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Armed Groups and Natural Resources Expert, Panel of Experts on Somalia
Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (UN DPPA)
Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building
Chief and Senior Professional Full-time
Job Expired 20 Oct 2022
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description

Result of Service

Submission of thematic reports, a midterm update and a final report to the Somalia Sanctions Committee of the Security Council.

Work Location


Expected duration

The position is expected to become available on 16 December 2022 until 15 December 2023, subject to the renewal of the mandate and availability of funds.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organisational setting and reporting:
The Panel of Experts on Somalia is comprised of six experts with demonstrated substantive knowledge, experience and skills in areas relevant to the implementation of the Somalia sanctions regime. The Panel’s mandate is established and can be renewed or terminated by the Security Council. The Panel of Experts acts under the direction of the Somalia Sanctions Committee.

The Armed Groups and Natural Resources Expert will serve with the Panel of Experts, which is reporting to the Somalia Sanctions Committee and the Security Council. The Armed Groups and Natural resources Expert comes under the overall management and guidance of the Security Council Affairs Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, specifically, of the Senior Committee Secretary, the Chief of the Branch and the Director of the Division. The work of the Panel of Experts is facilitated by a Coordinator who is also an expert on the Panel.

For more information about the Panel of Experts, including its reports and other relevant materials, please see:


Within delegated authority, the Armed Groups Expert will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following duties:

• Contribute to the monitoring of sanctions measures and investigation of alleged sanctions violations as mandated by Security Council resolutions related to Somalia in his/her area of expertise;
• Investigate potential violations of the Somalia sanctions regime as they relate to armed groups, particularly the listed entity Al-Shabaab;
• Investigate, in cooperation with the Panel's arms expert, the use of improvised explosive devises (IEDs) by armed groups, particularly the listed entity Al-Shabaab;
• Contribute to reporting on any violations of the Somalia sanctions regime through reports of the Panel of Experts to the Somalia Sanctions Committee and the Security Council required under relevant Security Council resolutions, as well as any periodic briefing/reporting as requested by the Somalia Sanctions Committee;
• Contribute to the preparation of recommendations by the Panel of Experts for improved implementation of the Security Council resolutions related to Somalia, based on the Panel’s investigations, country visits and outreach activities;
• Work closely with the Panel's Arms Expert on convergent investigations and monitoring of compliance with the Somalia arms embargo regime;
• Compile information on individuals, especially those belonging to armed groups, and entities that may engage in violations of the Somalia sanctions regime;
• Prepare and deliver briefings and presentations on the Somalia sanctions regime and the Panel's activities;
• Assist in identifying areas where the capacities of States can be strengthened to enhance the implementation of the Somalia sanctions regime;
• Contribute to reports that adhere to a high standard of evidence and rigorous methodology;
• Provide due process to Member States, entities and individuals to respond to allegations and findings when conducting investigations; and
• Take on other duties as mandated by the Security Council and/or directed by the Somalia Sanctions Committee.

• Contribute to the preparation of a programme of work of the Panel of Experts at the outset of the mandate, which will be updated regularly and which delineates individual overall investigative priorities and case-studies, the Panel’s decision-making procedures and working methods, as well as its travel schedule;
• Participate in investigative missions and bilateral consultations to gather information from government authorities, private individuals and entities, civil society, regional and sub-regional organisations and United Nations field presences;
• Participate in the Committee’s consultations and meetings, as requested;
• Draft and follow up on correspondence in his/her areas of responsibility;
• Collate and assess the information obtained, including by sharing written notes and briefs with other Panel members;
• Classify, categorize and archive the materials obtained in the course of the Panel’s investigation; and
• Submit to the UN Secretariat an End of Assignment Report at the end of the mandate.

• Abide by the rules and regulations of the United Nations, as guided by the Secretary of the Committee, the Chief of the Subsidiary Organs Branch and the Director of the Division, among others; and
• Draft and follow up on correspondence in his/her areas of responsibility.


• Knowledge of sanctions-related issues and developments in Somalia as well as the Horn of Africa;
• Substantive knowledge and field experience in the area of expertise;
• Strong investigative, analytical capacity and research skills;
• Ability to develop a sound investigative case study featuring corroborated information from credible sources, and ability to synthesize this information into an easily-readable case study which can be incorporated into a Panel of Experts report;
• Ability to treat sensitive or confidential information appropriately;
• Ability to work independently and resist political pressures;
• Ability to work under pressure and in dynamic situations; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
• Demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organisation or Member State setting.
• Knowledge of the United Nations’ institutional structure, mandates, policies and rules, as well as its relationships with regional organisations, Member States and other international partners;
• Incorporates gender perspectives in his/her substantive area of responsibility, and;
• Willingness to travel extensively, including in difficult environments.

Planning and organising:
• Proven capacity to plan and execute a work plan, and adapt, as required, to fluid priorities and demands; and
• Ability to work independently in a systematic and productive manner.
• Ability to foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning.

• Strong oral communication and drafting skills; and
• Ability to interact positively with high-level government officials and the diplomatic community.

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic and political work environment; and
• Ability to develop consensus among people with varying points of view; and
• Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect his/her own position.

Technological awareness:
• Ability to use relevant software (such as photograph management tools and mapping tools), as well as database software to organise, analyse and archive collected materials during investigations is desirable. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in military science, political science, international relations, law, journalism or other related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of ten years (including a minimum of three years of field experience) of progressively responsible experience in the relevant field is required;
Significant field experience in post-conflict or other transitional situations is required;
Strong field research or investigative experience in the area of expertise is required;
Experience in writing high-quality reports is required;
Proven interpersonal skills in complex, political and structured working environments is required;
A demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organisation or Member State setting is highly desirable; and
Experience in working under the rules and regulations of the organisation and the working culture and methods of the United Nations Secretariat is highly desirable.
Language: • Fluency in English is required
• Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage
• Knowledge of Somali and/or local Somali dialects is an advantage

Additional Information

All experts will engage in frequent regional and international travel. All travel will be in Economy Class as per United Nations administrative instruction ST/AI/2013/3.

Geographical diversity is a strong consideration. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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