Driver – Mogadishu, Somalia


Driver – Mogadishu, Somalia


Closing date: Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Job Title: NATIONAL POSITION: Driver, Mogadishu – Somalia [GS-3]

Job ID: 36970

Location: Arab States

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular



This post is non-rotational.


This post is non-rotational.


Closing date: 12 May 2021


Duty station: Mogadishu, Somalia

Post type: Fixed Term

Duration: One year renewable (*)


(*) Possibility for contract renewal based on need, performance, and availability of funds and in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5


Background Information


The Position:

The post of Driver is located in Mogadishu Country Offices and reports directly to the Security Specialist.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities

Job Purpose:

Under the overall guidance of the Security Specialist you will provide reliable and safe driving services to the Representative, Deputy Representative, and other high-ranking UN officials and visitors ensuring the highest standards of discretion and integrity, sense of responsibility, and excellent knowledge of protocol and security issues. You will also demonstrate a client-oriented approach, courtesy, confidentiality, tact and ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Upon the request of the supervisor, you will be required to provide driving services to the operations and programme staff in the Country Office or Field Offices, consultants and experts and UN staff on mission, but this will not be the predominant function of the post.

You would be responsible for:

  • Ensures provision of reliable and safe driving services by:

a) driving office vehicles for the transport of UNFPA Representative, other high-ranking officials and visitors and delivery and collection of mail, documents and other items, and;

b) meeting official personnel and visitors at the airport including visa and customs formalities arrangement when required;

  • Keeps abreast of traffic and road and security and safety awareness to enable safe and on time arrival for meetings;
  • Ensures cost-savings through proper use of vehicle through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs, provision of inputs to preparation of the vehicle maintenance plans and reports;
  • Ensures proper day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle through timely minor repairs, arrangements for major repairs, timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes and water levels, car washing, etc so that the vehicle is kept clean and in good running condition at all times;
  • Initiate payment process for services related to vehicle maintenance ensuring proper procurement processes are followed and relevant documentation is availed.
  • Ensures proper use of vehicle maintenance plans and assistance in preparing vehicle history report;
  • Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle registration, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, necessary spare parts in the assigned vehicle;
  • Keeps track of insurance and other tax formalities;
  • Ensures that the steps required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in an accident;
  • When necessary, translates in local language for the official personnel using the car;
  • Provides guidance and coaching to junior drivers as necessary;
  • Assists office staff in filing, photocopying and maintaining stores when required. Assists in the mailing and distribution of newsletters and publications and arranges to pay office telephone and other bills, as required.
  • Provides administrative and logistical support in the facilitating customs clearances and customs exemptions for UNFPA supplies/assets.
  • Supports the operations in Atlas related activities, example; Requisitions and Purchase Orders.
  • Provides administrative and logistical support to the programme and operations staff by facilitating logistics related to meetings including venue assessment, seating arrangement set up and liaising with the organizers to ensure UNFPA standards are met.

Qualifications and Experience


Completed Secondary School Level Education required.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Three years’ work experience as a driver in an international organization, embassy or UN system with a safe driving record.
  • Knowledge of driving rules and regulations, chauffeur protocol and courtesies, and local roads and conditions, and defensive driving skills
  • Skill in minor vehicle repairs


Fluency in English written and spoken is required. Knowledge of Somali language is an asset.

Required Competencies


  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing diversity in all its forms
  • Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving Results
  • Being Accountable
  • Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen
  • Thinking analytically and Strategically
  • Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships
  • Communicating for Impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Logistical support
  • Managing data, documents correspondence and reports according to the norms and workflow that comply with the established UN Standard.
  • Planning and Organizing and Multi-tasking
  • Job knowledge

UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

Note: UNFPA reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNFPA at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post. The package includes a competitive net salary, Annual leave, health insurance and other benefits.


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