The UN Joint Programme for Local Governance and Decentralised Service Delivery (JPLG) was established in April 2008, and is a joint effort by UNDP, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, ILO and UNCDF. JPLG is a 5 year programme providing support to Somali central and local government institutions. The overall objective of the JPLG for the 5 year period is that local governance contributes to peace and equitable priority service delivery in selected locations in all parts of Somalia. The specific objectives are that communities have access to basic services through local government and that district councils are accountable and transparent.
The long-term commitment of the JPLG donors and UN agencies, and the leadership of the Somali Government has ensured the success of the programme. In the initial phases of the programme the focus was on Puntland and Somaliland where there was relative peace and a foundation of local government structures to build upon. In the subsequent nine years, and through two phases of the programme, strong partnerships with the governments of Puntland and Somaliland, Federal and new member states, have been built, reaching more than 60% of the population in Puntland and Somaliland . This partnership has enabled a fundamental change in the legitimacy, functionality, and quality of services provided by these local governments. Towards the end of the second phase of the programme the engagement in Jubbaland, South-West State, Galmudug and Hirshabele has been seen as a pivotal shift towards a country wide programme under the federal agenda.
The JPLG is aligned to the national development plan 2017-20, the Wadajir framework and the stabilization plans of each of the Federal member states. The progamme also forms an integral part of the UN’s Comprehensive approach to Security. Puntland and Somaliland also have their own National Development Plans which they will utilise together with their Government Led Expansion Strategies to ensure uniform Local Governance practices across their districts while replicating the available tools and reform programmes, laws and procedures to all the remaining districts,
The JPLG participating UN agencies provide extensive support to a series of central government institutions and local authorities in Somalia, and are currently providing support to strengthening of local government institutions and service delivery district across the country, and to service delivery through civil society and the private sector JPLG works at three inter-related levels, i.e. policy development, capacity development, and implementation of services through local government institutions and public-private partnerships.
Key achievements of JPLG have been capacity development in good governance, legal and policy development, commencement of service delivery in target districts, local level public expenditure management processes, establishment of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework as well as work on relevant policy analysis and development. Target districts have developed District Development Frameworks (DDFs) based on extensive community consultations and are actively using these DDFs as a fund mobilization tool and are implementing services identified in the DDFs with support from JPLG. Extensive capacity development in community consultation, development planning, budget forecasting, work plan and budgeting, as well procurement has enabled service delivery through the target districts; enhanced the collaboration between the central and local government as well as the communities, and enhanced horizontal collaboration and peer learning between the districts.
UNDP has played a key role in the establishment of the JPLG and is a central actor in the collaboration with central and local government authorities in Somalia. UNDP furthermore plays a key role in decentralization policy development, capacity development in financial auditing, district development planning and budgeting; and implementation of services through district councils through public-private partnerships.
Within this context, UNDP will hire a Project Manager who will primarily report to the UNDP Programme Manager on all administrative and managerial aspects of the work, as well as all technical aspects that are of relevance to UNDP’s core areas as illustrated by the engagement in peace and human development; democratic governance and human rights; livelihoods and natural resource management; and empowerment of women and gender equality. In addition the Project Manager will have a second line of reporting to the JPLG Senior Programme Manager on all technical aspects of JPLG and ensuring UNDP’s input are synchronized within the overall JPLG. The UNDP Project Manager will furthermore work closely with the other JPLG project managers to coordinate implementation of all JPLG activities and ensure continuous support and collaboration, and with all UNDP project managers to enhance coordination and collaboration across UNDP project areas. The Project Manager will coordinate closely with all government partners and with the Sub Offices in Somalia/land.
The Project Manager is responsible for the design and implementation of the UNDP-JPLG Annual Work Plan and Budget, and will supervise national staff in all parts of Somalia. The Project Manager will be located in Mogadishu with frequent travels into around Somalia.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
Provide leadership for UNDPs work in JPLG
Be responsible for project implementation and financial management of UNDP’s portfolio of activities within JPLG.
Provide policy and advisory services on local governance
Co-ordinate results with other JPLG partners and lead the implementation of UNDP’s activities
Promote networking and knowledge sharing within UNDP and the UN system
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Building Strategic Partnerships
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Prince2 training and certification, RMG
Required Skills and Experience
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