Job categories: Programme Management
Vacancy code: VA/2019/B5311/18651
Department/office: AFR, Somalia Country Office (SOCO)
Duty station: Mogadishu, Somalia
Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA-3
Duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
Dealine date: 01-Nov-2019
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Background Information – Job-specific
Somalia is amid major new political and security developments that will offer a greater possibility for peace and security than the country has seen in over 20 years. The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), established in 2012, and international community have driven a process of rebuilding of functioning government institutions and processes through Somalia’s peacebuilding and state-building priorities under the Somali Compact (2013-2016), based on the Busan “New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States” agreement. The Somalia National Development Plan (2017-2019), builds on this foundation laid by the Compact and sets the priorities for national recovery and development in full collaboration with national and regional governments. A landmark electoral process in late 2016 and early 2017 resulted in a peaceful transfer of power to a new President and government, in place since February and March 2017 respectively. The government has set out an ambitious agenda for its term (the period to 2021). At the London Somalia Conference in May 2017, a Security Pact was agreed by Somalia and the international community, which will allow for sustainable, long-term security based on mutual accountability.
UNOPS has had a solid in country presence in Somalia since 1994 implementing a wide range of projects and has contributed to the above development priorities of the country.
Support from the International Community in strengthening the Somali National Army (SNA) began over a decade ago. Since 2010, the EU contributes through a military Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission to the training of the SNA. It is part of the EU’s long-term strategy to enable Somali forces to assume gradually their security responsibilities and to facilitate AMISOM’s drawdown. The projects seek to address the installation of tented barracks as well as procurement of essential non-lethal military equipment. With the addition of tented barracks, the Somali military will be better equipped to maintain a stable force of soldiers on the ground in acceptable living conditions which decreases the time spent off base and as a result is conducive to creating a safer and more secure environment in the surrounding area. It is also indispensable for expanding the FGS’s control over the Somali territory. For the country as a whole, the transition of security responsibility from AMISOM to the Somali Security Forces (SSF) will be challenging. As AMISOM gradually withdraws its forces from the country, and SNA gains more ground, the establishment of a well-equipped and capacitated SNA will go a long way in meeting the objectives of the Transition Plan ».
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