Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR COORDINATION OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SENIOR COORDINATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station: BANGUI
Posting Period: 15 May 2019 - 21 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-MINUSCA-116770-J-Bangui (M)
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 Bangui, in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Senior Coordination Officer will be based in Bangui and reports to the Deputy Special Representative/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC).

Responsibilities

Responsibilities
Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the DSRSG/RC/HC, the Senior Coordination Officer is responsible for the following duties:

Analysis, Advice, and Reporting
Fosters positive relationships with Government counterparts and advises the DSRSG/RC/HC on identifying priority areas of international support and liaises with national and international partners to tailor programming to identified needs; Identifies and analyzes pertinent developments, issues and challenges for the Integrated Office and the mission; Supports the development of strategies, policies and other measures to address programmatic and coordination issues; Provides up-to-date analysis and advice to mission’s senior leadership on economic, social, human rights and humanitarian trends; Monitors, evaluates and reports on outcomes of programmes and initiatives; Coordinates the development and implementation of cross-cutting and management policy among the various components of UNCT, when required; Provides strategic advice on the relationships with high Government Officials to ensure reporting and partnership between UN and Host Government; Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with Agency representatives, UN Colleagues, Government counterparts at all levels, bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector, and civil society; Supports the DSRSG/RC/HC and UNCT in engaging bilateral and multilateral donors, including for resource mobilization, and directs the initiation and development of related preparatory and follow-up actions; Provides strategic advice on additional resources required to implement programs and projects; Analyzes traditional and non-traditional donor priorities in the context of a country-wide recovery and development framework and identifies funding opportunities; Advises on donor engagement and
strategies, and supports with the preparation of donor conferences and other resource mobilization efforts; Supports the DSRSG/RC/HC and UNCT in engaging civil society, media and other external partners.

Partnerships, Planning and Programming
Supports the DSRSG/RCHC in the development of strategic and programmatic frameworks for the UNCT; Facilitates UN agency joint programming efforts; Provides substantial and practical support to related activities, meetings and events; Monitors and evaluates actions implemented through these frameworks; Manages the implementation of UN common programming processes; Advises DSRSG/RC/HC on the identification of potential areas or issues for common UN approaches and in the development of proposals/actions for enhancing interagency cooperation and coordination; Supports UNCT coherence initiatives, as requested by the DSRSG/RC and facilitates alignment of UN programming with government priorities and programmes; Liaises with the government’s substantive teams on all issues related to UN programming and development initiatives in the context of the mission’s mandate;

Interacts closely with other sections of the mission in the production of briefings, background notes, talking points, cables, media statements and speeches; Support the RCO in planning and organizing UNCT and other meetings chaired by the RC; Coordinates and prepares agendas, alerting the DSRSG/RC/HC to pending issues; Prepares records and conclusions and ensures appropriate follow-up; Maintains working relationships with agency representatives, UN colleagues and other relevant partners, such as Government counterparts and NGOs at all levels; Represents the Integrated Office in interagency meetings, ensuring feedback is adequately reported and reflected in the work of the Integrated Office ; Identifies and recommends actions for enhancing interagency coordination to RC and initiates their implementation as requested by the RC; Provides guidance on United Nations policies and procedures;

Information Management and Communication
Ensures that advice and information on cross-cutting issues is coordinated with all relevant components of the UNCT; Ensures effective functioning of coherent communications structures and systems and serves as the Mission focal point for communication with the UNCT; Maintains an effective system of information management designed to guarantee accessibility and utility of information on UN programming; Promotes and facilitates the flow of information between stakeholders. Promotes coherence in communication strategies among UN agencies; Participates in the UN Communications Working Group; Support the RCO’s in strengthening the information and reporting systems, ensuring efficient flows of information between the RC and the UNCT as well as the UN Global system (including UNDGO, RBAS, BCPR); Coordinates and prepares inputs into reports of the Resident Coordinator.

Management
Oversees the day to day operations of the Integrated Office. Formulates and manages the implementation of the programme of work of the Integrated Office. Supervises, mentors, and evaluates staff; Coordinates all activities emanating from the Integrated Office, sets priorities, supervises and ensures follow-up and feedback; Contribute to the preparation of the RC Annual Plan and Report, ensuring an inclusive process to capture the key outputs of the UNCT’s work; Represents the Integrated Office in official functions, as required; Ensures UNCT is informed of training opportunities for UN staff;

Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:
- Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks.
- Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.
- Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals.
- Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.
- Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.
- 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.

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.

COMMUNICATION:
-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 audience;
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

LEADERSHIP:
- 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

Education

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 or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization, or similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization is desirable. Experience working in Central African region is desirable. Experience working with the UN and in inter-agency coordination/RC system is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in written and oral English and French is required.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for six months 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.

• 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

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No Fee

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