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Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 14 May 2023 – 12 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Administration-UNSOS-208760-D-Mogadishu (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position of the Director is located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and is based in Mogadishu. The Director reports to the Assistant-Secretary-General and Head of UNSOS as her/his First Reporting Officer. The Director also functions as the Director of Mission Support for the United Nation Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which is headed by the Special Representative of the Secretary- General Somalia (SRSG) for Somalia and is the UNSOS Director’s Second Reporting Officer.

UNSOS Clients and Support Elements


UNSOS is mandated with providing logistical support for up to 19,626 uniformed and 85 civilians of the African Mission in Somalia/African Transition Mission in Somalia (AMISOM/ATMIS). The logistics support package primarily consists of the provision of life support, such as rations, water, and fuel, as well as medical infrastructure and supplies, casualty evacuations, transportation (land, sea, and air); engineering support (accommodation, ablutions, defence stores, water wells, and waste management), counter IED support, equipment repair and maintenance, HF/VHF communications, IT support, strategic communications, and training. The AMISOM/ATMIS Trust Fund is supported by a mix of assessed budgets and voluntary donations from Member States. All contributions for ATMIS must comply with the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) of the United Nations.

Support to the Somalia Security Forces (SSF)

UNSOS also provides logistical support to Somalia National Army (SNA) troops participating in joint operations with AMISOM/ATMIS. The support to SNA extends to state and federal police elements that are formally integrated into the SSF in line with the National Security Architecture and are actively participating in joint or coordinated operations with AMISOM/ATMIS, towards implementation of the Somalia Transition Plan. Currently, UNSOS supports 12,900 SNA and 1,000 Somalia National Police units. UNSOS’ assistance to SSF is supported by voluntary donations from UN Member States to the UNSOS-managed Trust Fund, which is subject to HRDDP compliance. Areas of support include: Food; water; fuel; tentage; transportation; in-theatre medical evacuation; defence stores; and appropriate VHF/UHF/HF communication equipment to enable communication with AMISOM; training; and equipment and mentorship to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices.

Support to UNSOM

Like any other Special Political Mission (SPM) with a military component, the political Mission, UNSOM, depends on UNSOS for the full range of administrative and logistics support. UNSOS’ support to UNSOM encompasses all aspects of day-to-day administration: the provision of budget and finance services; human resources administration and management; aviation and movements support; staff training services; provision and management of office and accommodation space, including all associated camp services; and provision of medical support services to personnel through the UNSOS Level II hospital in Mogadishu and the Level I medical facilities in the sectors and regions. In short, all UNSOM staff and other personnel (Government Provided Personnel/ International Uniformed Police and consultants and individual contractor personnel) are directly administered by UNSOS through the provision of the full complement of support services as listed above

New ATMIS Mandate and its imperatives:

On 30 March 2022, the UN Security Council, through UNSCR 2628, provided a new mandate to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), to transition itself to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) with effect from 01 April 2022. The mandate specifies a phased transfer of security responsibility from ATMIS to SSF by December 2024, based on achieving certain milestones. The UN (primarily UNSOS) has been assigned an expanded role to coordinate with ATMIS, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and all other partners to facilitate achievement of the mandate, and to provide oversight, monitoring, and reporting in relation to security transition from ATMIS to SSF. This mandate has placed on UNSOS a new and complex support requirement for a phased, conditions-based and agile approach to support, both for ATMIS and the Somali Security Forces (SSF), in their operations to counter Al-Shabaab and other Armed Opposition Groups in Somalia, and ultimately, fully transfer security responsibility to Somalia’s national security institutions.


Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following functions:

• Acts as the principal adviser to the Head of UNSOS and the SRSG on all matters pertaining to the administrative and technical operational support activities of the Mission, and accountable to the Head of UNSOS for the effective general management of the human, financial and physical resources allocated to the mission.

• Contributes to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate by ensuring the efficient provision of managerial, logistical and administrative support required for the fulfilment of the mandate of both entities (UNSOM and UNSOS), principally in support of African Union military forces (ATMIS), Somalia Security Forces, as well as the good offices functions of UNSOM, in areas such as budget, finance, human resources management, procurement, logistics, communications, transport, air operations, etc.

