Programme Specialist (Local Governance)


Programme Specialist (Local Governance), P-3, Mogadishu, Somalia #105611

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Job Number: 516021 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Somalia
Work Type: Fixed Term Staff
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.
For every child, a champion
UNICEF Somalia played a key role in making sure that child-focused data, with attention to gender and minorities, was included in the country’s first national development plan in 30 years. We have been tackling issues such as child mortality, better access to health services, severe malnutrition, and stronger child rights. We are working with partners to address the alarming food insecurity and malnutrition levels in Somalia. We are supporting community based reintegration programs for children released from armed groups, and are working on developing a social protection policy. We are also conducting robust HACT implementation.
Join our team and help us make sure every child has a champion.
How can you make a difference?
To provide coordination and oversight of the JPLG programme, UNICEF the Programme Specialist will provide day-to-day management of UNICEF’s JPLG engagement. The Programme Specialist will work closely with UNICEF’s local JPLG managers in each of the three zonal offices (Mogadishu, Hargeisa, and Garowe), and support with providing strategic guidance and ensuring complementary and coordinated efforts both within UNICEF and with other JPLG partners. The Specialist will also ensure that the programme is implemented in line with UNICEF and JPLG guidelines, including effective programme management, financial management, and monitoring and reporting procedures.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief Social Policy Equity and Gender, in coordination with other Chiefs of Sections and Chiefs of the Field Offices, the Post incumbent will provide support with coordination of UNICEF inputs into the Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG) in the area of local governance, decentralized service delivery, civic engagement and capacity building of state and local governments in Somalia. The post will oversee implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNICEF contribution to the JPLG programme, contribute to the coherent design and implementation of the joint programme, and the achievement of collective outcomes, as well as and ensure regular reporting and budget management is exercised as per the requirements.
Implementation and Coordination Support

Support in providing technical leadership, management and coordination of UNICEF inputs into the JPLG programme in the three zones of Somalia. This will include coordination of staff and partners in the zones with key ministries, and advocating for and reinforcing government commitment towards improving participatory governance and decentralized service delivery at local level.
Contribute to general policy dialogue with local institutions and key stakeholders for the implementation of decentralization policies and institutionalizing and sustaining decentralized service delivery through the design and support of institutional capacity development and system strengthening for service delivery at state and local levels.
Contribute in design and support implementation of programme initiatives aiming at enhancing local participation, inclusion, transparency and accountability of local governments in planning, management and delivery of social services at local level. These include contributing to capacity strengthening of state and local government to implement civic education programmes, ensuring the sustainability of decentralized service delivery, enhancing local level stability and peace building efforts.
Participate in technical working group, steering committee and other joint programme meetings, review meetings and evaluation exercises in consultation with the Social Policy Equity and Gender Chief, other UN agencies and government partners.


Provide inputs to the design and work planning of JPLG III, in line with the priorities, resources, strategy, and service delivery focus of UNICEF.
Support UNICEF JPLG zonal teams to identify strategic gaps, linkages, and opportunities to improve and expand decentralized service delivery, civic education, participatory planning and social accountability initiatives, including through incorporating a communication for development perspective.
Support UNICEF programme sections to align with a decentralized service delivery approach, particularly in documents such as sector strategies, in funding proposals and annual work plans. Engage in joint fundraising with UNICEF sections, particularly on decentralized service delivery.
Contribute to internal and external communication and advocacy initiatives aimed at raising the profile of local government, local governance issues and decentralized service delivery.
Ensure that JPLG activities align with UNICEF’s gender, and children and youth-focused strategies and policies.

Programme Management

Manage contracts with implementing partners, ensuring timely and accurate financial and technical reporting.
Ensure regular oversight and monitoring of JPLG interventions in the three zones.
Provide regular reporting on progress and budget, tracking progress as per deliverables in the partner agreements and joint work plans, undertaking regular field visits to review jointly with local partners; documenting achievements as well as constraints and recommending possible steps for addressing bottlenecks in implementation.
In collaboration with respective UN-Agencies, line ministries, contribute to the development of joint work plans and budgets for the three zones of Somalia. This will include participating in all Technical Work Group Meetings, steering committee meetings, management and coordination meetings for JPLG, ensuring that responsibilities assigned to UNICEF under the joint programme work plan correspond to UNICEF’s mandate and values and are within the ability of its resources (human and financial).

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education: Advanced university degree in Public Administration, Governance, Social Sciences, Development Planning, Programme Management, or related fields
Work Experience: At least five years’ professional experience, at least two of which should be at a professional level working with government in the areas of good governance, public administration reform, or community development, preferably in a fragile context; Demonstrated experience working in a complex programmes with multiple partners, including experience with coordination, donor relations, planning, monitoring, and budget management and oversight; Proven ability to work with partners, manage staff and consultants, and write proposals and sound evidence-based reports in clear and simple language;Understanding of the socio-political context of Somalia would be an advantage. Good understanding of government systems, procedures and processes at all levels (especially district) is desirable; Strong communication skills, including an ability to build rapport with individuals and groups and maintain an effective network of individuals across organizational departments, agencies and governments;
Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are:

Leading and Supervising [II]
Analyzing [II]
Deciding and Initiating Action [III]
Persuading and Influencing [III]
Applying Technical Expertise [III]
Planning and Organizing [II]
Adapting and Responding Change [III]
Coping with Pressure and Setbacks [III]

View our competency framework at:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
* Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Tue Sep 04 2018 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (South Africa Standard Time) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Sep 18 2018 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (South Africa Standard Time)

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SOURCE: Programme Specialist (Local Governance)

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