Opportunities for Placement

Somaliland Diaspora Volunteer Roles.

Most common opportunities of placements for Diaspora Volunteers in Somaliland: 

  1. Promote Somaliland Recognition Campaign:

Seeking and securing international recognition is highly prioritized goal of the Somaliland Government and in view of that MoFA under the Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy Strategy and its Diaspora Engagement Policy Framework decidedly encourages strengthening cohesion and unity of the Somalilanders in the Diaspora, best exploiting their competence and their connection for the cause of Somaliland recognition case. The recommended Diaspora volunteer roles under this priority may not be limited to but includes lobby and advocacy, submitting petitions, backing motions, making friends within local, national and state level councils, more media exposure use, promoting image and profile of Somaliland abroad, organizing cultural exchange events, holding receptions, sensitizing Somalilanders to collectively support the recognition campaign, urging Somalilanders to join political parties and political structures in the host country and to be minded in playing their democratic rights as constituents, voting running for parties elections at the different levels. Diaspora volunteers can play diplomatic roles within host countries which can lead to trade & investment and development aid opportunities, political relations and flourishing cooperation between host country and Somaliland. Graduating students in the Diaspora can make their research thesis about topics on Somaliland Case, Somaliland Democracy and any of the good stories of the people and the country of the Republic of Somaliland.

2. Technical Assistance, Communication, Marketing, IT & Other Assignments:

  • Assist with reviewing and developing key documents and tools such as  policies, strategies,  guiding procedures or TORs etc as well as other paperwork assignments;
  • Offer short-time consultancy to MDAs, Local Governments, Humanitarian and Development civil society organizations. Such consultancies are not limited but key areas include policy development, entrepreneurship, social development, agriculture, mining, tourism promotion, environment protection, climate change, banking, insurances, public finance, taxations, urban planning, resource management, land development,  decentralization; cooperatives;
  • Review and draft Concept Notes, Technical Proposals or doing other practical paperwork assignments;
  • Develop business plans (Based on existing investment opportunities and considering innovative approaches for creating more employment opportunities);
  • Design and develop brochures, journals, magazines, information booklets and other publications;
  • Contribute to research development Write newspaper articles, research, translation, interpretation, online conversations
  • Support implementation of the Diaspora-oriented programs for engagement purposes;
  • Assist with mapping out exercises, databases and gathering of Diaspora information and statistics;
  • Encourage networking of the Diaspora community by initiating formation of Diaspora youth associations, professional associations, women associations and charitable associations within host countries and setting up organizational management procedures, strategies and action plans for such associations;
  • Contribute to Diaspora philanthropic projects by creating beneficial partnerships, fundraising campaigns for supplying essentials to needy target groups, creating Crowd Fund accounts for prioritized projects and working with local humanitarian and development activists as well as for Diaspora charity organizations;
  • Fundraise for small-scale prioritized projects or emergencies within your network of friends, colleagues, classmates, the other community members and in cooperation with other parties within the host country;
  • ICT Solutions and relevant services to public and private institutions;
  • Computer support, programming, web design and web development, graphic design, database design, audio and visual editing tasks, news surveillance;
  • Record and edit documentaries on prioritized needs, tourism, achievements etc.;
  • Architectural and engineering designs for constructions;
  • Write scholarly articles, newspaper articles, media releases etc.;
  • Manage Diaspora Distance Volunteers;
  • Assist with counseling, tutoring, mentoring, guiding online discussion groups, research development, interpretation, translations, online networking;
  • Organize events, community mobilization, tourism tours etc.
  • Write needs assessment reports of prioritized needs;
  • Organize or join clean up campaigns;
  • Organize or join tree planting and reforestation campaigns;
  • Volunteer to work with SLDO on other Diaspora Engagement Initiatives and migration development;
  • FOR all the above or other assignments, volunteer on returning home or via distance.
  • HOSTS: Public Institutions, CSOs, Private Companies, Diaspora Associations and community 

3. Education & Skills Development:

  • Lecture at the public and private colleges or universities;
  • English or Arabic Teaching Courses at universities, colleges or schools,
  • Physical education sessions at primary, and secondary schools;
  • Provide professional capacity building training sessions to civil servants or to the boards and staff members civil society organizations;
  • Health and medical skills,
  • Agriculture development skills, agribusiness, agro-technology, value chain knowledge, interpersonal skills etc.;
  • ICT skills development;  
  • Entrepreneurship and business development skills to business owners, business cooperatives,  and to civil society organizations engaged in the private business development initiatives; 
  • Sport training for football, basketball and other sports, coaching, sportive teams building, developing sportive training plans;
  • Sharing stories, best practices and lessons learnt;
  • HOSTS: Public Institutions, CSOs, Private Companies, Diaspora Associations and Community.

