Senior Driver G3, Mogadishu, Somalia

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Senior Driver G3, Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Organization: UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Closing Date: February 12, 2024

Hardship Level

E (most hardship)

Family Type

Non Family with Residential Location

Family Type

Non Family with Residential LocationDanger Pay

Residential location (if applicable)

Nairobi (CO), Kenya



Staff Member / Affiliate Type

General Service


Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted


Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

February 12, 2024

Standard Job Description

Senior Driver

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Senior Driver mainly drives for the Head of Office and other high ranking officials. The incumbent is normally supervised directly by the Administrative Officer/Associate/Assistant or other staff member when the scale of the Operation so requires it. Besides driving, s/he is responsible for up keep and maintenance of the assigned UNHCR vehicle(s) as per technical guidance and specifications established by the Organisation. S/he is required to follow strict instructions and security guidance provided by the supervisor. While basic function of a Senior Driver is to drive the official vehicles of UNHCR, s/he may be called upon to perform minor maintenance and repair of UNHCR vehicles and may perform clerical, maintenance and other support services that deem necessary for office administration. S/he may as well provide interpretation services.

The Senior Driver has regular contacts with staff within the UNHCR Office and with others (including Partners, government authorities, etc.) outside UNHCR involving limited exchange of information.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

– Drive UNHCR vehicle mainly for the Head of Office and other high ranking officials.
– Drive UNHCR vehicles for the transport of authorized passengers, deliver and collect documents, and other items.
– Meet official personnel at airports or other locations and facilitate immigration and customs formalities as required.
– Perform day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicles; check oil, water, battery, brakes, tires, etc. and ensure that the assigned UNHCR vehicles are road or waterway worthy and maintained up to the established security standards.
– Perform minor repairs and arrange for other repairs and ensure that the vehicle is kept clean.
– Ensure that the steps required by rules and regulations, or other local requirements, are taken in case of involvement in an accident.
– Log official trips, daily mileage, gas consumption, oil changes, greasing, etc. and prepare reports on usage as required.
– Ensures valid documentation for passengers, items or cargo in vehicle.
– In the absence of an interpreter, assist with basic interpretation services.

– Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).
– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G3D – 2 years relevant experience with Completion of Primary Education or High School Diploma or higher

Field(s) of Education
Not applicable.

Certificates and/or Licenses
*Driving License;
Auto Mechanics Certificate;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Driving license, knowledge of driving rules and regulations.
Not specified.

Functional Skills
*DV-Driving Rules and Regulations
DV – Basic Vehicle Mechanical Skills
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile

The incumbent will report to the Senior Administrative Associate based in the Representation Office in Mogadishu.

Driving experience with UNHCR, United Nations and International NGOs is an added advantage.

In addition, the desirable candidate should have the following attributes:
• Be of a mature character with the ability to self-motivate and motivate a team, possess good interpersonal and client-oriented skills.
• Ability to handle the internal Courier service (sending/receiving pouches), including visa and Immigration processes among other related protocol tasks is essential.
• Understanding of the local and cultural context of the region and country.
Prior training or knowledge and experience in using 4wd/Armored vehicles as well as defensive driving techniques, and familiarity with vehicle maintenance are an added advantage.
• Understanding of UN security rules, procedures, and protocols and ability to work under pressure is desirable.
The candidate must have good written and oral communication skills, be fluent in English and Somali language

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):



Desired languages



Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

Nature of Position:

Living and Working Conditions:

Additional Qualifications


DV – Basic Vehicle Mechanical Skills, DV-Driving Rules and Regulations



Auto Mechanics Certificate – Other, Driving License – Other

Work Experience


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Teamwork & collaboration, Technological awareness

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Additional Information

Shortlisted candidates will be required to have valid Somalia national passport or identification card and valid driving license when invited for practical driving assessment and interviews.

Functional clearance

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance.





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