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Project Manager (UN Joint Rule of Law Programme Coordinator)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Somalia
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Democratic Governance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

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  1. Office/Unit/Project Description 

The first Joint Rule of Law programme in Somaliland started in 2015, which was followed up by the second iteration of the programme from 2018 to December 2022. Through consultations with different stakeholders a new programme phase has been designed based on priorities identified in the National Development Plan (NDPIII 2023 - 2027), Chapter 10: Governance Sector, (security, Justice and Human Rights) and Chapter 16: Judiciary Sector which identifies adherence to the rule of law being an integral part of  Somaliland’s stability, political development, economic growth and social cohesion. Thus, if Somaliland communities across all regions, are empowered to engage with key Rule of Law and security actors and participate in identifying security and justice challenges and in implementing solutions, then they will foster inclusive, equitable, accountable, and responsive RoL systems and institutions – formal and traditional – at the national, regional and district level.

The overall goal of the programme is Rule of law institutions are inclusive, equitable, accountable, and responsive, particularly to the most marginalized and vulnerable groups, specifically women. The programme has four outputs:

  1. Enhanced institutional capacity improves service delivery and access to justice. 
  2. Improved capacity and oversight of police contributes to the safety and security of citizens. 
  3. Enhanced legal and policy environment, and capacities for human rights and gender justice. 
  4. Enhanced criminal justice enforcement and correctional services. 

The programme implementation is being undertaken by UNDP, UNWomen and UNODC. UNDP remains the lead entity for ensuring - and managing - resource mobilization for projects, in an increasingly difficult context for fundraising given the current global and national context. It is in this context that UNDP is recruiting a Programme Coordinator to implement the UN Joint Rule of Law programme in Somaliland. 

2.Scope of Work 

The objective of the assignment:

  • Provide overall coordination of the programme strategic advice and leadership
  • Programme implementation and strategic management
  • Financial and operational management 
  • Partnership, communications and resource mobilization
  • Knowledge management and policy development
  1. Provide coordination of the programme strategic advice and leadership
  • Provide high level substantive and strategic leadership of the project; 
  • Lead communication and sharing of knowledge derived from project with governmental institutions and other regional rule of law programmes at the regional and global levels
  • Provide strategic advice to UNDP, UN Women and UNODC’s senior management on future scaling up of the programme
  1. Financial and Operational Management for UNDP

      2. Programme implementation and strategic management

  • In consultation with UNDP, UNODC, UNWOMEN, UNSOM and other colleagues as applicable, develop annual work plans and execute programme activities, applying results-based management tools and adaptive management approaches.
  • Ensure adherence to the programme work plan in line with the Project Document, and overall Rule of Law portfolio, and ensure synergies with other donor funded initiatives focused on justice and corrections and the broader Rule of Law in Somaliland.
  • Establish and maintain sound partnerships with the Somaliland authorities and partners, donors and other strategic partners; and continuously liaise with programme partners and donors to harness political, technical and financial support to the justice,policing and corrections sectors.
  • Ensure adequate information flow, discussions and feedback among the various stakeholders according to the agreed management arrangements.
  • Prepare regular progress reports in line with reporting schedule, as well as any other reports requested by MPTF, UNDP, donors, Government and or other stakeholders.
  • Monitor the project expenditures, commitments and balance of funds under the programme budget lines, and draft programme budget revisions in accordance and cooperation with UNDP’s QUANTUM system including the reporting on programme funds and related record keeping.
  • Coordinate financial delivery with UNODC and UNWOMEN to ensure that there is coherence across the programme implementation.
  • Ensure timely recruitment and procurement of quality services and equipment and also implementation of programme activities in line with applicable rules, regulation and standards.
  • Represent the programme at the Steering Committee meetings, technical meetings and other appropriate fora in coordination with the UN partners.
  • Ensure integrity of financial and administrative procedures as well as a consistent application of rules and procedures with regard to programme implementation and operations 
  • Monitor requisitions, purchase orders and payment requests in Quantum, and provide monthly delivery updates on financial delivery performance 
  • Provide leadership and oversight to ensure that qualitative services are provided to national partners including fair and transparent procurement process and efficient operational support 
  • Overall supervision of the Joint Programme Team including close collaboration with UNDP, UN Women and UNODC on the hiring of team members and assessing their performance 
  • Overall supervision, in close collaboration with UNDP, UNODC and UN Women of team members embedded in the different rule of law institutions

