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Job Identification:                                                                         8445
Locations:                                                                                        Mogadiscio, Somalia
Posting Date:                                                                                  12/02/2023, 00:03
Apply Before:                                                                                  27/02/2023, 00:03
Job Schedule:                                                                                 Full time
Grade:                                                                                               P4
Vacancy Type:                                                                                Fixed Term
Rotational/Non Rotational:                                                        Non-Rotational
Contract Duration:                                                                       1 Year with Possibility for extension
Education & Work Experience:                                                 Master’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience
Required Languages:                                                                   English both written and spoken is essential
Vacancy Timeline:                                                                        2 Weeks
Job Category:                                                                              Humanitarian & Emergency Response

Job Description

The Position:

Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Representative and direct supervision of the Deputy Representative, the incumbent provides programmatic and technical support and coordination to ensure strong partnership and collaboration with the UN as well as with national/international counterparts in humanitarian response. This response includes close cooperation with OCHA, health cluster, protection cluster, food security cluster, WASH cluster, logistics cluster, camp coordination and management, and other related coordination bodies based at national and sub-national levels (IDPs task group and others) to ensure humanitarian needs are met.

Facilitates with GBV and RH teams in Mogadishu the implementation of UNFPA’s mandated areas in humanitarian response. Works and coordinates closely with UN agencies, and other national and international organizations engaged in humanitarian response.

S/he ensure the application of effective programme planning, monitoring and evaluation principles; identify bottlenecks implementation and devise strategies to address them; and provide leadership to ensure that technical knowledge is updated and disseminated for effective implementation.

The post of Humanitarian Coordinator is located in UNFPA Somalia’s Mogadishu Head Office and reports to the Deputy Representative.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2022-2025), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

You would be responsible for:

Programme Development and Implementation

  • Provides support to overall supervision, design and monitoring of humanitarian response programs, guided by Somalia’s drought operational plan, within the current drought response efforts of the work of UNFPA in Somalia.
  • Assists and provides technical support to UNFPA staff in Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa for the overall coordination, design and monitoring of RH & GBV components within the humanitarian response program of the work of UNFPA in Somalia.
  • Develops, monitors and supports the coherent and effective implementation of the humanitarian response in the context of the current drought response through effective coordination mechanisms including the Drought Operations Centers (DOCCs) in the overall context of the Somalia drought response plan[1].
  • Provides guidance and technical support to UNFPA staff, implementing partners, and national authorities in planning and implementing GBV programs related to IDPs/returnees and host communities in close collaboration with the GBV sub-cluster coordinator (s).
  • Provides guidance and technical support to UNFPA’s SRH team, implementing partners, and national authorities in planning and implementing SRH and MISP focused activities to IDPs/returnees and host communities
  • Leads the preparation of field assessments and/or situational analyses to determine needs and gaps for UNFPA humanitarian response in the various field stations.
  • Supports and provides guidance to UNFPA staff in resource mobilization activities related to country based pooled funding through humanitarian appeals, UNFPA Emergency Response Fund, CERF, bi-lateral donor funds in response to HRP and Somalia drought response plan.

Rapid Assessments/field visits

  • Ensures regular updates on UNFPA’s humanitarian activities are included in the monthly reports (or whatever the frequency may be) and updates of OCHA & Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and Somalia’s humanitarian periodic bulletins of health and protection clusters.
  • Supports UNFPA staff to carry a periodic mapping of RH/GBV service facilities and helps in developing training plans in humanitarian response.
  • Prepares regular progress reports and documents lessons learned and challenges and shares them with UNFPA.

Orientation / Training

  • Orient Country Office on Humanitarian Reform and UNFPA’s role within the reform, especially as it relates to the Cluster Approach and the contents CERF Life-Saving Criteria and provide overall orientation on UNFPA’s humanitarian mandate and Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Familiarize/orient the CO with existing rapid needs assessment tools.
  • Familiarize/ Orient the CO staff with existing UNFPA emergency procedures.


  • As requested, coordinate CO’s various interventions and represent UNFPA at Cluster / Working Group coordination meetings to share knowledge and ensure comprehensive understanding.
  • Ensure inclusion of UNFPA mandate through participation in existing Clusters, and/or, if appropriate, assist in the establishment of working groups to address RH, GBV and gender.
  • Liaise with other sectors/Clusters (such as health cluster, protection cluster, food security cluster, WASH cluster,  camp management, education, logistics cluster)  to ensure inclusion of UNFPA’s mandate specific interventions and concerns.

Communication/ Reporting

  • Assist the CO in preparing relevant advocacy material and updates for relevant stakeholders and partners including donors.
  • Assist in providing regular updates to OCHA and/or Cluster leads on UNFPA’s humanitarian interventions to be included in situation reports (i.e.:  OCHA SitRep).
  • Track and regularly update supported humanitarian interventions (i.e. status of funding proposals, distribution of supplies, training).

Resource Mobilization/Humanitarian funding

  • Identifies when necessary, develops and supports new partnerships with national and international organizations, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Maintains solid working relationships with humanitarian actors in the field stations covered from Mogadishu and all humanitarian teams and partners through the existing coordination structure.
  • Advocate for inclusion of ICPD PoA in emergency response and ensure UNFPA is well positioned in resource mobilization efforts, including humanitarian funding mechanisms such as Flash Appeal/ CERF).

Capacity Development

  • Provide coaching to newly recruited staff and consultants, where appropriate.
  • Coach and build capacity of staff members and staff of implementing partners responding to emergency/humanitarian crises, as needed.

Any Other Duties

  • Perform any other duties as required by the Representative and/or Head of Office, RO/SRO, and HQ.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Advanced university qualifications in medicine, public health, international relations/humanitarian law, social anthropology or related fields;

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 7 years of progressively responsible professional work experience with a minimum of 2 years of experience in humanitarian and relief operations is required;
  • Experience in programme coordination and GBV programming.
  • Experience in GBV/RH in the context of emergency response is essential;
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN humanitarian relief operations and procedures is essential, including humanitarian reform process and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors.
  • Strong analytical, coordination and organizational skills.
  • Fluency in English both written and oral is essential.
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