Project Management Support - Officer

Job categories Project Management, Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2021/B5311/22491
Level ICS-8
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

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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.

Functional Responsibilities

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.

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