Movement Control Officer Movement Control Officer Movement Control Officer Movement Control Officer – Mogadishu, Somalia


Movement Control Officer Movement Control Officer Movement Control Officer Movement Control Officer – Mogadishu, Somalia

Closing Date: 20 October 2023



Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia

Duty Station: MOGADISHU

Posting Period: 21 September 2023 – 20 October 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Transportation-UNSOS-206754-R-Mogadishu (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) within the Acquisition Management Section and Performance Management Section respectively,and are based in Mogadishu. The incumbents will report to the respective Sections Chiefs or designates.


Within delegated authority, the Movement Control Officers at NO-C level will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Support the management and supervision of activities within the Inbound Deliver Coordination Unit (IDCU) or an Acquisition Management Office within a specific geographic area in the Mission in national/own country.
  • Ensure the provision of reliable, cost effective and efficient movement control or freight services for the transportation of passengers and cargo (including dangerous goods requiring special handling) within the area of responsibility.
  • Facilitate and coordinate customs formalities for UN cargoes, and prepare, compile and maintain weekly and monthly inbound reports and statistics, and ensure distribution to all concerned parties.
  • Coordinate the provision of efficient movement control support for the integrated search and rescue operations for UN transport assets and other transport assets upon request using local language.
  • Supervise the preparation of operational plans, performance reports and responses to internal and external audit observations.
  • Develop and implement inputs for the standard operating procedures for the Inbound Delivery related processes.
  • Ensure that quality control procedures are implemented for all work processes.
  • Ensure the accuracy and validity of data recorded in the management information systems.
  • Develop in consultation with the Chief of Unit, cost-effective and efficient transport plans, assessing the modalities of different means of transport, examining the costs and benefits of outsourcing transport functions and their feasibility in operational terms using local knowledge.
  • Evaluate short-term aviation, sea and surface transport contracts.
  • Liaise with UN agencies, government and non-government organizations, intergovernmental agencies and vendors for the provision of transport support, uses knowledge of national institutions, language and culture.
  • Develop inputs for budget proposals for the field mission’s freight and inbound delivery operations.
  • Coordinate the requisition process with purchasing authorities to ensure that bidding and approval activities meet required timetable.
  • Determine technical specifications for movement control, custom and freight services and develops statements of work/requirements.
  • Provide responses to UNHQ during the vendor’s evaluation to ensure that vendor’s proposals meet technical requirements.
  • Ensure that UN financial regulations and rules are complied with in all activities of the subordinate elements.
  • Participate in various field mission administrative bodies such as the Local Committee on Contracts.
  • Participate in collaboration with insurance specialists, in resolving problems related to insurance policies for movement control services.
  • Act as a Line Manager to Sub-Unit Managers.
  • Manage the allocation and rotation of appropriate work assignments.
  • Coordinate the individual annual Work Plans for Sub-Unit Managers and produce detailed performance assessments and evaluations for the subordinate staff as required.
  • Develop training courses, workshops and other related training activities.
  • Develop inputs for and implements the Movement Control Unit Training Plan.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: 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 & 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. TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in business administration, economics, logistics or transport management is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of education, professional training, certification in multi-modal transport operations, and two (2) additional years of work experience in multi-modal transportation related occupation, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Job – Specific Qualification

A valid IATA and/or IMO dangerous goods certificate is required. SCOR-P training attendance in a reputable institution is desirable. Training in the planning, coordination and control of at least two (2) modes of transport is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in movement control, multi-modal transportation, airline operations, logistics management or a related field including, preferably, two (2) years of experience in a UN entity and at least one (1) year in a supervisory position directly related to the coordination of complex multi-modal transport operations in the international environment is required. Experience in the use of IATA and/or IMO rules and procedures for the transportation of dangerous goods is required. Experience in quality management is desirable. Experience working with financial regulations and rules in the United Nations or a comparable international organization is desirable. Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable. Experience in working with SAP and ERP System is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. NOTE: ”Fluency” equals a rating of ”fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ”Knowledge of” equals a rating of ”confident” in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. Therefore, this position is funded for an initial period of one year. An extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. Recruitment against this position is on a local basis. THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF SOMALIA ONLY. The National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to assume the appointment. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted, and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. When completing the Candidate Profile form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up-to-date. This information is the basis for the Hiring Manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity -among its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Interested applicants who are working with UN Contractors must fulfill the obligations of their contracts with the UN Contractors in order to be eligible to apply for this vacancy.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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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