Head of Area Office – Hargeisa

  • Hargeisa
  • Full time
  • 2 years ago
  • / Monthly

Job Information

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    Posted On Jan 12 ,2020
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Level :
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    Job Experience : 7 years

Job Description

UNDP Somalia’s programme in development is comprised of four main portfolios; Effective Institutions and Economic Development; Inclusive Politics; Resilience and Climate Change; and Rule of Law.  The implementation of the programme is supported by Area Offices that have been established by UNDP in Garowe for Puntland and in Hargeisa for Somaliland. The Head of Area Office performs designated functions under the overall and direct supervision of the Resident Representative in a matrix management with the Deputy Resident Representative for Programme - for programmatic and strategic portfolio management responsibilities and the Deputy Resident Representative for Operations for operations and common services responsibilities. The results of the work of the Head of Area Office greatly affects the standing and reputation of the UNDP in Somaliland.  When requested by the Resident Representative, the Head of Area Office represents UNDP in national and international forums, liaises with external clients and a broad range of constituencies and UNDP counterparts in the Government, local and international media, civil society as well as counterparts from other international organizations.  Within delegated authority, the Head of Area Office acts as the overseer of UNDP’s programme in Somaliland, maintaining a coherent dialogue between all parties involved, supporting timely and effective delivery of the UNDP Programme, and providing a proactive response by UNDP to changes in the programming and operational environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Area Office Management

  • Ensures the smooth running of the Area Office, including good management and supervision of staff;
  • Is responsible and accountable for the appropriate use and management of resources attributed to the Office and has oversight of the programme resources for the geographic area;
  • Promotes teamwork, collaboration and synergies within their office, among the project teams and with the Portfolio units at the Country Office level;
  • Supervises any Programme Specialist (POQA) and the Operations Manager directly, who serve as oversight and quality assurance focal point for Programme implementation at the AO and Operations teams respectively, with matrixed oversight of project staff, for project delivery and operation management;
  • Ensures that the office is managed in accordance with UNDP policies and practices in relation to gender, environmental sustainability, as well as protection against sexual exploitation and abuse.


  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • People Management
  • Communication
  • Delivery
Technical/Functional      Knowledge Management
  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
  • Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities
People Management
  • Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Gender and institutional development
  • Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and capacity development and interagency collaboration and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in International Development, Social Sciences, Public Administration, Business Administration, or other relevant development areas.
  • Minimum of seven 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 programmatic work, rules and procedures is required.
  • Experience in working in development in the regional area meritorious.
  • Strong diplomatic skills in handling counterpart relations.
Language Requirements:        Fluency in English and Somali Other official language of the UN will be desirable.


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