Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISCIO
Posting Period: 11 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-UNSOM-95318-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 Information Analysis Team (IAT), Office of the Chief of Staff, at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The IAT is responsible for the management and processing (collection, collation, analysis and dissemination) of information as a basis for policy development, enhanced planning and decision-making by the Senior Mission Leadership. The Senior Information Analyst reports to the Chief of Staff.


- In consultation with the Chief of Staff, ensure that Information Requirements (IR) and Priority Information Requirements (PIR) are established and maintained, and that priorities are established for information collection and analysis in accordance with the mandate of the integrated Mission.
- Provide briefings to the Mission Senior Leadership Team, senior UN staff and visiting delegations and represent the JMAC in mission-level meetings and other events.
- Daily manage the integrated JMAC team of civilian and uniformed personnel. Also oversee the coordination of Requests for Information between the JMAC and other Mission components, the UN Country Team and UN Headquarters.
- Ensure appropriate orientation of the gathering of comprehensive information about events or actions that may affect the successful implementation of the Mission’s mandate.
- Support contingency planning and participate to strengthen the ability of senior mission leaders to be informed and understand developments on the ground.
- Oversee the monitoring of a wide spectrum of information sources including integrated Mission daily and weekly situation reports, Mission component reports, local news including Intelligence related material and interaction with National Government officials, International Organizations, the Diplomatic Community and civil society organizations.
- Oversee and ensure the timely production and quality of products: risk analyses, threat assessments, Early Warning Notes, analytical reports (key humanitarian and development issues), technical support (database and website development and design), coordination support (Integrated Strategic Framework working groups and reviews, task forces, IPF, in-depth analysis
capacity and policy making role, user-friendly visual products (website/portal, factsheets and governorate profiles, maps).
- Support and liaise closely with the Mission Crisis Management Team and respond to specific incidents as required.
- Maintain contact with the Heads of Mission components on a regular basis to indicate, and respond to, needs that may arise.
- Ensure that the appropriate level of confidentiality for products is maintained.
- Prepare standard operating procedures for the work of the unit, as required.
- Prepare, implement and monitor the unit’s work plan, and manage and supervise the staff comprising an integrated team with a range of expertise (information analysts, political affairs, humanitarian affairs, socio-economics, security, technical GIS expertise).
- Management responsibilities include the prompt recruitment and selection of staff.
- Perform other relevant duties as directed by the Head of Mission.


Professionalism: Strong analytical skills and experience in information collection and management. - Excellent drafting and editing skills with the proven ability to produce cogent reports and edit the work of others. - Ability to develop information collection, assessment and analysis plans that support the mandate of the Mission and its strategic objectives. - Ability to produce forward-looking, pre-emptive analytical products and relevant leadership advice. - Proven ability to integrate different perspectives into analytical products. - Proven ability in preparing various sensitive and confidential analytical correspondences/reports and presentations in a fast-paced and high-stress environment. - Capable of identifying, articulating and defending complex concepts, issues and recommendations. - 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.

Judgment and Decision Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

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 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social sciences, international relations, law, public administration, economics or related field. 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 10 years of progressively responsible experience in intelligence or information analysis, political science, international relations, journalism, development, security (military or police) or related field. Experience in a UN peacekeeping or other field operation is required. Leadership and managerial experience is required. Experience working in an integrated civilian-military-police environment 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.


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.

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Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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