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UN Coordination Specialist – RCO -Mogadishu, Somalia

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Job Description
Agency: UNDP
Title: UN Coordination Specialist – RCO
Practice Area – Job Family: UN Coordination – ADMINISTRATION
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 30/05/2020
Duty Station: Mogadiscio, Somalia
Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 7 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree – 5 year(s) experience
Desired: English
Grade: P3
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Posting Type: External
Bureau: Arab States
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
Female applicants are encouraged to apply.

The UN has been engaged in Somalia since its independence in 1960, undertaking activities that help alleviate poverty and suffering, encourage development, support peacebuilding and security and mitigate the effects of the conflict on the Somali people.

The UN’s various mandates are currently implemented through 27 Agencies, Funds and Programmes (both resident and non-resident), one political mission (UNSOM) and one logistical support mission (UNSOS).

On 1 January 2014, the UN became a structurally integrated presence with UN entities working in close cooperation and thorough joint programmatic interventions across the UN Country Team (UNCT) and UNSOM, especially in the areas of governance, including constitutional review and elections, rule of law, including police, justice and corrections, as well as security, gender equality, human rights, advocacy for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) protection in key areas in south and central Somalia, and disengaged combatants.

While Somalia has made significant forward strides in recent years, the UN recognizes that further progress in Somalia’s peacebuilding and state-building enterprise is based on our collective ability to work across the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding agendas in a coordinated and holistic manner. Without comprehensively addressing the multiplicity of issues facing the country, our collective gains will remain fragile and reversible. Furthermore, the humanitarian situation remains precarious for much of the population. Somalia experiences major rapid and slow onset climate-induced shocks on a two to five-year cycle, with flooding, cyclones and particularly drought as the main causal factors. Over two decades of armed conflict and the presence of violent extremist groups, combined with nascent state institutions, have also profoundly affected the country’s resilience to recover from both climatic and human induced shocks.

The UN in Somalia recognizes that increasing the resilience of Somalis requires a coordinated approach among stakeholders across all sectors. This approach seeks to undertake longer-term development  interventions that address the underlying causes of recurrent human and nature induced humanitarian crises. It is only through collective and coordinated efforts across the UN, and with the Somali government and people, can progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) be realized.

The UN’s contribution to the realization of these objectives are undertaken through the UN Strategic Framework 2017-2020 (UNSF) and the upcoming Cooperation Framework (2021-2025). These encapsulate and articulate the UN’s collective commitment to support Somalia’s humanitarian, development, political and security priorities as outlined in the Somalia National Development Plan 2020-2024 (NDP9). It is also aligned to the SDGs.

The position is located in the Integrated Office of the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (henceforth the Integrated Office) for Somalia. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC) through the Head of the Integrated Office.

The Integrated Office comprises five entities, namely: Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) providing support to the UN Country Team; Risk Management Unit (RMU); New Partnership Support Unit (NPSU), Community Recovery and Extension of State Authority and Accountability (CRESTA/A); and Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism Unit (P/CVE). These entities are located in multiple locations in Nairobi and in Somalia duty stations (Mogadishu, Garowe, Hargeisa).

Duties and Responsibilities
Support the DSRSG/RC/HC and the UN Country Team in their collective programmatic and operational efforts, particularly the implementation of joint strategies, joint programming initiatives and harmonization of services including by ensuring timely and quality:

Preparation of UNCT meetings/events, making links to HCT and other relevant fora;
Notifying the RC of pending and important issues to be raised with the UNCT;
Coordinating implementation of activities identified at UNCT meetings and/or follow-up to decisions made.
Contribute substantively to UN coordination and knowledge sharing mechanisms and ensure adequate linkages to Somali government-led coordination mechanisms including by:

Maintain positive working relations and manage feedback and information flows between and among UN focal points/agency heads; Counterpart coordination mechanisms in government, private sector, civil society and the donor community;
Actively participate in global practice network on coordination and other knowledge networking forums. Share relevant information with UN agencies;
Providing substantive support to UN coordination mechanisms, strategic planning sessions, and theme groups as required;
Facilitate and support the development and synergies across joint programming initiatives, including active  sharing of lessons learned.
Support the RC and RCO in knowledge of and monitoring and reporting on activities of the UNCT including by:

Assist the Resident Coordinator and UNCT with preparation of reports, presentations or speeches by providing the background research, identifying key issues to be included, etc;
Act as a link between the RC and individual UN agency programmes, keeping abreast (to the greatest extent possible) with major UN agency programme interventions and initiatives. To this end, participate, upon invitation, in joint programme meetings and the programming meetings of the various UN agencies;
Maintain and organize information in relation to the Resident Coordinator System activities, the Resident Coordinator’s Annual Report, the Secretary General’s reports on Somalia, relevant communication initiated from the Resident Coordinator’s office, DCO and other Headquarters Units, General Assembly and ECOSOC resolutions and other related material in a systematic manner;
Ensuring the DSRSG/RC/HC has oversight of the implementation of joint strategies and plans including the United Nations Sustainable ;Development Cooperation Framework; the UN Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan; the components of the Cooperation Framework that comprise the requirements of an Integrated Straetgic Framework;
Monitor activities of the UNCT and use of finances against workplans incluing through the preparation of narrative and financinal reporting in collaboration with RC Office staff.
Support the Head of the RC Office in effectively and efficiently managing the RCO, including supporting and covering the R&R of RCO staff in other locations outside Mogadishu in Somalia and overseeing the work of the Mogadishu-based Administrative Assistant.

Liaison and backstopping for RC Advisors, UN colleagues and national partners in the field on key issues;
Perform any other task as assigned by the Resident Coordinator or Head of the RC Office.
Core Competencies:

Innovation : Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them;
Leadership : Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers;
People Management : Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others;
Communication : Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others;
Delivery : Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions.
Technical/Functional Competencies:    

Results based Programming : Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Building Strategic Partnerships : Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Client Orientation : Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing : Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Required Skills and Experience

Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in youth work, community development, sociology, international affairs, politics, economics, law, urban planning and other social sciences or related field or relevant work experience is required.

A minimum of five(5) years (combined with a Master’s degree) of progressively responsible international experience in youth development, programming and policies is required or seven(7) years (combined with a Bachelor’s degree).
High level representational and advisory experience, ideally in a cross-cultural setting;
Experience working with UNDP at Country Office or HQ level is a required and exposure to any other UN organization is an asset;
Relevant experience in conflict countries in an African context an advantage or worked in a post-conflict environment;
A sound-track record of experience in an international setting with the UN or with international organisations, or similar context;
Ability to work under pressure in a multicultural and complex environment;
Previously experience as adviser in the framework of multi donor programmes.
Language :             

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
Knowledge of Somali is considered an advantage.

Proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint and Word processing is required.
Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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