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Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 22 February 2021 – 07 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNSOM-142956-F-Nairobi (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located with the Integrated Information Hub (IIH), the Joint Operations Center equivalent for the Special Political Mission: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The JOC functions under the Office of the Chief of Staff and the post is based in Nairobi with frequent travel to Mogadishu.

The JOC team is mandated to provide mission leadership with a common situational overview of mandated activities and prepares consolidated inputs from mission sections into daily situation reports. JOC also maintains a consolidated reporting database (SAGE) and supports respective sections with their visualization requirements. The JOC also supports the Mission’s crisis management process and acts as a communications link for senior mission leadership and provides operational coordination, on request.

The Joint Operations Officer reports directly to the JOC Section Chief. S/he is responsible for integrated reporting, assessment and related analysis products; and developing related visualization products from the Nairobi Liaison Office.



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

1. Monitoring and reporting:
(a) Draft and disseminate the Mission’s Daily Situational Reports (DSRs) based on information from UN sources (missions and UNCT) and other situational awareness products;
(b) Substantive lead in maintaining SAGE information management system including quality controlling of inputs, assisting users in defining visualization requirements, training and assisting users, liaising with Support Desk when required;
(c) Assist the conceptualization and development of situational awareness products for the senior leadership;
(d) Draft and send incident (“flash”) reports, briefings and visuals on critical developments related to the UN mandate implementation.

2. Crisis management support:
(a) Under the supervision of the Chief JOC and the Chief of Staff, help organize crisis management meetings within the mission and with New York headquarters;
(b) Provide secretariat support, maintaining up to date contact lists, reporting and supporting information management via coordination with various UN offices and departments.
(c) Help ensure that the mission and key stakeholders (CMT members, JOC staff, staff in field offices, etc.) are prepared for crises and familiar with the procedures (including through the development and delivery of briefings and crisis simulations exercises), and that SOPs and other guidance are updated

3. Communications hub:
(a) Maintain and update information for information sharing platform (One Drive, Sharepoint, Workflow) to share with crisis management and reporting focal points;
(b) Support functioning of the crisis management center workflow with coordinated communication, reporting and information feed via coordination with the Integrated Information Team and the UNDSS Security Information and Operations Center and UNSOS Mission Support Cell.

4. Assist Chief JOC on:
(a) Planning recruitment and training establishment of duty rosters, as necessary; oversight of budget submissions, as required; relations with the Mission components, regional offices and the United Nations Headquarters (in particular the UN Operations and Crisis Centre);
(b) Updating mission-level standard operating procedures, tools and templates (for reporting, crisis management, etc.) and help to ensure their implementation (including through training and evaluation);
(c) Assist in preparing briefings or inputs for the SRSG, SMM, high level delegations, or as instructed by Senior Leadership;
(d) Act as OiC Chief JOC when required.

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



Professionalism – Demonstrated experience in visualizing situational awareness products, reporting and drafting, particularly in an operations room context at the Mission (theatre) level. Comprehensive understanding of UN peace operations, and a good knowledge of the UN system. Anticipates and manages risks. 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.

Planning and Organizing – Develop 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

Technical awareness – Keep abreast of available technology. Understand applicability and limitations of technology. Actively seek to apply technology to appropriate risks. Show willingness to learn new technology.



Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, law 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

A minimum of five years of experience in political or international affairs, military, police, security, civil affairs, human rights, crisis operations and management, or related field.
At least two years of direct experience in a UN peacekeeping or other field operation in a conflict or post-conflict country is required, particularly in managing a field-based reporting system.
Extensive experience in producing visually-enhanced operational and political briefing for senior officials required.
Experience working in a Situation Center, Joint Operations Center, or a similar operational environment is desirable.
Demonstrated experience in drafting, reporting, and data analysis and visualization is desirable. Demonstrated experience in using the SAGE data capturing platform is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official United Nations language is an advantage.


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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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