HARGEISA(SomalilandPress)—It was two weeks ago when a delegation consisting of 73 members chaired by the Interior Minister Dr. Mohamed Gabose visited Djibouti to meet with the heads of USAID representatives in Djibouti that has resulted the following jobs opportunities in Somaliland. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for any position.

1-ACCOUNTANT

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

TIS is recruiting for the position of Accountant, based in Hargeisa. The Accountant will manage all transactions related to the DAI TIS project. S/he will ensure that the outlined financial policies and procedures are implemented and followed in the assigned area. The Accountant is responsible for providing complete and accurate field reports to the Home Office for all field office financial activities. S/he will provide support in other finance areas as necessary and maintain a positive working relationship with the DAI Home Office staff.

EDUCATION
- University degree in Accounting, Commerce, or Financial Management or other appropriate field.
- Other training or certification in accounting preferred.
WORK EXPERIENCE
- Three years experience in financial accounting or bookkeeping.
- Experience working using Oracle as a financial management system preferred.
- Previous auditing experience highly sought.
- Previous experience working in Somalia highly sought.
- Knowledge of local tax laws.
- USAID experience a plus.
- In addition, must be flexible, willing to perform assigned and additional duties and work irregular hours under unpredictable conditions.
SKILLS- Demonstrated expertise working on a Somalia program preferred.
- Ability to audit financial documentation.
- Ability to prepare financial reports.
- Knowledge of accounting software.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.

LANGUAGES
- English and Somali language fluency required.
Base of Operations:
- One position each in Hargeisa, Somaliland; Nairobi, Kenya; Galmudug and Puntland

2-
DRIVER (FSN CLASSIFICATION 3)

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

The Driver will be responsible for the safe transport of staff, goods and documentation on behalf of the program. In addition, the Driver ensures that vehicles are properly maintained and fueled and that records on vehicle maintenance are maintained. The Driver may be requested to perform other office functions at the request of the Chief of Party, Office Manager or Senior Project Advisors.

EDUCATION
- Secondary school level certificate
- Valid Driving license

WORK EXPERIENCE
- Excellent knowledge of the duty station area is a must. Knowledge of additional areas covered by the duty station’s regional office is a significant advantage.
- Good understanding of vehicles, especially 4x4s.
- At least 5 years’ experience in driving.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
- Good character and honesty in all dealings with and on behalf the organization. Needs to be respectful and flexible with working hours.
- Needs to be culture sensitive.
- Sound physical condition, including and especially eyesight. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit to an eye test to verify good optical health.
- Auto mechanic and vehicle maintenance skills will be an added advantage.

LANGUAGES:
Somali and English language fluency required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
NONE

BASE OF OPERATIONS:
Hargeisa, Somaliland; Nairobi, Kenya; Galmudug and Puntland

3- GRANTS OFFICER/ENGINEER

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

The Grants Officer/Engineer will work closely with the Senior Grants Manager, the Senior Engineer, the field-based Project Advisor, Procurement, Finance, and other functional teams, as well as USAID, local government officials, and community leaders to support the above noted program objectives.

The work of the Grants Officer/Engineer requires detailed knowledge of Somali culture, engineering and construction, highly developed collaboration and networking skills and the exercise of discretion, judgment, and personal responsibility.

EDUCATION
- University degree in Engineering, Political Science, International Relations, International Development or appropriate field.
WORK EXPERIENCE
- Three years of progressively responsible professional experience are required. Experience in working on engineering and/or construction projects highly desirable.
- Three years experience working with USAID or an international donor is preferred, but not required.
- Experience in program development, reporting; budgeting; networking highly sought.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Previous experience working in Somalia highly sought.
- In addition, must be flexible, willing to perform assigned and additional duties and work irregular hours under unpredictable conditions.
SKILLS
- Demonstrated expertise working in Somaliland/Somalia on construction and/or engineering projects and socio-political and culture issues.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.
LANGUAGES
- English and Somali language fluency required.
Base of Operations:
- Hargeisa, Somaliland (three positions), Galmudug (one position) and Puntland (one position)

3- GRANTS OFFICER/ENGINEER

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

The Grants Officer/Engineer will work closely with the Senior Grants Manager, the Senior Engineer, the field-based Project Advisor, Procurement, Finance, and other functional teams, as well as USAID, local government officials, and community leaders to support the above noted program objectives.

