Head – Joint Policing Programme – Mogadisho

Job Information

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    Shift morning
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    Posted On Jul 9 ,2021
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Level : Officer
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    Job Experience : 7 years

Job Description


UNOPS -Somalia Country Office (SOCO) is recruiting this position through an Emergency Recruitment process (EPP).

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to help shape UNOPS’ efforts to support the expansion of affordable, accountable and effective policing in Somalia.

Somalia is undergoing a significant phase in its political and security development – one that offers opportunities as well as challenges to efforts to secure the foundations of longer-term stabilisation and peace. The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), established in 2012, is set to hold their second landmark Presidential and Parliamentary elections in late 2020/early 2021. Recent high-level political dialogues present some hope for a Somali path to peace. Power relations between the country’s centre and periphery remain at the centre of the Somali crisis, however, and significant questions regarding Somalia’s national security architecture are yet to be adequately negotiated and resolved. Against this backdrop, expansion and development of professional and accountable civilian policing is both a critical precursor to peace-building efforts, and a point of significant political contestation. To that end, Somali authorities have developed a New Policing Model (NPM), which codifies a two-tier federated policing structure.

International funding has been crucial in sustaining the Somali Federal and Federal Member States (FMS) Police in returning a degree of security and rule of law to the country. The continuation and expansion of these efforts are crucial over the coming years. To enable this, the Joint Policing Programme (JPP) supports the Federal and FMS police to implement the country’s two-tier federated New Policing Model (NPM). The JPP takes advantage of the current situational opportunity to enhance collaboration in support of specific and realistic activities aimed at increasing the number of police officers operating across the country and their effectiveness in providing critical basic policing services to communities. By bringing together donor funding for the Police into one programme, the JPP enables the efficient and effective allocation of resources and fosters stronger strategic partnerships between Somali and international actors.


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Manager, the Head of Joint Policing Programme will provide technical and programmatic leadership and oversight of the JPP, ensuring that the programme is delivered to a high standard and ultimately achieves or exceeds its expected results. S/he will be an integral member of UNOPS’ growing security and justice portfolio, and will report directly to the Senior Programme Manager. They will manage a team of talented technical, programme and fund management staff, who form the JPP Secretariat, and be responsible for building and maintaining strategic partnerships with a wide range of Somali and international stakeholders. S/he will be responsible for assuring the technical quality and strategic/developmental impact of programme outputs. They will oversee the development of the programme approach to monitoring, evaluation and learning, and ensure that the programme evolves to respond to emerging evidence, changing political circumstances and opportunities for development

1. Stakeholder Management: Establish and maintain constructive partnerships through confident, direct interface with a wide range of Somali and international actors, including members of the Federal and Federal Member State (FMS) governments, JPP donors (EU, Germany, UK), UN and AU missions. Provide timely and well-informed strategic advice and guidance to the JPP Executive Board. Encourage joined up approaches and information sharing with the wider community of actors supporting security sector governance and police development in Somalia. Deliberately locate JPP within the broader security and justice reform agenda, ensuring programmes collaborate effectively and that the JPP draws from and shares freely learning and evidence of what works/doesn’t.

2. Programme Development and Management: Oversee strategic development, effective delivery and fund management of the JPP. Drive efficiency and value for money in the delivery of JPP approved activities. Facilitate and encourage development of comprehensive work requests, which deliver against longer-term developmental priorities of the Police in Somalia. Proactively identify, monitor and manage/mitigate against a wide range of risks, including human rights issues. Embed sustainability and ensure gender and social inclusion, conflict sensitivity, environmental and economic considerations are incorporated into programme and activity design and implementation.

3. Monitoring, Learning and Adaptation: Oversee development and execution of a robust approach to monitoring, evaluation and learning across the programme. Ensure lessons are shared widely and that the JPP incorporates global best practice and local evidence to inform its approach.

