Application Deadline: 22 October 2021


The International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, and IITE Institute have joined forces to launch the Digital Skills for Jobs project in Mogadishu, funded by the Government of Japan. The project aims to establish freelancing as a viable job creation alternative in Somalia.

The project is launched with a focus on harnessing market-based incentives to help foster livelihoods in the online freelancing sector for the Somali youth. Project activities will allow the youth to gain commercially valuable skills while also supporting value creation and employment in Somalia. The project seeks to demonstrate the feasibility and modalities for linking the youth to opportunities in regional and international markets.

After identifying and selecting graduates of these programs, the project will work with the students to train them in online freelancing and entrepreneurship and to connect them to online work platforms such as UpWork to find jobs. Areas of work will include graphic design, mobile app development, digital marketing, and web development. The program will also include a comprehensive mentorship program on both soft and professional skills.

Qualifications requirement:

An application shall include the following to be considered:

  1. Must be aged between 20 to 35 years old.
  2. Education level – Minimum of secondary completion certificate or College equivalent.
  3. Applicants with a degree are preferred.
  4. Must be an ICT and Computer literate
  5. Learning aptitude – High comprehension levels and logical thinking
  6. English proficiency – Excellent written and spoken English
  7. Digital readiness – Demonstrates excellent web research skills and advanced computer applications
  8. Commitment to attend full duration of the training – 6 months, 5 days a week, 5 hours per day
  9. 100% attendance
  10. Must have own laptop or is able to borrow one for the duration of the 6-month course.
  11. Must have valid Government-issued ID or Passport to verify Upwork account.
  12. Must have Bank account with Swift code.

Application Link

To apply, please click here to access the form online.

Please note you may be asked for the following during the interview process:

  1. An application letter indicating motivation for applying
  2. A copy of your updated CV and relevant academic certificates.
  3. Computer Literacy Skills certificate or any other ICT training
  4. A copy of a colored recent Passport size photograph.
  5. Valid National ID or Passport

Application Deadline: 22 October 2021

Benefits from the Program

Successful candidates will enjoy the following opportunities:

  1. Life Skill Training
  2. Choose between four tracks:
    • Digital Marketing
    • Graphic Design
    • Web Development
    • Mobile Apps Development
  3. Receive 1-month entrepreneurship training
  4. Get invited to join a 4-week Online Freelancing Training
  5. Get links to available online job opportunities through UpWork
  6. Access to virtual support from Online Freelancing experts

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further interview.

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IITE Institute

IITE Institute serves as a hub for nurturing innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship education in Somalia and the region. It provides project-based learning, workshops, and problem solving case-study competitions to boost local innovations and creativity.


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