Deputy Director – Somali NGO Consortium, Mogadishu, Somalia

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Deputy Director – Somali NGO Consortium, Mogadishu, Somalia


Deputy Director – Somali NGO Consortium

Position title: Deputy Director – Somali NGO Consortium
Duty station: Mogadishu (with frequent travel across Somalia)
Reporting to: Director
Salary Grade 5A
Duration: 1 year
Starting date: ASAP

Background of Somalia NGO Consortium

The Somalia NGO Consortium is a voluntary collective membership network that brings together local and international NGOs working in Somalia to encourage peer learning and information sharing, collective advocacy, membership engagement and coordination, representation and voice of NGO community in order to better work together to improve the lives of Somalis affected by conflict, natural disasters and poverty.  The Consortium aims to facilitate a more coherent NGO voice and assist NGO members to channel their concerns and suggestions to appropriate decision makers in the most effective format.

Overall objective

The Deputy Director for the Somalia NGO Consortium will provide high liaison coordination and information management services acting as a key point of contact for NGO members and external stakeholders based in Somalia. S/he will also support the Director in representing Consortium members to internal and external stakeholders at a local, national and global level. She/he will also provide a key role ensuring professional pro-active and reactive membership services, in line with the SNC strategy, in all locations and will provide coaching/mentoring support to all regional coordinators and Somalia based team members. The Deputy Director reports to the Director and is part of the Somalia NGO Consortium team with offices in Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Garowe Baidao, Dhusamareeb, and Nairobi. The position is based in Mogadishu with frequent travel to other regions in Somalia. Somalia is a hazardous environment, and the selected candidate must adhere to security precautions as well as safety and security procedures.


1.Support Consortium Management.

Ensure the delivery and monitoring of the SNC strategy by the effective performance management of the Consortium staff, finances and assets in Somalia. Strong collaboration with and management of a team of two regional coordinators based in Hargeisa and Mogadishu. Ensure cooperation with the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) and other relevant stakeholders as well as attend all staff meetings.

2.Support Representation, Leadership and Advocacy.

Support the Director in facilitating the Consortium delivery on its strategy to develop and portray a voice and position on issues affecting NGOs working in Somalia. Responsible for supporting the Director in providing leadership within the Consortium Advocacy Working Group, facilitate identification and production of key messages and advocacy related publications. Responsible for supporting the Director in effective consultation and dialogue with members and eternal stakeholders in Somalia, as well as responsibility for representing NGOs in an official capacity with governments, donors, UN agencies, and in official coordination with the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), the Humanitarian Coordination Forum (HCF), the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) Advisory Board, the HCT Access Task Force, the SWALIM Steering Committee. Advocate with key stakeholders (NGOs, donors, UN) for the response to emerging humanitarian/Development gaps in Somalia


Ability to respond in a timely manner to all queries from members and external stakeholders on issues of relevance to NGOs working in Somalia.  Pro-actively coordinate members around both humanitarian and development key issues and reach agreements and/or take decisions, when necessary. Prepare and, when required, lead coordination meetings to identify humanitarian/development issues and seek for response mechanism jointly with other stakeholders.

4.Information Management.

Ensure relevant information is accessible to the membership; responsible for the correctness of information shared, upholding humanitarian principles in all correspondence. S/he guides staff in identifying and producing relevant pieces of information for circulation to the membership. S/he has overall editorial responsibility for Consortium publications and the website.

5.Monitoring and reporting.

on access restrictions (including bureaucratic impediments) experienced by humanitarian/development organizations or critical service providers. Provide and coordinate information on access on a case-by-case basis. Help developing methodologies and material that will assist members in humanitarian access (including bureaucratic impediments) issues.


  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, development studies, social sciences or related field or related work experience
  • At least five (5) years of practical work experience at a managerial level within NGOs / UN in humanitarian work in developing countries
  • Fragile contexts experience an added benefit
  • Minimum 3 years of working in hostile environments
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in Somalia and within the Somali context an added benefit
  • Strong management skills including staff and financial management, ideally within a complex emergency context, with diverse teams and donors
  • Proven in depth and operational knowledge of Somalia, including engagement with local authorities and communities
  • Excellent communication, coordination and representational skills
  • Demonstrable experience with advocacy/lobbying (NGO or other stakeholders)
  • Proven experience in working with IASC (Inter-Agency Standing Committee) Structures for the coordination of humanitarian assistance
  • Proven experience in high quality production of reports and analysis
  • Proven experience in development and maintenance of multi-stakeholders’ networks and proactive coordination experience
  • Excellent communication, coordination and representational skills
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity and professional experience at a management level
  • Proven understanding and experience of advocacy within a complex humanitarian context
  • Strong willingness to work and adapt to the NGO sector in compliance with basic humanitarian principles
  • Demonstrated ability to make clear and articulate presentations of complex information
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with minimal supervision and maintain a high level of initiative and engagement.
  • Demonstrated capacity to recognize when and where proactive action is required and to initiate timely and appropriate action
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural team and to coordinate with diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and diplomacy and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with staff and other stakeholders
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Fluent English and Somali (working language) with excellent writing capacities


How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their application letters and detailed CV in a one PDF document to  by referring   the job title “(Deputy Director – Somalia NGO Consortium) as the subject line of the email, latest on Tuesday, 12 October 2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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