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UNFPA Representative, Somalia
« on: November 15, 2014, 11:25:35 AM »
We are pleased to announce the following vacancy:

JOB ID NO.: 2683
CLOSING DATE: 4 December 2014 (at 5:00 p.m New York time)
POST TITLE: UNFPA Representative, Somalia
POST TYPE: Rotational
DUTY STATION: Nairobi pending change to Mogadishu or elsewhere in Somalia.
DURATION: One year (renewable)1
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Arab States Regional Office (ASRO)

Under the guidance of the Regional Director of the Arab States Regional Office (ASRO), the Representative has overall responsibilities for UNFPA representation, policy, programme, finance, staff and office administration for the Somalia Country Office (based in Nairobi, until further notice to move duty station to Mogadishu or elsewhere in Somalia) with sub-offices in Hargeisa, Garowe, Galkayo and Bosaso. The Representative leads and motivates the UNFPA team in the development of innovative, relevant approaches for engagement on issues related to population and development, sexual and reproductive health and gender.

Somalia is an emergency country and has had no national government since 1991. The UN operates in three “entities” – Somaliland, Puntland and South/Central – each having widely differing needs and political structures.


Strategic direction, planning and management

Lead the positioning of UNFPA on strategic and substantive issues on the basis of global and regional policies and strategies;
Lead and direct the process of scanning the environment on zonal and country level issues and analyzing the implications for the work of the Fund and the Country Office;
Identify and promote UNFPA’s comparative substantive role and specific contribution in the response to emergency situations, including humanitarian assistance, recovery and eventually national development environment;
Adapt operations, as needed, to adjust to the fast-changing emergency situation and evolving political structures both at national and zonal levels within Somalia.
Provide overall vision, direction and management for the work of UNFPA in the country and in each of the zonal entities;
Establish priorities for the work of the Country Office in line with UNFPA priorities and substantive global, regional and country level priorities;
Establish processes to ensure that policies and procedures, programming tools and mechanisms, and sound business practices are incorporated into UNFPA country and regional operations;
Visit frequently government authorities in the various political entities that make up Somalia and supervise UNFPA field operations in the sub-offices.
Establish processes to ensure that state-of-the-art knowledge incorporated into the UNFPA knowledge sharing mechanism is available for use in country and regional operations; and
Direct the process of establishing, building the capacity of and maintaining partnerships, alliances and networks in the region.
Programme leadership and representation

Act as the principal adviser on country level issues to the Regional Director and senior management of UNFPA;
Act as senior advisor for the promotion of the organization’s capacity for effective delivery, including on the development of regional and global policies, positioning, strategies, and plans;
Provide leadership in the substantive development and execution of the organization’s country level policy dialogue and country and zonal programmes, assessing and addressing implications of national trends on UNFPA’s work in the country;
Direct the process of developing strategies and plans for the implementation of the Country Programme, including for the delivery of technical assistance for capacity development and for humanitarian and emergency situations, and guide the implementation of these strategies and plans;
Represent UNFPA at the country level and provide its perspective in high level national, UN, and other initiatives and events;
At the request of Special Representative of Secretary General for Somalia (SRSG) provide all required inputs and advise UNPOS on areas of UNFPA mandate and operational presence in Somalia.
Support the Resident Coordinator (RC), and the Resident Coordinator system and serve as an active member of the UNCT promoting inter-agency coordination and consultative processes; Participate actively in the inter-agency working groups on topics relevant to UNFPA’s mandate.
Act as a leading spokesperson within the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), promoting effective coordination on development issues with integration of population and development and sexual and reproductive health issues in the larger development agenda;
Assume overall responsibility for coordination of the humanitarian component of the UNFPA programme delivery for Somalia. Support the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and assure UNFPA’ s participation in OCHA’s led humanitarian cluster system in accordance with UNFPA core commitments in humanitarian response.
Support the Designated Official (DO) in promoting staff safety and effective coordination of UNFPA’s operations in a safe and secure manner within Somalia.
Advocate and engage in policy dialogue for concerted action by the international community, the UN and national counterparts on issues related to sexual and reproductive health, population and development, and gender, human rights and culture, and creates awareness of the critical role of ICPD issues in the overall development agenda and the achievement of the MDGs, including in the development of CCA, UNDAF and other national development frameworks;
Actively promote and support participation of civil society and private sector in development process at national and sub-national levels;
Proactively contribute to and promote the UN reform process within the country UNCT context; and
Initiate opportunities for South to South collaboration, especially for programme and technical support to countries in the region.

Programme oversight and coordination

Oversee implementation of the country programme, ensuring that they reflect country priorities;
Ensure the application and streamlining of results-based management tools and approaches, and quality assurance frameworks and procedures for the work of the Country Office, including in the delivery of technical assistance;
Ensure the application of financial and substantive monitoring processes, and the evaluation of the country programme;
Establish processes for the incorporation of evaluation results in the work of the country office;
Promote and support national execution modalities through appropriate UN, sectoral or direct budget support modalities, based on a risk based approach;
Establish processes to ensure the Country Office complies with Audit recommendations; and
Ensure UNFPA accountability for the United Nations Support to Somalia (UNSAS) results.
Management of resources

Assume overall accountability for the management and work of the Country Office;
Propose and secure annual allocations for the country programme, and ensure the efficient and effective use of such resources in compliance with UNFPA financial rules, regulations, and procedures;
Develop and implement resources mobilization strategies in support to program needs, and mobilize, in coordination with IERD and the RO, as well as jointly within the UNCT and with sister agencies, additional financial resources for the country;
Develop and guide an integrated and systems approach to the work of the Country Office;
Oversee staff accountability, learning and career management within the office;
Supervise the Deputy Representative and heads of the zonal offices and other international and national staff, provide them with managerial direction and motivation;
Contribute to the appraisal of RC performance; ensure RC in the country is adequately briefed on UNFPA mandate and organizational strategies and priorities;
Communicate standards of performance, and assign responsibilities for achieving results according to the Country Office OMP and the PAD system;
Uphold standards for the recruitment and selection of the highest quality of staff for the Country Office;
Establish and maintain a harmonious working environment; seek to strengthen team-building by encouraging active participation and interaction at all levels; foster staff motivation, development and empowerment; and lead by example;
Establish a CO security strategy and plan in line with UN procedures and requirements;
Ensure an ethics-based approach to management of all human and financial resources; and
Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Regional Director.


i) Values: Exemplifying integrity, Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system, Embracing cultural diversity, Embracing change.

ii) Core Competencies: Achieving results, Being accountable, Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen, Thinking analytically and strategically, Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships, Communicating for impact.

iii) Managerial Competencies: Provide strategic focus, engage internal/external partners, lead, develop and empower people, create impact a culture of performance.

iv) Required Skillset:

? Global leadership and advocacy for ICPD goals;
? Understanding of UNFPA's global corporate commitments to humanitarian work on RH, GBV and youth;
? Organizational leadership and direction;
? Ensuring operational effectiveness and accountability for results;
? External and internal communication and advocacy for results mobilization.

Qualifications AND EXPERIENCE:

Advanced University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.
15 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration and international development, of which at least five years should be in areas of relevance to UNFPA mandate at the international level;
Up-to-date knowledge of issues of population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and gender, and their place in the development agenda
Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results;
Strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations; and,
Prior experience in emergency or humanitarian operations is required.
Field experience is essential.
Fluency in English is required; working knowledge of Arabic is a plus.
UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

We offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the position. The package includes a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits.

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