MOGADISCIOP-3Political, Peace and HumanitarianPolitical Affairs

United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia



Core Value

Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

General Information

• This is a temporary position, which is available until 31 December 2019. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• 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.

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

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.


This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mogadishu. Mogadishu is classified in the "E" category and is a non-family duty station. The incumbent will report to the Head, Integrated Analysis Team (IAT) through the Deputy-Chief. IAT is included of the Office of the Chief of Staff. In line with JMAC guidelines and policies, IAT’s mandate is to collect and analyze multisource information including intelligence-related material to prepare integrated analysis, research papers, and predictive assessments that are timely, accurate, comprehensive and relevant to support core Mission activities: decision-making; mission strategic, operational and contingency planning; and crisis management.

The Head of Mission (HoM), in consultation with the Mission Leadership Team (MLT), is responsible for tasking IAT with information and analytical requirements and priorities through a tasking order termed the Information Requirement (IR) or Priority Information Requirement (PIR). The Chief IAT or her/his Deputy then tasks and supervises the information analysts on their day to day work.


Within limits of delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to, the performance of the following duties:

Information collection and situational awareness: Maintain understanding of developments/events relevant for the implementation of the Mission mandate through monitoring and collection of data/information from multiple sources, including UN Mission civilian, military and police components, UN Country Team (UNCT), national military/civilian authorities, NGOs, media and other key stakeholders. Classify, manage, store and transfer information by using JMAC /Integrated Analysis Unite information management processes and systems.

Information analysis: Organize, analyze and synthesize information for the identification of trends, production of forecasts and assessments. Produce accurate and timely IAT analytical products and briefings, in coordination with other Mission components and sources. Assist in the development and coordination of IAT tools, such as Information Requirements (IRs), in consultation with all relevant information collection components of the Mission.

Others: Perform other duties as required. Contribute to effective working relationships within IAT and other UN Mission components, the UNCT and relevant external actors and organizations.
Maintain a system for classifying and storing confidential information, in consultation with information management/technology expertise.


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 conduct independent research on socio-economic topics. Ability to identify and develop sources for statistical data collection. Capacity to conduct socio-economic and economic assessments and impact analysis using modern analytical tools, software and databases. Proven ability in conducting research and drafting and preparing various sensitive and confidential analytical and operational correspondence, reports and presentations in a fast-paced and high-stress environment. Ability to coordinate with many different actors in the Mission and the UN System and with key actors in Somalia to develop and foster collaboration and contact networks; and to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and maintain effective working relations with people of different national, professional and cultural backgrounds. Capable of identifying, articulating and defending complex concepts, issues and recommendations. Demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions and/or recommendations. Ability to identify trends and to forecast. Understanding of information data management methodologies and information technology initiatives. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and 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.

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. Ability to communicate regularly and effectively with colleagues in remote locations through telephonic and electronic media.

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.


A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in intelligence, information analysis, political science, international relations, journalism, development, security (military or police) or a related field is required. Experience in research, information analysis and drafting of analytical products is required. Experience in a UN peacekeeping, or other field operation is advantage. Experience working in an integrated civilian-military-police environment is desirable. Experience working in the Mission’s geographical region of operations is an advantage.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, foreign affairs, law or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience and relevant academic/professional qualifications, such as accreditation from military or government command and staff colleges, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Training in intelligence 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. Knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage.


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