UNOPS -Somalia Country Office (SOCO) is recruiting this position to be based in Mogadishu-Somalia and qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
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 has seen important progress in recent years, but these gains and the political settlement that underpin them remain extremely fragile. Following the collapse of the rule of law during the country’s decades-long conflict, Somalia’s National Security Architecture remains extremely weak and a source of deep contestation and rivalry. Non-state armed groups, including Al-Shabaab, but also clan-affiliated militias, continue to exercise significant authority over the political and security landscape. Allegations of serious human rights abuses by state and non-state armed groups are a major escalatory factor in the country’s unrest and fundamentally undermine stabilization and peacebuilding efforts. Customary and Shari’ah-based judicial systems have similarly gained strength and legitimacy. Their role within Somalia’s formal judicial system remains ill-defined and the capacity of statutory courts is extremely low. Across this justice ecosystem, marginalized groups, including women and minority clans, are often denied access to fair settlement of disputes, posing a significant threat to the sustainability and inclusivity of ongoing peace efforts.
Somalia additionally faces new pressures that are likely to exacerbate existing tensions and grievances. Climate change and associated floods and droughts perpetuate high levels of displacement and the country’s chronic humanitarian crisis. In many communities, traditional livelihoods no longer present a practical or sustainable source of income. Rapid urbanization means that different communities are increasingly converging on and competing for the limited resources of cities and towns.
Background on Nabadgelinta Soomaaliya
UNOPS seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist to provide technical leadership and direction of an estimated USD $100 million, eight-year security and justice reform programme in Somalia (SSJP) II, referred to as Nabadgelinta Soomaaliya.
The objective of SSJP II/Nabadgelinta Soomaaliya is to enable Somalis to benefit from improved security and access to justice through inclusive approaches that enjoy broad based understanding, support and both elite and public confidence. The programme will seek to enhance resolution of specific security and justice problems identified as priorities by Somalis in target locations, while also leveraging learning, social and political influence effectively to catalyze wider programmatic, policy and systemic change.
SSJP-II/Nabadgelinta Soomaaliya recognizes the critical role that improved security and justice outcomes, delivered through approaches that enable informed and inclusive dialogue and negotiation, have in establishing the foundations to lasting peace and political settlements in Somalia. The total anticipated budget available for the programme is USD $100 million covering a duration of eight (8) years. The programme will work initially in 2-3 urban and peri-urban communities in South West State and Jubaland, with the option to expand to other Federal Member States (FMSs) and/or to Somaliland in outer years, as additional funding becomes available.
Purpose of the Scope of Assignment
Working with the SSJP II Technical Lead, the Monitoring & Evaluation (Research and Learning)- MERL Specialist will set the overall strategic and technical direction for Nabadgelinta Soomaaliya's adaptive MERL approach. They will lead regular reviews of the programme’s theory of change, and ensure that evidence and learning from monitoring, evaluation and research informs the programme’s understanding of causal pathways, and is reflected in the adaptations to the programme’s approach. The MERL Specialist will additionally be responsible for assuring the quality of Implementing Partners’ own monitoring systems and data, and ensuring that monitoring and research conducted by various partners within the programme is shared freely and contributes coherently to the overall programme MERL approach. The MERL Specialist will support the development of an integrated learning agenda, and ensure that monitoring, learning and research activities are directed in such a way that addresses the programme’s learning priorities. They will support the identification of capacity and learning requirements among partners, and work with the Technical Lead and Programme Delivery Lead to deliver appropriate responses that build partners’ long-term technical and organizational capacity. Finally, s/he will have a critical role in helping to establish and foster an enabling and authorizing environment in which the programme as a whole actively reflects on learning and evidence from monitoring, evaluation and research and adapts its planning, design and delivery approach in response.
Under the overall and direct supervision of the SSJP II Technical Lead, the Monitoring & Evaluation (Research and Learning) - MERL Specialist will support UNOPS on the overall strategic and technical direction for SSJP-II’s adaptive MERL approach. They will lead and support reviews of the programme’s theory of change, and support the programme to ensure that evidence and learning from monitoring, evaluation and research informs the programme’s understanding of causal pathways, and is reflected in the adaptations to the programme’s approach. S/he will additionally be available to quality assure Implementing Partners’ own monitoring systems and data. They will support the development of an integrated learning agenda, and advise UNOPS on how to direct monitoring, learning and research activities in such a way that addresses the programme's learning priorities. S/he will support the identification of capacity and learning requirements among partners, and may be drawn upon to support the Technical Lead and Programme Delivery Lead to deliver appropriate responses that build partners’ long-term technical and organizational capacity. Finally, s/he will support UNOPS to establish and foster an enabling and authorizing environment in which the programme as a whole actively reflects on learning and evidence from monitoring, evaluation and research and adapts its planning, design and delivery approach in response.
The Monitoring & Evaluation (Research and Learning) - MERL Specialist will be responsible for the following specific duties and responsibilities:
1. Theory of Change: Lead the facilitation and articulation of a draft Nabadgelinta SoomaaliyaToC, ensuring that the design builds on evidence of what works in Somalia and globally, and provides clarity on the pathways to change new programme activities would follow.
2. Monitoring and Evaluation: Ensure Nabadgelinta Soomaaliya’s MERL framework and associated tools and processes are coherent and cohesive, enable and facilitate evidence-based adaptation, and can be used to generate reliable data concerning progress towards defined targets and objectives.
3. Learning and Adaptation: Support development and delivery against Nabadgelinta Soomaaliya’s learning agenda, ensuring data and analysis derived from monitoring, evaluation and research across the programme supports evidence-based adaptation and contributes to an expanded evidence base for security and justice programming.
4. Overall Programme Delivery: Support Nabadgelinta Soomaaliya’s SMT to deliver the programme effectively in line with the programme document and donors’ expectations.
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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.
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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.
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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.