• Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Democracy and Governance, Gender and Diversity, Social and Inclusive Development
  • Deadline:


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is based in the Integrated Electoral Support Group (IESG) within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), in Mogadishu. The incumbent will report to the Electoral Officer, P4.


Within delegated authority, the Electoral Officer (Gender) will be responsible for the following duties:

• Advises on the drafting and implementation of gender mainstreaming policy and strategies for National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) and other existing Electoral Management Bodies.
• Monitors the implementation of legal domestic and international norms on women’s participation in elections and provides advice to the NIEC and other existing Electoral Management Bodies on measures to improve women’s participation as candidates and voters.
• Leads workshops, conferences, national consultations, commissions, committees, task forces, expert groups and other bodies and prepares background materials, training materials, meeting reports, etc.
• Provides advice to the electoral legal advisor and senior colleagues on the electoral gender legal framework.
• Carries out capacity building for national counterparts and strengthening of the NIEC and other existing Electoral Management Bodies.
• Liaises with senior officials of the NIEC such as the Chairperson and members of the Board of commissioners, and MolFA on regular bases to monitor progress on implementation of the Programme.
• Interacts with members of the Electoral Law Working Group to support, report, and provide needed assistance to the group, playing a liaison role between the group and the IESG team.
• Represents the IESG in interactions with Somalia officials including participation in high level meetings, acting on behalf of the Electoral Officer P4 when outside the mission area.
• Establishes and maintains professional and productive partnerships with national counterparts and other key stakeholders in the electoral process.
• Monitors the impact of domestic and international norms and processes on women participation in the Somalia electoral process and provides – under the supervision of the Electoral Officer P4-provides advice to the Electoral Management Body on appropriate corrective measures.
• Compiles and provides regular briefings and reports in the assigned area of responsibility in close collaboration with other relevant partners.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law required. A first level university degree in Law with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience practicing law in an advisory capacity within an international organization, government, or law firm or possession of teaching experience in law from a recognized academic institution teaching law are required.

Experience in political science, international economics, international relations, public administration, or a related field is desirable.

At least three years of experience in implementing, supporting, or advising on elections and gender-related work is desirable.

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 is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Somali (both oral and written) is required.


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

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.
When completing the Candidate Profile form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up-to-date. This information is the basis for the Hiring Manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

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 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, 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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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