Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and is based in Mogadishu. The incumbent will report to the Special Assistant at the P-5 level.
Within limits of delegated authority, the Special Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties:
Provides substantive and practical support to the SRSG in identifying analyzing and monitoring political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate as given by the Security Council;
Reviews and monitors activities in Somalia; assesses trends which might affect the political and security situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues; recommends solutions/possible actions by the SRSG.
Brings to the attention of the SRSG all matters requiring the SRSG's personal attention, makes recommendations on how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed;
Organizes and manages the SRSG's meetings and Mission events, and prepares written summaries and conducts follow-up activities, as appropriate;
As requested, handles incoming and outgoing correspondence of the SRSG;
Drafts correspondence for the SRSG’s signature, as well as other documentation including background papers, talking points, speeches, trends analysis, code cables and reports to the Security Council;
Develops and maintains close working relations with mission components, officials of state institutions, political parties, civil society, religious actors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters;
Plans, organizes and manages conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops as directed by the SRSG;
Coordinates, as required, actions related to the transition towards United Nations agency-led commitment, depending on the mission’s mandate and the situation in the country concerned. This includes liaising with bilateral donors and other international organizations, with a view to realizing greater synergy and coordination, specifically regard post-mission activities in the country;
Performs other duties, as assigned.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Political Science, Management of Development, or a 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. Professional training in the areas of planning, facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field. Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working in a disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required
Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior public official is desirable.
Experience working in the Horn of Africa is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.