The work of the Grants Officer/Engineer requires detailed knowledge of Somali culture, engineering and construction, highly developed collaboration and networking skills and the exercise of discretion, judgment, and personal responsibility.

EDUCATION
- University degree in Engineering, Political Science, International Relations, International Development or appropriate field.
WORK EXPERIENCE
- Three years of progressively responsible professional experience are required. Experience in working on engineering and/or construction projects highly desirable.
- Three years experience working with USAID or an international donor is preferred, but not required.
- Experience in program development, reporting; budgeting; networking highly sought.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Previous experience working in Somalia highly sought.
- In addition, must be flexible, willing to perform assigned and additional duties and work irregular hours under unpredictable conditions.
SKILLS
- Demonstrated expertise working in Somaliland/Somalia on construction and/or engineering projects and socio-political and culture issues.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.
LANGUAGES
- English and Somali language fluency required.
Base of Operations:
- Hargeisa, Somaliland (three positions), Galmudug (one position) and Puntland (one position)

INFORMATION MANAGER

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

TIS is recruiting for the position of Information Manager, based in Hargeisa. The Information Manager is responsible for managing the program’s information and communication needs. In high-profile, high-pressure environments, quick results reporting is expected. The Activity Database provides the means to meet USAID’s needs and to exceed reporting expectations. The Information Manager will utilize the information in the Activity Database and information from monitoring and evaluation reports in the field to compile appropriate reporting on program status and impact, including regular reports, success stories, press releases, and ad hoc reports on how the program responds to particular issues.

EDUCATION
- University degree in Mass Communication, English Language/Literature or other appropriate field.
WORK EXPERIENCE
- A minimum of three years of experience in international development.
- Familiar with activity and grant reporting methods and systems.
- Familiar with Microsoft Office suites.
- Experience with deadline-driven writing assignments.
- Experience in media, multimedia reporting, political journalism, and political analysis required.

LANGUAGES
- English and Somali language fluency required.

5- INFORMATION OFFICER

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

The Information Officer is responsible for handling the program’s information and communication needs and programming. In high profile, high pressure environments, quick results reporting is expected. In addition to compiling appropriate reporting on program status and impact, including regular reports, success stories, press releases, and ad hoc reports on how the program responds to particular issues, s/he will inform field office programming with regard to media, communications and information activities.

EDUCATION
• University degree in Mass Communication, English Language/Literature or other appropriate field, or equivalent.

WORK EXPERIENCE
• A minimum of two years of experience in international development.
• Familiar with activity and grant reporting methods and systems.
• Familiar with Microsoft Office suites.
• Experience with deadline-driven writing assignments.
• Experience in media, multimedia reporting, political journalism, and political analysis required.

LANGUAGES
• English and Somali language fluency required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• None
BASE OF OPERATIONS:
• Hargeisa, Somaliland; Galmudug; Puntland

6- IT & DATABASE OFFICER

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

TIS is recruiting for the position of Information Technology (IT) & Database Officer, based in Hargeisa. The IT & Database Officer will be based in the field office and work closely with the IT Manager and TIS DAI’s functional team in particular the program and grant teams to support the above noted program objectives.

The work of the IT & Database Officer requires a good working knowledge of data security and Microsoft Access as well as a keen eye for detail and maintaining data quality.

EDUCATION
- University degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or appropriate field.
WORK EXPERIENCE
- Two to three years experience working in Information technology, in a computer support position
- Experience working in a complex and challenging field environment.
- PC and server support experience, especially with Windows Server & Windows Client operating systems.
- Experience or basic knowledge of Lotus Notes Client Administration, and replication within a WAN.
SKILLS
- Good knowledge of computer hardware and software theory.
- Computer skills including Microsoft Office applications, Lotus Notes, Windows operating systems
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Experience in data security.
- Previous experience working in Somalia highly sought.
- In addition, must be flexible, willing to perform assigned and additional duties and work irregular hours under unpredictable conditions.
- Demonstrated IT expertise working in Somalia preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.
LANGUAGES
- English and Somali language fluency required.
Base of Operations:
- Hargeisa, Somaliland

7- MULTIMEDIA OFFICER

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

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Under the overall supervision of the Transition Initiative for Stabilization Chief of Party, and the direct supervision of the Information Manager, the successful applicant will coordinate and implement the Media and Communications strategy and activities under the TIS project.

