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Somali Women Solidarity Organization (SWSO)
Vacancy announcement 
Project coordinator (1)
Reporting to: Executive director
POST TYPE: contractual (1 year with possibility of renewal)

Gender Sensitive:
Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to women or young people (youth)

Organizational context
Somali Women Solidarity Organization (SWSO) is a registered non-governmental organization (NGO) and non-profit making organization formed in 2006 and registered under the Ministry of interior , federal government of Somalia and Ministry of Planning and International relations of Jubbaland state of  Somalia as a local non- governmental organization standing for Women, youth, an advocacy, education, protection/human rights/rule of law under Article 22  Right of Political Participation, Article 10 human Dignity, Article 11 equality and Article 30 education of Somali federal constitution 2012.

It is engaged in promoting solidarity among women and increasing their participation in decision-making processes. It is active across Lower Jubba – with headquarters in Kismayo and field offices in Dhobley and Afmadow and active in Luuq, Belet Xaawo and Dolow in Gedo.
SWSO works at grassroots level to enhance the capacity of communities it works with to respond to their basic needs and advocates for their plights to elicit actions on their needs and interests in both the national and international arena. It is for this reason that SWSO has put together a number of intellectuals who have the skills and professions to consolidate its institutional capability in working with the Jubbaland state government, Federal Government of Somalia and international agencies operating in the region in delivering effective services to the poor communities and collaborating as an implementing agency and information-sharing partner.

The organization designs and implements its projects through participatory development model in order to empower local communities in addition to meeting their needs.

SWSO project activities and programming adhere to the “Do No Harm” Principle. The project is designed to contribute significantly to gender equality. The organization is currently implementing four major projects. One of the projects is strengthening women’s participation in peace building which was launched in Kismaayo in May 2016 through the support and partnership with the life and peace institute. The organization has through this project trained 180 women from all the clans residing in Kismayo on peace building and conflict transformation over the past two years and that culminated in the formation of inclusive inter-women peace building platform consisting of thirty nine women who promote reconciliation and restore trust between the conflicting women groups and address grievances and root causes of local women conflict.
The other project being run in Jubbaland is restoring stable communities in Somalia through partnership with Safer world. It’s implementation started in April 2017 and aims to reduce the effects of armed conflicts. Since its implementation, three community action forums (CAFs) with twenty members each were formed and trained on advocacy, organizational management, community security and safety, conflict and gender sensitivity. The CAFs are doing sensitization within the community and are engaging with the community on security and safety with the support of SWSO and Saferworld.
SWSO is also implementing Gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) which is funded by Somali Stability Fund (SSF) and implemented through support from Life & peace Institute (LPI). This project is being implemented across Jubaland especially Kismayo, Dhobley, Dollow, Garbaharey, Luuq and Heled Hawa. It is aimed at increasing women’s political participation especially women from traditionally marginalised groups.   
Finally, in February 2018, GIZ commissioned a rapid market survey on processed milk products and businesses in Kismayo. With support from GIZ, SWSO aims to further the development of the milk supply chain and to facilitate additional income generation opportunities for women and youth processing milk. This will be done by helping business groups to process milk into different dairy products, including sour milk, flavored milk, butter, yoghurt, and ice cream. The implementation of support to Small Scale Milk Processing Initiatives in Kismayo District of Lower Juba Region, Somalia project was started in August 2018 and is ongoing. 
SWSO previously worked with UNHCR on protection (provision of the referral mechanism of SGBV survivors), Pact Kenya on the role of women in Peace building and conflict resolution and SSF on women in leadership.

SWSO is currently implementing different projects in Jubbaland state on peace building, community safety and security, Economic empowerment for small scale milk traders in Kismayo, support to income generation through poultry farming. SWSO works in Kismayo, Dhobley, Dollow, Luuq, BeledHawo and Garbaharey.
The project coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all projects and its activities across the regions and writing and reviewing monthly reports.

The Project coordinator will provide technical support and leadership to the project manager, project officer, field Officer and other project staff required for the successful implementation of all the projects and will support the project team in implementing the projects day to day activities, including the provision of information on the projects interventions.

Support to Programme Delivery

  • Under the supervision of the executive director, provide technical oversight and capacity-building through training, mentorship and support for the beneficiaries.
  • Provide leadership and guidance regarding project activities under each district to the project manager and project team  to ensure all programme activities meet best practice standards as well as taking lead in discussions sessions SWSO programming
  • Coordinate project activities, resources, equipment and information 
  • The coordinator will provide programmatic support required for the successful implementation of SWSO programming and will support the project managers in awareness raising activities, including the provision of information on available opportunities, gaps and attend cluster meeting and submit minutes of the deliberations.
  • Work with SWSO programmes team to monitor project activities regularly, ensuring all activities are carried on as planned.
  • Strengthen and maintain networks with community leaders and groups to ensure support from the community and to encourage greater communication, collaboration and coordination among partners.
  • Participate in development of monthly outreach plans with the field staff, based on program needs; include strategies to reach community members who are in need
  • Assign tasks to project team and assist with schedule management
  • Assist with developing adequate project monitoring systems and help to ensure that SWSO beneficiaries utilize these systems correctly and consistently
  • Help prepare budgets
  • Analyse risks and opportunities of the organization
  • Act as point of contact and communicate project status to the executive director
  • Ensure standards and requirements are met through conducting quality assurance tests

Partnerships for social mobilisation

  • Good coordination with partners including the community in the program areas
  • Capacity of implementing partners in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting is strengthened, in particular with community contracts
  • Actively participate in forums and other relevant forums

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Work with the Monitoring and Evaluation officer, project managers/officers for monitoring and evaluation of programmes activities including preparation of monitoring reports, documents and lessons learned.
  • Supports the implementation of an accountability mechanism for participants in the   programme
  • Carry out regular field monitoring/spot checks with the field Officer
  • Participate in milestone meetings for monitoring of the progress of the programme such as mid-term reviews, strategy meetings, previews and reviews and annual reviews.


  • Bachelor’s degree in project management, development studies or any other relevant discipline. Masters degree preferable
  • Proven experience, at least 5 years in management in similar context
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling SWSO values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for SWSO, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency


  • Clear understanding of gender, abuse of power, and issues surrounding violence against women and  youth.
  • Proven work experience as project coordinator or similar role
  • Demonstrated experience of developing effective working relationships with senior stakeholders from government agencies, international organisations, community NGO, academics and opinion-leaders.
  • Demonstrated experience in program management
  • Solid organization skills including multitasking and time management
  • Strong team work skills and client oriented
  • Familiar with risks management and quality control
  • Strong computer skills
  • Experience in community mobilisation within the development context.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in facilitation and training skills in non-formal settings
  • Excellent communication skills, including fluency in written and spoken English and Somali  and strong inter-personal and advisory skills
  • Has high-level communication skills’, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
  • Maintains and extends an effective network of individuals within the organisation and with government and development partners
  • Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Proven ability to work as a team.


  • Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to submit their application letters and detailed CV to amsheikh002@gmail.com and cc to swso.org@gmail.com. Closing date is 2nd December 2019 at 5.00pm.
  • Kindly indicate “project coordinator-SWSO, Kismayo” on the subject line when applying.
  • Qualified Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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