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Institutional Development Adviser Job in Hargeisa, Somaliland

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Institutional Development Adviser

Somaliland National Human Rights Commission (SLNHRC)

Based in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Six-month placement (with the possibility of an extension)
Please note that for this placement we are only able to consider applicants who are able to start in October 2013.

The Institutional Development Adviser will work closely with the key staff of the Somaliland National Human Rights Commission (SLNHRC).

S/he will assist SLNHRC in building and strengthening the institutional capacity of the organisation, so that it can undertake its core mandate of furthering the protection and promotion of fundamental human rights and freedoms in Somaliland.   

Due to the context of this placement, previous experience of working with NGOs in the East Africa and/or Horn of Africa region is highly desirable for this placement.

The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree in social or community development, or other relevant discipline.

A minimum of three years’ hands-on experience in organisational development, including in: assessing individual and institutional capacity building needs; designing training plans and modules based on individual and institutional needs; organising and facilitating capacity building activities based on individual and institutional needs; developing fundraising strategies and action plans; reviewing and updating organisational databases; reviewing and preparing annual organisational reports, and mentoring and coaching colleagues at work is essential.

You should also have experience of working in a resource poor environment.

Demonstrable knowledge and skills in organisational development tools and methodologies; the ability to transfer skills and knowledge through formal or informal training and skill-sharing; excellent attention to detail, accuracy, and the ability to assimilate and analyse information quickly; excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in a participatory and respectful manner, and to enhance effective work relationships, and a commitment to team-building and a consensus-led approach to work is essential.

You should also have excellent prioritising skills, including the ability to plan and implement own work with limited support and/or supervision; good problem solving skills, an openness to learning (including the ability to reflect on areas for improvement) and a drive for innovation and excellence; the ability to adapt skills and knowledge to the local context and work with existing resources; cultural sensitivity in an Islamic setting, and an understanding of the challenges, frustrations  and opportunities of working with nascent local organisations.

It is essential that you complete the application form in full, as very specific information is required and will be used to decide whether or not you will be short-listed for an interview.

Please note that CVs/resumes will not be considered.

For further information and an application form visit

Closing date: 22 September 2013

Interviews: End of September 2013 

Please return the completed application form to:  

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