Posting Title: SUPPLY ASSISTANT, FS4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Duty Station: Mogadishu
Posting Period: 06 June 2019 – 12 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Logistics and Supply Chain-UNSOS-118099-J-Mogadishu (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is within the United National Support Office in Somalia, located in Mogadishu. The incumbent of the post will report to the Chief,General Services Unit, within Life Support Section.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Supply Assistant will carry out the following duties:
Receive authorized on-line requisitions for stores supplies from Chiefs of Section /Unit; verify the requisitions and issue in accordance with Sections’/Units’ monthly requirements; ensure that supplies are issued to requesting offices/Sections as per approved requisitions without delay. Monitor stock of supplies in the stores; Conduct regular stock taking of expendable items in the supply stores and prepare reports on discrepancies observed; Inform Supply Officers on supplies which require stock replenishment in a timely manner. Ensure that items in the supply stores are arranged in an orderly manner; Plan well in advance on expected delivery of supplies in order to maintain adequate storage facilities for in-coming goods; Implement Quality Control/Assurance to ensure the contractual terms, costs and schedules. Assist in raising requisitions for services and items required by the supply Stores; Receive requests from offices and Sections and raise requisitions for goods /services required. Assist Receipt and Inspection Unit (R&I) in receiving and inspecting goods delivered by vendors and managed by Supply Section; Process internal R&I reports for goods in the Supply Stores and forward to R&I unit for processing records of the goods in Galileo/Umoja, and issue to end users according to established procedures; Update stock cards for acquired products; Assist in weekly reconciliation of receipt and issues in order to confirm that nothing is being misappropriated. Conduct periodic inventory verification of UN non-expendable property and attractive Property managed by Supply stores and update records in Galileo/Umoja by processing issue vouchers to individual/end users of UN property for purpose of transparency and accountability; Assist with ensuring implementation of the internal control systems including accounting, report and maintenance of all electronic/hardcopy records to ensure proper audit trail. Prepare write-off requests for property which is lost, obsolete or damaged; Receive technical evaluation report on damaged property or property which has become obsolete and raise request for write-off in the Galileo/Umoja system to facilitate submission to the Local Property Survey Board (LPSB) by Claims office; ensure that property approved for write-off and disposal is handed over to the Property Disposal Unit (PDU) in a timely manner. Participate in the acquisition and the drafting of preliminary specifications for requirements, participate in the preparation of technical evaluation committees and presentations to Local Committee on Contracts. Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Professionalism – Practical knowledge of supply management, inventory management or logistics support with good understanding of field support operations, program/contract execution and administration; good understanding of internal procurement policies, practices and procedures; proven analytical skills, including ability to research and analyze data and develop recommendations and plans; proven ability to develop, maintain and supervise management control systems for assets, materials, services and claims; 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.

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

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


High school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical or vocational certificate in at least one of the following areas: business administration, logistics management, inventory management and supply management is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in supply services, inventory management, procurement, logistics, project management or related area. Experience in supporting supply services in support of or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable. Understanding of international shipping and associated INCOTERM is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for a period of 6 months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According 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.

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.

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