Strategic Policing Advisor – Mogadisho

  • Full time
  • 2 years ago
  • / Monthly

Job Information

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    Posted On Sep 10 ,2019
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Level : Manager
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    Job Experience : 7 years

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

Somalia Office:

The UNOPS Somalia Office presently manages a significant portfolio of projects in Somalia and has its direct representational and oversight functions in Somalia, while maintaining a technical and administrative support capacity at the hub level in Nairobi. UNOPS works with multiple partners including the Governments of Somalia, bilateral and multilateral donors, and United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes. In order to provide political, development and security assistance in Somalia, the international community’s contributions were brought together under the New Deal framework, endorsed at the Brussels conference on September 7, 2013.

The framework sets out 5 Peace and State building goals (thematic areas) against which all international efforts are to be aligned, coordinated by the FGS, UN and donor steering groups. In keeping with the New Deal framework, UNOPS is particularly interested in strengthening its coordination and liaison capacity with relevant Government institutions, Government led mechanisms and emerging trust fund instruments.

Job Specific

The Somalia Security and Justice Programme (SSJP) is a DFID funded programme managed by UNOPS to support establishment of sustainable development of security and justice system in Somalia. The Programme aims to strengthen and expand the foundations of Sustainable Police and Justice agencies across Somalia with more accountable, affordable, able and acceptable policing and justice systems in targeted areas that provide a visible security presence and facilitate access to justice, including for women and vulnerable populations as defined in the theory of change of the programme. The programme guided by five principles in provision of technical assistance: Developing Somalia human resource and administrative capacity, strategic directions, communications, relationship – margining the political economy and inclusiveness of Somalia citizens. Although the post holder contribute directly or indirectly on those key principles that guide the programme with learning and adaptive approach, mainly provide support and guidance to JPP on strategic police development in Somalia and create wider connection to the programme in security sector.

To establish sustainable security and justice system in Somalia it is crucial to jointly work with local and international community in a coordinated manner. JPP (Joint Police Programme) is one of the coordination mechanism that brings multi donor resources together for strategic policing development interventions in Somalia. The Joint Police Program (JPP) aims to increase police presence and visibility across the major population centres and their supply routes by having newly trained and deployed police conducting patrols and developing positive interactions with communities. SSJP is one of the pool fund resource to JPP. The position holder will support to strengthen the leadership and management of JPP as well as SSJP in terms of strategic support and advice on police development in line with the New Policing Model and programme objectives.  Security and Justice are the two basic pillars sustaining the rule-of-law chain. Recognizing that professional and accountable policing is a prerequisite for establishing security and the rule of law, Somali authorities developed a New Policing Model (NPM). The NPM codifies a two-tier policing structure comprising the Somali Police (SPF) and FMS police who currently are undertaking greater responsibility for policing in their respective states.

Functional Responsibilities

Purpose and Scope of Assignment:

The purpose of the assignment is to provide advice, support and guidance to JPP on strategic police development and create wider connection to the programme in order to contribute for the establishment of sustainable development of security system/professional policing service in Somalia through systematic and coherent planning in line with NPM and programme objectives.

The Strategic Policing Advisor will be under the direct supervision of the  Country Director and secondary supervision of the SSJP Senior Programme Manager must be able to apply independently, the below duties and responsibilities of the project success criteria:

  • Provide overall advice, leadership support, and mentorship to the Joint Policing Program Secretariat.
  • Review the State level Police Development Plans and the work request process (based on progress and achievement till date) and provide strategic direction/advice in the context of the overall strategic objectives of JPP, and the NPM, with a view to highlight successes and failures and suggest improvements.
  • Review current State level Police Development Plans for continued accuracy and relevance of identified policing issues and priorities in order to better inform the JPP.
  • Review and advice on the familiarity of the JPP projects stakeholders with the work request process and aims/objectives within the JPP to ascertain if the stakeholders are aligned.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to ensure stakeholder alignment on the work request process objectives and measures/expectation of success.
  • Review and advice on whether the strategic objectives are being achieved. Focus on what appears possible and what is the shape of (if any) new normality in policing and access to justice. In doing so, also maintain the context on gender mainstreaming and conflict sensitivity.
  • Review and, where possible, support alignment of JPP in the broader political arena to ensure more effective delivery and smoother linkages.
  • Review the current JPP governance structure, financing, and the role of the various stakeholders and IPs, leading to suggestions on improvement and canvassing towards the agreed improvements.
  • Review the current JPP secretariat organization; functionality and leadership along with its agreed roles and responsibilities, leading to suggestions on improvement and canvassing towards the agreed improvements.
  • Advice and lead the development of a Stakeholder Strategy and Engagement Plan to support the achievement of the overall strategic objectives of the JPP and decision making of the Executive Board.
  • Provide on-the-job mentoring and training to JPP secretariat, by involving them in activities 1 through 9, above, and improving their stakeholder management and engagement skills.
  • Provide advice, guidance and recommendations to the senior management of UNOPS Somalia in the security and justice arena

Impact of Results:

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Strategic Policing Advisor directly impacts the strategic management of joint police programme in terms of strategic police development plan that is consistent with NPM and programme objectives and wider connection to the programme with security and justice interventions in Somalia and guided by clear implementation strategy. . He/she is also responsible for the project producing a result within the specified tolerance of time, cost, quality, scope and risk capable of achieving the benefits defined in the Business case/s contributing to the overall business targets and needs. These promote the credibility of the organization as an effective service provider in project services and management.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Law, International Relations and or related relevant discipline is required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Law, International Relations with a combination of two (2) additional years of relevant professional experience in may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant progressive experience strategic and operational policing and institutional capacity building in security and/or justice sector is required.
  • Experience in strategic and development planning and implementation in governance, security, and policing and/or justice sector in fragile context preferable in Somalia is required.
  • Stakeholder and partners management experience will be considered as asset.
  • Experience in governance structure, policing, gender mainstreaming and cultural sensitivity will be an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in a multi-cultural environment, including communication skills and the ability to work independently, as well as in a team setting will be an asset.
  • Flexibility, including demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to adapt to changing work and project circumstances and respond to unforeseen developments is an asset.
  • Demonstrable experience in strategic planning in developing country context will be added advantage

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Working knowledge of additional UN or regional language/s is considered an asset.


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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement (IICA) Contract levelIICA 3 /ICS 11 Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

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

Additional Considerations

  • 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 interviews 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.
  • Mogadishu is a Non- 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.

Background Information - UNOPS

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.

Background information - AFR

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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify. Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.