Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 09 April 2018 - 16 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-UNSOM-95023-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 the special political mission of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) within the Office of the Chief of Staff’s Integrated Information Hub (IIH) and based in Mogadishu. The Associate Joint Operations Officer reports to the Deputy Chief IIH.

The Associate Joint Operations Officer is part of the IIH team mandated to provide mission leadership with a 24/7 common situational overview of operational activity, to include developments of a regional nature, and to prepare consolidated reports, including daily integrated situation reports and special incident reports, based on inputs received from mission components and other relevant sources. The IIH also supports the Mission’s crisis management process; acts as a communications link for senior mission leadership and provides operational coordination, on request.


Within delegated authority, and under the supervision of the Deputy Chief IIH, the Associate Joint Operations Officer will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:

Monitoring and reporting:

(a) Seek and maintain a high degree of situational awareness and understanding of events, developments and trends in the mission area, including through effective cooperation, coordination and information sharing, using both formal and informal means with UN entities (mission and UNCT), with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and with other international organizations and NGOs.

(b) Monitor major developments (political, governance, humanitarian, human rights, military, security and economic development), following the actions of relevant actors (including intergovernmental organisations, governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, political institutions, armed actors (formal armies and informal rebel groups, militias, etc.) etc.;

(c) Prepare and collate integrated reports (including daily and weekly reports) about significant developments in the situation in the country and region for review and eventual dissemination within the mission and to headquarters;

(d)Assist the IIH team in the maintenance of and training of mission staff on the use of appropriate databases, including the SAGE system, of submitted reports for ready access by appropriate Mission components.

(e) As necessary, research and draft special reports related to operational issues, draft Code Cables addressing current operations, and official e-mails;;

Crisis management support:

(a) Under the supervision of IIH leadership and the Chief of Staff, support crisis management activities in the Mission area, including to the crisis management team, revision of policies, procedures and exercises and ensure continuity of channels of communication, reporting, and information management ; organise crisis management meetings within the mission and withNew York headquarters;

(b) Liaise with the mission sections and the UNCT to provide information regularly during a crisis for decision-makers

Coordination of operations:

(a) Support the organization of operational coordination meetings, as required, liaising with mission sections and the UNCT;

(b) Provide support for the implementation of operational coordination decisions and mechanisms (e.g., high-level meetings etc.);

(c) Liaise the mission sections and the UNCT regularly to help coordinate operations.

Communications hub:

(a) Support the facilitation of contact between mission leadership and headquarters and other actors (as required);

(b) Liaise the mission sections and the UNCT regularly to keep a database of key contact details.

Perform other tasks as required by the Chief JOC or the Chief of Staff.


PROFESSIONALISM: 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.

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.

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in International Relations or a related subject is required. A first-level university degree in combination with other relevant academic qualifications and/or experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, civil affairs, humanitarian affairs, human rights, public information/journalism, military, police, security, crisis operations and management, or related field. Professional experience preparing summary and analytical reports on political and/or security issues is required. Experience working with databases is required. Experience working at the international level is required. Experience working on conflict-related issues is desirable. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict situation is desirable. Experience working in a Situation Centre, Crisis management centre, Joint Operations Centre, or a similar operational environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (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

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 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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