Senior Programme Manager

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Employer: UNOPS
Job Title: Senior Programme Manager
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other


UNOPS seeks a Senior Programe Manager to lead its Security Sector and Justice Programme in Somalia. The Programme's desired outputs include:1) develop political, legal and financial frameworks; 2) expand, train, equip, and provide infrastructure for police; 3) expand, train, equip, and provide infrastructure to justice agencies in targeted areas; 4) monitoring and manage risk.

The programme is funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and runs until July 2020. The Senior Programme Manager will be the UNOPS lead who will oversee the overall SSJP service provision. He/She will be supported on management by UNOPS management and support teams. He/She will be supported on the technical side by all Programme implementing partners, implementation consultants, and advisors. With the help of the programme management support of Fund Manager and UNOPS, he/she will be the convener of informal security and Justice Network with stakeholders, implementing partners, thought leaders, and advisors, and provide technical guidance to Somali public sector entities as and when needed.


Summary of key results:

  1. Stakeholder Management
  2. Delivery and Performance
  3. Personnel Management
  4. Government Institutional Strengthening
  5. Knowledge Management and Innovation

1.      Stakeholder Management

  • Support the establishment of a governance framework for the SSJP Programme.
  • Establishing a solid working relationship with Fund implementers, UN entities, development partners, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), NGOs and other key stakeholders through the Informal Security and Justice Network and other fora.
  • Lead the planning, implementation and organization of strategic capacity building of personnel, clients and stakeholders within the programme.
  • Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of SSJP activities, progress, exceptions.
  • Oversee information flows between the SSJP Board and UNOPS Somalia Director and the UNOPS team dedicated to the SSJP Programme.
  • Advise DFID on issues that may impact the achievement of their outcome.
Consult and collaborate with internal and external colleagues and partners to ensure linkages, consistency, and harmonization of approaches and compliance with guidelines, framework and standards of accountability, integrity and performance. 

2. Programme Delivery and Performance

  • Implement the Programme governance framework – and support its development on the basis of corporate standards and guidelines.
  • Oversee the Programme implementation plans in collaboration with the team and partners, including setting objectives, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely and client oriented services.
  • Supervise the timely and cost-effective implementation of the Programme according to UNOPS goals and partner expectations, approved budget and full cost recovery.
  • Support the Fund Manager to ensure the financial sustainability of the Programme and delivery of desired results, ensuring compliance with organizational strategies, rules, regulations and standards of performance.
  • Manage Programme resources in accordance with UNOPS standards of ethics, integrity and accountability framework and financial sustainability.
  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, environmental and economic aspects into project life cycle.
Manage the production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary, 

3. Personnel Management

  • Plan, recruit, manage and develop project(s) personnel/technical experts with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance and encouraging the formation of diverse teams in term of gender and geography.
  • Promote teamwork, collaboration and diversity by providing the programme team with clear direction, objectives and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.
  • Receive personnel training plans and assist in implementation of training needs of project personnel 
4. Government Institutional Strengthening
  • Provide high level technical advisory services to Government institutions particularly the Ministry of Internal Security, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Finance.
  • Provide technical mentorship in the configuration of processes that help define organizational structure and development of delivery systems of Somali public entities.
5. Knowledge Management Innovation
  • Keep abreast of and incorporate latest/best practices, approaches and technology to enhance the programme delivery and results.
  • Institutionalise and share best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building.
  • Disseminate information to project staff to update as required in keeping with UNOPS rules and regulations.
  • Draft policy papers and/or recommend policy changes to align operations with changing environment.
Impact of Results
The effective and successful performance by the Senior Programme Manager directly impacts on achievement of programme results and consequently reinforces the visibility and image of the UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.



  • Advanced University Degree (Masters) in Project Management, Public Administration, Social Science, or other relevant discipline.
  • University Degree (bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant professional experience  in Project Management, Public Administration, Social Studies, or other relevant discipline may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree
  • PRINCE2® Foundation/Practitioner an asset
  • Programme/Project Management Professional (MSP® or PMI-PgMP/PMI-PMP) an asset.


  • 10 years of relevant experience  Experience working in a conflict and post-conflict environment is desired
  • Experience working with national governments and ministries is desired
  • Some experience in UN system organizations preferably in a developing country is desirable
  • Skills in Stakeholder Management, Capacity Building, Programme Management and People Management are essential


  • Fluent working knowledge of English is required.
  • Any other official UN language is an advantage.
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.
Publish date: 2018-02-02 12:26:43
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