POSITION TYPE : Fixed term contract until 31 March 2017
SALARY : 18,000 US Dollars per annum
A vacancy has arisen in Hargeisa for a Project Support Officer at the British Office Somaliland.
The Project Support Officer will support the delivery of a portfolio of projects in Somaliland, but with a particular focus on Security and Justice. An understanding of Somaliland law and an ability to translate and interpret legal terms is essential.
This position is offered on a contract basis until 31 March 2017 with the potential for renewal based on performance and resources. The successful applicant will be expected to be a proactive member of the projects team. They will report to the Project Manager based at the British Embassy Addis Ababa.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide logistical support to project delivery through assisting with SME visits and workshops etc as appropriate, including arranging meetings with Somaliland stakeholders
Translation of documents and interpretation in meetings
Financial management and administrative support, including payments and procurement of equipment and consumables
Develop and implement processes to ensure local ownership, ie stock control system
Review local processes at regular intervals and respond flexibly to changes in priorities or operating environment
Liaison with implementing partners in country as appropriate
Monitor risk as appropriate and escalate any issues to Project Manager
Provide regular progress and expenditure reports to Programme team in Addis
Facilitation of visits from the political and project team who are all permanently based in Addis Ababa
Fluent English and Somali; both written and spoken.
Understanding of the Somaliland legislation and ability to interpret legal terminology;
Excellent organisational skills;
Excellent IT skills (advanced skills in Excel would be desirable);
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate/negotiate with people from a wide range of backgrounds;
Ability to work independently, set priorities, monitor own workload and meet deadlines;
A flexible and proactive approach; willingness to work in support of different areas of Embassy objectives as needed;
Experience in office management, business development or managing a small team based community service.
Please note: All staff employed by the British Office Somaliland must be have the legal right to work in Somaliland. Resident permits and work permits are the individual’s responsibility and not that of the Office.
The candidate should be able to demonstrate the following civil service competencies:
Changing and Improving – being open to change, suggesting ideas for improvements to the way things are done, and working in ‘smarter’, more focused ways; being responsive, innovative and seeking out opportunities to create effective change
Making Effective Decisions – being objective; using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice; showing clarity of thought, setting priorities, analysing and using evidence to evaluate options before arriving at well reasoned justifiable decisions;
Collaborating and Partnering – collaboratively, sharing information and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions;
Delivering at Pace – working to agreed goals and activities and dealing with challenges in a responsive and constructive way;
All applicants must be legally able to work in Somaliland with the correct visa/status/work permit. Staffs recruited locally by the British Office, in Hargeisa are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.
Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted.
If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Note: Any questions you may have about this position will only be answered during interview, should you be invited.
The closing date is the 30 September 2016 and no further applications will be accepted after this date.
The British Office Somaliland is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified individuals irrespective of race, gender or disability. All applications will be treated on merit basis through fair and open competition