The Somali are grouped as a Cushitic tribe who live in North Eastern Province of Kenya. They are believed to have their origin in the Ogaden region in Southern Ethiopia. Their population is about 500,000 people leaving in northeastern of Kenya. The Ajuran and the Ogaden subgroups live in Kenya as well as Somalia and Ethiopia.

The Somali People Short Story

The Somali tribe speaks the Somali language although variations and dialects of the Somali language are spoken by different clans living in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia as well as Kenya. The Somali language is of great importance since they place a high value on poetry, speech and general linguistic skill. Somalis practice a nomadic pastoralist way of life, keeping flocks of camels, some goats, sheep, and indigenous cow herds. Meat and milk are the Somali main diet but they also include pasta an acquired food from Somali’s colonial past by Italians. Somalia culture is a part of Islamic culture, where many of their customs are based in that religion.

The Somali People Short Story

The education of Somalia children begins with reading the Quran. The Islamic influence is manifested in the Somali way of dressing, which is not very different from that of the Swahili people. But unlike the Swahili men who wear a small white cap on their head, the Somali men often wear a turban. Female circumcision is found in its most extreme forms among the Somali tribe. Young girls have much of their genitalia cut out completely, leaving scar tissue and frequent infections. The practice remains common in spite of government attempts to discourage it. Polygamy is widely practiced among the Somali since Islamic laws allow a man to have as many as four wives. The culture of living in extended families is quite common in Somalia. In marriages, suitable matches are made through clan alliances, though the practice is not as common today. Great respect is given to a woman by different kinds of celebrations when she is pregnant. Away from their native home Somalis are today found in almost every major town in Kenya engaging in the business where they have become successful business entrepreneurs in major cities of Kenya.

The successful candidate will demonstrate high-level technical expertise and experience in DDR programming. S/he will also need to demonstrate leadership qualities, within IOM internally and amongst other program stakeholders. S/he will have direct experience in one or more of the key related areas of stabilization, transitional justice, community-led recovery and conflict mitigation in highly complex conflict-affected environments. Establish and maintain the administrative, financial, procurement, monitoring and evaluation and management systems to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the DDR unit’s programs. Oversee the management of IOM activities at the two transiting centers, Kismayo and Baidoa (and others as may be required in the future). In the case of Kismayo, this includes all activities related to the establishment of a new center, drawing on best practices and lessons learned from the existing transiting center in Baidoa. Oversee the selection, hiring and capacity building of all international and/or national staff hired for the program as well as directly supervise the DDR Policy Programme Manager and DDR field officer.

Manage budget provisions and monitor all program expenditures with regard to IOM’s support to the national Programme. Undertake regular on-site program monitoring and field travel to the extent that security conditions allow. Identify, evaluate and, as appropriate, establish cooperation with institutions that can undertake activities on behalf of and in partnership with IOM. Oversee implementation of activities at the national level designed to build the capacity of relevant Ministries of the Federal Government of Somalia to implement the National Programme. Develop and implement a strategy for managing the institutional, security, political, financial and programmatic risks related to the DDR program, including the development of milestones, targets and standard operating procedures. Regularly assess, formulate and present concise political, security and programmatic analysis of the country context and the impact of IOM engagement. Establish modalities for internal coordination with the Reintegration / Youth at risk Programme manager and Stabilization Programme Manager, particularly through the establishment and leadership of a DDR steering committee within the IOM Somalia mission. Provide timely updates on program issues, including regular risk analysis and recommendations for operational improvements, to the COM / IOM management, as well as regular, timely reporting and presentations for donors. Provide any other supplementary written materials (e.g., ‘think pieces’, promotional materials etc, as required. Based on a detailed understanding of UNDSS security requirements and the complex situations of restricted access, monitor, manage and abide by UN security regulations and guidelines.

Perform such other duties as may be assigned. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application in your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

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