Issued on: 12/05/2017
Nairobi/ Kenya with travel to Somalia if security permits
Monitoring and Evaluation Expert
9 working months
25 May 2017
UN-Habitat Somalia is implementing the Federal Government of Somalia – United Nations Joint Programme on Youth Employment together with UNDP, FAO and ILO under the Peace and State Building Goal 4 “Economic Foundations”. The joint programme targets three outcomes:
- Improved long-term potential for growth, productivity and inclusive employment through six value chains implementation plans.
- Enhanced longer-term employability of youth in sectors with high growth and employment potential.
- Productive infrastructure rehabilitated through labour-intensive methods.
UN-Habitat’s contribution lies in component 2: Enhancing longer-term employability through of youth through skills development. The goal of UN-Habitat’s contribution to the joint programme is to improve the livelihoods of conflict affected youth, both men and women, through the development of a One Stop Youth Resource Centre in Mogadishu and Kismayo, Somalia that address the livelihood and psychosocial needs of Somali youth in a holistic manner.
The main objectives of the One Stop Youth Resource Centres are to:
- Increase employment opportunities for youth through vocational and business skills training and promotion of entrepreneurial practices,
- Provide safe spaces for youth to meet and access – in addition to livelihood and employment training – life skills training, psychosocial information and support as well as educational and social resources and activities.
Previous and on-going experience in Mogadishu has enabled the development of key focus areas based on primary needs and gaps in the local economy. A key component of the One Stop Youth Resource Centre in Mogadishu will therefore focus on construction skills training and construction material production. Mogadishu’s construction sector is booming and strongly contributes to the recovery and development of the city, not only in enabling the physical reconstruction of the city but also in stimulating further economic growth through linkages to other economic sectors such as ancillary industries, suppliers and contractors. Construction also plays a significant role in employment as it is a labor-intensive industry with manpower requirements ranging from highly skilled professionals to unskilled laborers.
The construction industry in the city also sees a high percentage of imported construction materials; this leads to high construction and transportation costs. Producing basic construction materials locally not only protects the environment and reduces dependency on the world market, but also constitutes a large economic opportunity for the city, and the wider country.
Providing vocational skills training in the production of construction materials to unemployed youth and supporting them to generate their own income, access wider employment in the sector, or potentially start-up a small construction business, offers an unequalled opportunity to create livelihoods for a whole sector of society; one whose potential to boost the economy and promote peace is often disregarded or underutilized.
As a consequence of 20 years of conflict, Somalia is faced with a very young population at a median age of 17.7 years old. 37% of the total population is urban, a number which is expected to increase at a rate of 3.79% annually. The conflict has led to large-scale internal displacement. Lacking the funds to move and resettle elsewhere, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and rural-urban migrants remain in the city, as their best chance of accessing livelihood opportunities.
Unemployment rates have soared, particularly among youth. 67% of Somali youth are unemployed. In a country where youth (aged between 14 – 29 years old) comprise 42% of the population, this constitutes a significant challenge. Faced with grim prospects for the future, over 60% of Somali youth have intentions to leave the country for better livelihood opportunities. Conflict, poverty, being jobless and voiceless leave youth frustrated, and can fuel conflict escalation and anti-social or violent behavior; this has significant social costs.
For example, with regards to inland militia activities and piracy, youth form the bulk of the force hired to carry out risky manual tasks such as manning the frontline and leading attacks. Payout for these tasks is estimated to be very meager. With a major section of society in destitution, youth are drawn to these illicit engagements partly out of the need to make ends meet.
In the Somali region, as in most other post-conflict contexts, institutions have to be built again, and with them, the human capacity to manage and guide development. In this context, capacity development is not easy, but it remains the foundational activity for creating sustainable urban centres.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and the direct supervision of the UN-Habitat YES Project Manager, the incumbent will be in charge of the following responsibilities:
- Regular Monitoring
- Shaqeyso training programme in Mogadishu and Kismayo
- Review and update the theory of change and the existing monitoring framework for the Shaqeyso training programme, incorporate lessons learned from Shaqeyso 1 and 2,
- Review the existing monitoring templates and recording system to ensure collection of sex and age disaggregated data and vulnerability data, with a particular focus on training data,
- Develop/ increase the capacity of the Shaqeyso trainers and BRA training department to conduct regular monitoring activities in line with the logframe indicators.
- Lifeskills training and urban campaigns in Bosasso and Berbera
- Develop a monitoring framework for lifeskills training and urban campaign in Bosasso and Berbera,
- Develop monitoring templates and recording system/ data base to ensure collection of sex and age disaggregated data and other vulnerability criteria/ data, with a particular focus on training data,
- Develop the capacity of the lifeskills trainers and youth mobilisation officers to conduct regular monitoring activities in line with the logframe indicators and employing the monitoring templates developed.
- Impact Evaluation
- Review the existing success story data base, incorporate lessons learned from Shaqeyso 1 and 2,
- Review and update the existing Shaqeyso evaluation framework, incorporate lessons learned from Shaqeyso 1 and 2,
- Develop/ review the evaluation questionnaires and recording system/ data base to ensure collection of sex and age disaggregated data and other vulnerability criteria/ data, with a particular focus on employment data,
- Develop the capacity of the Shaqeyso and lifeskills trainers, BRA training department and other local government institutions to conduct baseline and endline evaluation activities in line with the logframe indicators,
- Analyse evaluation data and write an evaluation report at the end of each Shaqeyso/ training cohort (every three months) as well as an annual report capturing the overarching successes, opportunities and challenges, including recommendations for improvements,
- Develop system to follow-up with trainees 3, 6 and 12 months after graduation to collect employment related data, train the national job developer, BRA training department and other local institutions to implement the follow-up system,
- General tasks:
- Develop a system to monitor risks for programme implementation.
- Write quarterly project progress reports, including update on targets and outputs that feed into the quarterly YES MPTF reporting.
- Conduct trainer evaluations, analyse data and write quarterly staff evaluation reports.
- Support third party monitoring conducted by YES donors and partners.
- Write/ record beneficiaries/ success stories for communication materials.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Advanced university degree in statistics, economics, public/business administration, development studies, youth studies or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of experience in programme management and M&E. Conversant in development of survey tools, data analysis and report writing.
Experience in working with vulnerable youth is a strong asset. Experience in working in post-conflict environments is desirable.
Proficiency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Somali language is an advantage.
- Proven knowledge in project management and coordination.
Proactive, results oriented, independent, able to identify and carry out duties and responsibilities with minimum supervision. Professional, supportive and cooperative in all matters within the work setting, problem-solving oriented. Maintain confidentiality with regards to all work-related issues.
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Deadline for applications: 25 May 2017
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