Project Officer (National)

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The DRC/DDG Somalia Programme is the largest programmes in East Africa region and has been providing relief and development services since 1997. DRC/DDG is among the INGOs with the largest presence in Somalia, with country-wide programmes implemented through six main sub offices in Somaliland, Puntland, Hiran Region, Gedo Region, Bay Region and Banadir Region. Using a human rights framework, the DRC Somalia operations focuses mainly on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, and migrant.

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management.

Overall purpose of the role:

As the project officer, you will be based in Jowhar with a regular visit to Balcad, Jalalaqsi, Mahaday and Jowhar project sites. The officer will assist the project manager in the implementation of Somalia crisis response interventions for the SCRP-WB project in accordance with project log frame, budget and work plan. He/she will coordinate with program/support team and will be responsible to ensure SCRP activities are implemented in a timely, high quality and effective manner that reflects the priorities of the targeted population. DRC is seeking the role holder to possess the thematic food security livelihood, health, WASH and protection interventions; cash-based transfers, agricultural-based livelihoods (crop/livestock), climate adaptation and disaster risk management, resilience designs and social protection, GBV, Hygiene, and sanitation among the expected area of strength. He/she should at the same time promote DRC’s values through various entry points in the project and preserve staff morale and enthusiasm for the project work.


  • Conduct awareness/sensitization meetings on SCRP activities among communities and local leaders
  • Facilitate the community vulnerability Analysis in target villages to define community gaps and provide the basis for planning
  • Develop strategies and work plans (annual/quarterly/monthly) to ensure effective implementation of SCRP activities in target locations as outlined in the detailed implementation plan
  • Facilitate the identification and/or formation and mobilization of local structures (VRC, producers’ groups) in the villages and district to assist in the delivery of program interventions.
  • Facilitate beneficiary identification in consultation with communities & local leaders
  • Identify technical capacity gaps and problems for beneficiaries and Village relief committee
  • Facilitate beneficiary training on fodder production techniques, GBV, hygiene, and sanitation
  • Strengthen the capacity of partners – local government, associations, and cooperatives in implementation of fodder, crop activities
  • Facilitate the organization of exposure/exchange visits and any other events for the beneficiaries to foster learning and experience sharing.
  • Working closely with the MEAL team in the area, emplace SCRP MEAL plan.
  • Assist detailed implementation plan and monthly/weekly plans and stick to the plan
  • In collaboration with the MEAL Officer, regularly gather evidence and data from projects in the field
  • Participate in the design of baseline, mid-term, and end of project evaluations
  • Participate in documenting lessons learnt, best practices, and case studies to contribute to sector learning.
  • Uphold Core Humanitarian standards are taken into practice throughout FSL activity implementation
  • Regularly participate food security clusters, Cash working Group
  • Participate interagency Deyr and Gu need assessment
  • Produce high-quality weekly, monthly, and quarterly progress reports.
  • Facilitate liaison with community-based organizations and coordinate with community leaders in identifying target groups for DRC FSL activities in urban, rural, and IDP settlements.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the CAPs and needs assessment survey or any other assessment in the target groups or communities.

Experience, Education and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum of 4 years of progressive experience in implementing FSL/WASH Projects/Protection with demonstrated experience in drought resilience programming.
  • University/ Diploma in community developments, in Sociology, BA, Agronomy, NRM, Economics or any other relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community mobilization/involvement techniques.
  • Experience with several of the following conventional FSL themes: Food security, livelihoods and agricultural recovery, cash programming, DRM/DRR, NRM
  • Experience working in insecure environments.
  • Experience in capacity building of national staff and communities.
  • Experience in working with local communities through the development of CAAPs, local community resource mobilization, and coordination with local authorities, diaspora, and private sector partners.
  • Experience working with pastoral communities, fluency in the Somali language is required.
  • Excellent in managerial skills (planning and organizational skills, problem-solving capabilities, innovative and industrious)
  • Understanding of EU donor reporting requirements,
  • Proven experience in Microsoft applications (Ms. Word, Excel, Power-Point and Outlook)
  • Stable and robust character and a good team-player, Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, calm, and a good sense of humor.
  • Proven commitment to accountability practices.


  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Somali is required
  • Good command of computer programs and applications.


In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the country team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverables.
  • Collaborating: You lead initiatives at country operation level by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen to beneficiaries, staff and other stakeholders; and you communicate concisely and persuasively
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values and set a very clear standard for your country team members..


Availability: March 2022

Duty station: Jowhar

Reporting to: Project Manager

Duration: 12 Month with possibility of extension based on performance and funding

Contract: This position is graded as Band H-Non-Management for qualified national staff and the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for national staff.

The position is open to NATIONALS ONLY

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.


DRC adheres to the Core Humanitarian Standards. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of these standards. ​

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework. ​

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How to apply


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. ​

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under Vacancies no later than 7th March 2022.

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