4. Articulate and persuasive reporting and advice to senior UNOPS management and JPP Executive Board members. Provide quality reporting on progress towards JPP outcomes. Oversee development and implementation of a robust knowledge management and public communications strategy. Prepare substantive briefings, where necessary, to inform Executive Board decisions and donor engagements.

5. Team and Personnel Management: Responsible for recruiting, retaining and managing a talented team of technical, financial, and operational staff that make up the JPP Secretariat. Foster a programme and team culture that encourages high performance, collaboration and innovation. Proactively identify and support staff to take advantage of professional development opportunities.

Core Values and Principles:

Understand and respect UNOPS sustainability principles.

  • Look for ways to embed UNOPS sustainability principles in day to day project/programme management.

  • Seek opportunities to champion gender equality at the workplace.

  • Champion and communicate the project's sustainability aspects with key stakeholders.

Understand and Respect National ownership and capacity.

  • Understand the principles of the Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness and mainstream them into the project plans.

  • Seek opportunities to recruit qualified local staff.

  • Look for ways to build capacity of local counterparts.

Partnerships and Coordination.

  • Understand the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and UNOPS, the project’s place in the UN system.

  • Know the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and seek to contribute within the deliverables of the project.

  • Strive to build strong partnerships and effective coordination among relevant project actors (e.g. United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organizations or other relevant partners.

Accountability for results and the use of resources.

  • The project management processes are designed to deliver maximum accountability, transparency and results. If a project or processes is not in line with this, it is the responsibility of the Deputy Programme Manager to raise the issue to a Supervisor.


  • Contribute to innovation and the adaptation of best practice standards of sustainability and quality.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Ensure that the project/programme produces the required products within the specified tolerance of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits.

Impact and Expected Results: 

The successful applicant will combine substantial relevant security and justice experience which has been applied in a developmental context through programmatic work (design, implementation, M&E), and programme management capacity gained from working on substantial development programmes (including, for example, implementation of programmes and results frameworks). S/he will be experienced working in fragile contexts and with a variety of international donors, ideally in Africa, with an understanding of wider conflict, peace and security issues. S/he will demonstrate an ability to engage with a wide range of national and international stakeholders. Above all, s/he will be proactive, comfortable delivering at pace and very organized.


Qualifications and Experience

A.  Education

  • Master’s Degree in Project Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science/Security Management/Development Studies, Education, Information Technology (ICT), Law or other relevant discipline is required.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science/Security Management/Development Studies, Education, Information Technology (ICT), Law or other relevant discipline in combination with additional two (2) years may be accepted in lieu of the Advanced university degree.

B. Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ work experience in relevant Security and Justice technical expertise which has been applied in a developmental context through programmatic work (design, implementation, M&E) is required;

  • Demonstrated professional background in security and justice development, especially in police/justice/broader security sector reform and governance programmes is desirable.

  • Experience at successfully working for/with international development agencies overseas, and of successfully engaging and managing multiple stakeholders is an asset.

  • Programme management experience gained from working on substantial development programmes (including, for example, implementation of programmes and logical frameworks) is an asset.

  • Experienced and resilient working in fragile contexts, with an understanding of wider conflict, peace and security issues in Africa is an asset.

  • Successful track record working on security and justice development in fragile and/or conflict affected environments in Africa.

  • Knowledge of human rights and international humanitarian law and its application e.g. higher studies, training courses, practical experience is an asset.

  • Ability to apply political and institutional analysis and use this to influence strategic planning and programming decisions.

  • Experience working with multilateral and other development partners as well as civil society organizations is desirable.

  • Technical expertise in the areas of gender and social inclusion as it applies to security sector programming is an asset.

Language requirement

  • Fluency in written and oral English required.


  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for the Desk Review will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life Harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types.
  • This is a EPP ICA Recuitment
  • Mogadishu is not a Family Duty Station.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon   request.
  • UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

    It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

    Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


  1. Contract type:International Individual Contract Agreement (IICA)
  2. Contract level: IICA 3 /ICS 11
  3. Contract duration: SOCO EPP Approved duration

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


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.


Africa Region

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.

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