Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 15 May 2019 - 28 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-114910-R-Mogadishu (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UN Environment's Policy and Programme Division is responsible for the organization's strategy, overseeing special initiatives, which includes environment and security work, and the organization's performance review and monitoring. This post is in the Policy and Programme Division at the Mogadishu duty station. This position reports to the Head of the Environmental Security Unit.


1.Develop a wide network of contacts relevant to environmental issues, the socio-economic, political and security situation in Somalia, in collaboration with the UN Assistance Mission and UN agencies in Somalia; Provide up-to-date analysis of the environmental causes and consequences of conflict and insecurity to the Resident Coordinator, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and their teams, and propose solutions;

2.Support the Resident Coordinator in coordination of assistance relating to environmental issues in Somalia, where possible via existing frameworks, including identification of priority interventions, and gaps in the response; Map and enhance coordination of environment-related programmes and projects in Somalia; identify gaps in provision; identify and work to address any unintended adverse consequences arising from environment-related projects in Somalia in partnership with the Resident Coordinator members of the UN Country Team, United Nations Assistance Mission to Somalia (UNSOM), development partners and civil society;

3.Contribute to the work of the UN Country Team on issues related to the impact of the climate change, environmental degradation and conflicts over natural resources. Enhance the joint UN initiatives such as the State of the Environment Outlook and UN Joint Programming on Charcoal, as well as trans-boundary issues, including water;

4.Identify areas in which Government of Somalia or other partners in Somalia would benefit from thematic and technical expertise on environmental issues, including mediation of natural resource conflicts; collaborate with the Environmental Security Unit (UN Environment in Nairobi) to ensure effective transmission of expertise to enhance environment-related policies and programmes in Somalia;

5.Prepare analysis of environmental issues, focusing on climate change, environmental degradation and conflict over natural resources in Somalia; current and potential impact on the political and security situation, through regular liaison with a range of interlocutors in the capital and in affected regions;

6.In collaboration with the Resident Coordinator and members of the country team identify funding gaps related to environment-security issues; together with partners, develop proposals and approach potential donors;

7.Work with UNSOM and engaged partners to identify opportunities for environmentally sound private sector investment; and Record lessons learned and prepare reports on a regular basis.


PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks in the field of environment and development. Ability to generate and communicate links between UN Environment’s work on environment, peace and security, the political economy and socio-economic environment of Somalia. Demonstrated ability in programme and project management in a complex environment and/or development programmes and projects.

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.

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.

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 improvements; 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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, environmental management or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution, environmental assessments/management or a related area is required.

Additional experience in the areas of environmental security and/or environmental governance, political outreach, facilitation, analysis and advice is required. Demonstrable experience in reporting, drafting and editing high quality analytical reports is required. Work experience within an international organization or non-governmental organization – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience in aid coordination, aid management and working with UN Country Teams and/or working on or in Somalia or the Horn of Africa is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is on a local basis. This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by Him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. 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.

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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.

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