  • Work directly with communities in the Somali region to promote community led development including preparation and prioritization of community development plans for local improvement.
  • Join and support assessments, intention surveys and information gathering activities that are relevant to supporting the durable solutions for the IDPs in the Somali region; 
  • Work to expand partnerships and cooperation between community-based-organizations and Somali regional line bureaus and partners for the implementation of local community projects.
  • Provide periodic information updates and reports on progresses, challenges, and lessons learned on the durable solutions initiative in the Federal and Somali region levels;
  • Document good practices and experiences, and provide inputs on project information and documentation (including human interest stories, photos, articles, etc);
  • Map and gather data to enhance the profiling of the DSWG members in relation to activities that may be linked with the DS initiatives;
  • Provide information and facilitate meetings and field visits to the Durable Solution support team;
  • Assist in exploring opportunities and relevant activities in furthering and strengthening the durable solutions initiatives to better support IDPs in a protracted internal displacement situation in the Somali region; and
  • Perform other related duties as may be required

Job Requirements


  • BA degree in Law, Political Science or a related field from accredited academic institution.


  • A minimum of five years relevant professional work experience
  • Experience liaising with government authorities, other national institutions and NGOs would be considered an advantage;
  • Experience working with an international organization, UN agency or NGO would be desirable;
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously under time constraints; accurate and detail oriented;
  • Proficiency in MS office applications such as Word and Excel.
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Very good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Basic report writing skills
  • Supervisory/basic managerial skills


  • Fluency in English and Somali is required;
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioral indicators

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighboring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighboring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application/ motivation  letter enclosed with only detail CV written in English  via our e-mail address RECADDIS@IOM.INT, by August 27, 2019 at the latest, referring the position title and Vacancy number in the subject line of your email; no photocopies of educational/training certificates is required at this stage; applicant who doesn`t follow the required application procedure will automatically be disqualified from the competition.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We strongly encourage qualified women to apply!