Job Title :

Library Officer

Location :


Garowe, Puntland, Somalia

Application Deadline :



Languages Required :


English and Somali

Duration of Initial Contract :


1 Year

Expected Duration of Assignment :


With further extension based on performance results



Y-PEER Puntland is embarking on implementing new approaches to sustainable development. Today’s development challenges are getting increasingly complex and interconnected. Often, they cannot be addressed by traditional sector approaches. Innovative approaches and solutions are thus called for, and the organization is starting work differently.

We are looking for an experienced and self-motivated Library Officer to join our team. As a library officer, you will perform a range of duties such as cataloging library resources, maintaining library records, and making them available to users.

For this position, you will have to demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills, as a great part of the job will involve interacting with the local community including youth, parents, students, and young children. The ideal candidate should also possess in-depth knowledge of library database systems, as well as excellent communication and organizational skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lend and collect books, periodicals, videotapes, and other materials at circulation desks.
  • Enter and update patrons' records on computers.
  • Sort books, publications, and other items according to established procedure and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.
  • Inspect returned books for condition and due-date status, and compute any applicable fines.
  • Maintain records of items received, stored, issued, returned, and file according to the system used.
  • Send out notices and accept fine payments for lost or overdue books.
  • Repair books, using mending tape, paste, and brushes.
  • Assist in the preparation of book displays.
  • Strong IT skills and familiarity with the use of databases and the internet
  • Team working and management skills.
  • Assessment of resources and library users' needs.
  • Presentation and verbal communication skills.
  • Subject-specific knowledge or expertise in a particular function, for example ICT resources or resource ordering.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Good communication skills
  • Customer service skills
  • The ability to work well with others
  • To be flexible and open to change
  • Administration skills
  • Knowledge of literature and languages
  • The ability to use your initiative
  • Sensitivity and understanding
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • To be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently


Education and Experience Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent qualification.
  • Bachelor's degree in Library Science is preferred.
  • A minimum of 1 year experience working in a library.
  • Excellent IT skills and knowledge of library databases.
  • Outstanding organizational and interpersonal communication skills.

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their Cover Letter & CV to before 10-May 2021 (11:59 PM).


Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Y-PEER Puntland is committed to achieving workforce diversity and inclusion in terms of gender. Y-PEER Puntland does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks


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