Head-Joint Policing Programme (JPP) – Somalia Country Office

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Head-Joint Policing Programme (JPP)

Organization: UNOPS
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UNOPS -Somalia Country Office (SOCO) is recruiting this position through an Emergency Recruitment process (EPP).

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 is undergoing a significant phase in its political and security development – one that offers opportunities as well as challenges to efforts to secure the foundations of longer-term stabilisation and peace. The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), established in 2012, is set to hold their second landmark Presidential and Parliamentary elections in late 2020/early 2021. Recent high-level political dialogues present some hope for a Somali path to peace. Power relations between the country’s centre and periphery remain at the centre of the Somali crisis, however, and significant questions regarding Somalia’s national security architecture are yet to be adequately negotiated and resolved. Against this backdrop, expansion and development of professional and accountable civilian policing is both a critical precursor to peace-building efforts and a point of significant political contestation. To that end, Somali authorities have developed a New Policing Model (NPM), which codifies a two-tier federated policing structure.

International funding has been crucial in sustaining the Somali Federal and Federal Member States (FMS) Police in returning a degree of security and rule of law to the country. The continuation and expansion of these efforts are crucial over the coming years. To enable this, the Joint Policing Programme (JPP) supports the Federal and FMS police to implement the country’s two-tier federated New Policing Model (NPM). The JPP takes advantage of the current situational opportunity to enhance collaboration in support of specific and realistic activities aimed at increasing the number of police officers operating across the country and their effectiveness in providing critical basic policing services to communities. By bringing together donor funding for the Police into one programme, the JPP enables the efficient and effective allocation of resources and fosters stronger strategic partnerships between Somali and international actors.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The successful applicant will combine substantial relevant security and justice experience which has been applied in a developmental context through programmatic work (design, implementation, M&E), and programme management capacity gained from working on substantial development programmes (including, for example, implementation of programmes and results frameworks). She/he will be experienced working in fragile contexts and with a variety of international donors, ideally in Africa, with an understanding of wider conflict, peace and security issues. She/he will demonstrate an ability to engage with a wide range of national and international stakeholders. Above all, she/he will be proactive, comfortable delivering at pace and very organised.

The Head of JPP will report directly to UNOPS Somalia Director of Security and Justice & Senior Programme Manager and oversee a team of talented technical, programme and fund management staff who form the JPP Secretariat.

  1. Stakeholder management: Establish solid working relationships through confident, direct interface with a wide range of Somali and international actors, including members of the Federal and Federal Member State (FMS) governments, JPP donors (EU, Germany, UK), UN and AU missions. Provide timely and well-informed strategic advice and guidance to the JPP Executive Board. Encourage joined-up approaches and information sharing with the wider community of actors supporting security sector governance and police development in Somalia.
  2. Programme development and management: Oversee strategic development, effective delivery and fund management of the JPP. Drive efficiency and value for money in the delivery of JPP approved activities. Facilitate and encourage development of comprehensive work requests, which deliver against longer-term developmental priorities of the Police in Somalia. Proactively identify, monitor and manage/mitigate against a wide range of risks, including human rights issues. Embed sustainability and ensure gender and social inclusion, conflict sensitivity, environmental and economic considerations are incorporated into programme and activity design and implementation.
  3. Monitoring, Learning and Adaptation. Oversee the development and execution of a robust approach to monitoring, learning and adaptation across the programme. Ensure lessons are shared widely and that the JPP incorporates global best practice and local evidence to inform its approach.
  4. Articulate and persuasive reporting and advice to senior UNOPS management and JPP Executive Board members. Provide quality reporting on progress towards JPP outcomes. Oversee the development and implementation of a robust knowledge management and public communications strategy. Prepare substantive briefings, where necessary, to inform Executive Board decisions and donor engagements.
  5. Team and personnel management. Responsible for recruiting, retaining and managing a talented team of technical, financial, and operational staff that make up the JPP Secretariat. Foster a programme and team culture that encourages high performance, collaboration and innovation. Proactively identify and support staff to take advantage of professional development opportunities.

Core Values and Principles:

  • Understand and respect UNOPS sustainability principles.
  • Look for ways to embed UNOPS sustainability principles in day to day project management.
  • Seek opportunities to champion gender equality in the workplace.
  • Champion and communicate the project’s sustainability aspects with key stakeholders.
  • Understand and Respect National ownership and capacity.
  • Understand the principles of the Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness and mainstream them into the project plans.
  • Seek opportunities to recruit qualified local staff.
  • Look for ways to build the capacity of local counterparts.

Partnerships and Coordination.

  • Understand the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and UNOPS, the project’s place in the UN system.
  • Know the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and seek to contribute to the deliverables of the project.
  • Strive to build strong partnerships and effective coordination among relevant project actors (e.g. United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organisations or other relevant partners.

Accountability for results and the use of resources.

  • The project/programme management processes are designed to deliver maximum accountability, transparency and results. If a project or processes is not in line with this, it is the responsibility of the Head of JPP to raise the issue to a supervisor.


  • Contribute to innovation and the adaptation of best practice standards of sustainability and quality.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Ensure that the project produces the required products within the specified tolerance of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits.

Qualifications and Experience

A. Education

  • Master’s Degree in Project Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science/Security Management/Development Studies, Education, Information Technology (ICT), Law or other relevant discipline is required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science/Security Management/Development Studies, Education, Information Technology (ICT), Law with a combination of two (2) additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

B. Work Experience:

  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ work experience in relevant security and justice technical expertise which has been applied in a developmental context through programmatic work (design, implementation, M&E) is required;
  • Professional background in security and justice development, especially in police/justice/broader security reform.
  • Experience at successfully working for/with international development agencies overseas, and of successfully engaging and managing multiple stakeholders.
  • Programme management experience gained from working on substantial development programmes (including, for example, implementation of programmes and logical frameworks).
  • Experienced and resilient working in fragile contexts, with an understanding of wider conflict, peace and security issues in Africa.
  • Successful track record working on security and justice development in fragile and/or conflict-affected environments in Africa.
  • Knowledge of human rights and international humanitarian law and its application e.g. higher studies, training courses, practical experience.
  • Ability to apply political and institutional analysis and use this to influence strategic planning and programming decisions.
  • Experience working with multilateral and other development partners as well as civil society organisations.
  • Experience/knowledge of Google Suite products, especially google forms, sheets, docs and slides is an asset.

C. Language Requirements

Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA 3 /ICS 11
Contract duration: EPP Recruitment under approved duration

E. Additional Considerations

  • Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for the Desk Review process/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
  • 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.

How to apply :

Potential and qualified candidate/s should apply by sending their CVs/Resumes/Profiles emails to:


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