Country Programme Manager

UN Women
  • Location
    Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 26

Position description


Reporting to the Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa, the Country Programme Manager, Somalia is responsible for strategic positioning of UN Women as a leader in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Somalia. In addition, the Country Programme Manager is responsible for leading and managing the Country portfolio and for translating the UN Women's Strategic Plan (SP) in line with regional and national priorities, into development initiatives and results by developing, implementing and managing programs and; and developing effective partnerships with Government counterparts, UN system agencies and organizations, civil society organizations, and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to promote inter-agency partnerships, support for UN reform, and mobilization of visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage country programme in Somalia:

  • Lead the development, implementation, and monitoring of the country programme annual workplan, including budget and results framework;
  • Manage delivery of the day-to-day programme activities to ensure prompt and adequate delivery of results;
  • Ensure effective use of resources and compliance with UN Women rules, policies, and procedures as well as donor/fund requirements;
  • Lead the preparation for programme audits and implementation of recommendations.

Manage technical support and capacity development to project/programme partners:

  • Lead relationship building with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the country programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Lead capacity building opportunities and initiatives of key institutions and mechanisms;
  • Provide timely advice on programmatic areas;
  • Provide partners with advanced technical advice, training, and capacity development initiatives.

Lead the monitoring and reporting of the programme:

  • Lead the establishment of an effective monitoring system for the delivery of programme results;
  • Manage the preparation of quarterly and annual progress reports and donor reports and organize progress reviews, as necessary.

Lead the management of people and finances for the country programme:

  • Responsible for overall country programme budget and resources; and office operations;
  • Review financial reports to ensure they are in accordance with UN Women procedures and submit the reports to UN Women HQ and donors;
  • Supervise and coach country programme staff, and manage performance;
  • Finalize terms of reference for new staff, consultants and contractors and oversee the recruitment process, as necessary.

Lead inter-agency and country coordination:

  • Participate in country level Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) processes and similar exercises related to the Resident Coordinator (RC) system; Participate in the local Security Management Team (SMT);
  • Lead the writing of analytical and regular progress reports on UN Women’s program experiences in support of UN Women’s inter-agency coordination role;
  • Collaborate with the MCO/Regional Office, provide strong coordination support to UN Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and national authorities;
  • Lead inter-agency initiatives in country to ensure programmatic integration, sharing of lessons and best practices, and economies of scales;
  • Ensure that UN Women is strategically placed with the UN planning processes, joint programmes and other inter-agency initiatives;
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the UN Country Team (UNCT) in supporting enhanced response to national partners in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment.

Lead partnership building and resource mobilization strategies:

  • Establish and maintain partnerships with other UN agencies, governments, donors, civil society organization and other stakeholders;
  • Develop network and build working relations with key partners;
  • Coordinate existing civil society platform and networks in coordinating joint efforts and provide space for dialogue on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Conceptualize, design and implement resource mobilization strategies;
  • Plan and oversee the implementation of advocacy and awareness campaigns and fund raising events, as required.

Lead knowledge building and sharing and communications and advocacy strategy:

  • Lead the development and expansion of knowledge management strategies and methodologies for the country programme; lead the development and implementation of communications/advocacy initiatives;
  • Manage the process of identifying and synthesizing of best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and contribute to their global dissemination;
  • Introduce innovation and best practices to enhance programme performance.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality programme strategy;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including security;
  • Performance of team, including through the use of performance plans and reviews;
  • Partners and other stakeholder provide positive feedback on advisory and technical services;
  • Timely and quality of reports;
  • Quality monitoring and reporting;
  • Quality knowledge products;
  • Increased awareness of UN Women’s work in the country;
  • Increase in resources mobilized;
  • UN Women is seen as a leader in gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
  • Excellent knowledge of RBM principles and approaches;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women's empowerment;
  • Excellent knowledge of country and/or region;
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation;
  • Ability to envision and lead the strategic direction for UN Women in the country.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women’s studies, international development, or a related field is required.


  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience at the national and/or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Experience in establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments;
  • Experience in leading a team;
  • Experience in the in the field of gender and human rights of women is an asset;
  • Experience in administrative systems and UN system norms is an asset;
  • Experience in country and/or region is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

Application instructions

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