UNOP Somalia Country Office (SOCO) exciting career opportunity as we are committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce. UNOPS – SOCO is recruiting this position: Logistics Senior Associate and qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Background Information: Somalia
Somalia is amid major new political and security developments that will offer a greater possibility for peace and security than the country has seen in over 20 years. The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), established in 2012, and international community have driven a process of rebuilding of functioning government institutions and processes through Somalia’s peacebuilding and state-building priorities under the Somali Compact (2013-2016), based on the Busan “New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States” agreement. The Somalia National Development Plan (2017-2019) builds on this foundation laid by the Compact and sets the priorities for national recovery and development in full collaboration with national and regional governments. A landmark electoral process in late 2016 and early 2017 resulted in a peaceful transfer of power to a new President and government, in place since February and March 2017, respectively. The government has set out an ambitious agenda for its term (the period to 2021). At the London Somalia Conference in May 2017, a Security Pact was agreed by Somalia and the international community, which will allow for sustainable, long-term security based on mutual accountability.
The functional objective of UNOPS in Somalia is to deliver projects in an efficient and effective manner to achieve the development outcomes sought by the Government of Somalia and the donor community. The aim of UNOPS in Somalia is to provide implementation services to the Government of Somalia, the donor community, and partner agencies in the reconstruction and development of the country. In doing so, UNOPS aims to exceed client expectations in the delivery of quality services throughout the country.
Project Background Information: A Transitional National Government (TNG) was established in Somalia in 2000. About a decade later, in 2012, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) was formed. Along with the international community, the FGS has driven a rebuilding process of functioning government institutions and frameworks. Following the 2016 electoral process, Somalia entered into a second political cycle, and with a new three-tiered federal system of the FGS, Federal Member States (FMS) and district level administration has attempted to re-establish a presence of the State on the territory. Somalia is developing modernized institutions with the aim of restoring services to a struggling and distressed population. However, this requires the government to perform key functions despite a lack of structure, resources, and limited management and leadership capacity.
At the London Somalia Conference of May 2017, a New Partnership for Somalia (NPS) was established to facilitate the implementation of the Somalia National Development Plan (NDP). Principles to guide the development of affordable, accountable, and acceptable Somali security institutions were endorsed, and the Somalia Security Pact (SSP) adopted detailing features of the Somali National Army (SNA). The Somali Transition Plan (STP), adopted a year later, outlined the conditions and milestones for a progressive transfer of security responsibility to Somali security institutions, from a situation of insecurity and dependence on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to one of taking responsibility for protecting their citizens and maintaining security.
The transition puts additional pressure on the FGS to constitute a more modern armed force. Additionally, although, in recent months, the SNA has managed to lead operations through better coordination with AMISOM and strong support from international partners, the SNA still suffers from significant shortfalls. Support from the international community in strengthening the SNA began over a decade ago. However, one of the biggest challenges the SNA still faces is the lack of military infrastructure and non-lethal equipment such as vehicles and communication equipment. Without adequate resourcing, the whole security transition is put at risk. As AMISOM gradually withdraws its forces from the country and the SNA gains more ground, the establishment of a well-equipped and capacitated SNA will go a long way in meeting the objectives of the STP. SNA2 is a response to address the existing resource gaps, notably in terms of ground transportation, communication, and infrastructure.
Job Specific: Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Senior Project Manager, and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures, and practices, the Logistics Senior Associate is responsible for effective delivery of overall logistical support in relation to the General Dhagabadan Training Centre (GDTC) in Mogadishu, Somalia.
S/he will be more specifically in charge of customs clearances, storage, and distribution of items brought into GDTC for the utilization by the clients, in accordance with the Financial Rules and Regulations applicable to UNOPS and policies and procedures governing UNOPS procurement activities and the procurement and quality assurance.
The Logistics Senior Associate works in direct collaboration with the Procurement Manager, Facility Manager, and Administration Officer to successfully plan and deliver logistical services.
Summary of Key Functions:
Camp Logistics functions
Support procurement of items in terms of purchasing, shipping, receiving, storage and distribution
Support Supplies and Contract Procedures:
Impact of Results
The effective and successful achievement of results by the Logistics Senior Associate directly affects the overall efficiency of the individual team’s provision of administrative services, impacting the office’s capacity to efficiently and effectively service the operational needs of the office/programme. Timely and accountable delivery of services ensures client satisfaction and promotes the image and credibility of the team and office as an effective service provider in project services and management. This enhances UNOPS’ competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services in the country/region served.
B. Work Experience:
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
Contract type, level and duration
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Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
Background information – AFR
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Africa Region supports UNOPS country offices in the region, providing financial oversight of projects, procuring goods and services and managing human resources.
AFR helps ensure that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between projects across the entire region.
In Somalia, UNOPS has had a solid and continuous in-country expert presence successfully implementing programmes since the mid-1990s, where it is currently undertaking various projects and initiatives in close collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia, Federal Member States and partners from the global donor community. UNOPS’ projects in Somalia focus on several key sectors that include infrastructure development, institutional capacity building, project management, advisory services, and procurement services.