Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Team Leader - Community Recovery and Extension of State Authority & Accountability Unit (CRESTA/A), P5
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISCIO
Posting Period: 29 January 2019 - 12 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Civil Affairs-UNSOM-110233-F-Mogadishu (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Community Recovery and Extension of State Authority & Accountability Unit (CRESTA/A) within the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG) RC/HC in United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mogadishu. The incumbent will report directly to the DSRSG RC/HC .


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Senior Civil Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties.

•Supports the DSRSG RC/HC in all aspects, including the provision of policy guidance and strategy development.

•Ensures coherence of the work of the component.

•Manages, supervises and carries out the work plan of the Unit/Section under his/her responsibility. Supervises and monitors the work of officers under his/her responsibility in undertaking the full range of their duties.

•Designs and coordinates diverse projects and activities for CRESTA/A to further the overall objectives of the component, including joint programmes with UNCT and other actors where appropriate. Monitors activities to ensure that substantive work programmes are carried out in a timely and effective fashion, taking account of gender considerations.

•Manages relevant planning and budgeting processes for the component, in accordance with UN and Mission procedures. Anticipates changes in the environment and proposes adjustments in the priorities or approach of the component accordingly.

•Ensures that information and analysis provided by CRESTA/A Officers at the local level is collected and presented in a consistent and planned manner.

•Provides an overall analysis of trends and issues based on input from diverse Geographical areas. Ensures that all analysis is integrated into overall mission analysis and planning.

•Coordinates (across disciplines and components) to ensure effective partnership, Coordination and information sharing between the Civil Affairs component and both Mission and non-Mission partners. Ensures that all partners and interlocutors are aware of the role and contributions of Civil Affairs as part of the overall Mission and UN effort.

•Ensures that Civil Affairs components establish and maintain contacts with all sectors of the population country-wide, that sound mechanisms are in place to identify and represent their concerns and perceptions, and that these are effectively communicated to Mission and UN actors.

•Ensures QIPs implementation is managed effectively and in line with the DPKO/DFS Policy Directive on QIPs. Proposes mission specific priorities for Quick Impact Projects (QIPs).

•Oversees impact evaluation Plans and implementation of appropriate induction and skills training for Civil Affairs staff, encourages the identification and sharing of good practices and lessons learned, and promotes free and active participation in the online Civil Affairs Community of Practice by all Civil Affairs staff.

•Manages a regional or local field office, undertaking or overseeing the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for its functioning. Designs and oversees implementation of the Civil Affairs work plan for that area. Ensures that all Civil Affairs and non-Civil Affairs Missions actors in that regional or local area of operations share an understanding of the Mission mandate and operations, and act in a cohesive and consistent manner.

•Coordinates with UNCT partners in that area of operations to ensure a coherent UN system effort.

Support to Community Recovery and Extension of State Authority

•Develops strategies to enhance effective cooperation between Civil Affairs and relevant state institutions with a view to: strengthening local ownership of the peace process, building capacity, promoting cooperation between authorities and relevant community and social actors, as well as supporting operations, policy and decision-making processes as appropriate.

• Ensures consistent identification country-wide of the support needs of local authorities and the design of practical Civil Affairs activities to respond to them. Ensures that Civil Affairs work is carried out in coordination with other actors, in particular UNDP, and as part of a joint programme where appropriate.

•Oversees the design and implementation of Civil Affairs support to civic education programmes or political fora or town-hall meetings to support the development of political space at the local level.

•Ensures consistent and appropriate Civil Affairs support to dialogue and cooperation between authorities and relevant community and social actors and encourages the development of structures of accountability and transparency.

Conflict Management

•Manages Civil Affairs support to national and local actors in designing strategies and processes for conflict management and resolution.

• Convenes or oversees support to dialogue and negotiation between groups in conflict. Facilitates, enables, or mediates dialogue where appropriate.

• Manages partnerships with relevant actors to advocate the protection and empowerment of excluded and/or threatened groups in full respect of humanitarian and international law, including mechanisms for information-sharing, crisis response and protection of civilians as needed.

•Identifies and coordinates a response to specific conflict drivers at the social level, including by mobilising a response from other actors where appropriate.

• Identifies and designs practical Civil Affairs support activities for constructive civil society actors.


•Formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission’s programme of work, including through support to planning and budgetary processes.

•Supervise, mentor and evaluate staff; assist in the staff selection process

•Attend workshops/conferences/meetings as directed by the DSRSG.

•Performs other duties, as assigned.


Professionalism: Provides robust support to the DSRSG on approach deciding and proposing options and providing well-researched avenues for resolving problems and following up on matters to be addressed. Mindful of errors that could lead to an inaccurate assessment by the Organization that could result in flawed or inappropriate advice, statements or policies, which in turn could impact negatively the Organization’s effectiveness, credibility and relationship with Member States and other interlocutors and partners. 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.

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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and 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.

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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, stabilization or related area. Extensive experience in political outreach, stabilization, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) or similar international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of the other is desirable


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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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