Head of Area Office at UNDP, Hargeisa, Somalia

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Deadline: 21 November 2018

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Head of Area Office in Hargeisa, Somalia. The duration of this post is 1 year.

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UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Head of Area Office will perform the following functions:

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  • Area Office Management
    • Ensure the smooth running of the Area Office, including good management and supervision of staff.
    • Responsible and accountable for the appropriate use and management of resources attributed to the Office and to the portfolio of the geographic area.
  • Representation and Coordination
    • Represents UNDP in the geographic area, and in various fora as requested by the Country Director.
    • In collaboration with the Office of the Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and the Head of Office of UNSOM – based in Hargeisa, provides coordination support to UN Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and national authorities through the establishment of wider consultation processes and appropriate fora to enhance coordination between humanitarian and development partners, thus strengthening the links between relief, early recovery and development activities.
  • Programme Development, Strategic Analysis, Planning and Advice
    • Responsible for the collaborative yearly planning process for the UNDP Programme, together with counterparts.
    • In close consultation with the Country Director, Senior Programme Coordinator and the relevant Portfolio Managers at the Country Office level, identifies strategic direction and new programmatic activities for the area, and contributes to programme design.
  • Oversight of Programme Implementation
    • Under general supervision of, and in close collaboration with the Senior Programme Coordinator, leads the UNDP Programme and ensure attainment of expected results in his/her geographic area of responsibility.
    • Ensure proper implementation of programmes based on continuous monitoring and analysis of the most critical recovery and development needs, response capacities, access situation, operational environment and applicable security issues and implementation progress of the programmes in Somaliland.
  • Operational Management
    • Provide leadership in overseeing of effective provision of services to counterparts including fair and transparent procurement, efficient logistics and sound financial management as well as the consistent application of UNDP rules and regulations.
    • Ensure the integrity of financial system and directly oversees the administrative, financial and budgetary aspects of Programme delivery in its geographical area and advises the Deputy Country Director – Operations accordingly.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Masters Degree preferably in Political or Social Science, International Studies, Public Administration, Economics or related fields.
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in recovery and development affairs, crisis response and prevention, or other related area.
  • Experience in crisis or post conflict countries.
  • Experience in management of offices of similar size and complexity, including operational management responsibilities.
  • Previous experience with UNDP and good knowledge of UNDP rules and procedures is desirable but not mandatory.
  • Strong written and spoken English skills.
  • Knowledge of Somali and/or Arabic is desirable but not mandatory.

How to Apply

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Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNDP.