|24 September 2021||Project Management||Mogadishu, Somalia||Full Time||UNOPS|
Project Management Support – Officer
Job categories: Project Management, Programme Management
Vacancy code: VA/2021/B5311/22491
Department/office: AFR, Somalia Country Office (SOCO)
Duty station: Mogadishu, Somalia
Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA-1
Duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance)
Application period: 09-Sep-2021 to 24-Sep-2021
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Background Information: Somalia
Somalia is amid major new political and security developments that will offer a greater possibility for peace and security than the country has seen in over 20 years. The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), established in 2012, and international community have driven a process of rebuilding of functioning government institutions and processes through Somalia’s peacebuilding and state-building priorities under the Somali Compact (2013-2016), based on the Busan “New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States” agreement. The Somalia National Development Plan (2017-2019), builds on this foundation laid by the Compact and sets the priorities for national recovery and development in full collaboration with national and regional governments. A landmark electoral process in late 2016 and early 2017 resulted in a peaceful transfer of power to a new President and government, in place since February and March 2017 respectively. The government has set out an ambitious agenda for its term (the period to 2021). At the London Somalia Conference in May 2017, a Security Pact was agreed by Somalia and the international community, which will allow for sustainable, long-term security based on mutual accountability.
The functional objective of UNOPS in Somalia is to deliver projects in an efficient and effective manner, to achieve the development outcomes sought by the Government of Somalia and the donor community. The aim of UNOPS in Somalia is to provide implementation services to the Government of Somalia, the donor community and partner agencies in the reconstruction and development of the country. In doing so, UNOPS aims to exceed client expectations in the delivery of quality services throughout the country.
Background Information: Somalia Country Office (SOCO)
Located in Mogadishu, Somalia, the Somalia Country Office manages a growing portfolio of engagements. SOCO works with multiple partners including the Governments of Somalia, bilateral and multilateral donors, United Nations agencies, funds and programmes.
SOCO is largely focused on assisting partners with the implementation of physical infrastructure projects including construction and rehabilitation of rule-of-law infrastructure, transport infrastructure (roads, airports) and public administration infrastructure. UNOPS also plays a leading role in supporting the Somali Government and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia in Rule of Law Programming, including through the delivery of police stipends, procurement of non-lethal support (NLS) and logistics under the Police Stipends and NLS projects.
Infrastructure and capacity support to health and Institutional facilities in Somalia Novation-2 projects
Under the Italian Government funding, the Federal Government of Somalia has benefited from various development initiatives covering a wide range of sectors including physical infrastructure developments, health and population dynamics study/census. A country-wide Health Facilities Infrastructure Assessment (HFIA) was conducted in coordination with other health partners and the Federal Ministry of Health (MoH), with the aim of addressing the pressing needs in the health sector in a more strategic approach. The Somalia healthcare system has been severely depleted as a result of war and continuous internal conflict. Nevertheless, progress has been made in recent years and the Government through the Ministry of Health (MoH) has taken strong initiatives to improve the overall health services in the country. The infrastructure sector of Somalia is in dire need of reconstruction in order to enable the fundamental public services delivery that serves the country, more specifically the services that facilitate and ensure the wellbeing of its citizens. To address the limited amount of information and evidence on performance of the health system, the Somali Health Authorities in collaboration with WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, and other partners in an assessment was conducted in 2014 using the Standard Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) methodology to generate information on the status of health service delivery facilities in the country. The Ministry of Health (MoH) has then requested the Government of Italy through Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) for UNOPS support in the rehabilitation of Hospital and government institution building to improve the current capacity of the hospital in service delivery. The outcome of the project is Contribute towards stability in Somalia with the expansion of health service coverage through the rehabilitation and operationalization of selected health-care facilities in the country.
The Project Management Support – Officer reports to the Senior Project Manager who provides broad supervision and guidance. The role is responsible for coordinating and supporting the Senior Project Manager with the day-to-day operations and liaising with relevant counterparts, government stakeholders and working group focal points on all project related matters, specifically pertaining to enhancing the coordination and efficiency on the side of resilience. The Project Management Support Officer will also work closely with the different donors for the infra projects. S/he maintains a close eye on the operational and financial performance, identifies probable issues that may need attention, supports in problem analysis and solution identification as necessary, coordinate resolution as per action-items assigned, drafting required correspondences to stakeholders concerned and preparation of mission reports. S/he is most likely required to work in complex and challenging environments with limited resources.
Under the direct supervision of the UNOPS Senior Project Manager, the Project Management Support – Officer will responsible the following functional responsibilities:
Summary of Functions:
1. Project Implementation:
2. Financial and Procurement Management:
3. Project monitoring and reporting (Delivery and Performance):
4. Stakeholder Management, coordination and liaison:
5. Knowledge Management and innovation:
6. Personnel Management:
Accountability for results and the use of resources.
Impact of Results:
The Project Management Support Officer directly impacts on the achievement of project results by assisting the Senior Project Manager to adhere to project management methods and strategies, reduce risks, cut costs and improve quality and success rates. This consequently reinforces the visibility and image of UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.
Qualifications and ExperienceA. Education
B. Work Experience
C: Language requirement
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UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Africa Region supports UNOPS country offices in the region, providing financial oversight of projects, procuring goods and services and managing human resources.
AFR helps ensure that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between projects across the entire region.
Somalia Country Office:
UNOPS Somalia Country Office (SOCO) has had a solid and continuous in-country expert presence successfully implementing programs since the mid-1990s, where it is currently undertaking various projects and initiatives in close collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), Federal Member States (FMS) and partners from the global donor community. UNOPS’ projects in Somalia focus on several key sectors that include infrastructure development, institutional capacity building, project management, advisory services, and procurement services. These projects cut across multiple sectors, including education, healthcare, national security, law enforcement, immigration services, justice, transport, and public works among others. UNOPS work in Somalia is geared towards driving growth and development in the country, a process that requires developing a close relationship with the FGS and the other development partners.
Through its involvement in Somalia’s development process, UNOPS is providing transparent and accountable solutions in the country’s state and nation-building process. In addition, UNOPS is also committed to implementing the United Nations Strategic Framework Somalia 2017 – 2020, with the aim of helping Somalia achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. UNOPS work within the context of these commitments means that the projects it implements in Somalia are specifically designed to provide long-term solutions in the country, leading to sustainable and inclusive growth.
What drives us is a passion to fight inequalities and to provide opportunities to those most vulnerable. This means we often work in the most challenging environments, building foundations for communities to function and people to live with dignity and respect.
To succeed here, he/she need to be able to combine creativity with the organizational skills to manage numerous different projects to tight deadlines simultaneously, as well as working with the different units to meet their expectations.