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12 Jun 2019

National Programme Officer/Team Lead

Job Description

Vacancy Announcement

FUNCTIONAL TITLE: National Programme Officer/Team Lead
DURATION: 12 working months
CLOSING DATE: 19th  July 2019


UN-Habitat has been active in the Somalia urban sector for more than 25 years and is currently implementing a portfolio of interventions that target communities, local authorities and central government at the core of urban centres. These interventions have evolved from responding to immediate local needs for reconstruction to systematic attempts to address sustainable urban development through integrated human settlement programmes and beyond through interventions that strengthen the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding nexus in the areas of livelihoods, youth engagement, governance and sustainable urban development. UN-Habitat’s portfolio of current programmes implemented in Somalia are designed to address the dynamic political and socio-economic context in Somalia and more importantly respond to the needs of new member states and urban centers affected by rapid growth and large-scale displacement in southern and central Somalia in particular.

The overall objective of the Youth Employment Somalia programme is to improve the livelihoods of conflict affected youth, both men and women, through the development of a One Stop Youth Resource Centre in Mogadishu and 2 satellite centres in other urban districts in Somalia that address the livelihood and psychosocial needs of Somali youth in a holistic manner. The joint programme targets three outcomes:

  1. Improved long-term potential for growth, productivity and inclusive employment through six value chains implementation plans.
  2. Enhanced longer-term employability of youth in sectors with high growth and employment potential.
  • Productive infrastructure rehabilitated through labor-intensive methods.

The National Programme Officer will also contribute to various projects across the Somalia Programme in a leading role including the PBF Youth Political Empowerment (YPE):This project is intended to enhance the capacities of young men and women to meaningfully engage in peace building and governance activities by establishing safe spaces for young women and men to raise their voices and to create tangible mechanisms for their direct participation in the development of policies and programmes at the local level. Furthermore, the project will increase the capacities of local authorities to effectively address youth and women’s issues.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and the direct supervision of the Programme Manager, the incumbent will be in charge of daily operations and implementation of UN-Habitat work Somalia.  As the team leader, the incumbent will be responsible for successfully overseeing the following areas of project activities.

  1. Efficient Implement of UN-Habitat/Youth Activities
  • Support the implementation of training courses for youth, in particular construction, entrepreneurship and lifeskills in the context of the One Stop Youth Resource Centre by bringing in a local youth perspective that will aid in solving challenging problems;
  • Implement/Support the development of guidelines for local trainers on how to best approach youth, and implement practical exercises for training of youth in construction and life skills;
  • Gather information widely from the youth on vocational skills development particularly determining what skills the youth are most interested in developing in light of the current labour market;
  • Gather information on entrepreneurship training and micro-financing opportunities offered in urban cities;
  • Research and analyse the construction sector in identified program locations particularly assessing the types of building materials that are currently used widely in the sector;
  • Support in the capacity development of youth through skills development; both vocational and life skills training;
  • Conduct community events with the objective of engaging youth in activities at the One Stop Youth Resource Centre and satellite centres;
  • Liaise with the Regional Administrations and the Federal Government, as required, to support the implementation of program activities;
  • The consultant will be expected to bring a local youth perspective that will aid in solving challenging problems Lead in overall coordination of project activities across target implementation locations;
  • Provide expert technical knowledge and support on how to engage and implement youth peacebuilding policies and initiatives;
  • Conduct needs assessment of regional youth umbrella associations on capacity building needs
  • Support in providing training package including financial, policy and management training to regional youth umbrella associations;
  • Support in organizing and conducting youth forms and intergenerational dialogues to develop and enhance the capacity of youth networks;
  • Ensure the timely delivery of information between the Mogadishu and Nairobi office.
  • Actively communicates with the national counterparts across Somalia on youth related components of the Somalia programmeand UN-Habitat-YES, PBF activities in general;
  • Liaises regularly with the youth local team on work plan implementation and proposes mitigation measures on emerging issues;
  • Monitor the progress of field staff on key project activities ensuring the timely delivery of the tasks assigned to them.
  • Ensure visibility of the UN-Habitat Mogadishu projects and the respective donors through awareness creation among local counterparts and beneficiaries.
  • Mobilise stakeholders to participate in and contribute to activities carried out by UN-HABITAT in Mogadishu, in particular, organise, enable and encourage local partners, institutions and communities to provide their agreed upon inputs in a timely and technically appropriate manner;
  • Maintain the relationships between the beneficiaries and the larger community and regional authorities for the purpose of ensuring that the community has a clear understanding of the project activities being implemented;
  • Foster and build community relations such that it supports the implementation of project activities;
  • Serve as focal point with government authorities for all project related activities in particular for community development;
  • Ensure that all stakeholders understand the projects strategy and implementation guidelines;
  • Thorough gender sensitive analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to the programme and other policy documents.
  1. Facilitation of knowledge building and sharing
  • Synthesizes good practices and lessons learnt of UN-Habitat youth initiatives for sharing among the team members;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice



Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to urban planning, municipal finance. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; Ability to conduct data collection using various methods; Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities

Planning & Organizing:

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time effectively.

Client Orientation:

Considers all those to whom services are provided as “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors on-going developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products for services to client.


Advanced degree in development studies, youth studies or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with four additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of seven years of experience in youth programming in Somalia. Conversant on youth needs in the Somali context, livelihood development, peacebuilding and statebuilding processes and inclusive politics. Experience in working with vulnerable youth is a must. Substantive knowledge in development issues in general and gender mainstreaming is desirable.


Fluency in written and oral English and Somali.


Proven knowledge in project support and coordination.

Proactive, results oriented, independent, able to identify and carry out duties and responsibilities with minimum supervision. Professional, supportive and cooperative in all matters within the work setting, problem-solving oriented. Maintain confidentiality with regards to all work-related issues.


How to Apply

Applications should include:

·      Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

·      Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:

1.      Educational Background (incl. dates)

2.      Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)

3.      Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)

4.      Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments

5.      Expectations regarding remuneration

All applications should be submitted to:


P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya and

Deadline for applications: 19th  July 2019

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