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Programme Specialist



Title: Programme  Specialist
Category and Grade Level: National Officer - NOC
Type of Contract: Fixed Term
IMIS Number:  86320
Length Of Contract: One Year
Organization Unit:  Programme
Duty Station:  Galkacyo
Date of Issue:  19 September 2013
Closing date of Application: 10 October 2013

If you are qualified Somali National looking for a chance to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable Somali children while gaining opportunities for career growth, you are invited to apply for the above post of Programme Specialist, with UNICEF Somalia, Central South Zone Programme to be based in Galkacyo.        

If successful, you will be part of a dynamic and passionate team in Somalia and Nairobi that works together to improve the health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, and basic education of Somali girls and boys and protect them from violence, exploitation and abuse.

The successful candidate will be offered a Fixed Term appointment for a period of 1 Year. Further extensions will be based on organizational needs, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

Purpose of the Post

Under general supervision  of Program Manager,  CFO and  in close  coordination with the Community Development Specialist (JPLG Manager) and SPME Chief, accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of  programs within Benadir regions and other JPLG and Resilience agreed locations.  The post will provide technical and coordination support in ensuring convergence and mainstreaming of UNICEF sectorial programmes in the Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG), Community Development/Recovery Development (CDRD), Resilience and Peace Building programmes activities in Somalia.

Major duties and responsibilities

  • As a line manager for assigned projects lead effective and efficient planning, design, implementation and administration of specific project activities within a major programme that focus on achievement of UNICEF's programmatic priorities. Ensure that project delivery meets targeted goals and objectives of health interventions and Human Resources.
  • In collaboration with local authorities and government officials, NGOs, UN agencies and other UNICEF colleagues, plan and manage UNICEF interventions in the UN Joint program on local Governance & Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG), Community Driven/Recovery Development (CDRD), Governance Peace Building Consortium (GPC) and resilience in targeted  regions/district and prepare appropriate project proposals, plan of actions and work plans accordingly.
  • Conduct field visits to monitor projects as well as conduct periodic programme reviews. Make viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the advancement of the rights of children and women.
  • Provide timely, regular data-driven analysis with consistent integration of sex-disaggregated data for effective prioritization, planning, development and results-based management for scaling-up specific Health interventions.
  • Provide technical and operational guidance to key government and non-government partners on scaling-up interventions, including the elaboration and implementation of detailed sectoral work-plans and budgets (downstream activities).
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on specific sectors interventions carried out through various field visits, in a timely manner, efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
  • Undertake effective knowledge management through documentation and dissemination of lessons learned and implementation of appropriate capacity building activities.
  • Ensure integration of rights-based approaches and humanitarian principles in related interventions.
  • Facilitate effective communication, networking and leveraging through partnership and collaboration with related government and non-government partners.
  • Certify allocation and disbursement of funds; determine supply and cash needs to ensure programme delivery meets targeted goals and objectives.

Qualifications and experience

  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Five years progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and   international levels in programme planning, management, monitoring, and evaluation, in a related field.  
  • Experience in monitoring gender inequalities and in programming interventions that reduce these inequalities an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Fluency in English and Somali. Knowledge of another UN language an asset.

Competency Profile

  1. Core Values (Required)
    • Commitment  • Diversity and Inclusion  • Integrity
  2. Core Competencies (Required)
    • Communication  • Working with People  • Drive for Results 
  3. Functional Competencies (Required)
      • Leading and Supervising  • Formulating • Strategies and Concepts   
      •  Analyzing  • Relating and Networking   
      •  Deciding and Initiating Action  • Applying Technical Expertise           

Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications with updated UN Personal History Form (P.11), updated CV, copies of academic certificates to the email address below.  UN staff are requested to provide at least two Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs). Please quote the vacancy number and post title in the subject line of your application.  Applications submitted without a duly completed and signed Personal History Form (P11) will not be considered.

Email to: somaliahrvacancies@unicef.org 

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Only short-listed applicants will be contacted

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.





Personal History Form (P-11)

All applications must be accompanied by a UN Personal History (P-11)  form.

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