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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-29

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Development of Collective Risk Management Strategy across the Somalia Aid Community

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

Background Information - Job-specific

In July 2017, the UN Risk Management Unit (RMU), on behalf of UN Funds and Programmes in Somalia, Donors and NGOs, commissioned an independent review of the collective risk management system across the Somalia aid community. The purpose of the review was to assess the advancement in collective risk management system since its establishment in 2011 and provide recommendations for its further enhancement.  A key recommendation emerging from the review was development of a Collective Risk Management Strategy structured/covering but not limited to the following:
  1. The objectives of the risk collective risk management strategy and its users;
  2. Risk management principles, framework and process
  3. Governance structure;
  4. Development and application of shared approaches, methodologies and tools;
  5. Standard requirements of due diligence
  6. Capacity development needs for users of the strategy;
  7. Risk and information sharing;
Follow up discussions at a Multi Partner Risk Working Group (MPRWG) endorsed the recommendation, among others, that the Collective Risk Management Strategy is developed with implementable and realistic results and resources plan to operationalize key recommendations emerging from the review. Subsequently, a task force was established with representatives from the UN, Risk Management Unit, NGOs and Donors to develop the outline of the Collective Risk Management. (A copy of the outline will be made available to the consultant).

Functional Responsibilities

Specifically, the assignment seeks to: 

  • Conduct consultations with different constituencies (UN, NGOs, Government, donors and private sector to develop a common understanding of collective risks across the aid sector in Somalia for effective, efficient, relevant and impactful risk management;
  •  Draft a collective risk management strategy covering but not limited to the 7 categories above.
  • Make recommendations contributing to comprehensive, efficient and effective learning and outreach in risk management for each constituency – Government (federal & state level), UN, NGOs, private sector & donors
  • Make recommendations for mainstreaming risk management approaches for an informed decision making.
Scope of Work:
Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Risk Management Unit and overall guidance of the Head of Integrated Office of the DSRSG/HC/RC, the Consultant will undertake the following tasks:
  • Undertake consultations across the aid community partners in Somalia, on the outline of the Collective Risk Management Strategy
  • Establish a vision and mission for Collective Risk Management in Somalia; 
  • Review and mapping of stakeholder risk management institutional capacities
  • Draft Collective Risk Management Strategy - CRMS, its key objectives, key result areas, users, principles, framework and process of risk management, governance, funding, capacity development scope, roles and responsibilities and approach etc.
  • Develop a CRMS implementation plan.
  • Present the draft strategy and its implementation plan to the expanded Multi-Party Risk Working group to validate the draft strategy and its implementation plan;
  • Finalize the strategy, its implementation plan and a relevant PowerPoint presentation reflecting feedback received by the MPRWG.


  • An advanced University degree (Masters) or higher in any of the following fields Business Administration, Social Sciences, International Development or related field is required;
  • University Degree (bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advance University degree (Masters)


  • At least 7 years of of relevant experience in strategic planning and management required;
  • Experience in Risk Management issues is a required;
  • Experience in conflict and post conflict countries is a comparative advantage;
  • Experience in developing strategy and/or strategic plans;
  • Experience in working with governments, UN, and NGO partners in capacity development.  


  • Fluency in English is required


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: IICA-3
Contract duration: 30 Working Days (10 days Nairobi, 10 Days Mogadishu, 10 Days Home Based

This position is based on a family duty station

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information – Kenya Multi Country Office (KMCO)

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kenya Multi Country Office manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KMCO sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in Nairobi/Kenya which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and South Africa. This includes primarily transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies, UN-Habitat and UNEP, and multiple ‘operational’ projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and several island states.

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