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Kenya - Nairobi

Department/Office:United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Duty Station:NAIROBI
Posting Period:11 January 2019 – 25 January 2019
Job Opening Number:19-Logistics and Supply Chain-UNSOS-106916-R-Nairobi (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Common Services Coordination Unit of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). The incumbent will be based in Nairobi and report to Chief, Operations and Resource Management Pillar.


Within limits of delegated authority and under the overall supervision of Chief, Operations and Resource Management, the Logistics Officer is responsible for the following duties: 

•Provides effective and timely planning, oversight, management and coordination of logistics support operations
•Integrates and monitors the implementation of logistics support plans
•Coordinates field requests for assistance with the relevant offices at UN Headquarters and permanent missions to the UN
•Develops policy and procedures documentationfor DOS field logistics support
•Liaises between field missions and Headquarters staff on logistics matters and coordinates day-to-day support of logistics operations
•Plans and co-ordinates logistics support to new, sustaining, expanding, contracting and liquidating peacekeeping operations and other field missions and other peacekeeping operations
•Under guidance and/or delegation by the respective offices, plans, establishes and directs a fully integrated, field mission joint logistics operations center in accordance with existing UN directives; provides effective management and successful coordination of logistics support activities of multi-national civilian, military and inter-department staff
•Manages logistics field operations
•Participates in or leads technical survey missions and verification missions to troop/police-contributing countries
•Ensure the monitoring of DOS material and personnel movement operations
•Ensures that logistics requirements take account of gender-specific needs
•Develops plans and procedures for assessing Mission service provisions and assist to establish the cost recovery rates, in consultation with Budget and Finance Section
•Facilitate and manages the establishment of cost recovery rates for Mission service provisions, to include drafting letters to the United Nations Country Team, Diplomatic communities and customers for notification or amendment of the cost recovery activities , including monitoring of Account Receivables and following-up with UN agencies, Embassies, NGOs and other international organizations and vendors
•Participate in Common Service management team and operation management team of the United Nations Afencies, Funds and Programmes and its relevant working groups (Budget and Finance committees)
•Assumes responsibilities of certifying officer
•Mentor new/junior officers
•Performs any other duties as required.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of multi-modal logistics, movement and transportation operations and practices. 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 & 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 developments 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in logistics, business administration, Public Administration, engineering, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in surface and/or air transport, logistics operations in military, commercial or international organisations, or related area. Working/management within a Mission support Centre (MSC), Joint Logistics Operations Centre (JLOC), Joint Support Operations Centre (JSOC) environment is highly desirable. Common Shared Services experience is highly desirable. Prior experience in peacekeeping operations is also desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


Above texts are copied from United Nations Official Web Page (careers.un.org) 
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