Job Opening

Posting Title: MISSION PLANNING OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: MISSION PLANNING OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: MOPTI
Posting Period: 03 December 2019 - 17 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-MINUSMA-127876-J-Mopti (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The Mission Planning Officer will be based in Mopti and will report to the Head of the regional office.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, and under the guidance of the Senior Mission Planning Officer, the Mission Planning Officer P-4 will be responsible for performing the following duties:

•Conducts analysis, formulates recommendations and drafts segments of documents in order to assist UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies to maximise the individual and collective impact of the UN's response in the country of deployment, concentrating on mandated tasks and activities required to promote and consolidate peace, through a strategic partnership between the Mission and the UN Country Team.
•Supports the development of Mission Concepts, which, building on the vision of the SRSG, translates the mission mandated tasks into a form that fuses objectives and expected outcomes into a coherent whole, serving as an authoritative guide for the development and implementation of Mission component plans as needed.
•Provides advice to Mission components in development of component-level plans at the national and Field Office level, to ensure coherence with the Mission's overall strategic direction and relevant plans and policies developed for MINUSMA.
•Provides advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices, particularly the UN Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP); provides recommendations on design of specific planning tools and mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners.
•With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the development and implementation of a UN Integrated Strategic Framework for peace consolidation in the country, including a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress, by conducting conflict analysis and making suggestions on priorities and roles for the United Nations.
•Requests, analyses and drafts inputs to the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and prepares inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting.
•Through influence and consensus building, facilitates joint and integrated planning between Mission components and development and humanitarian partners in accordance with the IAP guidelines and senior management guidance.
•Provides in input to and supports the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management, Resource Stewardship Management Boards, Self-evaluations, Senior Management Compacts, Programme Criticality and Transition Planning as it relates to the Center of Mali.
•As directed by the Mission leadership, designs and facilitate development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission's mandate in the Center;
•Develops and maintains productive partnerships with mission components, UNCT members, bilateral and multilateral partners and relevant local authorities counterparts;
•Provides substantive and practical support to Steering Committees, working groups, as well as related planning activities, meetings and events;
•Identifies and analyses potential issues for a common UN approach through policy, advocacy and/or programming efforts;
•In conjunction with partners supports the development, implementation and monitoring of peace-building frameworks;
•Prepares background notes, options papers, code cables and input for reports of the Secretary-General as well as briefing notes and analytical papers for Senior Leadership.
•Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and team. Strong inter-personal skills, including the ability to manage challenging multi-stakeholder processes. Values diversity and works effectively with colleagues and contacts in the immediate and wider teams in pursuit of objectives. Facilitates others to solve problems. Anticipates and manages risk. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities where necessary; 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) social sciences, political science, international relations, economics, development studies, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning, facilitation and/or coordination is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in strategic or operational planning, budget development, and monitoring and evaluation, as well as in facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes, in emergency, conflict or post-conflict settings is required.
Experience working in or supporting UN peace operations or other UN common system field-based organisations is desirable.
Experience developing or implementing relevant policies, procedures, methodologies and tools, including for Integrated Assessment and Planning, country or conflict analysis, results-based budgeting, risk management, or monitoring and evaluation is desirable.
Experience in the design and implementation of development or humanitarian programmes, especially with agencies, funds or programmes of a UN Country Team, is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in both 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 until 30 June 2020. 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.

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