Deadline: 04 October 2020

Type of Job: Not Specified

Location: Mogadishu, Somalia

Contract Duration: Not Specified

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The Electoral Officer serves as a member of the Integrated Electoral Support Group (IESG), the electoral assistance team, in an advisory role to a national counterpart in her/his area of expertise. The Electoral Officer reports to the P4 IT Adviser within IESG.Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Electoral Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Electoral Officers.)

•Advise and assist the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) in the development of software, and management of databases, in the context of an elections process, particularly in voter registration, political parties registration, and results tabulation activities. 
•Advise and assist the NIEC in the development and implementation of its database systems and supporting IT infrastructure; 
•Advise and assist with establishing databases’ performance standards, maintenance procedures, recovery procedures and backups.
•Implement, and, in exceptional cases, supervise the implementation of, electoral programs and processes in one or more of the following areas, as required:
legal drafting and reform, complaints and dispute resolution, planning and budgeting, infrastructure development, operations including field operations, procurement, logistics, information and communications technology, data processing and analysis, procedures, training, external relations, public information, outreach and media relations, civic and voter education, graphic design, administrative support, support to media, political parties and civil society, gender mainstreaming, capacity-building, institutional reform and development as well as project support.
•Provide, and, in exceptional cases, supervise the provision of, support, technical assistance and advice in the above areas as required.
•Contribute, and, in exceptional cases, supervise the contribution to, capacity-building of national counterparts and strengthening of national institutions.
•If required, supervise and manage the performance of national and, in some cases, international staff assigned to the area of responsibility.
•Monitor the impact of domestic and international norms and processes on female participation and provide advice to the Electoral Management Bodies on appropriate corrective measures. 
•Establish and maintain professional and productive partnerships with national counterparts and other key stakeholders in the electoral process.
•If required, compile and provide regular briefings and reports in the assigned area of responsibility in close collaboration with other relevant partners.
•Perform other related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, notably understanding and knowledge of electoral processes in general, and development and management of IT databases and software in particular; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing; shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

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 IT or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least five (5) years of experience in implementing, supporting or advising on election-related software development and database management is required.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in software development and database management in at least 2 countries is also required.
United Nations electoral field experience in a peacekeeping operation, political mission, and/or a UN agency is desirable.
Experience in post-conflict situations and/or in developing countries is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of an additional official UN language will be an advantage.


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.

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



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