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 UNOPS seeks to recruit a programme manager – Mogadisho, Somalia

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Date de clôture : Tuesday 26 February 2019


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 UNOPS seeks to recruit a programme manager – Mogadisho, Somalia

Closing date : 26 Feb 2018

Background Information – Job-specific :

The UNOPS Somalia Country Office seeks to employ a Programme Manager to support management of its Security Sector and Justice Programme (hereinafter referred to as the “Programme”) in Somalia.


The Programme’s desired outputs include :

  1. Develop political, legal, and financial frameworks ;
  2. Expand, train, equip, and provide infrastructure for police ;
  3. Expand, train, equip, and provide infrastructure to justice agencies in targeted areas ;
  4. Monitoring and manage risk.


Functional Responsibilities :

Summary of key results :

  1. Stakeholder Management ;
  2. Delivery and Performance ;
  3. Personnel Management ;
  4. Government Institutional Strengthening ;
  5. Knowledge Management and Innovation.

Stakeholder Management :

  1. Support the establishment of a governance framework for the SSJP Programme ;
  2. Establishing a solid working relationship with Fund implementers and supporters, UN entities, development partners, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), NGOs and other key stakeholders through the Informal Security and Justice Network and other fora ;
  3. Lead the planning, implementation and organization of strategic capacity building of personnel, clients and stakeholders within the programme ;
  4. Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of SSJP activities, progress, exceptions ;
  5. Oversee information flows between the SSJP Board and the Country Director ;
  6. Advise DFID on issues that may impact the achievements of programme outcome ;
  7. Consult and collaborate with internal and external colleagues and partners to ensure linkages, consistency, and harmonization of approaches and compliance with guidelines, framework and standards of accountability, integrity and performance.

Programme Delivery and Performance :

  1. Implement the Programme governance framework – and support its development on the basis of corporate standards and guidelines ;
  2. Oversee the Programme implementation plans in collaboration with the team and partners, including setting objectives, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely and client-oriented services ;
  3. Supervise the timely and cost-effective implementation of the Programme according to UNOPS goals and partner expectations, approved budget ;
  4. Support the Fund Manager to ensure the financial sustainability of the Programme and delivery of desired results, ensuring compliance with organizational strategies, rules, regulations and standards of performance ;
  5. Ensure effective and seamless integration into core Country Office structures and processes ;
  6. Ensure linkages with Country Office projects (particularly the Joint Police Programme) are built and strengthened ;
  7. Manage Programme resources in accordance with UNOPS standards of ethics, integrity and accountability framework and financial sustainability ;
  8. Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, environmental and economic aspects into project life cycle ;
  9. Manage the production of the required reports and products, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary.

Personnel Management :

  • Plan, recruit, manage and develop programme personnel/technical experts with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance and encouraging the formation of diverse teams in term of gender and geography ;
  • Promote teamwork, collaboration and diversity by providing the programme team with clear direction, objectives and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently ;
  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed ;
  • Receive personnel training plans and assist in implementation of training needs of project personnel.

Government Institutional Strengthening :

  • Provide high level technical advisory services to Government institutions particularly the Ministry of Internal Security, Ministry of Justice, and Ministry of Finance ;
  • Provide technical mentorship in the configuration of processes that help define organizational structure and development of delivery systems of Somali public entities.

Knowledge Management & Innovation :

  • Keep abreast of and incorporate latest/best practices, approaches and technology to enhance the programme delivery and results ;
  • Institutionalise and share best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building ;
  • Disseminate information to project staff to update as required in keeping with UNOPS rules and regulations ;
  • Draft policy papers and/or recommend policy changes to align operations with changing environment.


Education :

  • A Master’s degree in peace and conflict studies, project management, public administration, social science or another relevant related field is required ;
  • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements.


Certification :

  • PRINCE2® Foundation/Practitioner an asset ;
  • Programme/Project Management Professional an asset.


Experience :

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in programme management including strong background in operating in harsh and post-conflict situations is required ;
  • Experience in capacity building is required ;
  • Experience working with national governments and ministries is desired ;
  • Some experience in UN system organizations preferably in a developing country is desirable.


Languages :

Full working knowledge of English is essential.Knowledge of Somali or Arabic is an asset


Competencies :

  • Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) ;
  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion ;
  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles ;
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role) ;
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries ;
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements ;
  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving ;
  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


Additional Considerations :

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time ;
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered ;
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified ;
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply ;
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types ;
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post ;
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


Contract type, level and duration

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  1. Contract type International ICA ;
  2. Contract level IICA 4 ;
  3. Contract duration Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance ;
    For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link : here


Background Information – UNOPS :

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.


Working with us :

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


Diversity :

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.


Work life harmonization :

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


Background information – AFR :

Africa Region :Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Africa Region supports UNOPS country offices in the region, providing financial oversight of projects, procuring goods and services and managing human resources.

AFR helps ensure that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between projects across the entire region.

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