Mr. Amadu Kamara
Director of Mission Support, UNSOM and Director of UNSOA
Mr Kamara joined the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as a Procurement Officer in October of 1993. During his tenure he served in a variety of capacities in the support component of peacekeeping operations, both at HQNY and a significant number of field missions.
His current assignment, which he assumed in April 2012, includes Directorship of the UN office that provides support to African Union troops in Somalia (UNSOA). UNSOA also provides support to the office of the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes (SESG) and to the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG).
In addition to this role he is serving as the Director of Mission Support for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
Mr. Harjit Dhindsa
Deputy Director of United Nations Support Office for AMISOM
Mr Dhindsa joined the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as a Logistics Officer in March of 2001.
During his tenure he served in a variety of capacities in the support component of peacekeeping operations, both at United Nations Headquarters New York and a number of field missions. Prior to this he served with the Indian Army as Colonel in the Parachute Regiment.
He assumed his current assignment in November 2014, and as Deputy Director provides close support to Director Kamara across all UNSOA responsibilities.
Mr. Robert Kirkwood
Head of Somalia Support
Mr. Kirkwood has 30 years of experience in logistics support – 21 of them in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations including Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo Sierra Leone, Chad to name a few.
Mr. Kirkwood has also served in UNHQ heading planning teams for mission start up and expansion as well as at the UN Logistics base in Brindisi.
He is responsible for all aspects of support in Somalia and does so through staff in Somalia, Mombasa and Nairobi.
Closure of UNSOA
Following the adoption of Security Resolution 2245 of 09 Nov 2015, the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) replaces the United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia, UNSOA established in 2009.