• Oversee the day-to-day implementation of the new/revised UNSOS concept of support to ATMIS and Somali Security Forces (SSF), in pursuance of UNSCR 2628; and ensuring the necessary operational preparations are in place for expansion of activities in the sectors/regions and Forward Operating Bases (FOBs). This role includes continuous review of strategy, agility in planning and targets to align with the goals set by UNSC, Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), TCCs and other partners.

As a member of the Mission Senior Management Team, participates in the mission planning process throughout the mission lifecycle, with particular attention to support areas, and contributes to an integrated approach and consistency in the implementation of the mandate.

• Ensures that the mission budget, staff, and assets are optimally allocated to support of mandate implementation across all mission components and guides any reprioritization of resources during the budget period in line with priorities that support effective mandate implementation. Undertakes or oversees reporting methodology for budget and performance in accordance with results-based budgeting guidelines.

• Initiates the development and implementation of the mission support work plan, ensuring coordination and monitoring of overall strategies and programmes for the support activities of the mission, and proactively facilitates the securing of the required human and financial resources for the mission.

• Develops and implements a client-oriented service optimization programme to promote continuous improvement in the quality and delivery of services to mission clients. This will include the establishment of relevant strategic mission performance indicators which provide data and analysis for the review of legislative bodies. Ensures that all processes and systems in place are relevant and cost effective.

• Ensures, through collaboration with all stakeholders, a commitment to supply chain management and integrated/shared service delivery that is client-oriented, responsive and allows for efficiencies wherever possible.

• Maintains active communication with UN headquarters and the global/regional service centres supporting the mission.

• Actively engages with police and military components within the mission to ensure coordinated, high quality support in accordance with their operational requirements.

• Establishes a set of robust policies, procedures, practices, standards and tools that are consistent with UN regulations, rules, policies and practice in order to ensure proper budget, accounting, procurement, financial, assets and human resources management and control and certifies mission expenditures.

• Liaises, negotiates and coordinates with national authorities with respect to administrative and logistical matters.

• Provides guidance, support and supervision to senior administrative and logistics support staff as well as audit and evaluation services, as appropriate.

• Actively engages in management performance duties and ensures the provision of management, guidance, development, training, constructive feedback and performance evaluation and appraisal, and administrative support and other management functions to staff in the areas of his/her responsibility.

• Maintains good order and discipline of staff under his/her overall supervision.

• Develops initiatives to promote the welfare and wellbeing of mission staff.

• Represents the mission before legislative bodies, providing information and clarification in support of budget proposals.

• Represents the mission support component at meetings, protocol and ceremonial occasions, military parades, etc.

• Provides operational leadership to the mission Transition Planning Cell in the implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions.

• Ensures the integration of the support elements of ATMIS and SSF towards a harmonious and transparent service delivery.

• Performs related duties as may be required by SRSG Somalia and Head of UNSOS e.g., provides briefings to visiting senior officials on mission, administrative and technical support activities, etc.

• Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of principles, techniques and practices related to specialized advice in a broad range of human resources, financial, logistical, procurement and administrative areas to Head of Office/Mission, to Headquarters and to senior mission staff. Proven ability and experience to lead change in a complex environment, strongly-results driven, client-oriented and strategic, ability to ensure efficient and effective service delivery, and to prepare reports or rationale with respect to key logistics and administrative decisions; strong negotiation and conflict-resolution skills. Demonstrated outstanding verbal and written communication skills and proven problem-solving skills including innovation, flexibility and creativity are required. Demonstrated leadership skills including the ability to build productive teams and motivate individuals at all levels of an organization in the pursuit of common objectives is required. Proven track record of personal effectiveness in complex environments and demonstrated ability to build relationships with multiple stakeholders. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; and meets timelines for delivery of products or services to clients.


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in business or public administration, logistics, human resources management, finance, accounting, or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in the areas of administration, finance, logistics, information technology, communication or related fields is required, out of which 8 years should be at the management level.

Experience ensuring compliance with support-related regulations in a decentralized operational environment is required.

Experience leading change management or complex innovation initiatives involving collaboration and partnership, including leading support to field operations with police, military or security forces is required.

Solid Inter-personal skills, diplomacy and effective communication expertise are required.

Client orientation and forward-planning skills are desirable.

Experience leading support to entities external to the UN is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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