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Portfolio Manager, Economic Recovery & Institutional Development – Mogadisho 51 views

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Locations:                                                   Mogadiscio, Somalia
Posting Date:                                              18/01/2023, 13:49
Apply Before                                                31/01/2023, 20:59
Job Schedule:                                              Full time
Agency:                                                         UNDP
Grade:                                                            P5
Vacancy Type:                                               Fixed Term
Contract Duration:                                     1 Year with Possibility for extension
Education & Work Experience:                 Master’s Degree – 10 year(s) experience
Required Languages:                                  English
Vacancy Timeline:                                       2 Weeks

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 Economic Recovery and Institutional Development (ERID) Portfolio’s work supports UNDP Country Programme priority Sustainable Natural Resources Management for Inclusive Economic Growth and to the UN Sustainable Development Framework (outcomes Economic Development  and Social Development). It contributes to all six signature solutions of the UNDP Strategic Plan, particularly poverty and inequality, resilience, and gender equality)

The Portfolio contributes towards economic recovery, inclusive local governance for improved service delivery, diversification, and increased market access. The Portfolio helps strengthen the capacity of the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States SDG for effective regulatory oversight of productive sectors (blue, green, grey economies); planning and SDG data generation for inclusive economic growth and the development of legal and regulatory frameworks for private sector and digital skills development that create green jobs for youth, women, internally displaced people, and persons with disabilities.

The portfolio also works with the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States and the UN agencies to promote durable solutions for IDPs, bringing together humanitarian-development-peace and area-based approaches for the adoption of institutional and economic frameworks that promote development, livelihood opportunities and stabilization.

Position Purpose:

The Portfolio Manager provides strategic guidance and oversees several programmes and projects aimed at enhancing capacities of key governmental and non-governmental institutions to deliver on their mandates so as to spur Somalia’s economic recovery and development.


Provide overall day-to-day portfolio and people management, oversight, implementation, and coordination to ensure achievement of the portfolio project objectives and outputs:

  • Provide strategic steering and direction to the ERID Portfolio
  • Oversee the effective administrative and technical management of the Portfolio;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the Portfolio Annual Work Plans and Budgets
  • Supervise the Portfolio team leads and staff, and oversee drafting of periodic reports on the progress of the portfolio to UNDP, the Project Board and Donors, including by ensuring top quality analysis and substantive inputs to project documents, reports, concept notes and other strategic documents
  • Support implementation of the overall strategic goals (as per Country Programme Document, project documents and other relevant policy documents) and annual workplans of the different projects
  • Supervise plan and coordinate relevant meetings of the Project Boards and other relevant coordination processes, including by producing relevant reporting
  • Perform other relevant duties as required by the UNDP Resident Representative and Deputy Resident Representative (Programme)
  • Ensure in all circumstances that the portfolio upholds the values of the UN System, the country’s interests and partners implicated in the process.

Provide and coordinate substantive technical advice on institutional and economic development for the achievement of the SDGs through a humanitarian, peace and development nexus approach:

  • Provide strategic technical leadership to the project teams and technical advice to the partner agencies, to further enhance the economic and institutional development
  • Ensures strategic coherence within the overall portfolio, and stimulates policy coherence within and among government institutions
  • Remains solidly abreast of developments in these areas in Somalia
  • Ensures integration of various elements in the portfolio with other UNDP teams (like gender, human rights, resilience, humanitarian, peace and development nexus and durable solutions).

Effectively network, coordinate and collaborate with donors and development partners working in the area of institutional and economic development:

  • Ensure solid team understanding of the dynamics of system evolution in the specific fields of interest and translate the systemic changes into UNDP action perspectives
  • Ensure appropriate networking with the development partners (donors, UN agencies, NGOs, private sector) active in the various fields of work
  • Oversee the mobilization of resources from development partners
  • Provide technical advice on and support to structures and methodologies of engagement within various eco-systems
  • Build the capacity of project teams and partners on networking and engagement in eco-system management arrangements
  • In close collaboration with the DRR-Programmes and other UNDP portfolios, ensure appropriate UNDP engagement and profiling within networking and eco-system management arrangements.

Promote networking and knowledge sharing within UNDP, the wider UN System, and the overall eco-system in which the portfolio is active:

  • Advise UNDP on preparation of high-level consultation meetings with donors, government departments/ministries to furthering the reform agenda envisaged under Somali Compact
  • Prepare UNDP position papers on specific subject matters relevant of the portfolio for engagement with relevant stakeholders
  • Actively engage in and stimulate portfolio staff to actively engage in relevant UN(DP) platforms
  • Undertake dedicated analytics to understand the contributions specific project activities are making (or not) to the realization of higher-level results (outcome, impact)
  • Ensure appropriate publication of analytic work implemented within the portfolio on country, regional and global level.

Promote women empowerment and positions UNDP programming to make gender equality a reality  and people management:

  • Ensure that women’s empowerment and gender equality are cross-cutting issues that lie at the heart of UNDP programming.
  • Ensure that portfolio programming consistently supports removal of structural barriers to women’s economic empowerment, including unpaid work
  • Actively engage with UNDP portfolios, federal and state governments, national and local institutions to ensure that programmes and projects address gender-based violence
  • Prepare concepts and papers on promoting women’s participation and leadership in all forms of institutional development and economic recovery
  • In close collaboration with the DRR-Programmes and other UNDP portfolios, ensure appropriate UNDP engagement in strengthening gender-responsive strategies in conflict and disaster prevention, preparedness, and recovery through a humanitarian peace development nexus approach

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:

  • The Portfolio Manager supervises and manage a team composed of professional and general service staff both at portfolio and project level.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 4: Prioritize team workflow, mobilize resources, drive scalable results/strategic impact

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 4: Easily navigate complexity, encourage/enable radical innovation, has foresight

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 4: Create systems and processes that enable learning and development for all

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 4: Proactively initiate/lead organizational change, champion new systems/processes

Act with Determination: LEVEL 4: Able to make difficult decisions in challenging situations, inspire confidence

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 4: Construct strategic multi-partner alliances in high stake situations, foster co-creation

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 4: Create ethical culture, identify/address barriers to inclusion

People Management

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found on the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Business Direction and Strategy – Strategic Thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities, linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions

Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP Business Acumen

Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome

Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within

Business Direction and Strategy – Business Acumen: Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome

Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks

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 bringing together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions

Business Direction and Strategy – System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Business Management – Results Based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Business Management – Partnerships Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.



  • Master’s degree in Development Studies, Economics, International Relations, Social Sciences, Management, (Business) Administration, or related fields.


  • Minimum 10 years’ experience of technical experience in economic development and institutional capacity planning
  • At least 10 years of portfolio management (multiple projects managed simultaneously)
  • Demonstrated experience in network management arrangements, in at least three of the following areas:
  • horizontal government level (between Ministries on the same level)
  • vertical government level (between different levels of government)
  • Government – National Non-Government relations (with NGOs, Private Sector, academia)
  • Government – International agencies
  • Demonstrated experience in eco-system management approaches
  • Senior level representational and advisory experience, ideally in a cross-cultural setting
  • Experience working with the UN is an advantage
  • Relevant experience in Africa an advantage
  • Experience in conflict or post-conflict settings an advantage

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in oral and written English


Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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