Duties and Responsibilities
Organisational setting and reporting:
The Panel of Experts on Somalia is comprised of six experts with demonstrated substantive knowledge, experience and skills in areas relevant to the implementation of the Somalia sanctions regime. The Panel’s mandate is established and can be renewed or terminated by the Security Council. The Panel of Experts acts under the direction of the Somalia Sanctions Committee.
The Finance Expert will serve with the Panel of Experts, which is reporting to the Somalia Sanctions Committee and the Security Council. The Finance Expert comes under the overall management and guidance of the Security Council Affairs Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, specifically, of the Senior Committee Secretary, the Chief of the Branch and the Director of the Division. The work of the Panel of Experts is facilitated by a Coordinator who is also an expert on the Panel.
Within delegated authority, the Finance Expert will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following duties:
- Contribute to the monitoring of sanctions measures and investigation of alleged sanctions violations as mandated by Security Council resolutions related to Somalia in his/her area of expertise;
- Investigate potential violations of the Somalia sanctions regime as they relate to the financing of armed groups, particularly the listed entity Al-Shabaab;
- Conduct an analysis of all of Al-Shabaab's revenue sources, their methods of storage; and transfer as well as map the group's illegal taxation system;
- Monitor and investigate all activities that generate revenues used to commit violation of Somalia arms embargo;
- Compile information on individuals and entities that may engage in violations of the Somalia sanctions regime, such as the misappropriation of financial resources;
- Contribute to reporting on any violations of the Somalia sanctions regime through reports of the Panel of Experts to the Somalia Sanctions Committee and the Security Council required under relevant Security Council resolutions, as well as any periodic briefing/reporting as requested by the Somalia Sanctions Committee;
- Contribute to the preparation of recommendations by the Panel of Experts for improved implementation of the Security Council resolutions related to Somalia, based on the Panel’s investigations, country visits and outreach activities;
- Prepare and deliver briefings and presentations on the Somalia sanctions regime and the Panel’s activities;
- Assist in identifying areas where the capacities of States can be strengthened to enhance the implementation of the Somalia sanctions regime;
- Contribute to reports that adhere to a high standard of evidence and rigorous methodology;
- Provide due process to Member States, entities and individuals to respond to allegations and findings when conducting investigations; and
- Take on other duties as mandated by the Security Council and/or directed by the Somalia Sanctions Committee.
- Contribute to the preparation of a programme of work of the Panel of Experts at the outset of the mandate, which will be updated regularly and which delineates individual overall investigative priorities and case-studies, the Panel’s decision-making procedures and working methods, as well as its travel schedule;
- Participate in investigative missions and bilateral consultations to gather information from government authorities, private individuals and entities, civil society, regional and sub-regional organisations and United Nations field presences;
- Participate in the Committee’s consultations and meetings, as requested;
- Collate and assess the information obtained, including by sharing written notes and briefs with other Panel members;
- Classify, categorize and archive the materials obtained in the course of the Panel’s investigations; and
- Submit to the UN Secretariat an End of Assignment Report at the end of the mandate.
- Abide by the rules and regulations of the United Nations, as guided by the Senior Secretary of the Committee, the Chief of the Subsidiary Organs Branch and the Director of the Division, among others; and
- Draft and follow up on correspondence in his/her areas of responsibility.
- Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics, political science, international relations, law, journalism or other relevant area is required.
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of ten years (including a minimum of three years of field experience) of progressively responsible experience in the relevant field is required;
- Significant field experience in post-conflict or other transitional situations is required;
- Strong field research or investigative experience in the area of expertise is required;
- Experience in writing high-quality reports is required;
- Proven interpersonal skills in complex, political and structured working environments is required;
- A demonstrated understanding of sanctions regimes in a United Nations, regional organisation or Member State setting is highly desirable; and
- Experience in working under the rules and regulations of the organisation and the working culture and methods of the United Nations Secretariat is highly desirable.
- Fluency in English is required
- Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage
- Knowledge of Somali and/or local Somali dialects is an advantage