Youth and Peacebuilding Expert


Issued on: 26/06/2018


Mogadishu, Somalia with travel to other regions

Youth and Peacebuilding Expert

1 year

July 2 2018

UN-Habitat has been active in the Somalia urban sector for more than 25 years and is currently implementing a portfolio of interventions that target communities, local authorities and central government at the core of urban centres. These interventions have evolved from responding to immediate local needs for reconstruction to systematic attempts to address sustainable urban development through integrated human settlement programmes and beyond through interventions that strengthen the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding nexus in the areas of livelihoods, youth engagement, governance and sustainable urban development. UN-Habitat’s portfolio of current programmes implemented in Somalia are designed to address the dynamic political and socio-economic context in Somalia and more importantly respond to the needs of new member states and urban centers affected by rapid growth and large-scale displacement in southern and central Somalia in particular.
The following programmes are some of the key areas of interventions UN-Habitat is implementing in Somalia.
Youth Employment Somalia (YES): UN-Habitat Somalia is implementing the Federal Government of Somalia – United Nations Joint Programme on Youth Employment together with UNDP, FAO and ILO under the Peace and State Building Goal 4 “Economic Foundations”. The joint programme targets three outcomes:

Improved long-term potential for growth, productivity and inclusive employment through six value chains implementation plans.
Enhanced longer-term employability of youth in sectors with high growth and employment potential.

Productive infrastructure rehabilitated through labor-intensive methods.

UN-Habitat’s contribution lies in component 2: Enhancing longer-term employability through of youth through skills development. The goal of UN-Habitat’s contribution to the joint programme is to improve the livelihoods of conflict affected youth, both men and women, through the development of a One Stop Youth Resource Centre in Mogadishu and 2 satellite centres in other urban districts in Somalia that address the livelihood and psychosocial needs of Somali youth in a holistic manner.
PBF Youth Political Empowerment (YPE):This project is intended to enhance the capacities of young men and women to meaningfully engage in peace building and governance activities by establishing safe spaces for young women and men to raise their voices and to create tangible mechanisms for their direct participation in the development of policies and programmes at the local level. Furthermore, the project will increase the capacities of local authorities to effectively address youth and women’s issues.
Vocational Skills Training for Economic Growth Project:
UN-Habitat Somalia is implementing a number of projects to increase employment opportunities and improve livelihoods for vulnerable communities, in particular for women and youth. Among those projects is Vocational Skills Training for Economic Growth Project. This project has 3 key objectives:

Strengthen quality of, and access to, vocational training and improve workforce skills and productivity focusing on critical urban infrastructure (transportation, light manufacturing, construction sector/construction related industries) as well as in upcoming sectors of the urban economy;
Improve livelihoods and food security for urban women in the (renewable) energy sector

Create short and long terms jobs through the provision through repurposing waste for use in building housing, economic and environmental infrastructure

EU- ReintegProgramme: This programme is designed specificallyto facilitate and support durable solutions for IDPs and RRs in Mogadishu.
It also seeks to substantially improve living conditions of IDPs and RRs through the establishment of governance systems, increased Housing, Land and Property Rights and social, economic and political inclusion.
In order to ensure a strategic, targeted and sustainable approach, tailored to the Mogadishu-specific displacement and socio-economic context, two outcomes were identified feeding into the specific and overall objectives, adding value and ensuring sustainability. The two intermediary outcomes, or results, are:

Strengthened local governance structures through capacity building and enhanced accountability mechanisms in order to make relevant offices and institutions accessible to IDPs and returnees and enable authorities to assume their primary responsibility to gradually enable durable solutions processes in Mogadishu.
Employment generation in support of improved access to affordable housing and protective and basic service delivery to IDPs and returnees.

