Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 02 March 2023 - 31 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-UNSOM-202565-R-Mogadishu (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within UNSOM, Mogadishu. The incumbent will be based in Mogadishu and reports to the Head of the Integrated Gender Office.


Within delegated authority, the Associate Gender Affairs Officer at the NOB level will be responsible for the following duties:

Assist the Senior Gender Advisor/ Chief, IGO in the design and implementation of a mission-wide action plan, as appropriate, to translate existing policies and mandates on the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in all activities of UNSOM and support delivery of appropriate training for different levels of personnel where required, to facilitate implementation of the plan. 20%

Carry out analyses and collation of information on gender equality issues and women’s empowerment, including collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources to assist in the preparation of advice which may be provided by the Section/Unit to the management team, as a contribution towards the efforts of mainstreaming gender equality concerns by the mission, or in preparation for other work of the office, such as outreach programmes for training of national police, armed forces and to build and expand capacity for gender analysis and the design of gender-sensitive policies and programmes. Participate in and make contributions to the work of established inter-agency coordination mechanisms for gender mainstreaming such as the Gender Theme Group and UNSOM Gender Focal Points’ network and partnership efforts with UN agencies that have complementary mandates for the promotion of women and girl’s rights. 30%

Contribute to the support, liaison and partnerships with civil society organizations and women groups, (including women-led initiatives, organizations, coalitions, networks and women’s caucuses at federal parliament and regional assemblies) ensuring that all information and outreach activities of the Mission reach and involve women as well as men. Undertake additional outreach activities in assigned areas, providing presentations and other inputs (e.g. articles, publications), and attending professional and NGO meetings. 30%

Assists Head of Office in monitoring resources, preparing, or reporting on budgets and collating accountability documents specific to activities/events carried out on gender and WPS issues. 10%
Assist the Senior Gender Advisor/ Chief, IGO with consultation as necessary with counterparts in the Office of the DPPA, Senior Gender Advisor at UN Headquarters and with the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women in the UN Secretariat; Contribute to the implementation of reporting obligations, documentation of good practices, the preparation of policy papers and related submissions for senior mission leaders and DPPA. 5%

Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor. 5%


Professionalism - Demonstrates independent judgement and discretion in advising on and handling sensitive information; Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials; Conceptual and strategic ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters and assess their impact on gender issues; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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.

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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, social studies, gender studies or related area. 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

Four years of progressively responsible experience in policy development and programme implementation related to gender equality and women’s rights is required.

Prior experience with United Nations agencies is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  For the position advertised, fluency in English and Somali (both oral and written) is required.


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

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

When completing the Candidate Profile form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up-to-date. This information is the basis for the Hiring Manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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.

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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