This position is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Appointment against this post is on a local basis. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take-up the appointment. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.

Interested applicants who are working with UN Contractors must fulfil the obligations of their contracts with the UN Contractors in order to be eligible to apply for this vacancy.

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships:

This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and is based in Mogadishu. The incumbent will report to the Senior Electoral Affairs Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Within delegated authority, the Associate Electoral Officer will be responsible for the following:

· Provides advice and contributes to the capacity building of counterparts (s) in the national electoral authorities, including assisting in the establishment and management of field offices.

· Implements programs in the following areas, as required: Electoral Training, Capacity Building, Civic/Voter education, External Relations, Electoral Legal, Electoral Procedures, Electoral Operations, Electoral Logistics, Electoral Security, Electoral IT Development, and or Voter Registration.

· As assigned, addresses policy guidance, logistics, and other electoral needs in a timely manner.

· Provide periodic reports to Headquarters on electoral and political developments in the assigned areas of responsibility in close collaboration with political, civil affairs and human rights officers; compiles a regular report to the Chief Electoral Officer on major electoral developments and issues in the field, including immediate and longer term problems.

· Assists national electoral authorities in managing the flow of information between their HQ and field Offices.

· Implement electoral operations in the assigned area of responsibility, as directed by Headquarters and in close coordination with relevant entities on the ground.

· Provide translation from Somali into English and vice versa of a broad range of subjects pertaining to elections, including legal documents, briefing and training materials, as required.

· Provide accurate and complete high quality consecutive and simultaneous interpretation into Somali from English and vice versa as required, during meetings and other events with senior Somali officials, including members of the Federal and Regional Governments, as well as the National Independent Electoral Commissions (NIEC).

· Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Sound understanding of and experience in dealing with national authorities, political and civil society organizations, media and strong analytical skills to integrate diverse information from various sources and demonstrate understanding of Somalia political issues assessing risks and opportunities.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.

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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Team Work: 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.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master`s Degree or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Political Science, International Relations, Law, Anthropology, Economics, Communication studies or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of two (02) years of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas; experience in electoral administration and systems in at least one country is desirable. United Nations electoral field experience in a peacekeeping operation and / or UN agency is desirable.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Somali (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Other Skills: Experience in translation highly desirable.

Assessment: Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Additional Information:

Candidates who are not selected, but whose performance in the interview process nevertheless demonstrated them to be suitable for a similar function may be kept on a roster for up to seven years. Candidates placed on the roster may be considered for selection against future vacancies for the same function and level.

How to apply:
Qualified candidates may submit their applications including their United Nations Personal History form (P.11) to the address mentioned below on or before the deadline. The P.11 is on the Applications submitted after the deadline 20 April 2018 will not be accepted. Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) will not be accepted.


Please quote, Vacancy Announcement Number and Functional Title in the subject of the e-mail.

Kindly attach a copy of P11 form, Academic Certificates, Passport and or National Identification Card. These are required as part of your application for consideration of eligibilty. Please note Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) certificates are required at a later stage of the recruitment process.

The United Nations shall place 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.