EDUCATION
- University Degree in Communications or Information Management; alternatively a combination of relevant education and professional experience.

WORK EXPERIENCE
- A minimum of three years of significant experience in media/communications, especially related to the field of international development or with an international organization.
- Familiarity with different communications approaches, tools and methodologies.
- Good understanding of public and media relations.
- Ability to plan and create communications that anticipate and are responsive to the needs of the project.
- USAID experience a plus.
- In addition, must be flexible, willing to perform assigned and additional duties and work irregular hours under unpredictable conditions.

SKILLS
- Demonstrated expertise working on a Somalia program preferred.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Strong computer skills; proven ability to use MS Office, PowerPoint, and experience in web site development and maintenance. Knowledge of video editing preferred.
- Competencies as an effective communicator, successful negotiator, active learner, team player, and cross-cultural facilitator.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.

LANGUAGES
- English and Somali language fluency required.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
- None
BASE OF OPERATIONS:
- Hargeisa, Somaliland

OFFICE ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST (FSN CLASSIFICATION 7)

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

The Office Assistant/Receptionist will be responsible for front office functions of the TIS program offices. S/he will answer telephones and handle program communications at the direction of the HR/Office Manager (Nairobi) or Procurement/Logistics Officers (Somaliland, Galmudug, Puntland). In addition, s/he will design and maintain the filing system, make photocopies, make travel and visa arrangements and perform other administrative functions as requested by the HR/Office Manager (Nairobi) or Procurement/Logistics Officers (Somaliland, Galmudug, Puntland).

QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION :
- Diploma in Administration or any other relevant field.
- IT competency.

WORK EXPERIENCE
1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Somali.
2. At least 3 years’ experience in a similar position.
3. Working knowledge in using Microsoft office required.
4. Honesty, confidentiality and integrity required.
5. Cultural sensitivity.
6. Ability to work with strict deadlines.
7. Competency in performing multiple functional tasks.
8. Good interpersonal skills.

LANGUAGES
- Somali and English language fluency required.

BASE OF OPERATIONS:
• One position available in each location Hargeisa, Somaliland; Nairobi, Kenya; Galmudug and Puntland

PROCUREMENT/LOGISTICS OFFICER

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

The Procurement/Logistics Officer will work closely with TIS functional teams to include and not limited to the program and grants team, the program grantees and vendors to support the above-referenced program objectives.

The work of Procurement/Logistics Officer requires detailed knowledge of Somali culture, highly developed collaboration and networking skills and the exercise of discretion, judgment, and personal responsibility.

EDUCATION
- University degree in Business Administration, International Relations, International Development or appropriate field.
WORK EXPERIENCE
- Experience working in a complex and challenging field operation in unstable developing countries to include work in either humanitarian, transitional, or general development programmatic areas;
- Experience in training teams;
- Experience setting up systems and office procurement;
- Familiarity with audit processes preferred;
- Experience with compliance, budgeting, financial management, and competitive procurement;
- Previous experience working in Somalia highly sought;
- In addition, must be flexible, willing to perform assigned and additional duties and work irregular hours under unpredictable conditions.
SKILLS
- Demonstrated expertise working in Somalia on socio-political and culture issues.
- Demonstrated integrity and adherence to highest ethical standards.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.

LANGUAGES
- English and Somali language fluency required.
Base of Operations:
- Nairobi (1 position); Hargeisa (1 position); Galmudug (1 position); Puntland (1 position)

PROJECT ADVISOR

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

TIS is recruiting for the position of Project Advisor, based in Hargeisa. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Project Advisor, based in Hargeisa, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of TIS grant activities in his/her area of responsibility. The Project Advisor will work closely with the relevant and appropriate Somaliland entities at the regional and district level.

EDUCATION
- University degree in law, international relations, governance, development or a related field, or related field such as economics

WORK EXPERIENCE

- Minimum of three years of professional experience or equivalent in the field of governance and development.
- Minimum of two years specific experience in the field of development with project design, implementation and management.
- Experience in community participation and consensus-building projects.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of government structures and current development planning in Somaliland, and especially Hargeisa.
- Demonstrated capacity to understand and analyze the national, regional, and local political context in Somaliland, and especially Hargeisa.
- Capacity to communicate in English verbally and written.
- Flexibility in working hours and ability to work under pressure.
- Experience in municipalities and underserved areas.
- Have experience writing and presenting reports formal reports.

