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Environmental Affairs Assistant (Waste Management), Somalia

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Organization: UNSOS

Country: Somalia

City: Mogadishu

Office: UNSOS Mogadishu, Somalia

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Closing date: Friday, 11 March 2022


Description of assignment title: Environmental Affairs Assistant (Waste Management)

Assignment country: Somalia

Expected start date: 03/20/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNSOS

Type: Onsite

Duration: 3 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Mogadiscio


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Security Council in Resolution 2245 adopted on 09 November 2015 established the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). This replaced the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOs), established in 2009. https://unsos.unmissions.org/unsos-mandate. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2245 decided that UNSOS will be responsible for support to AMISOM, UNSOM, the Somali National Army (SNA) and the Somali Police Force (SPF) on joint operations with AMISOM.


The United Nations Security Council in Resolution 2245 adopted on 09 November 2015 established the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). This replaced the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA), established in 2009. https://unsos.unmissions.org/unsos-mandate. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2245 decided that UNSOS will be responsible for support to AMISOM, UNSOM, the Somali National Army (SNA) and the Somali Police Force (SPF) on joint operations with AMISOM.

Task description

Under the supervision of the Environmental Affairs Officer, the Environmental Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following:

Support the Environmental Affairs Officer in implementing the office mandate;

Conducting environmental baseline studies;

Conducting an environmental inspection of waste and energy facilities in both USOS and AMISOM camps;

Provide training to the troops and civilian personnel on environmental protection measures especially water and waste management;

Carrying out awareness-raising to all the mission personnel and clients on environmental responsible sound behavior to protect the host-country’s environment from degradation;

Monitor compliance of the mission’s activities with the UN Environmental policies, with a specific focus on energy consumption/use of fossil fuel, and other sustainability-related areas. In this regard the UNV will assist in collecting and inputting data for reporting on the Mission’s Environment Action Plan (MEAP);

Assist in proposing feasible solutions for the reduction of the environmental footprint of the mission (emission towards air, water, and soil, energy and water consumption, resource use minimization, environmental liability related to contaminated areas, etc.), and monitor the implementation of the proposed solutions, while assisting with monitoring and reporting on the mission environmental initiatives and energy conservation measures;

Advising on equipment needs (e.g. energy-saving appliances, water-saving devices, renewable energy generation etc.) to improve the environmental stewardship of the mission, including the development of respective equipment specifications and/or scope-of-works;

Support in drafting Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) aimed at preserving and saving natural resources by using them more efficiently and seeking compliance with Organizational policies;

Support in development and implementation of a sustainability and pollution prevention program in conjunction with Mission initiatives, and review the plan including recommendations for improvement when the needs arise; c8d6QuQ CWdQnX

Perform other relevant duties as required.

Eligibility criteria: Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

5 years of experience in

Undertaking operational waste disposal, environmental remediation, energy audit, and training Experience working in the UN system is an asset;

Specialty in industrial chemistry is required

Sound technical and operational knowledge of sustainability solutions, preferably in developing countries (e.g. water and energy-saving techniques, waste reduction strategies, etc.)

Area(s) of expertise

Energy and environment

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in In energy, waste, or sanitary engineering is desirable.

Competencies and values



Teamwork and respect for diversity

Commitment to continuous learning

Planning and organizing

Communication: proven interpersonal skills


Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity, and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNSOS’ mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

General: Mogadishu is the HQ of the UNSOM operation inside Somalia mission area and is a non-family duty station. The UN Volunteer will be subject to the overall direction and guidance of the UN Designated Official (DO) for security. The volunteer will be incorporated into all ap-plicable security protocols and will be required to strictly adhere to the guidelines, security plans and other directives issued by the DO. While in Somalia, the volunteer will be housed in UN provided accommodation. In Mogadishu this is at the UN Compound at the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA). Accommodation: Due to the security situation in the UNSOS mission area and coupled with the fact that there is no living accommodation on the private market that meets minimum UN security and safety standards for UN personnel, expatriate personnel deployed to Mogadishu are provided secured accommodation in a camp style environment. Some of the accommo-dation (hard wall and prefabs) are paid for by the UN personnel on a monthly basis. However, containerized accommodation is provided free by the UN. The UN-provided accommodation is essentially equipped with minimum room furniture. The accommodation could be single or shared rooms with shared bath and toilet facilities. Power and water are provided by the UN inside the camp to its occupants. Food and Diet: There is no access to local markets in Mogadishu. There is a UN Contractor-managed dining facility inside the UNSOS Camp in Mogadishu where food is provided at a cost by the contractor CIANO. Personnel may cook their own meals at common kitchen buildings situated at convenient locations within the camp. Health: Exposure exists to many tropical diseases. All medical formalities specified in the Of-fer or Travel Advisory should be completed before traveling. Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory before coming to the mission area, while vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Ty-phoid, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Polio and Meningitis are recommended. Vaccination Card (yellow card) must be brought. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended. Due to large number of various types of insects in the mission area, it is also recommended to use insecticide-impregnated nets and insect repellants. UN personnel have access during working hours to a Civilian Clinic inside the UNSOS Camp in Mogadishu. Rest and Recuperation: International personnel, including UN Volunteers, working in the UNSOS mission area are entitled to a 4-week Rest and Recuperation (R & R) cycle. This means that after every 4 weeks of being in the mission area, a break is taken to travel to ei-ther Nairobi (UNSOS designated R & R location) or any other destination outside the mission area. The R & R entitlement consists of a 5 calendar days R & R, with 2 travel days added, every 4 weeks. UN flights from Mogadishu or any other deployed site in the mission to Nairo-bi and back to duty station can be used at no expense. However, accommodation, food and other expenses while on R & R are borne by the individual. Approval of R & R is balanced against operational requirements.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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