Senior Programme Coordinator

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 12 June 2018
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 26 June 2018

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UNDP Somalia has recently launched a new Country Programme for Somalia, aligned to the Somalia Federal Government’s National Development Plan (NDP). In rolling out the new Country Programme, the Country Office has re-aligned the structure of both its programme and its programme team to better support key pillars of the NDP, including through a new portfolio structure addressing: (1) Inclusive Politics; (2) Rule of Law; (3) Effective Institutions; (4) Economic Recovery and Employment; (5) Resilience and Climate Change; and (6) Gender Equality. This realignment is intended to support the Somalia Government at Federal and State levels to progress its peace-building and state-building trajectory, in such a way as to propel progress towards the SDGs.     

Additionally, in light of the serious famine risk experienced by Somalia in 2017, UNDP worked with other members of the UN Country Team, World Bank and the EU to support the Government to undertake a Drought Impact Needs Assessment (DINA) and Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF), geared towards complementing ongoing humanitarian assistance with well-targeted development investments intended to break the cycle of recurrent famine risk in Somalia. Through the DINA/RRF, and a range of other measures, UNDP is working with the UNCT and Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to promote the New Way of Working in addressing the Humanitarian-Development Nexus. Programmatically responding to this will require a whole-of-office joined up approach within the Country Office, including support on aspects of institutional capacity, disaster risk management, financing and investment promotion, economic recovery, and climate change adaptation.   

In the delivery of its programme of support, UNDP has likewise been promoting “One-UN” effectiveness principles, including through integration with the UN Assistance Mission for Somalia (UNSOM), and through prioritizing joined up approaches within the UN Country Team, with some 80% of Country Office programme delivery now taking place through integrated and joint UN programmes.  UNDP and UNSOM teams in the areas of Inclusive Politics (state formation, reconciliation, constitutional review, elections) and Rule of Law are structurally integrated and co-located. UNDP is involved in likewise involved in formal joint programming with a number of other UN agencies (including FAO, ILO, UNCDF, UNEP, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UNIDO, etc.) in areas such as local governance, rule of law, youth employment, and durable solutions for protracted displacement. In this respect, UNDP Somalia is seeking to progress at country level key aspects of the UN Secretary General’s reform agenda. 

All of this requires a high level of coherence in the design and delivery of the UNDP programme of support, and a high order of coherence with partners in the UN Country Team and Mission structures, in addition to amongst Government and donor partners.  Reporting directly to, and under the delegated authority of, the Country Director, and working closely with the Assistant Resident Representative, the Senior Programme Coordinator is responsible for supervision and guidance to UNDP Portfolio Managers (five staff at P5 level) and ensuring cross-portfolio coherence, cooperation and coordination, with a programme delivery estimated at approximately USD 60 million annually.

 

Under overall supervision and guidance of the Country Director, the Senior Programme Coordinator is responsible for the coordination, oversight and quality control of the UNDP Somalia Country Programme.

Summary of key functions:

  • Coordinate and oversee formulation and delivery of UNDP Somalia portfolio in support of Somalia’s National Development Plan (NDP);
  • Promote One-UN joint approaches with UNSOM and UN Country Team members, in support of the Secretary General’s reform agenda;
  • Deepen partnerships with traditional and non-traditional partners, and expand non-traditional partnerships, to enable expanded financing potential for SDG attainment in Somalia;
  • Promote effective programme-wide learning, innovation, instilling a knowledge-based approach, with strong impact-oriented monitoring systems.

Coordinate and oversee formulation and delivery of UNDP Somalia portfolio in support of Somalia’s National Development Plan (NDP) and pathways to the SDGs.

  • Working closely with portfolio managers, who take the lead in programme formulation and delivery, ensure coherent and well-formulated UNDP programmatic responses to relevant deliverables of the Government’s National Development Plan, in line with UNDP mandates and comparative advantage;
  • Ensure adherence to the Government’s aid architecture and aid effectiveness procedures, through coordinating effective engagement with Government’s NDP Pillar Working Groups (PWGs) and financing through the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF) and UN-MPTF;
  • Promote coherence in approaches across portfolios and projects on cross-cutting issues such as the prioritization of capacity development of national institutions, gender equality and women’s empowerment, etc;
  • Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the context of Somalia’s development trajectory to promote and develop focus on longer-term approaches.

Promote One-UN joint approaches with UNSOM and UN Country Team members, in support of the Secretary General’s reform agenda. 

  • Ensure good-practice application of principles of an integrated mission, working closely with UNSOM to ensure joint approaches between the political and developmental mandates of the UN;
  • Promoting joint-programming approaches within the UN Country Team to better harness collective UN capacities and mandates in support of more effective and efficient UN responses;
  • Promote coherence of the UNDP programme within the context of the Humanitarian-Development Nexus, working closely with OCHA and the Humanitarian Country Team, and promoting developmental solutions for recurrent humanitarian crises, whilst protecting humanitarian independence. 

Deepen partnerships with traditional and non-traditional partners, and expand non-traditional partnerships, to enable expanded financing potential for SDG attainment in Somalia.

  • Promote application of the Partnership Principles of the New Partnership for Somalia in support of Somalia’s achievement of its National Development Plan and the SDGs, in particular through promoting use of the Government’s preferred aid channels, including the SDRF and UN-MPTF;
  • Promote coordinated planning between UN-supported programmes with bilaterally-funded programmes to improve collective aid effectiveness of development partner supports to NDP deliverables;
  • Engage proactively with International Financial Institutions, including notably the World Bank, IMF, and AfDB, to identify and promote mutually supportive lines of engagement;
  • Proactively seek out and promote new and innovative partnerships and financing arrangements for the NDP and SDG attainment in Somalia.  

Promote effective programme-wide learning, innovation, instilling a knowledge-based approach, with strong impact-oriented monitoring systems. 

  • Advise the Country Director on, and institute systems for, entrenching a culture of programme-wide learning, to enhance quality and sustainability of programmatic deliverables in support of Somalia’s state-building and peace-building path;
  • Institute innovative systems for outcome- and impact-level monitoring of Somalia’s progress towards goals of the NDP and the SDGs, including through innovative means such as big data;
  • Seek out opportunities for knowledge development activities within the programme and its partnerships, to promote more effective understanding of post-conflict peace-building and state-building. 

Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the overall quality and sustainability of the UNDP Somalia Country Programme, and in UNDP’s reputation as a partner of choice for Somalia and its development partners and donors.

Knowledge Management

  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.

Development Effectiveness

  • Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships.             

Management Solutions

  • Ability to apply a systematic approach to adapt, control and effect change.          

Development Planning

  • Knowledge of the Millennium Development Goals , Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 20130 and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.    

Gender

  • Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective.

Education:                    

  • Master’s Degree in international development, public administration, business administration, public policy or other relevant social sciences. 

Experience:                  

  • 15 years of relevant experience in development in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization in a multi-cultural setting. 3 or more years of senior-level management responsibilities of similar size and complexity;
  • International experience in post-conflict and hardship settings desirable;
  • Experience with “Delivering as One” and “One-UN” pilots efforts an asset, as is including experience in integrated mission environments;
  • Strong focus on state-building and peace-building programme experience desirable.  

Language Requirements:           

  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.

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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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