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Project Manager and Disability Inclusion Specialist { Paid Internship at UNDP }

Project Manager and Disability Inclusion Specialist { Paid Internship at UNDP }

Country: Somalia
City: Hargeisa
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Project Manager and Disability Inclusion Specialist { Paid Internship at UNDP }

The Project Manager and Disability Inclusion Specialist will report to the Head of Area office in Hargeisa and also to the ROL and Security Portfolio Manager on a dual reporting matrix. (Attached is the Organigram).

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide policy and programmatic support on disability inclusion.

  • Working with Government institutions in Somalia and Somaliland,  support in the provision of high-quality advice on disability inclusion.
  • Prepare written contributions and knowledge products for various purposes, i.e. case studies, desk reviews, speeches, briefings notes and related products for wider dissemination, as needed.
  • Support resource mobilization in the area of disability inclusion by developing funding proposals and other documents, where appropriate.
  • Conduct research, analysis, and any data collection of global, regional and national trends, as appropriate

Promote partnership and collaborations with UN entities and other relevant stakeholders

  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, such as other UN entities, relevant government ministries, CSOs, organisations of persons with disabilities, Innovation Hubs, Universities and development partners, and donors, engage and support initiatives such as conference , Innovation camps, Hackathons  and workshops which are undertaken in support of the Disability Rights Bill, Disability Rights Roadmap, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, improving the living conditions of PWDs etc.
  • Contribute to knowledge sharing across UN agencies, as well as with internal and external key stakeholders.
  • Prepare proposals and concept notes to mobilize resources.
  • Prepare presentations for donor briefings and meetings

Develop knowledge products 

  • Effort shall be made to disseminate the lessons and learnings widely.
  • Identify and document human interest stories
  • Develop factsheets for the project.
  • Develop progress update for the project

Project Management

  • Manage the delivery of inputs and outputs in line with both projects’ approved annual work plans in the context of activities, ensuring proper monitoring and evaluation of the project;
  • Facilitating day-to-day management of the activities, covering all phases of the projects and adhering to the Project Initiation Plans and annual work plans, including liaising with joint project steering committees etc;
  • Ensure that the resources which are allocated in the projects are used in a balanced way that confirms the application of the Human Rights Based Approach;
  • Work with government officials, NGOs and UNDP area-offices and serve as a liaison of issues related to disability rights;
  • Engage with relevant and selected CSO’s and NGOs, for the implementation of the projects’ activities.
  • Ensure that all stakeholders are equipped with knowledge and skills to fully adhere to the issues on disability rights.
  • Work with other portfolios to identify entry points to expand disability rights issues across the work of the UNDP.
  • Work closely with gender advisor and UNWOMEN to address disability rights issues for women.

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Required Skills and Experience for Project Manager and Disability Inclusion Specialist

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies, human rights law, disability studies, project management, psychology, sociology or a related area is required.
  • A first- level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additionak two years of qualifying experience will  be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Minimum  5 years’ (with master’s degree) or 7 years (with bachelor’s degree) of experience working with people with disabilities on their rights and inclusion in a range of development settings especially supporting monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization and capacity development.

Required Skills

  • Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advanced knowledge of web-based management systems such as ERP

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
  • Experience in conducting research study in the rule of law and governance sectors
  • Experience in Building Strategic Partnerships
  • Experience/Ability to manage programme and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Required Languages:

  • Fluency in English and Somali is required
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

Professional Certificates:

  • A project/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage


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