Programme Specialist - GBV/Youth, Mogadishu

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Employer: UNFPA
Job Title: Programme Specialist - GBV/Youth, Mogadishu
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other
Closing date: Saturday, 16 June 2018

Job Description

Job Title: NATIONAL POST: Programme Specialist - GBV/Youth, NOC, Mogadishu - Somalia

Job ID: 16676

Location: Arab States

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Rotation: This post is non-rotational.

Closing Date: 16 June 2018

Duration: One year renewable (*)

(*) No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5.

Background Information


Organizational Location

The Programme Specialist, GBV/Youth is located in Mogadishu Country Office (CO) and reports to the Head of Office Mogadishu and the Programme Specialist – GBV Coordinator in Nairobi

Job Purpose

Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative of the Somalia Office and direct supervision of the Head of Office, Mogadishu and the Programme Specialist, GBV Coordinator for Somalia CO, the GBV Specialist provides programmatic and technical support and coordination to ensure strong partnership and collaboration with the UN as well as with national/international counterparts in a comprehensive multi-sectoral survivor-centered prevention and response Gender-Based Violence (GBV) programming. This response includes a close cooperation with health, psycho-social, protection and legal sectors to ensure that survivor's needs are met. UNFPA is the Lead on the GBV Sub-Cluster, and the Coordinator for the GBV Capacity Development programme, which the incumbent will assist in coordination. The GBV Specialist supervises national partners and assist in building their capacity to address programmatic and technical needs of UNFPA programme.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Major Activities/Expected Results

I. Partnerships and Coordination

  • Works in close collaboration with the relevant Ministries and Government Institutions, the UN Country Team, Humanitarian technical groups and other stakeholders to strengthen and facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV prevention and response interventions at national and sub-national levels.
  • The GBV Specialist is to assist the GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator, and oversees the task forces that reports to the sub-cluster.
  • Act as assistant coordinator for the inter-agency GBV Capacity Development Programme, which is part of the global programme
  • Provide technical support in developing and implementing a Multi-sectoral and coordinated GBV prevention and response programmes to include referral and reporting mechanisms, information sharing, coordination, and monitoring/evaluation.
  • Act as the focal person of the GBV Information Management System
  • Participates in the coordinating platforms on integrating ASRH concerns in humanitarian programming

II. Technical Support and Programming

  • Coordinates and supports the coherent and effective implementation of the GBV and youth components of the Humanitarian response
  • Support results based management planning, monitoring and reporting to ensure need based programming
  • Collaborates with other stakeholders and partners, in Government institutions, the donor community and the civil society, to ensure mainstreaming of culture, gender, youth and human rights in all population and development programmes and policies.
  • Supports and advises the country office humanitarian response programme and builds knowledge and programming practices in relation to GBV and youth programming through information sharing and facilitation of external and internal trainings aimed at multi-sectoral prevention and response.
  • Provides technical support to the development of relevant legislative, policy and advocacy documents to address GBV and youth concerns in the context of broader gender (inequality) issues.
  • Assists in writing proposals and engaging in resource mobilization efforts to support joint programming and the UN Delivering as One initiative.
  • Undertakes follow up actions on programme implementation interventions and prepares reports. Drafts changes in the programme work plans, as required.
  • Facilitates capacity building workshops and other capacity building activities to counterparts.

III. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Analyzes and reports on programme and project progress in terms of achieving results, using existing monitoring and evaluation tools and introducing new mechanisms and systems; identifies constraints and resource deficiencies and recommends corrective action.
  • Supervises preparation by implementing partners of annual and other periodic work plans and monitors and evaluates progress according to the Project monitoring plan, including contracts with UNFPA partners towards projected programme results, and documents and applies lessons learnt to close the gaps.
  • Monitors projects expenditures and disbursements to ensure delivery is in line with approved project budgets and to realize targeted delivery levels, and coordinates timely delivery of quality project and financial reporting and ensures adequacy with finance and activities.
  • Undertakes regular monitoring missions and meetings with relevant actors including project partners in assessing the GBV trends, patterns and advises on the prevention and response strategies.
  • Document lessons learnt and participate in dissemination to relevant partners.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Work Relations

Reports to the Gender Specialist. Works closely with the Protection cluster.

Internal contacts include the Representative, Deputy Representative/ Assistant Representative, the CO's programme/ technical team. External contacts include other UN agencies in country, and counterparts and partners in Country programme activities, including international NGOs, experts etc.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in law, social sciences, or gender and development or related field;

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 5 years of increasingly responsible relevant professional experience, including experience in programme management, including large multi-sectoral projects, designing and appraising proposals and actively liaising with relevant and potential project partners;
  • Experience in drafting and implementing legislation, in particular, related to GBV issues;
  • Knowledge of gender issues in humanitarian context, particularly GBV, including relevant international human rights standards;
  • Prior training in gender and GBV issues and their application in humanitarian, recovery and development settings;
  • Experience in utilizing the following internationals tools: GBV Standard Operating Procedures; GBV Information Management System; IASC GBV Guidelines; IASC Gender Handbook; GBV Coordination Handbook; WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations;
  • Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response is an asset;
  • Fluency in oral and written English is essential;
  • Prior experience in the UN system will be a strong asset;


Fluency in English. Knowledge of written and spoken Somali is essential

Required Competencies


  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results
  • Being accountable
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen.
  • Thinking analytically & Strategically
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships
  • Communicating for impact

ii) Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy / advancing a policy oriented agenda;
  • Results-based programme development and management;
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners / building strategic alliances and partnerships;
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches;
  • Resource mobilization (Programme);
  • Job knowledge / technical expertise

Other Desirable Skills:

Initiative, strong conceptual and analytical abilities, sound judgment, strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations.


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