Senior Advisor to the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (SRCC) – Mogadishu, Somalia

United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS)

Senior Advisor to the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (SRCC) – Mogadishu, Somalia

Closing date: 5 February 2024

Result of Service

Output 1: An assessment of the drawdown to date to capture lessons identified, and applied, from Phases 1 and 2, and provide a realistic assessment of the likelihood of Phases 3 and 4 taking place on time.

Output 2: Provide an assessment of the requirement for any ATMIS follow-on mission post drawdown in order to cover a variety of potential skill sets; capture and detail those skill sets following discussion with FGS in particular and provide an assessment of who could possibly provide the necessary skills.

Work Location

Mogadishu, Somalia

Expected duration

12 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Background: The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) is mandated to undertake a transition process, including to drawdown its troops in line with various UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs), African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) Communiqués, and in accordance with the timelines detailed in the joint Concept of Operations. Whilst drawing down, and ensuring its own force protection, ATMIS must continue to support a Somali-led peace and security process.

With Phase 1 of the drawdown of 2,000 ATMIS troops completed, and the Joint Technical Assessment evaluating lessons learned from this drawdown as mandated in UNSCR 2687, ATMIS continuously works closely with the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) to determine the plans for the sequential drawdown of ATMIS troops and closing of the mission by 31 December 2024. With the transition underway and the deadline for ATMIS exit from Somalia drawing ever so close, various entities, including international partners, are assessing the potential security landscape to ascertain if their presence in Mogadishu will remain tenable under potentially different security architecture, mainly in and around Mogadishu Airport secure zone.

In parallel to this, the African Union (AU) requires a deeper understanding of how the withdrawal of ATMIS might affect the gains made in Somalia, and with so many sacrifices from the troop contributing countries. At the same time, an understanding of the broader implications of the ATMIS exit in respect of regional security is critical to charting a way forward. It is in this context that ATMIS intends to recruit an Independent Consultant whose assignment will be vital in appraising the AU PSC of AU/ATMIS review of Somalia Post-2024 in order to ensure that gains are maintained, sacrifices are not forgotten, and that the broader regional security across the Horn of Africa is not jeopardized.

Assignment and reporting: AU/ATMIS aims to recruit an experienced and qualified international consultant to advise the Head of Mission on Post-ATMIS. The consultant will serve for a period of one (01) year renewable based on the performance and availability of funds.

The consultant will be based in Mogadishu, Somalia and shall report to the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (SRCC). He/she will also work closely with the Component and Unit heads and other ATMIS personnel as required. He/she will also coordinate closely with Federal Member States (through the Civilian Sector leads), United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and other UN agencies as necessary. Visits to African Union HQ and Troop Contributing Country (TCC) capitals are deemed essential, and to Police Contributing Country (PCC) capitals as desirable.

Purpose/Objective of the assignment:

  • To document an assessment of the status of the current drawdown and identify lessons learned from the initial phases eC93pcC Dmoe2Y
  • To assess the remaining phases (to end of 2024) being undertaken on time and budget; and if delays are foreseen, to estimate the likely costs to the AU of these delays
  • To identify and document, with partners, the necessary areas and skill sets requiring additional support to enable the Somalis to stand alone post-2024
  • To provide recommendations to the AUHQ/AUPSC, and to the relevant stakeholders, to ensure AU’s legacy is protected and security reversals are avoided
  • To contribute to the preparation of strategic and operational documents of the Mission, including SRCC’s speeches, statements, background notes, daily situational reports and Mission reports required by Chairperson of AU and other partners.

Qualifications/special skills

Key Competencies 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.

Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organizing – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities where necessary; 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.

Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education: Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, economics, development studies, or a related 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.

Training in the areas of planning, facilitation and/or coordination is desirable.

Work Experience: A minimum of 15 years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in strategic or operational planning, project formulation, budget development, and monitoring and evaluation, as well as in facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes, in emergency, conflict or post-conflict settings is required.

Extensive professional experience in leading similar and/or related assessments is required.

Experience working in or supporting peace operations system field-based organization is desirable.

Experience developing or implementing relevant policies, procedures, methodologies, and tools, including for Integrated Assessment and Planning, country or conflict analysis, results- based budgeting, risk management, or monitoring and evaluation is desirable.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required for this position.

Additional Information

Not available.

No Fee


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