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Position title: International Intern, Livelihood

SVN No: SVN/IOMSO/009/2014
Position grade : Ungraded

Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya   (US $ 500 p.m.)
Job family: Programmes

Organizational unit: Livelihoods Department
Subject to rotation: No

Reporting directly to: Senior Project Officer
Overall supervision by Project Manager

Managerial responsibility: None
Directly reporting staff: 0

Organizational Context and Scope

Since 2011, International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been implementing Livelihood Programme in Somaliland to improve livelihoods and basic social services of the migrants and mobile population.

The programs has contributed significantly in increasing household food security level through short-term income generating activities such as cash for work and vocational skill training projects

With improvement of general security situation in Somalia and food security level, The Programme is shifting its focus toward transitional livelihood assistance from life-saving and humanitarian assistance and also covers return & reintegration of IDPs and refugees.

The Programme will be implementing Livelihood interventions targeting:
  • IDPs who are returning to villages of origin and reintegrating into host communities,
  • Drought affected pastoral and agro-pastoral communities,
  • Returning refugees from neighbouring countries and transit area communities,
  • Migrants returning from abroad
  • Capacity building of the government on service delivery and DRR.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Under the direct supervision of Project Manager for Livelihood and Return & Reintegration, in close co-ordination and consultation with Livelihood colleagues as well as other Somalia units in Nairobi the incumbent will develop projects and mobilize resources.

All these activities will serve to support the effective field implementation of the Project. In particular, he/she will perform the following duties.
  • Assist in drafting concept notes and proposals for potential donors’ and funding opportunities.
  • Assist in providing technical assistance to the Livelihood Officer in formulating project development strategy by analysing IOM’s comparative advantage in Livelihood in terms of experience, expertize, capacity and funding opportunities.
  • Assist in identifying potential and realistic funding opportunities by collecting donor information, liaising with potential donors, and attending coordination meetings.
  • Edit reports and documents in English as requested
  • Assist in the communications; to create materials for publicity for Livelihood so as to appeal to donors for resource mobilization
  • Attend cluster meetings, workshops that are relevant to the Unit and provide feedback to the Programme Manager
  • Conduct field travel to monitor progress and completion of the projects.
  • Perform any other related task as may be assigned by the Project Manager.


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following technical and behavioural competencies 

Behavioural Accountability
  • Follows all relevant procedures, processes, and policies;
  • Meets deadline, cost, and quality requirements for outputs;
  • Monitors own work to correct errors;
  • Takes responsibility for meeting commitments and for any shortcomings;

Client Orientation
  • Identifies the immediate and peripheral clients of own work;

Continuous Learning
  • Contributes to colleagues' learning;
  • Demonstrates interest in improving relevant skills;

  • Actively shares relevant information;
  • Writes clearly and effectively, adapting wording and style to the intended Audience;
  • Listens effectively and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the Audience;

Performance Management
  • Acknowledges constructive feedback provided by supervisor

  • Masters subject matter related to responsibilities;
  • Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation;
  • Persistent, calm, and polite in the face of challenges and stress;
  • Treats all colleagues with respect and dignity;
  • Works effectively with people from different cultures by adapting to relevant cultural contexts;
  • Knowledgeable about and promotes IOM core mandate and migration solutions

  • Actively contributes to an effective, collegial, and agreeable team environment;
  • Contributes to, and follows team objectives;
  • Gives credit where credit is due;
  • Seeks input and feedback from others;
  • Actively supports and implements final group decisions;

  • Delivers on set objectives in hardship situations;
  • Effectively coordinates actions with other implementing partners
  • Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives

Education and Experience
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, social sciences or related fields ;
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in the field of humanitarian work;
  • Experience working in project; working through local NGO or International Organization.
  • Solid computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office package (Word, Excel, Power Point), internet and Email;
  • Knowledge of Somalia and prior work in the Horn of Africa region will be considered as an advantage.
  • Must hold a valid passport permitting travel to countries within the East African and Horn Region.


Required: Fluency (written and spoken) in English
Advantageous: Somali

How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating the Vacancy Notice Number, with three professional references and contacts (email or telephone) to the: International Organization for Migration (IOM) Somalia Coordinating office in

Nairobi Human Resources Department,
Gitanga Groove, off Gitanga Road P.O. Box 1810 - 00606 Nairobi Or

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