Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 14 September 2021 - 27 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Security Institutions-UNSOM-163328-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 in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in Mogadishu. Mogadishu is classified as a “E” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent directly reports to the Director Rule of Law Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG) and is one of two Senior SSR Officers working in the Mission, who work alongside UNDP SSR colleagues in the UNSOM-UNDP Integrated SSR Section.


Within delegated authority, under UNSOM Director ROLSIG, the Senior SSR Officer will be responsible for the following duties. (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Senior SSR Officers):


* Serves as a senior SSR officer and/or focal point for SSR support; plans, coordinates, and supervises SSR activities, including the development of a coherent Mission wide approach; responds to requests from interagency task forces and other entities; ensures an integrated and harmonized approach among other components of the Mission, to include communications and public information; legal affairs; policy/planning; disarmament, demobilization, reintegration; civilian police and the military component;

* Supports senior management on SSR policy, and on the design, implementation and review of security sector-wide plans and programmes; establishes priorities for policy development in key area(s) of SSR; provides policy and operational advice on an ongoing basis and assists in the programming of SSR activities at the national level; provides regular updates on various aspects of SSR initiatives and recommends appropriate actions;

* Serves as an expert in SSR; provides innovative technical advice and guidance on all aspects of SSR to UNSOM Regional Offices, National and State governments and other entities, including leading the development of and input to the development of Mission plans and directives covering diverse areas;

* Provides advice on specific reform programmes and projects to include project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;

* Provides advice and guidance on issues concerned with building political will and fostering national ownership;

* Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines;

* Co-leads large, highly complex programmes and projects, field missions, etc., including provision of policy guidance to government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries; identifies problems and issues to be assessed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions;

* Directs and/or provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings; conferences, etc., to include proposing and presenting agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents, etc;

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

* Participates in delivery of coherent ‘One-UN’ support of national SSR efforts, together with all relevant Mission/UNCT interlocutors, including coordination of Mission-UNCT assistance within the UN Coordination Framework.

Management and Administration

* Serves as one of two principal senior SSR officers of the SSR Unit, and provides day-to-day management support, e.g. directs subordinates in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions;

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

* Manages or supports the management of the SSR Unit, and guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.

*Serves as OiC ROLSIG when required


• Professionalism: Understanding of the political, social and economic environment and their impact on the implementation of the Mission’s mandate. Expert knowledge of SSR (concepts, terminology, research, and policy), in particular security sector-wide issues, with special emphasis on civilian oversight, management and coordination. Demonstrated leadership, conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to thoroughly analyse and evaluate critical matters pertaining to SSR, particularly security sector-wide issues. Demonstrated 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 (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering). 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

Managerial Competences

• 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security sector management, international relations or related fields is required. 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 security sector reform at a sector-wide level, national security coordination, the development or implementation of SSR programmes/projects, institutional development, programme management, strategy and/or policy development, strategic planning, defence or other related area is required.
Previous experience in advisory and coordination roles in the areas of national security and/or SSR is required.
Previous experience in organizational/team management is desirable.
Previous experience with security sector governance programmes, including UN joint programmes and constitutional review processes is desirable
Previous experience in providing advice to political and security actors in rightsizing, realignment and integration of security forces is desirable


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

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.

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