Midnimo Project
UN-Habitat Somalia Programme’s newly established UN Peacebuilding Programme. Midnimo (Unity) is jointly implemented by UN-Habitat and the International Organization for Migration in target districts of Jubbaland State of Somalia and South West State. The Midnimo project aligns with broader peacebuilding and stabilization objectives championed by the Ministry of Internal and Federal Affairs and Regional Authorities in Jubbaland and South West State.
The project objectives specific to Midnimo are:

Local leadership, IDPs, returnees and the broader existing communities in areas impacted by return and displacement are able to achieve locally defined and led solutions to displacement, including the means to sustain a living, access to basic social services and participation for all in civic life.
Participatory and inclusive community-driven activities enhance social cohesion and trust among diverse population groups, in areas impacted by displacement and return, and with local authorities

IDPs, returnees and existing communities in areas highly impacted by population mobility, are able to coexist peacefully and withstand drivers of instability and conflict

Participatory plans, actions and systems for dispute resolution / peaceful co-existence are incorporated into the programmes of longer-term recovery and development partners.
Spatial approaches are streamlined through spatial development plans and land use planning tools to reduce marginalization and increase community stabilization

RESPONSIBILITES: The incumbent will work on the Peacebuilding and Youth Employment Somalia projects outlined aboveunder the overall supervision of the Programme Manager and will be reporting directly to the Project Leads.The incumbent will in charge of the following responsibilities:

Youth Employment Support 

Support the implementation of training courses for youth, in particular construction, entrepreneurship and lifeskills in the context of the One Stop Youth Resource Centre by bringing in a local youth perspective that will aid in solving challenging problems
Implement/Support the development of guidelines for local trainers on how to best approach youth, and implement practical exercises for training of youth in construction and life skills
Gather information widely from the youth on vocational skills development particularly determining what skills the youth are most interested in developing in light of the current labour market
Gather information on entrepreneurship training and micro-financing opportunities offered in urban cities
Research and analyse the construction sector in identified program locations particularly assessing the types of building materials that are currently used widely in the sector
Gauge the interest of youth in participating in the construction sector
Support in the capacity development of youth through skills development; both vocational and life skills training
Conduct community events with the objective of engaging youth in activities at the One Stop Youth Resource Centre and satellite centres
Conduct research and analysis on the construction sector in the local economy examining opportunities for growth and avenues for job creation contributing to the overall value chain analysis
Construction sector
Support the establishment of a youth unit and a youth advisory body at the local government and build their capacity. Support the identification, design and implementation of capacity building measures on youth employment programming and implementation for federal government institutions.
Liaise with the Regional Administrations and the Federal Government, as required,to support the implementation of program activities
The consultant will be expected to bring a local youth perspective that will aid in solving challenging problems

Youth Peacebuilding Activities

Lead in overall coordination of project activities across target implementation locations
Liaise with project stakeholders including local, regional and federal authorities as well as project implementing partners on progress of project implementation
Provide expert technical knowledge and support on how to engage and implement youth peacebuilding policies and initiatives
Provide technical support and lead in the establishment of youth councils, youth ambassadors and youth fellowship scheme in project implementation locations
Map youth initiatives and activities and develop a toolkit identifying potential areas of youth engagement and programming development
Provide youth leadership training to youth ambassadors, youth leaders and youth governance experts on the project
Conduct needs assessment of regional youth umbrella associations on capacity building needs
Support in providing training package including financial, policy and management training to regional youth umbrella associations
Support in organizing and conducting youth forms and intergenerational dialogues to develop and enhance the capacity of youth networks
Support in the overall visibility and communication of the project on innovative platforms including social media channels
Conduct any other tasks as requested by the programme manager

Demonstrate integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards. Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN-Habitat. Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Advanced university degree in development studies, youth studies or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with four additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of six years of experience in youth programming in Somalia.Conversant on youth needs in the Somali context, peacebuilding and statebuildingprocesses and inclusive politics. Experience in working with vulnerable youth is a must.
Proficiency in English and Somali (both oral and written) is required.
Proven knowledge in project support and coordination.
Proactive, results oriented, independent, able to identify and carry out duties and responsibilities with minimum supervision. Professional, supportive and cooperative in all matters within the work setting, problem-solving oriented. Maintain confidentiality with regards to all work-related issues.

Applications should include:
·      Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
·      Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
1.       Educational Background (incl. dates)
2.       Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
3.       Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
4.       Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
5.       Expectations regarding remuneration
All applications should be submitted to:
P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Email: to
Deadline for applications: July 2, 2018
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