SKILLS.
- A drive for results in a high-volume, quick-paced program environment; creativity and analytical capability required to respond to evolving program demands and current events.
- Excellent computer skills, including MS Office suite.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.

LANGUAGES
- English and Somali language fluency required.

Base of Operations:
- Hargeisa, Somaliland

SENIOR PROJECT ADVISOR

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

TIS is recruiting for the position of Senior Project Advisor, based in Hargeisa. The Senior Project Advisor will be the principle monitor of the TIS program at the designated regional and district levels, and will be the main interlocutor between government and community interests in the designated area of responsibility. S/he will be expected to play an active and constructive role in providing consistent information, analysis and strategic recommendations to the TIS program management, including best practices and program and political challenges. The Senior Project Advisor will convey to program counterparts in Government and at the community level the key methodologies and objectives of the TIS.

The Senior Project Advisor will forge good relationships across government and community interlocutors, and across a broad range of local, regional and national interests toward joint implementation of grant initiatives. The Senior Project Advisor will be responsive to, and interpretive of, current events in the designated area of responsibility. As the main TIS counterpart to government and communities in the designated area of responsibility, the Senior Project Advisor will be capable of rapid, coordinated action to capture opportunities for positive change and confidence-building with all program counterparts.

EDUCATION
- University degree in law, international relations, governance, development or a related field, or related field such as economics
WORK EXPERIENCE
- Minimum of five years of professional experience in the field of governance and development.
- Minimum of three years specific experience in the field of development with project design, implementation and management.
- Experience in community participation and consensus-building projects.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of government structures and current development planning in Somaliland, and especially Hargeisa.
- Demonstrated capacity to understand and analyze the national, regional, and local political context in Somaliland, and especially Hargeisa.
- Capacity to communicate in English verbally and written.
- Flexibility in working hours and ability to work under pressure.
- Experience in municipalities and underserved areas.
- Have experience writing and presenting reports formal reports.

SKILLS
- Management and mentoring skills.
- A drive for results in a high-volume, quick-paced program environment; creativity and analytical capability required to respond to evolving program demands and current events.
- Excellent computer skills, including MS Office suite.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.

LANGUAGES
- English and Somali language fluency required.
Base of Operations:
- Hargeisa, Somaliland

SENIOR ENGINEER

The Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS), funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responds to the complex crisis that has evolved in Somalia and self-declared region of Somaliland. The overall program goal is to mitigate conflict; to promote stability and community cohesion, and to strengthen citizens’ relationships with their government officials.

TIS is recruiting for the position of Senior Engineer, based in Hargeisa. The Senior Engineer, under the direction of the Senior Grants Manager, is responsible for providing technical oversight of the execution and quality QA/QC of the various infrastructure subprojects within the scope of the TIS DAI project, as well as ensuring that all infrastructure subprojects are undertaken within all relevant national and regional laws of Somalia and within all relevant regulations of the US Government, including environmental compliance. The Senior Engineer will be required to travel extensively to Somalia, including rural areas.

EDUCATION
- Degree in Civil Engineering.
- Other training or certification is preferred.
WORK EXPERIENCE
- 7-10 years experience in construction management, design and planning.
- Demonstrated ability to handle technical aspects of managing construction activities for infrastructure sub-projects.
- Ability to read and interpret drawing, specifications and assist with the development of material take-offs and scope of work preparation.
- Capacity to communicate in English verbally and written.
- Flexibility in working hours and ability to work under pressure.
- Experience with infrastructure in municipalities and underserved areas.
- Be able to operate and travel in an international military environment.
- Have experience writing and presenting reports formal reports.
- Capacity to use a computer programs such as AutoCad, Adobe, MS Word and Excel.
- Willingness to work closely, as needed, with national and international military forces.

SKILLS
- Demonstrated expertise working on infrastructure in Somalia preferred.
- Management and mentoring skills.
- Solid foundation in best practices for engineering and construction.
- Understanding of US Government environmental regulations for USG-funded construction highly sought.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.
LANGUAGES
- English and Somali language fluency required.
Base of Operations:
- Hargeisa, Somaliland with extensive travel to Somalia

Interested candidates should e-mail their CVs and an accompanying cover letter, stating the name of the position and office for which they are applying, to TIS@dai.com. The deadline for application is 31 May 2011. Only shortlisted candidates will receive a reply.