Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR COORDINATION OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: GOMA
Posting Period: 22 May 2019 - 11 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-MONUSCO-111754-J-Goma (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Senior Coordination Officer is based in Goma and will lead the Comprehensive Approach Coordination Unit. The position will report to the Mission Chief of Staff.

The Comprehensive Approach Coordination Unit is a newly established unit intended coordinate and support the implementation of the Comprehensive Approach at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. The Unit will primarily support the Mission Leadership Team (MLT) in the development of integrated and targeted strategies to neutralise armed groups, address conflict and protect civilians. The Unit will also support, monitor and follow-up on the implementation of these strategic priorities set by the MLT, recommend adjustments or identify areas of weakness. The Unit will also support the development of operational plans flowing from the strategies through the Joint Operational Planning Team (JOPT), led by the DSRSG Operations and Rol, as well as work with Field Offices on implementation and monitoring.


Within delegated authority the Senior Coordination Officer is responsible for the following duties:

Analysis, Advice, and Reporting:
- Fosters positive relationships with Government counterparts and advises the mission leadership on identifying priority areas for support for approaches to address protection of civilians concerns; - Identifies and analyzes pertinent developments, issues and challenges for the Comprehensive Approach Coordination Unit and the mission;
- Provides up-to-date analysis and advice to the mission’s senior leadership on political, security, economic, social, human rights and humanitarian trends related to the protection of civilians;
- Working closely with all mission components, develops the integrated, targeted strategies for the implementation of the mission mandate in relation to its protection of civilians aspects for review and endorsement by the MLT and, in particular, relating to military or civic engagement initiatives, community-level engagement and mediation, military operations where applicable, human rights investigation and the fight against impunity and actions to be taken to ensure effective communication;
- Monitors, evaluates and reports on outcomes of programmes and initiatives;

Partnerships, Planning and Programming:
- Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with Agency representatives, UN Colleagues, Government counterparts of all levels, bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector, and civil society;
- Supports the development of a resource mobilization strategy; provides strategic advice on additional resources required to implement programs and projects; Analyzes traditional and non-traditional donor priorities and identifies funding opportunities;
- Provides substantial and practical support to related activities, meetings and events;
- Monitors and evaluates actions implemented through these frameworks;
- Advises the mission leadership on potential areas or issues for common UN approaches and in the development of proposals/actions for enhancing cooperation and coordination;
- Supports coherence initiatives and facilitates alignment of the mission’s activities and programming with government priorities and programmes;
- Interacts closely with other sections of the mission in the production of briefings, background notes, talking points, code cables, media statements and speeches related to the work of the Unit; -
- Coordinates and prepares agendas alerting the mission leadership to pending issues; prepares records and conclusions and ensures appropriate follow up:
- Represents the Comprehensive Approach Coordination Unit in meetings with external partners, ensuring feedback is adequately reported and reflected in the work of the Unit;
- Identifies and recommends actions for enhancing intramission and interagency coordination and initiate their implementation;
- Provides guidance on United Nations policies and procedures.

Information Management and Strategic Communication:
- Ensures that advice and information on cross-cutting issues is coordinated with all relevant components of the mission;
- Ensures effective functioning of coherent communications structures and systems;
- Maintains an effective system of information management designed to guarantee accessibility and utility of information on the activities of the Comprehensive Approach Coordination Unit ;
- Promotes and facilitates the flow of information between stakeholders.
- Promotes coherence in communication strategies among mission components and with external partners;
- Oversees the implementation of knowledge management approaches, such as after-action reviews.

- Oversees the day to day operations of the Comprehensive Approach Coordination Unit;
- Formulates and manages the implementation of the programme of work of the Unit;
- Supervises, mentors, and evaluates staff; Coordinates all activities emanating from the Unit, sets priorities, supervises and ensures follow-up and feedback;
- Represents the Unit in official functions, as required.

Performs other duties as required.


-Ability to identify problems and propose policy options.
-Drafting ability and negotiation skills. Ability to use diplomacy and judgment in dealing with others.
-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.

-Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
-Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
-Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

-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
Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results.;Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands;

-Serves as a role model that other people want to follow.
-Empowers others to translate vision into results.
-Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives.
-Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support.
-Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions.
-Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo.
-Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
-Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of
strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Judgement/ Decision-making:
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or Equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international studies, or a related field is required. A first level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience with international organizations in humanitarian, post-conflict, development contexts, or related field is required. At least three years of experience working in a UN field operation – or similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience in developing, implementing and coordinating complex strategies with UN or other partners is required. Experience in Protection of Civilians or conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience managing a team is required. Experience in or working closely with national or international military forces is desirable. Previous experience in Africa is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required; working knowledge of French is required, while fluency in French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available. 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 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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