Somali Women Solidarity Organization (SWSO)



Reporting to: Project officer  

LOCATION:  Kismayo

POST TYPE: contractual (4 months with possibility of extension)

Gender-Sensitive: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post 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 Dhobeley 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 Jubaland 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 Kismayo 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 Saferworld. 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.

The SWSO has being implementing women networking project. The purpose of this initiative is to connect women from the grassroots level across Somalia, providing spaces in which they are able to build understanding and trust, and increase their agency. There are local women champions who have formidable abilities, but limited connections to, or understanding of, the experiences and approaches used by women elsewhere in the country. This initiative will create effective networking fora for women to engage each other on ways they can participate in peace building (and political) processes. This network will provide spaces for women to learn from one another and share experiences from their Federal Member States (FMSs), and to be heard beyond their traditionally prescribed spaces. Young women will be a key target group, in order to link up youth champions who are active in their regions. They will be connected with older women who will be participating as mentors, role models and inspirational figures, using a mixed group approach. Participants will be deliberately selected from ‘grassroots’ women and young women who are currently active in peace building processes across the country, ensuring representation of a diversity of clans (including marginalised clans), and women living in more remote or isolated areas.

SWSO implemented the Gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) which was funded by Somali Stability Fund (SSF) and implemented through support from Life & peace Institute (LPI). This project has 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.   

The project had a component of WOMEN POLITICAL PARTICIPATORY AND PEACE PROMOTION engagement forum. SWSO facilitated forums between state administrators and community groups in Baidoa, Kismayo , Mogadishu, Growe , Dhusamareb and Jowhar. This forum was conducted and targeted Ministers, district Commissioner, Peace Committees, district Dispute Resolution Committees, Women groups, Traditional elders and Youths. The women group raised issues that include exclusion from politics and employment. Among the participants were state Minister of Women and human rights in Hirshabelle who is women activist. She appreciated SWSO for their noble initiative in empowering women towards political participation and peace promotion. She emphasised the need for all women organisations despite of any indifferences to work a common goal in peace building process and political representation. Participants agreed putting steady efforts in mobilising women in political participation and peace promotion. In Galmudg, Few women are elected as representatives to legislative bodies and First/Second Deputy Speaker for first time as result of the WOMEN POLITICAL PARTICIPATORY AND PEACE PROMOTION engagement forum.

In 2019, SWSO, with support from the IOM, implemented Leveraging the Strength of Women in Peace Building and Promoting Gender Sensitivity in the National Programme targeting 50 women. The overall objective of the project was to promote gender sensitivity in the National Programme (NP) and to harness the strength of women to women networks in promoting peace building and countering violent extremism. The project was the first of its kind in Somalia to engage with and support women formally associated with extremist groups and addressed gap in terms of support to women who have been impacted. SWSO is currently implementing the reintegration phase of the project to ensure the successful reintegration of beneficiaries into the local communities.

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, flavoured 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

ROLE PURPOSE: SWSO is currently implementing different projects in Jubbaland state on peace building, community safety, Economic empowerment for small scale milk traders in Kismayo, support to income generation through poultry farming. SWSO works in Kismayo, Dhobley, Dollow, Luuq, Beled Hawo and Garbaharey.


 The monitoring and reporting officer will provide technical support to the project officer including drafting of project reports and provide leadership and supervision to the social workers during beneficiary assessments and the development of case studies. The position holder will be working with and have direct contact with the project officer, social workers, community outreach officer, career counsellor and business development advisor, mentors and other staffs required for the successful implementation of the projects and will support the project team in implementing the projects day to day activities.


  • Ensure all activities are delivered in line with TOR
  • Support all project assessments in coordination with IOM M &E team
  • Supervise social workers during beneficiary need assessment and progress assessment, consolidate and analyse data collected during the assessments.
  • Draft progress reports for the project officer’s review and approval
  • Attend weekly call/meeting with IOM
  • Develop case studies and success stories with the support of social workers and outreach officer
  • Meet with community representatives monthly to ensure sustained support
  • Organize focus group discussions together with outreach officer

Any other duty assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in project planning and management, development studies or any other relevant discipline. Masters degree preferable
  • Proven experience, at least 4 years as monitoring and evaluation officer or 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 self (and team), takes responsibility for 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 monitoring and reporting officer 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 monitoring and reporting of projects  
  • 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 and cc to The closing date is 10th September 2020 at 5.00 pm.
  • Kindly indicate “project monitoring and reporting officer -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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