Humanitarian Access Specialist

Humanitarian Access Specialist in Mogadishu: DRC has been operating in Somalia since 1998 using a protection of human rights framework. Somalia is experiencing a devastating humanitarian crisis, with nearly 80% of the population in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. DRC in Somalia is scaling up the operation in emergency response through an integrated approach accessing hard to reach populations.

Overall purpose of the role

The Humanitarian Access Specialist is responsible for day-to-day access analysis, technical advice and liaison with relevant program, support, and coordination teams at the area level, while maintaining agreed upon communication with his/her line manager, as well as the Country Director (CD), and counterparts in Head Quarters (HQ). The position will also focus on contribution with specific technical competencies to program and project staff who are facing access challenges in the communities where DRC is working and can improve humanitarian access by initiating contact with those who are impeding access.

The position will include a specific project focusing on accessing Hard to Reach populations in Somalia and will be working with program managers based in country, as well as at the HQ level.


Strategic liaison engagement:

  • In collaboration with the Head of Safety and Humanitarian Access and area level program staff, lead engagement with national authorities relating to access and permissions.
  • Ensure clear messaging and a comprehensive understanding of DRC policy and positions (red lines) related to access and programming negotiations, by gathering information from host community key stakeholders, technical experts, senior management and to other humanitarian partners.
  • Assist to increase the systematization and continuity of DRC authority engagements, including but not limited to sub agreement negotiations where required.
  • Utilize effective negotiation techniques to leverage DRC programming and assure continued humanitarian access.

Strategy development – Access and Liaisons

  • Assist in identifying priority strategic areas based on key barriers to access and thus effective programming.
  • Assist in the development of area and country level access strategies in collaboration with DRC Somalia programme teams.
  • Support in developing and identifying resources, tools, and training necessary to operationalize access strategies.
  • Advise the Head of Safety and Humanitarian Access and Senior Management Team (SMT) on key access and liaisons related policy positioning.

Information management – Access and Liaisons

  • Support with the implementation and upkeep of systems for tracking sub agreement negotiations, ensuring clear consolidation and analysis of data is maintained.
  • Create access-related analysis, plans, issues, and incidents are conducted and documented, including refining tools, conducting training, and providing strategic advice on program and policy changes accordingly.
  • Supports the timely production of area specific, district and regional level access assessments, stakeholder mapping, access dynamics and trend analysis regularly and as required country wide, in locations deemed as hard-to-reach.
  • Assist in the mapping, planning, and coordination of ongoing engagement with all key stakeholders as it relates to humanitarian access, including analysis of key influencers and related engagement strategies, ensuring a database is implemented and maintained to capture all developments witnessed.

Programmatic and operational Support

  • Where required, support program managers/teams to adapt programming and monitoring to be relevant to the current access environment.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of tools for remote management and monitoring, as needed, working with technical leads and programme teams.
  • Work with DRC Somalia program teams, including HR, to ensure timely and appropriate follow-up on operational breaches to humanitarian principles and where they may relate to violations of DRC Code of Conduct (CoC).
  • Liaise with program staff members to identify and successfully implement appropriate programmatic ‘Safe Entry Points’- Programmatic interventions that are in line with the larger access strategy of the area- to aid efforts to gain access to hard-to-reach populations.


  • Provide the HOSHA with bi-weekly access situation reports.
  • Create, maintain, and share monthly access situation reports using Arch GIS, Power Bi, and other reporting tools.
  • Contribute to the provision of access and context related input for internal and external reporting, donor, and public communications.

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including capacities to negotiate with government and non-government stakeholders.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the field of safety and security management and/or Humanitarian Access.
  • University degree in relevant field, with 4 years’ experience or
  • School Diploma with 5 years of UN/NGO experience.
  • Experience in program management and implementation across the project/programme cycle in one of DRC’s core sectors.
  • Proven experience in contextual analyses related to security situations and humanitarian operations, including effective communication of analyses.
  • Ability to comprehend data and produce relevant analyses for diverse purposes.
  • Operational understanding of humanitarian principles and principled programming
  • Relevant practitioner knowledge of and experience with adapting programming to remote management.
  • Excellent ability to build relationships including with senior level government officials and non-state actors.
  • Confident and effective representation and communication skills.
  • Strong people management skills.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement effective and contextualized protocols and systems.
  • Experience with information gathering analysis and report writing.
  • Demonstrated written and spoken ability in the English and local languages.


  • Contract:         12 Months with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for National Staff; Employment band Non-Management G1
  • Availability:       15th April 2023
  • Duty station:    This position is based in Mogadishu – Somalia
  • Reporting Line:  Head of Safety and Humanitarian Access

Providing equal opportunities, we are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards: DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process

Application and CV

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered

Candidates who previously applied need not to apply

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 2nd April 2023.

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Department: Africa
Country: Somalia
Workplace: Mogadishu
Contract Type: National
Categories: Human Resource
Education: Bachelor's Degree Diploma Master's Degree

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