Community Safety National Officer (Local position)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Somalia - Hargeisa
I. Position Information
Job Title: Community Safety National Officer (Local position)
Duty Station: Hargeisa/Somalia
Reports to: DDR/AVR Team Leader
Reports: DDR/AVR Project Manager
Approved Type/Grade: Service Contract (SC5/II)
II. Organizational Context
The UNDP Rule of Law and Security Programme (ROLS) is comprised of three components that are programmatically and operationally linked: Access to Justice; Civilian Policing; and Community Safety (DDR/AVR).
Within the framework of the Rule of Law and Security Programme, the Community Safety Project aims to address the cycle of violence through a two-sided approach. On the preventive side, community-level interventions neutralize factors generating armed violence in an enabling legal, policy and institutional environment. On the curative side, the government shall be able to assist individuals to overcome trauma and reintegrate into society. Changing mindsets is likely to be an important objective of both preventive and curative efforts, and will require sustained sensitization of the communities. The combined effort is meant to reduce violence sustainably. Progress will be measured by collecting data on crime and victimisation through a network of community-based organizations working with the project, and analyzing it through an Observatory on violence.
The National Community Safety Officer will report to the DDR/AVR Team Leader in hargeisa. The National Community Safety Officer will make routine decisions upon his/her own authority within established guidelines.
The National Community Safety Officer works in close collaboration with the Operations, Programme and projects staff in the CO and other UN agencies staff to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery. The National Community Safety Officer will work under the supervision of the DDR/AVR Project Manager supporting the Projects Activities in Somalia but may be called upon to assist in provision of administrative support to other projects in the Rule of Law and Security Programme..
The National Community Safety Officer works on a daily basis with colleagues in the DDR/AVR project and ROLS programme, necessitating that the incumbent of the National Community Safety Officer post be able to develop and maintain viable working relationships with colleagues across the organization, partner NGOs and in government, and be able to work with them in a responsive client orientation and in a problem solving mode.
III. Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of key functions:
- Strategic development of the policies and strategies for the establishment of community safety / district level peace building infrastructure
- Support the development, monitoring and validation of strategic partnership with key partners implementing the establishment of the community safety / district level peace building infrastructure.
- Establish and strengthen national capacity for data collection, analysis and research on key issues in the sector of peace building.
- Incorporate the gender dimension in all partners activities and monitors its impact.
- Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
1. Strategic development of the policies and strategies for the establishment of community safety / district level peace building infrastructure focusing on the achievement of the following results:
• Guide partner agencies in developing sound strategy, outputs, timeframe and budget for implementing project’s strategies
• Monitoring the execution of the agreements (MCGAs) signed with partner organizations for the establishment of the district level peacebuilding infrastructure;
• Contributing to the development of output indicators for the project, supporting the establishment of a data collection mechanism and participating in the analysis;
• Submitting weekly and monthly progress reports based on clear and verifies output in a timely manner.
• Identify and strengthen key partners in the civil society groups, NGOs and government counterpart in order to maintain a strong capacity for policy development and project delivery.
2. Support the development, monitoring and validation of strategic partnership with key partners implementing the establishment of the community safety / district level peace building infrastructure focusing on the achievement of the following results:
• Identify key partners and activities in the sectors of grassroots peacebuilding, identify areas of collaboration, synergies and recommend key actiosn pointsDeveloping and maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders, identifying and recommending possible synergies;
• Supporting the identification of partners (Expression of Interest), assessing the capacity of partners, and formulating and following up on Request For Proposal (RFP) processes;
• Assessing the capacity of partner organizations and institutions, developing capacity building plans and implementing them through mentoring, trainings and workshops.
• Support the identification of partners (Expression of Interest) and the formulation and follow up to the Request For Proposal (RFP) process;
• Support the assessment of the capacity of partner organisations; develop capacity building workplans, implement workplan through training modules and workshops for partner NGOs and counterparts.
3. Establish and strengthen national capacity for data collection, analysis and research on key issues in the sector of peace building.
• Support the establishment of the Observatory of Violence in collaboration with national academic centre in Somaliland
• Support the establishment of management systems and research protocols for the Observatory team.
• Monitor and support the formalization of data management and analytical capacity.
• Identify and recommend key areas of research in armed violence reduction by the Observatory in order to support grass root peace building.
•Ensure and preserve the impartiality and neutrality of the Observatory, reports any issues and take appropriate actions.
• Guide the development of training curriculum for the community safety approach in Somalia and monitor the delivery.
• Support the establishment and development of a community of practitioners in community safety.
4. Incorporate the gender dimension in all partners activities and monitors its impact
• Identify gaps in gender mainstreaming through the above activities,
• Recommend new and innovative areas to support in order to strengthen the participation of women in security sector,
• Ensure that space is created for women to voice their opinion in meetings and as an integral part of the District safety Committee
5. Providing input in project’s knowledge building and management by focusing on achievement of the following results:
• Guidance to the executing agencies on routine implementation of projects, tracking use of financial resources.
• Advice to Project staff on UNDP administrative and reporting, in particular, on budgetary issues.
• Organization of training for the Project Staff and partners on financial management.
• Synthesis of lessons learned and best practices in project and project finance.
• Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice•
IV. Impact of Results
The Community Security National Officer supports the achievement of the following outputs:
• Established AVR process with developed guidelines;
• Institutional framework for community safety is in place;
• Agreements are managed in accordance to UNDP rules and procedures;
• Lessons on armed violence reduction are drawn and shared;
• Weekly and monthly progress report timely submitted;
• Established positive image of the project;
•Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
•Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN.
•Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
•Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Knowledge and Learning Management
•Contributes to UNDP Practice Areas and actively works towards continuing personal learning and development.
•Builds knowledge in at least one practice areas, and shares.
•Ability to provide top quality policy advice services on related issues.
•In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
•Ability to conduct results-based management and reporting
•Solid knowledge in financial resources and human resources management, contract, asset and procurement, information and communication technology, general administration
Management and Leadership
• Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
• Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
• Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
• Leads teams effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills
• Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure
VI. Recruitment Qualifications
Masters Degree or equivalent field experiences in Social Science, conflict management or related field.
A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and 5 years’ experience in public administration may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university.
• Minimum of three years relevant experience with advance university degree or 5 years professional experience with a first level university degree in a similar position, at the national or international level is required
• Three years work experience in violence reduction or related issues with master degree;
• Work experience within the UN or an NGO is an asset;
• Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages;
• Sound knowledge in administration and finance is an asset.
• Excellent written and spoken English and Somali.