Mohammed is a dedicated staff advocate since as early as 2003. He was among the first contributors to the founding of MONUC’s FSU, being the largest mission then. His whole UN experience being in the field along with his gradual involvement with the Staff Union, first as a Committee Member then a Vice-Chair, built his unique insights about the challenges facing staff and the FSU. He has actively pushed for Union’s reforms since he became a Committee Chair and an FSU Council Member in 2013. He passionately yet rationally advocates for staff’s right within existing realities.
Mohammed is an Administrative Officer and the current Vice President of the Field Staff Union (FSU). He started his career with the United Nations in 1999 in the Field Service category in Peacekeeping, first in the field of Information Technology then moved across to other functions including Logistics, Mission Support Planning and Protocol. He became an Administrative Officer in the Professional category in 2007. He served in many Political and Peacekeeping missions such as MINURSO – Western Sahara, MONUC (today’s MONUSCO) – DRC, JMST – Sudan, UNAMID – Darfur and UNSOA (today’s UNSOS) – Somalia. Mohammed holds a B.SC. in Industrial Engineering and is pursuing higher studies in the field of Organizational Psychology. His knowledge encompasses IT, Planning, Logistics, Administration, Human Resources and Protocol.
Mohammed deeply believes that staff in the field are dedicated experienced humans who give away their personal and family lives in hardship and danger and deserve to be treated with dignity. He believes that the Organization owes its staff and their families for what they offer in return, the utmost appreciation and duty of care both financially and in all aspects of life in the field and at home. His motto is “it is not what staff costs, rather what staff is worth”.
Mohammed’s deep cognizance of Regulations and Rules intertwined with his analytical skills provided him with the quality to present valuable and righteous arguments. As the Vice President for the FSU, Mohammed has been the author of many analytical papers put forward to Management during Staff-Management consultations. His recent proven achievements are an enhanced policy for Rest and Recuperation and correcting the provisions for boarding assistance under the new Education Grant scheme. He actively contributed to the Union’s position on different aspects of the Secretary-General’s Management Reforms, including Gender, Delegation of Authority, GSDM and other important policies. He is currently advocating for a reform of the performance management system and a meaningful accountability framework commensurate with the recent Delegation of Authority given to the Heads of Missions.. He is currently planning to actively pursue reforms with respect to more equitable work/life balance and family related policies in a much broader sense.
Mohammed is an Arabic native speaker, fluent in English and French. He is 52 years old, happily married and father of a 10-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.