Contingent Owned Equipment Assistant, Kismayo, Mogadishu

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Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia


Posting Period: 17 November 2022 – 01 December 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Property and Asset Management-UNSOS-193052-F- (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThese two positions are located in United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), within the Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) Unit of the Mission Support Centre (MSC). These positions will be based in Mogadishu and Kismayo. The COE Assistant will report to the Chief COE Unit and Chief MSC.


  •  Briefs units on the requirements of the COE Manual in terms of COE and responsibilities for self- sustainment. Ensures that incoming units on rotation are fully briefed on the COE System on arrival and are aware of their responsibilities.
  •  Plans a timetable of Verification Inspections with units and brief them on the preparations required, and the procedures to be followed; Manages, coordinates, and supervises the work of Verification Inspection Teams in order to ensure effective and timely conduct of inspections.
  •  Briefs inspection teams on their duties and responsibilities pertaining to the inspection and receives from them the necessary input for the preparation of the Verification Inspection Reports (VRs).
  •  Maintains up-to-date details of unit major and minor self-sustainment equipment in the DPKO UCM/ECOE Database.
  •  Drafts in consultation with Chief COE/MOU Unit, inspection VRs, accompanying covering notes, major equipment details, other associated documents, and other reports, and obtains the necessary signatures from the appropriate authorities by passing the reports to the Administrative Staff for action.
  •  Maintains up to date comprehensive documentary and electronic files/records on day-to-day activities relating to units and their inspections, archives records and documents according to the Mission Archive Plan, be the Point of Contact with the UNHQ COE Unit regarding COE Lotus Notes Databases; ECOE System; Maintenance of unit MS Excel/Access Databases and provision of reports in other software as required.
  •  Reports any loss or damage to COE that could be subject to reimbursement by the UN, Oversees the issuance of UN owned equipment and UN services provided to units which should be self-sustained, and reflect as necessary in verification reports for financial reimbursement.
  •  Assists Chief COE/MOU Unit as required with the preparation of briefing documents, ACABQ/Audit responses, budget preparation and any other related documentation; Maintains within the COE databases, inventories of COE held by all assigned formed units; Identifies in consultation with assigned unit staff, contingent commanders, and other appropriate mission and UNHQ staff, formed unit major equipment and self-sustained deficiencies and surpluses as compared to MOU requirements and recommend corrective action to meet agreed MOU or Mission operational requirements.
  •  Maintains up-to-date Organization Charts on units detailing their organization by sub-units and deployment locations of vehicles, other major and minor equipment including crew served armaments.
  •  Performs other duties as required.

CompetenciesProfessionalism: Knowledge of the Organization’s rules and regulations pertaining to administrative and logistics functions. Demonstrated use of initiative and ability to make appropriate linkages in work requirements and anticipate next steps. 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.

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.



Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing development inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

EducationHigh School Diploma is required. Certification/diploma or other supplemental academic/military qualifications or training is desirable. Training in a logistics related discipline, i.e., transport, engineering, operations management, supply chain management or other relevant field is desirable.

Work ExperienceA minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in material management and logistics- support related activities is required.

Experience in the procedures related to the implementation and management in the field of MOUs is desirable.

Experience providing services to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.



Experience in inventory control practices and procedures is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish is the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

AssessmentPreviously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special NoticeThis “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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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.

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