Vacancy: Representative (D-2) Mogadishu, Somalia

Representative, D-2, Mogadishu, Somalia

Job no: 546550

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Somalia

Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn’l(ESARO)

School/Unit: Somalia

Department/Office: Mogadiscio, Somalia

Categories: Representative, Senior Leadership Vacancies

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Dedication.

The Representative serves as the accredited representative of the UNICEF Executive Director in the country and reports to the Regional Director for general direction and oversight. The Representative is responsible for establishing dialogue with the government to develop the framework of cooperation in the country and for working closely and collaboratively with the government and national institutions, stakeholders and partners, to develop the Government-UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation in active support of efforts to advance children’s rights as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, other international treaties/frameworks, the SDGs, and UN intergovernmental bodies.

As head of a Country Office, the Representative is responsible for providing leadership and vision to the UNICEF country programme team in managing and leveraging resources for the achievement of results and realization of the rights of children. The Representative leads and oversees the various programme sectors and operational service teams ensuring delivery of quality results in accordance with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity. The Representative is accountable for ensuring a respectful, non-discriminatory, and nurturing working environment for all staff and personnel, to enable them to effectively and efficiently deliver high-quality results for children.

Brief country context:

– High levels of insecurity and instability due to conflict and Al Shabaab activity.

– The country is developing access to social infrastructure and social services.

– Has difficult access to populations in need in areas affected by conflict.

– High under-five mortality

– Vulnerable to drought and famine

– Integrated UN mission programming and operational context with Delivering as One UN and well-established humanitarian coordination structures in place.

Country Typology:

Mogadishu is an “E”, non-family, and emergency duty station.

  • Country Income Level: Somalia is low income country with protracted conflict and insecurity.
  • Office Size:300 staff
  • Annual Budget: Approximately USD 250 million per annum.
  • Good for 1st time Representative: No
  • Schooling: There are no international schools in Somalia given the context that has prevailed for several years. The duty station is non-family.

Person Profile:

  • A seasoned team leader with strong management skills and track record at the international level.
  • International and developing country knowledge and practical field experience, in the areas of programme and operations.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in formulating strategies and managing a large size programme (sectoral, development, humanitarian, advocacy, policy dialogue and capacity building).
  • Demonstrated capacity to build inter-sectoral and inter-agency partnerships.
  • Experience in engagement in policy level dialogue and on development and humanitarian aid effectiveness.
  • Substantive knowledge of application of a human rights-based approach in practice, and results-based programming.
  • Experience in emergency programming and response, and related capacity building support at national and international levels.
  • Political maturity and strong diplomacy skills that translate in the ability to work with a range of partners particularly on issues of governance and human rights.
  • Experience in ensuring integration and synergy across sectors in accordance with best practice.
  • Ability to direct and foster strategic partnerships and mobilize resources.
  • Proven capacity to lead, motivate and develop a large size team.
  • Ability to regulate and manage own stress, and to motivate others with empathy.
  • Strong people management skills.
  • Proven risk management skills and efficient management of financial resources.

How can you make a difference?

  • Developing and planning the Country Program
  • Leading and managing the CO
  • Monitoring and quality control of the Country Program
  • Representation and external relations at global/national level
  • Support to the Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team
  • Resource mobilization and partnerships
  • Leading innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Safety, security and well-being of staff, programmes and organizational assets

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An Advanced University Degree in social sciences, international relations, government and public relations, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development or other related fields, is required.
  • A minimum of 15 years professional development experience that combines intellectual and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level, some of which served in developing countries is required. Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). 


  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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