Project Associate NPSA 6, Mogadishu, Somalia - Tenders Global

Project Associate NPSA 6, Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Contract
  • Somalia
  • Posted 2 months ago

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The UNDP Strategic Plan embraces the complexity of development and commits the organization to helping countries find faster, more durable solutions to achieve Agenda 2030. Important development trends like urbanization, climate change, and inequality pose significant challenges on our path to achieve the 2030 agenda of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNDP has begun incubating a number of strategic initiatives aimed at ensuring UNDP is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver a new generation of solutions in line with the challenges the world faces.  One such key strategic initiative is the Country Accelerator Lab Network.  The initiative is a recognition that increasingly interrelated development challenges require going beyond business as usual and single point, linear and silver bullet responses in development.  Instead, they call for interdisciplinary approaches and non-linear solutions that crowd in the collective efforts of variety of partners and tap into local insights and the knowledge of people closest to the problem and the solutions. The initiative is also a recognition and an investment in the emerging momentum among a growing number of UNDP Country Offices around joining together disruptive, cutting-edge methodologies with contextual, country-based insights and expertise to accelerate impact and progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.

The objective of this assignment is to support youth programming and the implementation of the Youth Leadership programme at the country level as well as the regional and global levels. The Project Assistant will work under the supervision and guidance of the Innovation Specialist/UNDP Youth Focal Point both at the country and regional levels. S/he will be an integral part of the UNDP Somalia Accelerator lab team and Regional Programme team and will play an important role in supporting UNDP’s Country Offices and partners, with a strong focus on coordination, advocacy, planning, and evaluation.

This position is part of the Youth Development Delegates in the Arab Region programme that is the result of a partnership between The Arab Youth Center (AYC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Arab States. This youth employment initiative, in its second cohort, will provide an opportunity for 14 young people passionate about achieving Sustainable Development Goals to work at the UNDP offices in their countries, in the field of youth work, to achieve the common vision of both parties aimed at enabling and empowering the youth in the Arab region.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The Project Associate is expected to substantially contribute to the effective management of youth programming by performing the following duties:

Strategic Planning

Contributes to strategic planning and development of innovative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities for youth in Somalia around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Communication and advocacy

  • Actively support the work of UNDP’s Accelerator lab, with a particular focus on promoting communication and advocacy work with and among young Somali people.
  • Work closely with the regional team members in the development of project activities to promote youth’s social, political and economic empowerment in the Arab region.
  • Captures stories which reflect on know how (procedures, processes, tactics) and know why (lessons   learned, reasons for failures/success).
  • Supports the process of communicating all relevant activities at regional/national/local levels, such as for example: drafting press releases and website stories, and social media content.
  • Publicly advocating for and speaking out on youth engagement in development (and the pursuit of SDGs achievement) nationally, which will include monthly vlogs, leading online public webinars, and social media outreach.
  • Develops general tools/guidelines for operative communication measures at regional/national/local levels, for instance press releases, social media, press events, social media and campaigns.

Regional cooperation and coordination

  • Work closely with the regional team members in the development of project activities to promote youth’s social, political and economic empowerment in the Arab region.
  • Directly support the YLP, where relevant and/or youth programming by following up on implementation, coordinating with partners and other UNDP Country Offices, taking part in the Youth Leadership Programme, accessing regional networks, creating linkages and providing technical support.
  • Conducts an overview and analysis of the relevant partners, donors and stakeholders to the project, and develops a plan for efficient flow of information between them and the project, and vice versa.
  • Coordinates the YLP’s mentorship support, where relevant.

Monitoring, reporting and evaluation

  • Facilitates the delivery of YLP activities by monitoring results achieved during implementation. They ensure and guide the appropriate application of monitoring, reporting and evaluation systems and procedures and develop enhancements if necessary.
  • Carries out other tasks as assigned by Regional Coordinator in coordination with respective supervisor, and any other required administrative work.
  • Supports the timely preparation and quality control of all substantive technical reports, briefs and required documents, including progress reports, concept notes, background documents and briefing notes.
  •  Coordinates the youth’s leadership programme’s mentorship support, where relevant.
  • Expected to submit both quarterly and annual reports to supervisor and the Regional Coordinator.


Institutional Arrangement

The direct supervisor is the Innovation Specialist/Youth Focal Point in close coordination with the Regional Coordinator

Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Direction & Strategy Entrepreneurial Thinking ‡ Ability to create clarity around UNDP Value proposition to beneficiaries and partners and to develop service offers responding to client needs based on UNDP’s organizational priorities and mandate
Business Direction & Strategy Negotiation and Influence  Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain an advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiate mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and create ‘Win-Win’ situations
Business Development Knowledge Facilitation ‡ Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally
Business Development Collective Intelligence Design  Ability to bring together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions
Business Development Human-centered Design ‡ Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process
Business Management




‡ Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

‡Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Business Management


Operations Management


‡ Ability to effectively plan, organize, and oversee the Organization’s business

processes in order to convert its assets into the best results in the most efficient manner.  Knowledge of relevant concepts and mechanisms

Required Skills and Experience
Min. Education requirements
  • High School is required or
  • Bachelor’s . degree in Development, International Affairs, or other related field will be given due consideration
Min. years of relevant work experience Minimum six years with High school diploma or 3 years with Bachelor’s degree of relevant work experience in   Supporting youth.
Required  skills
  • Highly motivated, pleasant character with good teamwork spirit;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Available for long working hours during times of peak work.
  • Good computer skills in both English and Arabic
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to accommodate and adapt to changing working environment.
  • Systematic and organized, with an ability to be flexible and adaptive.
  • Ability to perform a variety of standard tasks related to screening and collecting of project documentation, projects data entering, preparation of revisions, filing, provision of information, and reporting.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Advanced computer skills, including word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), and data management programmes, and ability to quickly learn new applications.
Required Language(s)
  • Written and oral English and Arabic communication skills,
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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