      3-Partnership, communications and resource mobilization

  • Strengthen and/or develop new partnerships with civil society and/or non-governmental/ community-based organizations; local communities and other potential allies to enhance project quality and achieve and deliver the outputs and activities.
  • Establish and maintain sound partnerships with the Government, donors and other strategic partners. 
  • Ensure that project implementation is closely coordinated with UNSOM, stakeholders and that a high level of collaboration and cooperation is in place at the local/community levels.
  • Liaise with other relevant government actors and partners/stakeholders, as well as UN/DP colleagues regarding the project, including to share information about trends, issues and results, to coordinate and utilize resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Proactively identify potential sources of funding and assist in resource mobilisation for the project expansion/future phases through development of concept notes and funding proposals to the potential donors and promoting project deliverables at the relevant development platforms.
  • Ensure regular communication on project results, including producing communication products and visibility on social media


2- Knowledge management and policy development

  • Lead in the production of knowledge products regionally and globally as it appertains to Rule of Law policy-driven issues, as well as in the identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to Rule of Law and Access to Justice programming 
  • Contribute to UN global knowledge networks and communities of practice
  • Oversee a structured development of a KM network that serves the Somaliland rule of law institutions in their achieving a solid legal, regulatory and policy frameworks in line with international standards.

Supervisory responsibilities: Supervising and managing the justice, policing and corrections project team in Hargiesa (those paid by the project) for optimal delivery and team spirit, of both international/national staff and consultants as applicable.

3.      Institutional Arrangement

The UN Joint Rule of Law Coordinator shall report to the Head of Area office of UNDP and Head of UNSOM, Hargeisa. On a daily basis the incumbent will be working with the Rule of Law Portfolio Manager - UNDP, UNODC, UNWOMEN and UNSOM teams and liaise closely with other rule of law joint programmes of the UN to ensure that the programme interventions are harmonized and coordinated. The performance review of the Coordinator shall be prepared by the Head of Area Office of UNDP in consultation with the Head of UNSOM, the Rule of Law Portfolio Manager - UNDP, UNODC, UNWOMEN representatives. 


Complete the Competencies section for each set of competencies as follows:

  • Core – applicable to all personnel. Select the relevant level for each competency based on the required behaviours. 
  • Cross-functional & Technical : Insert up to 7 competencies from the approved UNDP Cross-functional & Technical competencies list uploaded on the the competency framework site.


Please refer to the competency framework site for the entire list of competencies and further explanations. 

Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact 
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems 
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands 
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management (Insert below standard sentence if the position has direct reports.)


UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site


Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies) 

Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Direction & 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 Direction & 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 Development Knowledge facilitation Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally
Business Management Project management Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and control resources, procedures, and protocols to achieve specific goals.
Business Management communication Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience · Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media, and other appropriate channels
Partnership management Relationship management Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust, and mutual understanding
Min. Education requirements
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Law, Public Administration, political Sciences, International Relations, Social Sciences  OR
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Min years if relevant work experience 
  • Minimum (7) years (with Master’s degree) OR 9 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of professional experience in one of the fields related to justice, policing and corrections sector reform applying people-centred approaches, as well as the rule of law in general; 


Experience, knowledge and skills
  • Proven experience in joint programmes (and Global Focal Point approaches) and promoting women's access to justice would be an asset;
  • Have a strong capacity for technical consultation and facilitation of national and international networks;
  • Demonstrated experience in the implementation of justice-related programs and projects, including the supervision of technical staff
  • Ability to sustain a positive work attitude and be solution oriented; 
  • Previous work experience with the United Nations (preferably UNDP) at the strategic, programmatic and technical levels, particularly in a crisis or post-crisis context is a major advantage;
  • Ability to work in an institutional setting with high-level officials as well as with civil society organizations and local level leaders.. 


Required Skills
  • Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and web-based management systems, and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages. · Knowledge and experience in rule of law and justice.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Operational exposure/experience in most of the following areas: justice and security sector reform, legal reform, access to justice, legal aid, gender and juvenile justice, advocacy, institutional building and related issues, including working on gender issues in complex contexts, particularly issues of women’s access to justice.


• Experience in programme/project planning and execution as well as monitoring and evaluation of projects/programmes.

• Specific experience involving the facilitation of multi-stakeholder consensus, preferably in conflict/post-conflict situations is required, preferably in the region, and experience of working with government authorities as well as civil society organisations and academic institutions 

• Knowledge of resource mobilisation processes of multilateral and bilateral donors, combined with experience in project/programme development and fund raising.

• Sound analytical skills on political, legal, social, cultural and any other relevant issues. 

Required Language(s) 
  • Excellent command of the English language (both verbal and written)
  • Knowledge of another UN language is desirable for IPSA.
 7.       The following documents shall be required from the applicants:


  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


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