Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, LOGISTICS, P4
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, LOGISTICS
Department/Office: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
Duty Station: BOGOTA
Posting Period: 11 July 2020 - 09 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Logistics and Supply Chain-UNVMC-138290-F-Bogota (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC). The Chief of Unit, Logistics will be based in Bogota, Colombia. Within delegated authority, the incumbent will report to the Chief Mission Support or his/ her designate.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Unit, Logistics, will be responsible for the following duties:

•Exercises managerial and supervisory control over the coordination and provision of all logistics support required within the mission.
•Develops, prepares, coordinates and monitors overall logistic support plans including logistics forecasting, supply schedules, priorities or requirements, and resolution of urgent operational needs.
•Ensures adequate logistics support to security, substantive, and support components of the mission, and considers and approves cooperation and provision of logistics support to other UN entities, including AFPs operating in the mission area as required.
•Supervises Unit budget, its preparation and execution.
•Monitors and coordinates all multifunctional logistic requirements between UN HQ and the mission.
•Assists the Chief Supply Chain Management (CSCM) or the Chief Service Delivery (CSD) in the development of guidance and procedures for logistics support.
•Acts as the principal liaison between the mission and Headquarters staff for logistics matters and coordinates day to day support of logistics operations.
•Responsible for coordination and delivery of logistics support services to all regional, sub-regional and field locations.
•Briefs the officials of Mission Support on a daily basis on the ongoing logistics operations.
•Ensures that logistics requirements take account of gender-specific needs.
•Advises senior management on logistics management, structures and staffing levels to ensure that they are at all times adequate to meet the requirements of the logistics strategy.
•Leads logistics reconnaissance missions to various locations in the field in order to monitor the logistics support improvement.
•Organizes and chairs logistics meetings.
•Develops a training program for logistics staff
•Manages all civilian and police logistics staff assigned to him/her throughout the mission area. Evaluates staff performance, interviews/evaluates candidates for job openings.
•Assumes responsibilities of certifying officer when nominated.
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrated knowledge of logistics operations and practices. 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & 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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

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 degree or equivalent) in logistics, business administration, management, supply chain management, engineering, or related field. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications, accreditation and/or experience in areas such as transport or logistics operations/management, supply chain management, etc. may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in logistics operations in military, commercial or international organisations, or related area, is required.
Experience in managing logistics and supply chain support services in a complex, volatile, conflict or postconflict environment is desirable.
Experience of working in a United Nations field mission is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants will receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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.

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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