Joint Programme on Youth Employment - Programme Coordinator Assistant

Beneficiary Institution
UNDP PREP/Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs – MoSLA
Duty Stations
Based on MIDA salary scale
6 months with possibility of extension
Post Date
03 Jul 2017
Deadline Date
17 Jul 2017


The Joint Programme on Youth Employment is a new initiative under PSG4 of the Somalia Compact. It aims to make a substantial contribution to youth employment creation by the end of 2016, through a series of measures aimed at:
Promoting long-term employment opportunities in up to six high-growth potential value chains
Enhancing the employability of young people through basic literacy, numeracy and life-skills and vocational and business training
Rehabilitating critical economic infrastructure using labour-intensive methods
The programme will be led by the Federal Government of Somalia (Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs MoSLA) with support from UNDP, FAO, ILO and UN-Habitat.

The programme coordinator assistant will play a critical role in the assisting with implementation of the programme, ensuring proper coordination among the project partners and a full and transparent process of communication between government, implementing UN agencies, donors and other stakeholders.

She / he will work impartially with all partners in the JPYE and report to the Programme Coordinator.

Expected Result

Summary of key functions:
Works closely with the Programme Coordinator in ensures effective representation and strategic advisory support to the JPYE
Assist the Programme Coordinator in provision of efficient co-ordination of JPYE activities among the programme agencies
Ensures effective partnerships and communications

1.The role inrRepresentation and strategic advisory support to the JPYE

Expected Results:

Guided closely by the coordinator, the Programme Coordinator Assistant represents the JP YES with state and federal Government partners, local partners, NGOs, education institutions.
Keeps abreast to the newest developments in the employment sector and provides feedback to the JP YES Stakeholders.

Assist the Programme Coordinator in provision of efficient co-ordination of JPYE activities among the programme agencies

Expected Results:

Supporting the effective implementation of the project in accordance with the 2003 UNDG Guidance Note on Joint Programming, MPTF procedures and the Joint Programme Document

The maintenance of transparent and co-operative relations between key project implementation partners, government counterparts, donors and other national and international partners with an active stake in youth employment issues

Developing and supporting mechanisms for strengthening Government ownership, technical leadership and coordination of the programme, with a view to ensuring the long term sustainability of programme activities

3. Provides effective supervision, monitoring and evaluation support

Expected Results:

Facilitating the organization of the Programme Steering Committee and the Programme Technical Committee meetings in accordance with their terms of reference

Assists in the compilation of quarterly progress reports to MPT.

Takes a proactive role in data collection for monitoring of activities of JP YES.

Assist in overseeing the implementation of the programme Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and coordinating (independent) mid-term and term evaluations of the JPYE in accordance UN Evaluation Group guidelines


Through the effective performance of his / her functions, the postholder is expected contribute significantly to the efficient and effective achievement of the overall JPYE objectives by the key project partners, namely:

Improved long-term potential for growth, productivity and employment leading to 5,000 sustainable jobs for youth
Enhanced longer-term employability of 20,000 youth (13,000 urban and 7,000 rural)
Rehabilitated productive infrastructure through short-term jobs for 30,000 youth (16,000 rural and 14,000 urban).

In addition, it is expected that the postholder will have a significant impact of the achievement of relevant UNCT goals under the ISF and PSG4 of the Somalia Compact, the strengthening of government and inter-agency cooperation and donors relations.


Masters degree or higher in economics, development planning or a related social science subject

At least 5 years experience in project management and development, including the co-ordination of complex multi-sector projects, preferably in the economic development and employment field
At least 3 years experience gained developing countries, preferably in Africa or the Arab States
At least 2 years experience in post-conflict and / or fragile states

Language Requirements:
Fluency in written and spoken English and Somali


Building Strategic Partnerships
Makes effective use of UN resources and comparative advantages to strengthen partnerships
Creates networks and promotes initiatives with partner organizations
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
Conceptualizes more effective approaches to programme development and implementation
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Promotes UNCT members as learning / knowledge sharing organizations
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Possesses knowledge of concepts in their primary discipline, a broad knowledge of related disciplines, as well as an in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures
Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge
and seeks to develop him/herself personally
Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Core Competencies
Promotes ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
Builds support and political acumen
Builds staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation
Builds and promotes effective teams
Creates and promotes an enabling environment for open communication
Creates an emotionally intelligent organization
Leverages conflict in the interests of the UN and setting standards
Shares knowledge across UN organisations and builds a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
Promotes fair and transparent decision making, and calculated risk-taking


To be determined on MIDA salary scale


Health insurance, including evacuation due to medical emergency, will be provided by the project. However, experts will be requested to provide a recent medical certificate stating that they are physically well and apt to work in a hardship area in Africa.
Please note that IOM, according to the contract, will not be responsible for the security of the qualified Somali expatriates. The host beneficiary institution will be responsible for the security of the individual.
Before leaving the country of residence and upon arrival in Nairobi or in Somalia, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-departure briefing including security advice and cultural background.

How to apply

All applications must apply online through the QUESTS-MIDA website.

To start the application process the applications are required to register on account with the QUESTS-MIDA website. Go to login and register as a user, then fill the form and create a password to inter in the application section.

Short listed candidates will be informed of the status of their application. If you encounter any problems when applying visit the FAQs section on the website for more information.