28 Mar 2018

Programme Specialist, Resilience

Job Description

Job Title: Programme Specialist, Resilience, Mogadishu, Somalia
Job ID: 15306
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Duty station: Mogadishu, Somalia

Post type: Fixed term

Duration: One year renewable (*)

Closing date: 18 April 2018


(*)  No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5

Organizational Setting
The Resilience Specialist is located in the Country Office (CO) and reports directly to the Deputy Representative, Mogadishu.

Context and Job Purpose

Somalia has seen a trend towards political stabilization since 2011, and in early 2017 Parliamentary elections were successfully held and a new President was elected. However, Somalia still struggles with fragmented and weak institutions, including poor health, statistical and legal systems in a context of protracted conflict in addition to natural disasters such as drought and floods. The UNFPA Country Programme for Somalia (2018 – 2020) integrates an approach that seeks to strengthen the resilience of communities and institutions and invest in disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness as a critical component to prevent and respond to the risks faced by the population, particularly women and youth.

Under the supervision of the Head of Office in Mogadishu, and in close coordination with the Deputy Representative, the Resilience Specialist is responsible for supporting the integration and coordination of resilience approaches within the UNFPA Somalia programme focusing on multi-sectoral and multi-agency convergence and programming to promote resilient households and communities, with sustained access to health and other services for women, girls and youth through periods of shock and crisis.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities
UNFPA’s entry point, as an intergovernmental organization, will be to strengthen institutions to subsequently strengthen communities and individuals. Programmatic approaches and operational requirements appropriate for stable development settings, fragile contexts, acute humanitarian emergencies, protracted crises and recovery settings vary considerably. UNFPA will focus on integrating development and humanitarian interventions and promote a coordinated approach that will foster the humanitarian-development nexus. This will allow for building individual, community, institutional, and system resilience, maintaining at the same time a contingency fund and sufficient emergency response capacities to respond to humanitarian emergencies.

The Resilience Specialist will facilitate the overall programme design and integration of a resilience approach within the context of the country programme (2018 -2020) implementation.

Specifically, he / she will:

Ensure that work plan and activities are formulated, implemented and monitored considering the Framework for UNFPA’s Resilience Building Approach in the Arab States Region (2016) to enable institutions, communities and individual women/girls/adolescents to anticipate, absorb and adapt to shock.
Support the sub-offices in designing specific resilience building programmes based on their specific risk profile, conflict analysis, partnerships, government capacity and programme priorities. Emphasis will be put on Somalia’s social and human development, particularly in the national plan areas of health, youth, gender and resilience capacity building.
Act as the programme manager and organizational focal point for the Joint Resilience Programme (JRP) and all other cross-sectoral and inter-agency resilience programmes.
Support the UNFPA country office in positioning itself in the context of the humanitarian – development – peace nexus which is being rolled-out in Somalia.
Support inter-sectoral partnership and capacity building, including training and on-the-job coaching and mentoring on resilience (including risk informed programming) within the office and with partners and implementing partners (Government, non-governmental and faith-based organizations) using and adapting tools and guidance from UNFPA and other agencies and partners.
Provide support to all programme components (sexual and reproductive health, adolescents and youth, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and population dynamics) to integrate resilience approaches across the programme cycle (planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
Provide support to the Representative, Deputy Representative and Head of Office to maintain and develop broader partnerships on resilience and ensure strategic linkages and coordination of UNFPA’s work in resilience with relevant partners.
Support knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and lessons learnt arising from implementation of resilience approaches through drafting/finalizing key documents, reports, updates and briefing notes; sharing good practices, lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange; managing office partnerships with research institutions and other knowledge partners to ensure continued generation of evidence baselines.
Carry out other related duties as required by the Head of Office

Qualifications and Experience

Advanced university degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, law, public health, international relations or other related disciplines. Preferably a combination of programme management, administration, and relevant technical fields.

Knowledge and Experience:

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration including in countries experiencing and / or emerging from protracted crisis.

Required Competencies

Exemplifying integrity·
Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
Embracing cultural diversity
Embracing change
Core competencies

Working with People
Drive for Results
Functional Competencies:

·       Leading and Supervising

·       Analyzing

·       Deciding and Initiating Action

·       Persuading and Influencing

·       Applying Technical Expertise

·       Planning and Organizing

·       Adapting and Responding Change

·       Coping with Pressure and Setbacks


Fluency in written and spoken English is required

UNFPA Work Environment
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