UNSOS Mogadishu, Somalia


Description of assignment title: Welfare Assistant

Assignment country: Somalia

Expected start date: 11/01/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 3. Good health and well-being

Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNSOS

Type: Onsite

Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Mogadiscio


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Security Council in Resolution 2245 adopted on 09 November 2015 established the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). This replaced the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOs), established in 2009. (link)-mandate. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2245 decided that UNSOS will be responsible for support to AMISOM, UNSOM, the Somali National Army (SNA) and the Somali Police Force (SPF) on joint operations with AMISOM.


United Nations Security Council Resolution 2245 of 9 November 2015 established the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). UNSOS is responsible for provision of support to AMISOM, UNSOM, and Somali Security Forces engaged joint operations with AMISOM.

Task description

Under the overall guidance of the Senior Administrative Officer; the direct supervision of the Welfare Officer, and working closely with the UN Somalia Staff Welfare and Recreation Committee the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Assess, identify, monitor, and report on the avenues for positive outlets for recreation and wellbeing of UN personnel in Somalia.
  • Recommend welfare approaches for positive engagement by UN personnel.
  • Organize and deliver welfare events, thereby improving the recreational and social opportunities for staff.
  • Develop and deliver programs to increase adjustment to mission life as well as increase cooperation between sections, sectors, and all categories of personnel.
  • Coordinate activities with the UN military and police Welfare focal points with regard to social, cultural, and recreational events.
  • Create and develop a generic menu of welfare and recreation programs for regional offices including training, exercise classes, cultural and social events, etc.
  • Travel periodically to regional offices in Somalia for welfare-related activities.
  • Develop, recommend, and monitor proposals for use of welfare funds and budgets.
  • Increase staff awareness and information about social and recreational opportunities available to them in the mission area;

  • Ensure maintenance of welfare equipment and exercises, sports, and recreational facilities.
  • Manage the development of the welfare library and supervise the arrangement and the loan of all material.
  • Prepare periodic statistics on activities, participation in events, and contacts clients.;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

4 years of experience in Experience working in a multi-cultural setting

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license

For light motor vehicles Required


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Technical/vocational diploma in Event management Welfare management

Competencies and values

  • Integrity and professionalism
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Planning and Organization
  • Communication & interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork
  • Technological Awareness
  • Cross-cultural common expertise

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

General: Mogadishu is the HQ of UN operations in the Somalia area and is a non-family duty station. The UN Volunteer will be subject to the overall direction and guidance of the UN Designated Official (DO) for security. The volunteer will be incorporated into all applicable security protocols and will be required to adhere to the guidelines, security plans, and other directives issued by the DO. While in Somalia, the volunteer will be housed in UN-provided accommodation in the UN Compound at the Aden Abdulle International Airport (AAIA). Accommodation: Due to the security situation in the UNSOS mission area and the fact that there is no private living accommodation, expatriate personnel deployed to Mogadishu are provided secure accommodation in a camp environment. Some accommodation (hard wall and prefabs) is paid for by UN personnel on a monthly basis, while bunkerized sea container accommodation is provided free of cost. UN-provided accommodation is equipped with basic furniture. Power and water are provided by the UN inside the camp to its occupants. Food and Diet: There are UN Contractor-managed dining facilities within the UN Camp in Mogadishu where food can be purchased. Personnel may cook their own meals in common kitchens within the camp. Health: Exposure exists to several tropical diseases. All medical formalities specified in the Offer or Travel Advisory should be completed before traveling. Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory before coming to the mission area, while vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus/Diptheria, Polio, and Meningitis are recommended. A vaccination Card (yellow card) must be brought. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended. Due to the large number of various types of insects in the mission area, it is also recommended to use insecticide-impregnated nets and insect repellants. UN personnel have access during working hours to a Civilian Clinic inside the UNSOS Camp in Mogadishu. Rest and Recuperation: International personnel, including UN Volunteers working in the UNSOS mission area, are entitled to a Rest and Recuperation break after every four-week period in Somalia. Nairobi is the designated R&R location to which transportation is provided. R&R consists of five calendar days, with an additional two days of travel time. Accommodation, meals, and other expenses while on R&R are borne by the individual. The timing of when R& R is taken must be balanced against operational requirements.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy