UNDP Somalia is about to launch a new Country Programme (2018-2020) which rests on three outcome areas: inclusive political processes; accountable and transparent service delivery in a secure environment; and, progress from protracted socio-economic and environmental fragility. The new Country Programme is building on current achievements and is responding to the request of Federal Government of Somalia to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aligned National Development Plan (2017-19). The United Nations (UN) system in Somalia has collectively responded via the development of the UN Strategic Framework (UNSF) which is aligned both to the NDP and the SDGs. The UNSF has identified UNDP as a lead agency for most areas including inclusive politics, Rule of Law, resilience, and effective institutions. Lessons learnt from previous cycle provides UNDP a comparative advantage to contribute towards resilience building with targeted interventions to help address the challenges around low level of coping capacities to face climatic shocks (droughts and floods), lack of environmental management, limited access to sustainable sources of energy and absence of an operational framework on resilience and recovery to respond to climatic induced disasters.
Since 2012, the UNDP have been following a multi-dimensional approach to build resilience of Somali institutions and communities. Ground breaking interventions have been rolled out for the formation of state institutions, multi-year development planning, political process, gender inclusiveness, economic recovery, durable solutions for the IDPs/returnees, youth employment, environmental management, climate change adaptation, sustainable energy and management of climatic-induced disasters. These efforts have helped in setting the foundations for resilience building and making a stronger case for humanitarian-development nexus across Somalia’s national and sub-national institutions and communities.
Importance of Resilience is evident with it being one the main pillars of National Development Plan, the overarching framework for development priorities in Somalia. UNDP and other relevant partners will support the resilience agenda of the NDP with a well-targeted set of priorities to address root causes of recurrent crises from droughts and floods and break the cycle of famine risk. A Government-led post-drought Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF) is being prepared to follow the PDNA (Post Disaster Needs Assessment) jointly with WB and EU, to serve as a basis for an investment platform that would direct public, private, domestic and international financing toward achieving collective, transformative and sustainable impact in terms of preventing the recurrence of cyclical famine risk in Somalia.
Given the high degree of importance associated with resilience and recovery framework, climate adaptation, environmental management and access to sustainable sources of energy for basic and productive uses, UNDP Somalia is recruiting a Portfolio Manager (Resilience and Climate Change), with senior advisory and portfolio management roles.
Under the overall guidance of the Country Director and direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director (Programmes), the Portfolio Manager will provide strategic direction and advice to ensure that “Resilience and Climate Change” interventions fully achieve the targets of draft new CPD and substantially contribute to meet the priorities established in the NDP. The Portfolio Manager will lead the individual projects teams with supervisory role for Project Managers, thematic advisors and assigned admin staff.
The Portfolio Manager will work closely with relevant UN agencies, development partners, donors and range of national/sub-national organisations in the identification, design and implementation of multi-year interventions with direct links to conflict-sensitive resilience and recovery framework, climate adaptation, environmental management and access to sustainable sources of energy for basic and productive uses. The Portfolio Manager will ensure that UNDP interventions contribute to progress on SDGs and provide substantial inputs for resilience building. In particular contribution to SDG 7 on Affordable & Clean Energy, SDG 13 on Climate Action, SDG 14 on Life below Water and SDG 15 on Life on Land. The Portfolio Manager will ensure gender mainstreaming remains central to the entire portfolio with targeted activities that help enhance the coping capacities of women to natural disasters as well as support all-inclusive approach for economic / livelihoods resilience building of Somali women. Portfolio Manager will also be responsible to work across the UNDP programme areas to build synergies for a deeper impact and reaching out to the most vulnerable segments of population including youth, IDPs, women and poor households. The Portfolio Manager will closely work with Planning and Partnerships team and the Operations team of the Country Office for smooth implementation and corporate compliance on mobilisation of the inputs.
Additionally, the position will require extensive engagement, networking and partnership building with international and regional partners, donors, civil society organisations, UNDP’s regional and global teams, including Secretariats of vertical funds (Green Climate Fund, Global Environmental Facility etc.) with aim of substantive knowledge sharing and resource mobilisation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
Provides Strategic Policy Advice and Coordination, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Provides Portfolio Development and Management advice, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Provides advocacy and Partnership building advice, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Support to Resource Mobilization, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Facilitates knowledge building and knowledge sharing as required by the organization, focusing on the following results:
Impact of Results
The achievement of results will lead to substantial contribution of UNDP in building the climate resilience, improve environmental conditions and promote access to sustainable sources of energy for Somali women and men. Furthermore, new and additional resources will be mobilised from vertical funds to implement NDP priorities relevant to the portfolio and progress on SDGs.
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda
Results-Orientation and Development Effectiveness:
Management and Leadership
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Building Strategic Partnerships
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Required Skills and Experience
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Portfolio Manager (Resilience and Climate Change)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Mogadishu, , SO