Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISCIO
Posting Period: 31 January 2019 - 07 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Security Institutions-UNSOM-111065-F-Mogadishu (M)
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 within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The Security Sector Reform Officer will be based in Mogadishu and will report to the Director, Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG) through the Senior Security Sector Reform Officer. The focus of this position is to advise the UNSOM Leadership on all aspects of Security Sector Reform (SSR) activities related to mandate implementation.


Within delegated authority, the SSR Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Assists in the overall management and administration of the UNSOM-UNDP Integrated SSR Section. Also provides support in the development of the SSR capacity’s support to national SSR efforts, as well as the day-to-day coordination of activities with other mission components (e.g. political, defence, civilian; communications/public affairs, justice, policy/planning, mission analysis, etc.) and UN entities.

•Supports the provision of strategic and technical advice to both national stakeholders and Mission/UNCT leadership on security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on civilian oversight, management and coordination.

•Supports the development of mission strategy, policy and proposals with respect to support of national SSR efforts.

•Supports the delivery of coherent ‘one-UN’ support of national SSR efforts, together with all relevant Mission/UNCT interlocutors, including coordination of Mission-UNCT assistance and through effective integration of all SSR programmes/projects and related activities undertaken by Mission components.

•Supports the provision of advice and assistance to key parties (e.g. UNSOM management and staff, established Commissions, government officials, etc.); consults with relevant stakeholders through inclusive and participatory processes.

•Assists Chief SSR to support national efforts to mobilize and coordinate international assistance to security sector initiatives.
•Provides UN SSR policy advice to the Chief SSR, as well as assistance in strategic planning, design, implementation, review and evaluation of SSR programmes/projects.

•Prepares substantive input to SSR position papers and reports for presentation to relevant bodies, with a primary focus on Public Financial Management/Public Expenditure Review activities, and Rightsizing/Integration of security forces at national and regional levels, as well as structures relating to veterans affairs.

•Establishes and maintains contacts and partnerships with key officials and other actors (national and international) inside and outside the organization in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing SSR objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of SSR activities.

•Participates in international, regional or national meetings related to SSR, as required.

•Supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, and other events on substantive issues.

•Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.

•Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

•Responds to requests and reporting requirements from the SSR Unit, OROLSI, DPKO.

•Deputizes for the Chief of the SSR unit, where relevant and as required.

•Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Expert knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to SSR, management and coordination; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills: ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; ability to plan own work and manage work/task priorities, draft the Section work plan in line with the Mission objectives; Demonstrated leadership and capacity for original and creative thinking, independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, programme/project and other issues/problems. Ability to work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all areas of work.; 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.

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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Political Science, business, public security sector management, administration, international relations or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (07) years of progressively responsible experience in development work generally and in particular in peacekeeping/peace-building operations in the field with specific focus on inter-agency coordination, political analysis and institutional development is required. Previous experience in SSR strategy and/or policy development, programme/project planning, management review and evaluation is required. Previous experience in engagement in security sector expenditure management, rightsizing/integration of security forces in United Nations peacekeeping missions, or fragile countries is highly desirable.


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


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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