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DIRECTOR, Rule of Law & Security Institutions Group (TJO), D2

Mogadishu (Somalia)

Org. Setting and Reporting

This is a Temporary Job Opening (TJO) for Director, Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG) in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) based in Mogadishu. This TJO is until 31 December 2018.

The Director ROLSIG reports to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) through the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG).


Under the overall authority of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), and under the direct supervision of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG), the Director Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG) of UNSOM has the following roles and responsibilities, within the delegated authority:

•Articulate the strategy for ROLSIG’s support to the implementation of a Comprehensive Approach to Security (CAS) and the transition planning including through implementing ROLSIG’s mandated tasks, in collaboration with and ensuring linkages with all CAS Strands, as well as with other relevant UN components, in particular the Political Affairs and Mediation Group, the Coherence and Effectiveness Group and the UNCT;
•Provide strategic advice to the SRSG and DSRSG in the area of CAS-coordination, transition planning, and other issues related to rule of law and security institutions, disengaging combatants, and weapons and ammunition management;
•Oversee and manage the work of the CAS Coordination, Transition Planning and Implementation Unit, and the convening of all four strands and UN strand focal points, as well as ROLSIG components, including in the areas of security sector reform, police, justice and corrections, mine action, DDR/disengaged combatants and maritime security;
•Support the SRSG and DSRSG in promoting a CAS and transition planning through a coherent and coordinated approach of all UN work and the wider international community in the above areas, by supporting FGS and FMS and coordination structures led by Somali federal and FMS authorities, including support to the effective organization of the CAS Executive Group, international partner CAS meetings, the National Security Advisor, and FGS-led Transition Implementation Teams, and by developing effective partnerships with UN and international partners, including the African Union, AMISOM, IGAD, European Union and bilateral partners;
•In close collaboration with UNSOM’s Political Affairs and Mediation and Human Rights and Protection Groups, strategically engage with Somali stakeholders; UN, bilateral and regional partners; and civil society actors on implementing the CAS, advancing the federalism and constitutional review process in respect to the the rule of law and security sectors, in particular implementing the National Security Architecture, and developing rule of law and security institutions in Somalia, including in the FMS, and in newly accessible areas;
•Engage international partners for resource mobilization to support the CAS and transition planning and implementation and supporting the development of a comprehensive approach to financing security in Somalia;
•Respond to requests and strategic guidance from UN Headquarters in New York;
•Perform any other task as appropriately requested by the SRSG or DSRSG.


Professionalism: Significant knowledge of rule of law and/or security sector reform in post-conflict settings; proven leadership, coordination and managerial skills; proven ability to work with national stakeholders at senior levels as well as a wide range of technical experts in the police, defence and mine action, justice and corrections sectors; strong analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to develop viable strategies to strengthen rule of law and security institutions in a highly complex political environment; experience in the design and implementation of SSR programmes/projects; proven strengths in policy and operational-level coordination; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men;demonstrated ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Judgement/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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) is required in the areas governance, law, management or administration of the business, public or security sector, international relations or a related field is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the areas of rule of law and security sector institutions, international affairs, governance, institutional development, or a related field. At least five years of experience managing inter-disciplinary and/or multinational teams is required. Professional experience working with the United Nations common system or another international, regional, governmental, or non-governmental organization in a role relevant to this position is required. Relevant experience in the area of security sector reform is desirable. Experience working in or on Somalia is desirable. Experience serving in a UN peace operation is desirable. Experience working with a regional organization, in particular the African Union, is desirable. Experience in programme and/or project management and evaluation is desirable.


French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Somali or Arabic is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a Temporary Job Opening (TJO) for Director, Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group in UNSOM, with Mogadishu/Somalia as the duty station. This TJO is until 31 December 2018 and it is subject to an extension.


•A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

•Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

•Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

•While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

•The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

•Please note that 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.

•For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

•The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at:


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.

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.

No Fee


Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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  • Organization: UNSOM - United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
  • Location: Mogadishu (Somalia)
  • Grade: D-2, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • International Relations
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-06

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