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UNFPA Representative, Somalia (Nairobi), ICS-13 ( D-1), Arab States Regional Office

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Closing date: 14 Jan 2011
Location: Somalia - Nairobi

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 entitites;
• 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 of results-based management 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;
• Direct the formulation and implementation of a resource mobilization strategy for the country, and mobilize, in coordination with IERD and the RO, 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.


• Values/Guiding Principles
• Performance management
• Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment
• Working in teams
• Communicating information and ideas/Knowledge Sharing
• Self-management/Emotional intelligence and Conflict Management/Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements
• Appropriate and transparent decision making
• Analytical and Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence


• Ability to work effectively in an emergency environment in which new demands arise quickly and systems need fast adaptation.
• Ability to work in a politically challenged environment.
• Influencing the public policy agenda - Demonstrates cultural sensitivity, political savvy and intellectual capacity in handling disagreements with UNFPA’s policy agenda in order to promote and position UNFPA in an adverse and hostile environment
• Achieving results through programme design and innovative resourcing strategies - Conceptualizes innovative, results oriented programmes and holds self accountable for outcomes
• Building strategic alliances - Leverages the larger resources of national governments and other development partners
• Fostering innovation in others - Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
• Developing strategy at country level - Actively develops partnerships with potential donors and government counterparts in all sectors at country level
• Expert knowledge of own discipline - applies a broad knowledge of best management practices; defines objectives and work flows, positions reporting relationships in such a way as to obtain optimum effectiveness for the country office.


• 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 10 years must be in the field of population and development at the international level;
• Substantial experience in emergency humanitarian setting and ability to work in a politically challenged environment.
• 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, manage develop and motivate a diverse 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 highly desirable.
• Field experience is essential.
• Fluency in English is required; Arabic is desirable.

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.
How to apply
UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy.
Download the Step by Step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at
Reference Code: RW_8C3JLC-68

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