Programme Officer


Programme Officer
Grade: NOB
Vacancy no.: MOGADISHU/DC/NO/2018/23
Publication date: 22 August 2018
Application deadline (midnight local time): 05 September 2018
Job ID: 572
Department: RO-Africa
Organization Unit: CO-Addis Ababa
Location: Mogadishu
Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract duration:
Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.
In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.
The following are eligible to apply:
ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
External candidates*
*The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment criteria.
Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.
*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.
General information about the context in which the official will work :
The UN Joint Programme for Local Governance (JPLG) is a joint programme of 5 UN agencies (ILO, UNDP, UN-Habitat, UNCDF and UNICEF). The programme supports local/state government and the Federal government of Somalia, as well as civil society and private sector to promote improvements in local governance quality; which will contribute to peace consolidation, development and equitable service delivery for the citizens of Somalia.
JPLG III (2018 – 2023) builds on the successes of the second phase (2013-2017) of the joint programme and seeks to support Somalia to expand decentralized service delivery through 1) strengthening policy and legislative frameworks; 2) Improving local governments’ capacity to deliver equitable and sustainable services, promote economic development and peace and; 3) improving engagement of citizens, with an emphasis on women and marginalized groups. JPLG III is in line with the National Development Plan as well as the United Nations’ Integrated Strategic Framework for Somalia. The joint programme also aligns its support to these frameworks including the Special Arrangement for Somaliland.
Within the JPLG, ILO supports the Federal State Ministries of Interior and Public Works, Municipality of Mogadishu as well as target districts through institutional and organizational reform, technical assistance and material support to help local governments to improve their functions as service providers and increase public investment in basic services and participation in local governance and development (communities, civic society and private sector).
Throughout the Programme, strong emphasis is placed on gender, local governance, and good governance principles of transparency, accountability and participation.
The ILO Somalia programme wishes to recruit a Programme Officer to support the implementation of the JPLG ILO workplan. The Programme Officer will be based in Mogadishu (Somalia).
Reporting lines
Under the overall responsibility of the CO-Addis Ababa Director and the direct supervision of the ILO JPLG Project Manager, the Programme Officer will work closely with other ILO JPLG staff. He /She will provide programming and administrative support ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work for JPLG and ILO.
In addition, the Programme Officer will work in close collaboration with the other ILO programme and administrative staff, other JPLG project staff, Government officials, technical advisors/experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society.
Description of Duties
Project management and administrative support
Provide day-to-day coordination of ILO/JPLG activities at the local level.
Ensure timely implementation of the programming activities as per the approved workplan, advising the Project Manager on appropriate action to secure implementation of programme and monitoring/evaluation activities in line with agreed work plans, project documents, etc.
Provide support in quality control of project activities, including assessing impact and effectiveness, tracking outputs and results. Design relevant thematic work plans in consultation with the Project Manager and supervise the implementation of the developed plans; and provide specific input to the design, implementation and coordination of ILO components in JPLG.
Deliver capacity building and training initiatives, and ensure a timely implementation of capacity building activities;
Provide regular feedback and prepare reports to the Project Manager on activities implementation status;
Ensure effective communication and cooperation between ILO and the relevant stakeholders i.e. central/state/local governments at the local level;
Provide administrative and technical support for the preparation to/and during missions of the ILO/JPLG teams, consultants, service providers and JPLG donors.
Local coordination and representation
Represent the ILO in the local technical working group, strengthen technical relationship and ensure linkages with other implementing agencies;
Maintain relationships with government counterparts by holding regular briefing and sharing relevant reports and documentation.
Facilitate local preparation/consultation of the ILO-JPLG work plans and budgets in close consultations with the ILO/JPLG team and other relevant stakeholders.
Knowledge building and management
Promote and undertake the documentation of good practices and synthesis of lessons learned;
Facilitate effective networking and leveraging through partnership and collaboration with related government and non-government partners.
Support capacity and knowledge building of government counterparts
Carryout any other relevant duties, for the successful implementation of the JPLG, as requested by the Project Manager.
Required qualifications
First Level University Degree in Social Science, Business Administration or Economics.
At least three to four years of professional experience in local development, private sector engagement and capacity building.
Excellent knowledge of the working language of the duty station and a good knowledge of English.
Good knowledge of programme and budget, project formulation, administration and evaluation techniques and practices.
Good knowledge of the role and operations of UN system activities for development.
Knowledge of the office’s financial rules and regulations. Knowledge of office-wide activities and priorities.
Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the formulation, administration and evaluation of projects.
Excellent drafting skills. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Excellent analytical skills. Ability to justify requirements and approaches to problem resolution, and ability to negotiate.
Good computer applications skills.
Good organizational skills.
Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
Ability to supervise staff.
Recruitment process
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO People. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possess the minimum qualifications for this position.
Fraud warning
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