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Logistics Officer, Nairobi, Kenya

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    Organization: United Nations Support Office in Somalia

Country: Kenya

    City: Nairobi

Office: UNSOS Nairobi, Kenya

    Grade: P-4

Closing date: Sunday, 26 September 2021



Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 12 September 2021 – 26 September 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-Logistics and Supply Chain-UNSOS-163168-F-Nairobi (M)

Organisational Settng and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), Operations and Resources Management Pillar, Nairobi Duty Station. The Logistics Officer would be reporting to the Chief, Mission Support Center.


Within delegated authority, the Logistics Officer, will be 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 at assigned field missions.

Coordinates field requests for assistance with DFS units, DPA, DM and permanent missions to the UN.

Develops policy and procedures documentation for DFS 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.


air transport

gender perspective

human rights

humanitarian law


peacekeeping operations

permanent missions

public administration

supply chain

support services

Under guidance and/or delegation by the respective SLO/CJLOC/CSCM/CSD/CMSC 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- departmental staff.

Manages logistics field operations.

Participates in or leads technical survey missions and verification missions to troop contributing countries.

Ensures the monitoring of DFS material and personnel movement operations.

Ensures that logistics requirements take account of gender-specific needs.

Develops plans and procedures for assessing material, staff, troops and their movements, planning and costing of operational budgets.

Assumes responsibilities of certifying officer.

Mentor new/junior officers.

Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to provide technical and procedural advice in a broad range of logistics areas. Ability to develop, maintain and supervise accountability systems for materials, services and contracts management. 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 and 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 other relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with 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 organizations, or related area is required.

Experience of working in a complex, volatile, conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable.

Experience of Mission Strategic Planning and participation in drafting is desirable.

Mission Support contributions to Integrated Strategic Framework, Mission Concept, Mission Annual Work Plan and Military/Police CONOPS is desirable.

Experience in planning and execution of logistics operations or supply chain support services in military, commercial or an international organization or related areas is desirable.


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


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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.

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.

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