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Chief of Section, Transport, P5 – Mogadishu, Somalia

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Job Description

Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 16 July 2021 – 30 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Transportation-UNSOS-159023-F-Mogadishu (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). The Senior Transport Officer reports directly to the Chief Service Delivery and is based in Mogadishu, Somalia.The incumbent will be responsible for managing a component in entities that are large and complex in terms of size, scope, programmes and operations. S/he designs strategies in implementing the surface transport related activities. The incumbent is responsible for planning and management of surface transport operations within UNSOS. S/he is responsible for management of budget and human resources of transport; standard operating procedures and coordination with the host country civil and military authorities.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section, Transport, will be responsible for the following duties:
-Plans, manages and supervises the provision of the surface motor transport support in a field mission which includes the United Nations Owned Equipment, Member State Contributed Equipment and commercial transportation services.
-Ensures implementation of the Vehicle Establishment Program and manages it in accordance with the decisions of the Vehicle Establishment Committee (VEC) and current Department of Peacekeeping Operations/Department of Field Support (DPKO/DFS) policies and directives on the acquisition, receipt, distribution, maintenance, utilization and disposal of the surface transport fleet.
-Develops and implements the Mission Vehicle Acquisition Plan, the Mission Vehicle Maintenance Plan and the Mission Vehicle Recovery Plan in order to ensure that a field mission fleet is optimized to meet operational requirements.
-Ensures implementation of the Active Road Accident Prevention and Road Safety Programs for a field mission.
-Ensures the implementation of the Driving Test Program within a field mission and monitors that field mission staff is issued with UN driving permits in order to ensure that all vehicle users have minimum driving skills and understand host country road rules and regulations.
-Ensures implementation of a cost-effective plan for the surface transport resupply of all sectors within a field mission, determining the appropriate means of transport including outsourcing activities.
-Ensures inventory control and supervises the physical annual checks of vehicles and equipment.
-Liaises with UN agencies, non-government and government organizations, intergovernmental agencies and suppliers for the provision of the surface transport support.
-Ensures implementation of standard operating procedures for surface transport operations in a field mission.
-Manages the surface transport budget for a field mission surface transport operation ensuring that the relevant UN financial regulations and rules are adhered to in activities of the Transport Section.
-Supervises the preparation of performance reports and responses to internal and external audit observations.
-Acts as a Certifying Officer for the surface transport budget with the overall responsibility for the efficient use and accurate accounting of all resources controlled and all expenditures made by the Transport Section.
-Determines technical specifications for goods and services, reviews responses to bids and conducts technical evaluations to ensure that vendor’s proposals meet technical requirements. Coordinates requisition process with purchasing authorities.
-Oversees contracts for the provision of goods and services and evaluates vendor’s performance in coordination with the Contracts Management Unit/Section and/or the Procurement Section.
-Ensures that quality control/quality assurance procedures are implemented and that plans and work processes comply with the established regulatory regime.
-Ensures that UN vehicles are used in accordance with UN regulations and rules, and that vehicle usage data are correctly recorded.
-Ensures the accuracy and validity of data recorded in the management information systems.
-Participates in various field mission administrative bodies such as the Local Committee on Contracts, the Vehicle Establishment Committee, the Tenders Committee, the Local Property Survey Board, the Advisory Committee on Traffic Safety and the Boards of Inquiry as appropriate.
-Participates, in collaboration with insurance specialists, in resolving problems related to insurance policies for surface transport.
-Develops the Transport Section Staffing Table and acts as the Line Manager to the Unit Managers.
-Manages the allocation and rotation of appropriate work assignments.
-Coordinates the individual annual Work Plans for Unit Managers and produces detailed performance assessments and evaluations for all staff as required.
-Supervises the personnel and evaluates staff performance of the Transport Section.
-Develops and implements the Transport Section Training Plan; coordinates with UNHQ training courses, workshops and other related training activities.
-Ensures the compliance with UN policies on the workplace safety and environment protection.
-Performs other related duties as required.


-PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of logistics operations and practices. Ability to develop logistics policies, procedures and new programmes. Knowledge of fiscal policies and procedures and ability to apply them in the UN environment. Ability to provide professional technical advice in a broad range of logistics areas to managers.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.

-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.

-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.

-BUILDING TRUST: • Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear or repercussion. Manages in a deliberate and predictable way. Operates with transparency, has no hidden agenda. Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients. Gives proper credit to others. Follows through on agreed upon actions. Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

-MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in business administration, economics,logistics, transport management or mechanical engineering is required.A first level university degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in motor vehicle transport operations, movement control, multi-modal transportation, logistics management or a related field including, preferably, five (5) years of experience in a UN entity and at least four (4) years in a supervisory position directly related to the coordination of complex surface transport operations in the international environment is required.
Experience working in United Nations Common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping missions, Agencies, Funds and Programmes) or similar international or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Knowledge of the UN financial regulations and rules is desirable.
Experience in the quality management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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