Job Opening

Posting Title: UN POLICE PLANNING OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 26 October 2018 - 08 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Rule of Law-DPKO-104459-J-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Strategic Policy and Development Section of the Police Division in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peacekeeping Operations in order to undertake all levels of police planning, including assessments, programmatic and contingency planning for ongoing, new and/or emerging crisis situations for policing and law enforcement-related assistance via the Global Focal Point (GFP). The incumbents report directly to the Chief of Section. The Global Focal Point arrangement covers peacekeeping, special political mission and non-mission settings.

While the successful candidate will report directly to the SPDS Chief, he/she will work in tandem with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Programme Specialist for the GFP and
serve the broader GFP Management Group, co-led by DPKO and UNDP. In the first instance, the Police Planning Officer's responsibility will be to manage the implementation of the police-related programmatic elements of the GFP on behalf of PD.

The overall objectives of the Police Division are to effectively direct police components in peacekeeping operations and special political missions; to strengthen the strategic direction, planning, and management of police components in peacekeeping operations; and, to work towards a shared understanding among all stakeholders on the future direction of police peacekeeping.
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Within delegated authority, the Police Planning Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• In applying the United Nations Integrated Assessment and Planning Policy, undertakes United Nations police planning activities to develop and prepare as needed, strategic options, plans, police to task analysis, policing concepts, deployment plans and other planning outputs; prepare new documents to assist in the formulation of United Nations policing guidance needed to support such plans; and, to support the changing role of police, particularly in the area of host state police development and capacity enhancement;
• Provide police-specific advice and support to Mission and non-mission UN as well as country offices in the development of policing plans, including ensuring coherence with the Mission and/or country-specific overall strategic direction, integrated frameworks and planning tools;
• Provides advice to senior police, country and departmental managers on strategic and operational UN police planning policies, procedures and good practices, including recommendations on the design of specific planning tools and mechanisms, ensuring coherence with Integrated Assessment and Planning Policy, Strategic Guidance Framework (SGF) guidance and good policing practices;
• Develops and establishes police planning-related guidance, tools and templates for inclusion in the country-and mission specific strategic plans in line with the SGF and its associated guidance, and for use by field missions and country offices to ensure uniformity of UN support plans;
• Collaborates with other components at headquarters and the GFP partners in articulating and developing coherent strategic police planning frameworks clearly defining the scope of resource requirements, and coordination modalities;
• Collaborates in an efficient and timely manner with counterparts in the Standing Police Capacity, Mission Management and Support Section and Selection and Recruitment Section; Maintain close collaboration with the components/units of DPKO and DFS, other UN Secretariat departments, and UN family agencies as and when required;
• Undertakes research and analysis to support these tasks; prepare new documents to assist in the formulation of United Nations police doctrine needed to support such plans; and, to support the changing role of police in conflict and other crisis situations, particularly in the area of host state police development and capacity enhancement;
• Supports preparation, monitoring and reporting of joint police projects funded under assessed contributions allocated to UN missions under the GFP;
• Undertakes research and analysis to support these tasks;.Coordinate the implementation of the projects with the Donor, the Executive Office of the DPKO/DFS, relevant UN agencies, funds and programmes and non-UN actors, consultants and training staff; Coordinate activities related to budget funding and prepare related documents and reports;
• Drafts various documents, i.e., reports, talking points and briefing notes for meetings of senior officials with Donors, police contributing countries, Member States, etc;
• Performs other duties as required.


- Professionalism: Demonstrated professional competence and mastery of police administration and police operational planning; knowledge of administrative, budgetary, financial or human resources policies and procedures; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Ability to operate databases, project management software and develop spreadsheets and complex text documents is required.

- Planning and 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.

- 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the field of police science, criminal justice, law, or other relevant field is required. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience in policing or other law enforcement reform matters, including strategic planning and development, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Graduation from a certified police academy or other similar law enforcement training institution is also required. Certification on UN integrated planning processes is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in active police, law enforcement, or other related policy/criminal justice work with the rank of Superintendent, Lt. Colonel, service equivalent or higher rank, including at least three years of experience in strategic level police planning including conducting reviews and assessments is required. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the graduation from the national police academy or similar law enforcement institution. Peace operations police planning experience at UN Headquarters or UN field missions is highly desirable.
Other skills: Ability to operate databases, project management software and develop spreadsheets diagrams, presentations and complex text documents is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language, preferably French, is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 March 2019, with possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• Applicants for this position should be advised that recruitment is subject to classification, which is approved by OHRM. Internal applicants should note that the granting of SPA is contingent upon classification of the position.

• 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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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