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13 Aug 2020

  Young Professional Officers to support the SDG Localization Process and Stakeholder Engagement – Hargeisa, Somaliland

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TOR – Young Professional Officers (YPOs) to Support the Localization

of Sustainable Development Goals


Post Title:                Young Professional Officers to support the

SDG Localization Process and Stakeholder Engagement


Duty Station:           Ministry of Planning and National Development

– Somaliland


Contract type:         Individual Contract


Duration:                 4 months




The Ministry of Planning and National Development (MoPND) has the vital and strategic role of leading, facilitating and coordinating national planning and development efforts.


The core values of the ministry are to maintain the highest moral and ethical standards, commitment to high-quality work that meets international standards, using the Ministry’s limited human and capital resources efficiently and effectively, being transparent and taking responsibility for our actions and inaction, commitment to teamwork within the ministry and collaboration with our partners, training and supporting staff to raise performance and achieve potential, and lastly, setting and achieving clear and measurable goals.


The main functions of the ministry are: to provide data that is accurate, relevant and timely about the nation’s people and economy; to prepare and facilitate national and regional development plans; to formulate and enforce policy over its domain of responsibility; to mobilize domestic and external resources for the country’s development; to register and monitor local and international non-governmental organizations; to coordinate development activities taking place in the country; to ensure an efficient and fair allocation of development resources; and to be the main contact point of international development partners.


In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity” is anchored on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the agenda’s results framework that captures universal aspirations across three dimensions of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection. The 2030 Agenda is an integrated, indivisible agenda, which balances the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability, the success of which will depend on the extent to which coherent, evidence-based plans and policies are formulated and implemented at country, regional and global levels.


While the NDP II is well aligned with the global SDGs, localization of the SDGs to ensure they are aligned within the national context still needs to be taken forward. Localizing the SDG agenda has two main aspects. The first one is related to the establishment of national targets over the different years to ultimately realize the international agreed-upon targets, while the other aspect is related to the national ownership of the agenda. Under the overall guidance of the Director of the MoPND’s Planning Department, the young professional officers (YPOs) will provide analyses on SDG related trends and facilitate the formulation, management and evaluation of SDGs related goals, targets and indicators. Theywill have the responsibility to assist the SDG Office and the Director in charge for SDGs in day-to-day activities and produce results that match the required standards of quality, and within the specified timeframe. The primary reporting responsibility of the YPOs is to the Head of the Planning Section, and to the Director of Planning as the secondary supervisor.




Identify and work with key stakeholders across Government (across

sectors and at national and sub-national levels) to contribute to

policies and programs for the achievement of the SDGs.

Produce and disseminate information on SDGs implementation to

strengthen national and regional development policies, plans and

programs to achieve the SDGs, taking into account national and

regional realities, capacities and levels of development.

Manage the collection, analysis, reporting and dissemination of

information on progress against key indicators of sustainable

development as well as knowledge and tools on best practices.

Participate in the setting of agreed national indicators to track

progress against SDG goals.

Proposal of new datasets for indicators related to SDGs based on

analysis of existing data gaps and opportunities.

Contribute to addressing national development agendas and

priorities, and challenges that are related to SDGs implementation.


Institutional Arrangement


Generally, the YPOs will be supervised by and report to the Director of

Planning Department of MoPND, who will also carry out a performance

evaluation at the end of the assignment.


Duration of the Work


4 months


Duty Station


Ministry of Planning and National Development




Academic Qualifications:


Bachelor degree in Development Studies, International Relations, Social

Work, Environment, Public Policy or other relevant fields of study.


Competencies and special skills requirement:


Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.

Ability to produce a high volume of quality content.

Proven analytical skills and ability to conceptualize strategic


Demonstrated strong familiarity with development projects and

SDG-related programs in Somaliland.

Knowledge of environment-related programs and experience in

implementing development related projects and programs highly is


Ability to engage and negotiate with personnel in governmental

institutions, external agencies, etc.

Knowledge and network with SDG-related key stakeholders.

Excellent interpersonal communication skills, writing ability and

administrative skills.

Demonstrated willingness to work as part of a team in a

multicultural environment.

Experience in the use of computers and office software packages.

Fluency in written and spoken English is an absolute necessity, as

isfluency in written and spoken Somali language.




Somaliland Nationals Only





How to Apply

  The Young Professional Officers will report directly to the Ministry of Planning and National Development. This position will be initially contracted for 4 -month period, to the Ministry of Planning and National Development under UNDP support   All applications with up to date CVs should be sent to Ministry of Ministry of Planning and National Development Email: <> and <>   Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.   The closing date for applications is _Wednesday 19^th August 2020, at 12:00 am._

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