JOB TITLE:  FSL Project Assistants (3)
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Food Security and Livelihood ProgrammeLOCATION:  Hudur (2) and Baidoa (1)
GRADE:  5TYPE OF CONTRACT:  National; 10 months
CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
 ROLE PURPOSE:The primary purpose of the project assistant is to directly work with communities to implement FSL interventions in the target locations. In addition to this, the project assistants will be assigned additional duties to be undertaken at the office level. The project assistant will undertake community mobilization, project set up, delivery of project activities ensuring full adherence to quality benchmarks and other FSL protocols, project monitoring, data collection and management and capacity building community groups.

Based in Mogadishu, the assistant project officer will play a crucial role in the management of information related to FSL projects.

SCOPE OF ROLE:Reports to:  FSL Project Officer- Baidoa

Dimensions: Save the Children works in 3 regions in Somalia (Somaliland, Puntland and Central South Somalia) with a current staff complement of approximately 450 staff and current expenditure of approximately GBP 48 million each year.

 KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:Community mobilization and project set up

  • Project assistants will be the key frontline staff of Save the Children in the field with direct interaction with the communities.
  • Conduct program awareness through community meetings at the beginning of the project
  • Work with the MEAL to set up project complaint response mechanism
  • In collaboration with the project officers or deputy programme manager, conduct project awareness activities with local authorities.
  • Organize community public meetings and facilitate selection of project Village Relief Committee (VRC)
  • In collaboration with the project officers or manager, work with communities to develop beneficiary selection criteria and facilitate the committees to identify project beneficiaries in the targeted communities.
  • Ensure the quality benchmarks for project mobilization and sensitization are met
  • Conduct beneficiary’s verification processes for all project activities

Project implementation

  • Ensure timely implementation of planned interventions, as per the work plan, budgetary standards and quality benchmarks for the FSL sector
  • Ensure the full implementation of the cash transfer protocol

Data collection and management

  • Collect project data on registration, assessments, baselines, post distribution monitoring surveys etc
  • Assist project officers in data entry as per request
  • Ensuring the quality of data provided during the data collection at the field level.
  • Undertake any other data related duties as assigned by the line manager.

Project monitoring and reporting

  • Monitor the day to day project activities in the field, as specified in the project plan
  • Provide the officers or the Deputy Programme Manager with assessment reports.
  • Provide Weekly Progress Update Report  as requested by the FSL officer or manager
  • In collaboration with the project officers and managers, participate in collection of case studies to demonstrate project impact.
  • Monitor and Supervise Cash disbursement and Collect Financial Returns(Payrolls, and Payment Vouchers)
  • Copy Financial Returns and Submit the original copy to the financial department

Capacity building

  • Deliver any project trainings at the community level using agreed training protocols
  • Conduct regular meetings to capacity build, mentor, assist and supervise beneficiaries on case management basis, ensuring constant communication with all the beneficiaries.
  • Develop trust, tolerance and co-operation among beneficiary community members and local leaders.
  • Encourage and stimulate full participation by all community members; with special attention to those who are often forgotten, including, the disabled women and children, in community decision making.
  • Assist the community members in developing their own capacity and strength.
  • Any other duties as directed by the FSL Programme Manager.

  • Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources
  • Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others
  • Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision
  • Understands the link between their work and the organisation’s objectives


  • Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with
  • Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities
  • Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups
  • Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team to maximise impact


  • Gathers the right information and uses critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions
  • Stays with a problem or challenge until a solution is reached or no longer reasonably attainable.
  • Knows when to involve others in a decision
  • Demonstrates awareness of the wider external influences that impact on decision making
  • Simplifies processes and procedures wherever possible


  • Delivers work that reflects a good knowledge and application of technical and professional standards
  • Keeps up to date with trends in their work area
  • Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conducts
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED•      Secondary school leaving certificate (or professional certificate qualification) with at least 3 years relevant Work experience or diploma/degree level qualification with 1 year relevant work experience.

•               Experience working in community mobilization, data entry, data collection, project monitoring and reporting.

•               Ability to read and write in English as well as Somali language.

•               Computer skills, with focus on word processing and excel.

•               Strong morals including, honesty, transparency, generosity, altruism and respect.

•               Experience in working in harsh environment would be an added advantage.

•               Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a team.

•               Able to work independently and with limited supervision.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY:Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance  Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.


Save the Children is committed to supporting performance based career progression for female employees. The following are additional benefits which applies to successful female candidates

    • 14 weeks of maternity leave subject to certain length of service conditions
    • Increased health and dependence allowance
  • 30 days of annual leave excluding weekends [Fridays]
CODE OF CONDUCTBecause Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

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