Country: Somalia
Organization: UNOPS
Closing date: 28 Mar 2022

UNOPS -Somalia Country Office (SOCO) is recruiting for this position: Project Management Support – Senior Officer (PMSSO) (Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems-AFIS) and qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to help shape UNOPS’ efforts to support the expansion of affordable, accountable and effective policing in Somalia.

Somalia Country Office (SOCO)

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.

The functional objective of UNOPS in Somalia is to deliver projects in an efficient and effective manner, to achieve the development outcomes sought by the Government of Somalia and the donor community. The aim of UNOPS in Somalia is to provide implementation services to the Government of Somalia, the donor community and partner agencies in the reconstruction and development of the country. In doing so, UNOPS aims to exceed client expectations in the delivery of quality services throughout the country.

Job Specific Background:

The Stipends programme is a part of Security Sector Reform (SSR) and falls within the second of the Peace and State building Goals (PSGs): “Establish unified, capable, accountable and rights-based Somali federal security institutions, providing basic security for its citizens.”

Complementary to the stipends programmes is the biometric registration of the Police & Military personnel. Registration of the Police/Military personnel promotes accountability and transparency and is crucial for strengthening the Somali government’s capacity in terms of improved financial and personnel management.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment:

The Project Management Support – Senior Officer (PMSSO) (Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems-AFIS) will lead the conceptualization, planning, preparation and monitoring of registration and verification activities and will report to the Police/Military Stipends Senior Project Managers.

Functional Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Police & Military Stipends Senior Project Managers, the Project Management Support – Senior Officer (AFIS) and s/he will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

Lead the conceptualization, planning, preparation & monitoring of registration/verification activities for Police & Military Stipends.

The PMSSO (AFIS) Officer coordinates with the Pay Team Observers (PTOs) to ensure that beneficiary data are aligned with stipend payments. S/he also conducts formal and on-the-job training to ensure that field teams are prepared and knowledgeable to operate the UNHRS system efficiently.

Liaise with the PTOs & Project Managers for the Registration/Verification plan and perform thorough checks on the biometric equipment, ensuring that kits were ready for deployment.

Liaise with ICT for the maintenance of UNHRS Servers, Biometric kits, Fingerprint scanners, cameras, software upgrades and advise the Senior Project Managers on procurement and/or replacement of equipment and software if and when required.

In coordination with the relevant project focal points, She/he will ensure the timely and accurate flow of Biometric registration and verification data, provide comprehensive data quality reports identifying gaps, define and assess business impact, address data quality at the source and promote a data-driven culture.

Synchronize field data captured on field kits with UNHRS servers/databases, ensuring that beneficiary data is secured and aligned and compiling comprehensive beneficiary registration/verification reports as per set standard.

Ensure that data backups are taken after each registration/verification/stipend run activity and are properly secured.

Coordinate with the PTOs and Project Team for creation of monthly Payment Lists, reconciliation of verification list with the payment list and reconciliation of payment lists with the bank proof of payments.

Maintains an up-to-date Biometric Asset Register with the current location of the kits. Responsible for the handover-takeover of the Biometric kits and maintains records of the same.

Provide comprehensive data analysis and any ad-hoc reports for data assurance, audit and quality control purposes.

Maintain contact with field teams to ensure the smooth completion of beneficiary registration/verification activity, provide remote support to the field teams, Troubleshoot and provide quick effective resolutions to the application/system issues when encountered at field level and travel to field locations when required.

Ensure synergy between policy, strategy, crosscutting issues & regional requirements.

Assist the Police & Military Stipends Senior Project Managers in the development of regional, personal & thematic plans to achieve stated goals and objectives, including developing background and contextual components of work plans.

Provided inputs to the weekly/monthly/quarterly reports.

Liaise with the Donor to align the vetting data with UNHRS system data.

Participate in relevant coordination meetings, technical evaluations and other working groups.

Other duties as required by the Supervisor.

Impact of Result

The Project Management Support – Senior Officer (Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems) has a major role to support the Police & Military Stipends Project Managers that directly affects the ability of the FGS and FMS (military and police) to effectively and efficiently disburse stipend payments in a timely fashion, which will have a direct impact of the delivery of safety and security services to the broader Somalia.

A. Education

Master’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Data Management, Software Engineering, Statistics or other relevant disciplines is required.

Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Statistics with a combination of two (2) additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Technical Diploma Certification in related areas such as Information Technology, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Statistics combined with 6 years of professional relevant work experience.


PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification is highly desirable.

B. Work Experience:

A minimum of two (2) years relevant work experience in Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) and OR verification of personnel systems, procedures, tools and web applications is required.

Expertise in Data Management, Data Analysis and tools such as G Suite/Google Sheet is strongly desirable.

Knowledge of Project Management is an added advantage

Experience in complex humanitarian and /or development programmes, in one or more countries, at an operational level, is an asset

Good knowledge of roles and activities of international organizations within a complex humanitarian emergency or developmental environments is desirable

Ability to produce reports on substantive issues, with particular attention to deadlines.

Good interpersonal, communication skills and abilities to gain assistance from others in a team endeavour

Ability to effectively work in a multicultural environment.

Organized planning, coordination as well as ability to conceptualize and implement innovative solutions to hardware and software issues.

Ability to travel to remote locations if and when required.

Work experience in the East Africa region is desirable.

Work experience in developing / post-conflict countries is desirable

Ability to work with little or no supervision in high risk/hostile environments.

Capable of delivering on the job training.

C. Language Requirement

Fluency in written, reading and spoken English Language is required.**

D: Additional Considerations:

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Work-life Harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types.

Mogadishu is not a Family Duty Station.

UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

How to apply:

Qualified candidates should apply using the below link:

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