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Programme Assistant

Posted: 1 August 2022
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21 August 2022 Mogadishu, somalia Full Time EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION TO SOMALIA
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To join DG ECHO’s Somalia Office in Mogadishu

The European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. DG ECHO works with about 200 operational partners, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent movement, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality, or political affiliation.

DG ECHO is recruiting one National Staff to be based in Mogadishu as a Programme Assistant

  1. Duties & Responsibilities

The Programme Assistant (PA) will be based in Mogadishu, and she/he carries out activities to contribute to the delivery of an effective humanitarian response. The jobholder contributes to assessments, monitoring, and evaluations of projects, as well as to the analysis of the humanitarian context in coverage.  She/he is responsible for the below high-level responsibilities:

Programme work

  • Contributes to the appraisal, monitoring, and evaluation of projects, including financial assessment of proposals.
  • Assists in the preparation of fiche-ops (e-documents for assessing and monitoring projects), and reports on the humanitarian situation, including any political, economic and security events relevant to the analysis of the humanitarian situation in the country/region.
  • Accompanies on field visits, as requested, and may act as an interpreter if necessary.
  • Assists the in the event of an emergency response.
  • Provides informed assessments on the operational capacity of national organisations and institutions.
  • Supports with the triangulation of local information sources as part of humanitarian/security assessments.

Working with partners

  • Maintains contacts with DG ECHO’s partners, advising of any major issues arising.
  • Maintains contracts/grants database.


  • Participates in meetings and liaises with local authorities and institutions, in coordination with the Head of Office, as delegated and appropriate.
  • Assists with enhancing the visibility and communication of DG ECHO’s overall assistance.

General administration

  • Prepares missions: agenda setting, contacts with partners, programming visits, meetings, etc.
  • Translates critical communication to partners/local authorities into Somali as assigned.
  • Undertakes any additional tasks as assigned by the ECHO Somalia Office and/or Headquarters.

A detailed Terms of Reference (including competencies required and more detailed information on the tasks) is available at

Education: A relevant first level university degree or equivalent professional experience.

Knowledge and experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at national or international level in supporting programme/project operations, including at least 2 years of experience with an NGO, donor, or national/international organisation.
  • Good knowledge of the EU humanitarian aid system.
  • Good knowledge of International NGOs, UN Aid Agencies and Red Cross Movement.
  • Good understanding of Humanitarian Aid principles, policies, and standards.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc).

Languages: An excellent command of Somali and English (written and oral - Minimum level B2);

  1. Required Skills

Impeccable conduct in service, drive for results, excellent communication skills, capacity to work with others, adaptability, and flexibility skills.


How to apply

Applications, including a cover letter, a detailed CV, a copy of education certificates, degree, and a copy of relevant employment certificates, should be uploaded at until 21/08/2022 at 18:00h. The vacancy reference REF: “ECHO/PA/SO” must be clearly indicated in the subject line. This position is open to nationals and other residents of Somalia with valid work and residence permits.

DG ECHO applies a policy of equal opportunities. Our recruitment policy is based on respect for diversity, maintaining the gender balance, as well as the balance between professional and private life, and support for training and development opportunities. For this position, women are highly encouraged to apply.

For information, the employment conditions that could be proposed include an initial contract of one year with the possibility of renewal subject to a 3-month probationary period and following a positive annual evaluation. As an indication, the monthly basic salary range is USD 2 112 (minimum corresponding to 5 years’ experience and subject to local tax law). The salary will be adapted according to the exact duration of relevant professional experience supported by a work certificate (two years of relevant experience account for one step in DG ECHO’s salary grid). In addition to this, the employee will also receive disability/retirement allowance, 13th month salary as well as a medical coverage.

DG ECHO’s employees are bound by the National Staff code of conduct which is available on the link:

Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who are not contacted by 30/09/2022 should consider that they have not been selected.  Any form of canvassing, soliciting, or influencing will be treated as grounds for disqualification.

Shortlisted candidates who are successful in the written test and who make it to the interview phase but not to the final selection will be included in a reserve list that DG ECHO will create for a period of one year in case their profiles could be considered for future processes.

“Any processing of your personal data will be done in accordance with the applicable EU legislation (Regulation (EU)2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.” The privacy statement can be found on DG ECHO’s website.