Job Opening

Job Code Title: Occupational Safety Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 21 January 2020 - 08 February 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Safety-UNSOS-129435-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 Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). The Health and Safety Officer will be based in Mogadishu, Somalia.
The incumbent will report to the Director of Mission Support (DMS) through the Head of the Environment and Safety Unit with a technical direct reporting line to the DPKO-DFS programme manager.


Within delegated authority, the Health and Safety Officer will carry out the following duties:
•Develops, implements, and coordinates a mission specific Field Occupational Safety Risk Management Programme (FOSRM).
•Provide programme guidance, advice technical and consultative support to UNSOS staff at all levels, by analyzing and evaluating Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) hazard and risk factors in accordance with the DPKO-DFS FOSRM Programme, Policy, SOPs and other substantial guidance available or provided by the DPKO-DFS Programme Manager.
•Chairs or Leads the mission's Health &Safety Committee as requested or required.
•Manages and supervises mission's Occupational Safety Officers, Occupational Safety Focal Points.
•Advices, supports and represents the DMS in the performance of his/her occupational safety and health risk management responsibilities and in all aspects of the Mission’s FOSRM or OSH Programme and activities.
•Chairs or leads the development of an overarching framework and other supporting safety architecture with other mission safety components and/or with host country safety officials to enable implementation of necessary safety arrangements and well-being of UN staff.
•Ensure that OSH risk management operations are conducted in accordance with UN methodology and standards.
•Reviews and assesses all mission produced OSH related Risk Assessments (O-SRA), and provides direct feedback to the DMS through the Chief Environment (CE) and mission supervisors on compliance to ensure that OSH related hazards have been identifies correctly and that appropriate risk management measure have in fact been taken and/or implemented.
•Analyzes all mission OSH related Risk Assessments (O-SRAs) and recommends implementation strategies to the CE or equivalent.
•Analyzes, monitors and projects OSH hazards and threats and subsequent possible risk to mission staff, and coordinates courses of action on prevention and mitigation strategies in cooperation with with DPKO-DFS programme management, the DMS, the CE or equivalent, other UN OSH-related components and/or host country OSH-related entities.
• Undertakes periodic mission-wide OSH risk assessments.
•Assists the mission contract administrators/managers to assess contractors' occupational safety plans prior to appointment to ensure that contractors are compliant with occupational safety standards required of them in the performance of the work activities with or on behalf of the UN.
•Develops protocol on overarching safety coordination requirements within the mission in conjunction with CE or equivalent and relevant host country authorities.
• Plans, coordinates, delegates, reviews and evaluates the OSH risk management activities of mission staff on all levels, directly or through subordinates.
•Develops field focused risk reduction and controls measures to particular OSH hazards and risks, including but not limited to construction activities, motor vehicle repair, fuel operation, transport, falls from height, electrical, firearms handling/management, office ergonomics, office environments, manual handling, administrative officer's operations and office work stations.
•Ensures that all OSH risk management (control measures) and documented in the form of policies, procedures (SOP), guidance and manuals setting out the standards to be achieved, identifying responsibilities, and the measures necessary to meet the aims and objectives.
•Develops and coordinates OSH trainings and exercises to ensure that operational readiness and competencies are maintained to national or UN OSH standards.
•Manages the development, review and update of all/any written mission specific OSH risk management procedures regularly and as needed.
•Ensures mission FOSRM and OSH programs compliance and consistency with current UN DPKO, DFS and DPA FOSRM Polices, Standard Operation Procedures, Terms of Reference and other standards (where/when available or applicable) or as provided by DPKO and DFS.
•Develops and keeps up-to date mission guidelines and tools in support of occupational safety. Undertakes and translates mission OSH Risk Assessments (O-SRAs) to include available lessons-learned into effective improvements in occupational safety risk management.
•Participates as a permanent primary member of the missions OSH Committee.
•Trains, briefs and educate mission staff at all levels on FOSRM. Assists mission's in-line supervisors when conducting O-SRAs. Ensure that the proper OSH information flows within the mission, and that OSH matters are brought promptly to the attention of action officers or the senior mission management.
• Identifies and determines both mission specific active and reactive key performance measures, with the goal of reducing work related accidents and incidents.
•Determines the numerical OSH incident reduction targets for both active system to derive improvements in workplace safety performance and subsequent reactive systems once incident data have been collected.
•Leads OSH inspections, audits and fact finding exercises or missions as required or requested.
•When specially directed by the Director of Mission support through the Chief Environment, assumes lead of formal finding or investigations if an incident is directly or indirectly related to OSH.
•As directed by the CE, supervises specific occupational safety incident fact-finding missions, normally one with significant OSH implications and/or impacts. Prepare OSH reports, including field OSH incident reports as well as correspondences messages, instructions and plans, as directed or required.
•Ensures that appropriate FOSRM actions are taken by the proper responsible authorities in a timely and efficient manner. Makes recommendations to the Director of Mission Support (DMS) through the CE on the efficient employment of OSH resources, equipment, and staff procedures including areas for improvement.
•Manages the development and maintenance of all mission OSH incident statistics and data to include a journal of potential lessons learned issues on OSH.
•Prepares the mission's annual OSH budget proposal.
• Performs other OSH risk management related duties as directed.


Excellent knowledge in the field of work in safety or security risk management combined with a solid background in either Occupational Safety or OSH (specifically), Engineering, Security or directly related field; well-developed ability to identify safety hazards, evaluate the risks and subsequently determine effective and reasonable risk management measures; capability to develop, implement, manage and coordinate safety risk management programmes, concepts, systems and efforts; shows pride in his/ her 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. Strong research skills, including the ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources.

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.


Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in Occupational Safety, Engineering, Security or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying safety specific experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Official certification or training in the specific field of Occupational Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Traffic Safety, Aviation Safety, Fire Safety or General Safety or Security Risk Management from an internationally and/ or UN recognized, school, academy or training institute would be an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years experience in occupational safety, engineering, security or directly related field is required; two of which should be at the international level in an occupational safety position is required.
Experience in occupational safety hazards and risks, safety risk management, Occupational Safety Risk Assessments, specific active and reactive key performance measures, occupational safety inspections and audits, formal investigation of an incident,
occupational safety reports, occupational safety incident reports is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages 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, 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.

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