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10 Oct 2018

Programme Officer

Job Description

United Nations Human Settlements Programme
P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi 00100, KENYA
Tel: +254-20 7623120, Fax: +254-20 7624266/7,
Vacancy Announcement
DUTY STATION: Mogadishu – Somalia (with frequent travels to
other Somalia town)
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Programme Officer
DURATION: 12 working months
CLOSING DATE: 24th October 2018


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer, healthier, greener places with better opportunities where everyone can live in with dignity. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development. The post is located within the Somalia Programme, Regional Office for Africa (ROAF).

The UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery in Somalia (UN JPLG) is a five-year joint programme comprising of ILO, UNCDF, UNDP, UN-HABITAT and UNICEF. The Programme’s overall goal is “creating an enabling environment for improved service delivery and greater stability, through improved legal, policy and system frameworks – building the knowledge of those working in and with local governments.” JPLG commenced in April 2008 and has now entered its third phase (2018-2023).

The overall objective of JPLG is to promote improvements in local governance quality that can contribute to peace consolidation, development and equitable service delivery. The programme outcomes are structured around three mutually reinforcing strategies:

  1. Supporting policy and legislative reforms for functional, fiscal and administrative decentralization that clarify and enhance the role of local government, its relationship to central government, and as a means to improve local service delivery,
  2. Improving local government capacity for equitable service delivery,
  3. Improving and expanding the delivery of sustainable services to citizens in an equitable, responsive and socially accountable manner and promoting local economic environment.


Under the overall coordination of UN-Habitat’s Somalia Programme Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), overall supervision by the Head of Programme and direct supervision of the Municipal Finance Specialist, the Programme Officer will assist in the implementation of the UN-Habitat/JPLG work plan in South West State, Jubbaland, HirShabelle, Galmudug and BRA/Mogadishu. He will closely work with UN-Habitat’s local teams based in Mogadishu, Kismayo, and Baidoa.

Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will specifically be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Efficient Implement of UN-Habitat/JPLG activities
  • Provides technical input in the implementation of work plan activities particularly in the areas of municipal and district finance, financial management at sub-national structures including application of automated systems and geo-spatial data, urban and district development planning, capacity development;
  • In collaboration with the local teams, coordinates the implementation of the UN-Habitat/JPLG activities and ensures that the programme remains relevant, and is in line with various elements of the programme document and other strategic priorities (contained in the National Development Plan (NDP) and state plans, Durable Solutions Initiative, UN Strategic Framework, etc.);
  • With support from the local team, effectively contributes to the sequencing of the activities of the UN agencies participating in the programme, including joint field assessments;
  • Assists in the integration of different components of the JPLG Programme to create synergies, for example to other programmes and projects like Midnimo, YES and others;
  • Organizes and effectively participate in consultative sessions with the national counterparts, provides programme updates, solves troubleshoot emerging issues and keeps thematic leads well-informed;
  • Actively participates in the preparation of work plans, terms of reference for implementing partners, organization of seminars/workshops and prepare related correspondence;
  • Contributes to programme’s efforts for adequate visibility and public awareness in collaboration with relevant staff;
  • Contributes and assists thematic leads in preparation of meetings production of reports to donors and national counterparts;
  • Supports the programme monitoring and evaluation efforts, providing input into monitoring and evaluation reports in collaboration with relevant staff
  1. Effective communication and partnership building
  • Actively communicates with the national counterparts in Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States and collaborating district governments;
  • Liaises regularly with the JPLG local teams on work plan implementation and proposes mitigation measures on emerging issues;
  • Undertakes thorough gender sensitive analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and prepares 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 JPLG initiatives and other relevant UN-Habitat projects and programmes working with local and sub-national governments for sharing among the team members;
  • Contributes to sound 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 university degree (master’s Degree) in one of the following areas: public administration, development planning, public finance management, law, or other related social sciences. A first level university degree in combination with additional two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Proven work experience of at least three years with public sector entities as well as experiences in project management, moderation and representation and report writing and monitoring and evaluation is a requirement.

Working experience with an INGO or UN is an asset.

Substantive knowledge in development issues in general and gender mainstreaming is desirable.

Qualified women are highly encouraged to submit their application.


Fluency in written and oral English and Somali.



How to Apply

Applicants are requested to send a motivation letter together with a complete United Nations Personal History form (P.11) to the email address given below.

All applications should be submitted to:


UN-Habitat Somalia

P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya


Deadline for applications: 24th October 2018

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