4. Global Health & Medical Skills:

  • Teaching techniques for people with special needs including children with autism, down’s syndrome, intellectual delays and physical impairments and also physiotherapy speech therapy), occupational therapy, understanding of autism, understanding of intellectual disabilities, accessibility and mobility trainings for people with visual disabilities and   improving their behaviour and social skills;
  • Provide clinical health care and medical services, clinical and nonclinical services I.e. serving as nurses or as other medical practitioners or offering health and medical staff capacity enhancement training sessions such as communication skills, problem solving, nursing and patient caring, teamwork, goal setting, decision making ethics, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, patient caring and emotional skills in order to promote public health capacity;
  • HOSTS: Public Institutions, CSOs, Private Companies, Diaspora Associations. 

5.Social caring centers:

  • Volunteer at caring centres such as orphan care centres, children with disabilities caring centres such as children autism, mental or physical impairments, adult people with disabilities training centres and schools such as people with visual or hearing impairments;
  • Provide social support services and work with some of the most vulnerable and the neediest groups of the society in Somaliland;
  • Write stories of them and carry on helping them from the Diaspora;
  • HOSTS: Orphanage Centers, Childcare Centers, PWDs Centers. 

6. Support other vulnerable community groups:

  • Fundraise for supplying essentials to people with disabilities I.e. blind, deaf, physically disabled persons, mentally disabled persons, poor households at IDPs camps, families with members with disabilities, impoverished pastoral and agro-pastoral households, students in rural schools.



7. Undertake other assignments which are important and may be of interest to the volunteer 


  • Ministries, Departments & Agencies (MDAs), Regional & District Coordination Offices of MDAs, Regional Authorities, Local Governments, Legislative Council, Judicial Council;
  • Education Sector: Ministry of Education & Science, Universities, Public Primary & Secondary Schools, Orphanage Centers, Street Children and other Childcare Centers, People with Disabilities Centers, Private Primary & Secondary Schools, Private Kindergarten Schools, Technical/Vocational Education Training Centers etc.;
  • Health Sector: Ministry of Health Development, Regional & District Health Coordination Offices, Public Hospitals, Public Health Centers, MCHs, Nursing Schools, Nurses Association, Health Professionals Association, Mental Health Association, Private Health Teaching Schools, Private Mental Health Treatment Centers;
  • Diaspora: Somaliland Diaspora Office, Diaspora Community Associations, Diaspora Charities, Humanitarian & Development Organizations, Diaspora Professional Associations, Diaspora Lobby & Advocacy Groups, Diaspora Volunteers & Activists, Diaspora Students in colleges/universities in receiving countries and Diaspora Associations at home;
  • Civil Society Organizations: SL National Youth Umbrella (SONYO), National Organization of Women (NOW), SL National Disability Forum (SNDF), SL Journalism Association (SOLJA), SL Lawyers Association (SOLLA), SL None State Actors Forum (SONSAF), SL Deaf Association (SODA), SL Blind Association (SOBA), Private Schools Association, Sportive Association, Youth Associations, Women Associations, PWDs Associations, Labour Associations, Business Support, Associations, other Local NGOs and other Professional Associations registered under MoP&ND – their HQs in Hargeisa as well as their representative offices or centers in the other regions;
  • Business Companies: other part of the civil society or the none-state actors including Telecommunication, Remittances, Banks & Insurances, Renewable Energy, Real Estate & Maintenance, Waste Management, Hospitality & Tourism, Transportation, Production & Manufacturing, Agriculture, Mining, Printing Services, Maritime Services, Cultural Centers, Entertainment Centers, Private Media Firms I.e. TVs, Local Newspapers, other Professional Service Firms I.e. Research Firms, Consultancy Firms, Accounting Firms, Logistics Firms;
  • Vulnerable communities: IDPs, small farmers, drought affected families etc., poor households with families with disabilities, students in rural schools.