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Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Posting Period: 09 March 2023 – 23 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-UNSOM-203893-F-Beledweyne (Hiraan) (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in Beledweyne Field Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission covering Hirshabelle state of Somalia. The Mission Planning Officer will be based in Beledweyne, with frequent travel to Mogadishu as necessary. The Mission Planning Officer, P4 reports directly to the Head of Office, Beledweyne Field Office and to Senior Mission Planning Officer as Second Reporting Officer.

Beledweyne is classified as “E” category and is a non-family duty station.


The P-4 Mission Planning Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

• Conducts analysis, formulates recommendations and drafts segments of documents in order to assist UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies to maximize the individual and collective impact of the UN’s response in the country of deployment, concentrating on mandated tasks and activities required to promote and consolidate peace, through a strategic partnership between the Mission and the UN country team;

• Lead/ co-lead on the programmatic segment of the annual UNSOM Results-Based Budget (RBB) proposal and collaborate closely with the support pillar to propose complementing resourcing package;

• Support the performance monitoring and quarterly reporting for the Mission including on the RBB results and deliverables through the Strategic Management Application or any similar tool as available;

• Provides supports the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management, Programme Criticality; provide inputs for the reports Secretary General reports, senior managers compact, audits and evaluations; and prepare background notes, options papers, code cables as needed;

• Supports Mission components in undertaking self-evaluations and incorporating lessons learned from evaluations into policies, procedures, plans, budgets, and other relevant mission guidance documents;

• Supports the revision of the Mission Concept, which, building on the vision of the SRSG, translates the mission mandated tasks into a form that fuses objectives and expected outcomes into a coherent whole, serving as an authoritative guide for the development and implementation of Mission component plans as needed;

• Provides advice to Mission components and the field office substantive sections on development of component-level/ field office annual workplans to ensure coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction and relevant plans and policies developed for UNSOM;

• Provides advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices, particularly the revised UN Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP); provides recommendations on design of specific planning tools and mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners;

• With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the development, revision and implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework which also serves as the Integrated Strategic Framework for the Mission to support peace consolidation in the country, including a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress, by conducting conflict analysis and making suggestions on priorities and roles for the United Nations;

• Identifies and analyses potential issues for a common UN approach through policy, advocacy and/or joint programming efforts and support advancing on initiatives related to UN integration. Develops and maintains productive partnerships with mission components, United Nations Support Office in Somalia, UN Agencies Funds and Programmes members, African Union Transition Mission in Somalia, bilateral and multilateral partners, and relevant government counterparts;

• Contribute to early transition planning in collaboration with the UN country team and other stakeholders in line with the Secretary-General’s directive on transition;

• Acts as the Officer in Charge of the Joint/Strategic Planning Unit, in the absence of the Senior Mission Planning Officer and performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and team. Strong inter-personal skills, including the demonstrated ability to coordinate and facilitate challenging multi-stakeholder planning processes. Good knowledge of institutional mandates and policies in the UN system related to special political missions. Knowledge on strategic frameworks, Results Based Budgeting, UN integrated assessment and planning processes, Enterprise Risk Management, Program Criticality and experience in use of Umoja strategic planning applications such as Strategic Management Application or Integrated Planning and Reporting Module. 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.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) social sciences, political science, international relations, economics, development studies, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Professional training in the areas of planning, facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in political affairs, strategic planning, programme management, policy development, budgeting, monitoring and reporting at a strategic level is required.

Experience in facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes, in emergency, conflict or post-conflict settings is desirable.

At least one year of experience working in one of the above fields in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.

Experience in implementing relevant policies, procedures, methodologies and tools, including the Integrated Assessment and Planning policy, country or conflict analysis, results-based budgeting frameworks, risk management, or monitoring and evaluation is desirable.

Experience working directly on UN field operation strategic planning processes is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English [oral and written] is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance 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.

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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