National Programme Officer - NOA (RBSA)


Grade: NOA 

Vacancy no.: RBSA/ MOGADISHU/ NOA/2024/06
Publication date: 27 June 2024
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 26 July 2024

Job ID: 12075 
Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Addis Ababa 
Location: Mogadishu   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for the above position. The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations


The following are eligible to apply:

  • Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations. 
  • External candidates


The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


Applications from qualified candidates from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future, would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here: ILO Jobs: Non- and under-represented Member States


The ILO Country Office of Addis Ababa covers five Eastern African countries namely, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. The Country Office provides support to its constituents through developing a national framework programme called Decent work Country Programme (DWCP) that addresses country priorities identified by constituents in collaboration with ILO Country Office. As one of the countries covered by the CO-Addis Ababa, the constituents in Somalia prepared with the support of the ILO the DWCP for Somalia (2023-2025). 


The DWCP Output 1.3 for Somalia - 1.3 National policies and programs for conflict prevention, disaster risk reduction and recovery strategies include gender-responsive evidence-based decent work employment programmes that reflect climate-resilience policy that promote climate-smart practices guided by just transition measures and that are developed in consultation with social partners is aligned with The Federal Government of Somalia’s National Development Plan (NDP 2020-2024); Somalia’s Strategic Plan 2023-2028 on Resilience in Environmental Management and Climate Change, Adaptation for Sustainable Development; and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, UNSDCF 2021-2025.


Through the RBSA initiative - Somali constituents have increased capacity to facilitate just transitions towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all, the ILO intends to support the ILO constituents and other stakeholders in Somalia in addressing the pervasive problem of deforestation and land degradation through afforestation and reforestation programs; transitioning to the renewable energy sector and replacing the use of charcoal and firewood with clean energy to make sure the working environment is safe and healthy throughout the transition period.

Main purpose

To facilitate the implementation of the RBSA initiative, the ILO CO-Addis Ababa is seeking to hire a national programme officer (NOA), who will be based in Mogadishu, Somalia, and closely liaise with ILO constituents and the UN Country Team. The process is subject to the availability of funds.

The position works under the supervision of the Director of the Country Office-Addis Ababa to provide programmatic, administrative, research and analysis assistance in this capacity.

Working relationships

The National Programme Officer will involve in providing programmatic, administrative, research and analysis assistance in this capacity. He/She will also work in collaboration with the ILO Team in Mogadishu and the Programme staff of the CO-Addis Ababa; receive technical support from Specialists on Workers’ Activities, Employers Activities, Blue Economy and Green Jobs, Labour Administration and Social Dialogue, and Gender; and undertake the following duties.  

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide coordination and facilitation support to the consultation process aiming towards the establishment of a multi-stakeholder’s social dialogue platform on just transition and a gender balanced community-led committees, including the organization of inclusive national social dialogue around the just transition themes.
  • Provide coordination and facilitation support to the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) in the project’s intervention of capacity strengthening of workers to promote just transitions with a focus on the charcoal industry and allied sectors in Somalia.
  • Provide coordination and facilitation support to the organization of inclusive national social dialogue around the just transition themes.
  • Support the process towards the development of a Just Transition Roadmap through a broad-based participatory policy dialogue in Mogadishu and the five Federal Member States.
  • Facilitate awareness raising and capacity building activities of ILO constituents and other stakeholders on environmental degradation and on the advocacy for incentive structures that encourage the adoption of greener energy alternatives.


  • Follow up and regularly monitor the situation in Somalia and update CO-Addis to respond to emerging political risks in time to enhance resilience and ensure risk mitigation measures are undertaken for the smooth implementation of the project interventions.
  • Review, verify and analyse information for preparation and maintenance of reports and records pertaining to activities of the RBSA project, including business plan and periodic reports, i.e. maintenance of filing or reference system for easy access to information and office organization.
  • Assist the CO Addis Ababa in facilitating efficient communication to and coordination of partners by preparing and following up all correspondence including the maintenance of updated mailing lists. Brief ILO specialists, project experts, associate experts and visiting officials and provide relevant information on project matters. Draft, edit, or translate into local language official correspondence, statements and speeches and other public information materials.
  • Monitor agreed schedules, organize and participate in relevant meetings with the Government and social partners in Somalia.


  • Actively participate in the organization of conferences, seminars, training workshops and meetings on behalf of the CO Addis Ababa in liaison with the ILO Team in Mogadishu; and take own initiative and perform work daily to facilitate the effective operations of the CO-Addis.
  • Ensure that administrative protocol is followed with other clusters and departments, regional and country offices as well as other agencies outside the ILO.
  • Monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of work methods and processes and make recommendations for improvements. Liaise closely with staff and managers to ensure effective and smooth service design and delivery, recommending improvements on interrelated processes.
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned by the Supervisor.

Minimum requirements


First-level university degree in social sciences, preferably in environmental studies or a related field relevant to the position.


At least two years of professional experience in an international development setting particularly in programmatic work.


Excellent command of English and very good knowledge of the local language.

Required competencies.

  • Knowledge of results-based planning and programme cycle; analytical skills.
  • Good computer application knowledge; good drafting skills; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; organizational skills and ability to work on own initiative and as a team member.
  • Ability to clarify information.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.


  • Ability to deal with people with tack and diplomacy. Practical working experience with ILO tripartite constituents, UN country team, donor partners and other stakeholders is an added advantage.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitude.
  • Ability to supervise staff.


Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.


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