Job Opening

Posting Title: Coordination Officer, Political Affairs, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Coordination Officer, Political Affairs
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station: BANGUI
Posting Period: 15 November 2020 - 21 November 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-MINUSCA-144906-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 the Office of the Chief of Staff, at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Coordination Officer will be based in Bangui and reports to Principal Coordination Officer.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Principal Coordination Officer, the Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Partnerships, Planning and Programming
•Interface role between the Field Offices Coordination and relevant mission components to address or handle Field-related substantive and operational matters.
•Monitoring mandate implementation at the Field level, including evaluation and communication of challenges and providing insights and initiating remedial action.
•Representing the Field Coordination Office (FCO) in Operations Coordination Team (OCT), Joint Operations Planning Team (JOPT) and other internal mechanisms, to strengthen collaborations, address issues and find solutions to emerging issues in the mandate implementation process.
•Develop and maintain productive partnerships with mission components, UN Country Team (UNCT) members, national authorities, bilateral and multilateral donors, regional organizations, international financial institutions, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders.
• Support the preparation and implementation of Mission and UN common planning and programming processes, including the Mission Concept, UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF); the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHP), the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF);
• Provide substantive and practical support, such as serving as the secretariat, to relevant committees, task forces, clusters, inter-agency coordination groups, steering committees and working groups.
• Monitor and evaluate actions implemented through these frameworks, prepare position papers, and record policy related decisions.
• Organize and provide substantive and practical support to conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops, as necessary.
• Serve as a focal point between the Mission and/or UNCT and Headquarters, and support Technical Assessment Missions, Strategic Assessment Missions and Strategic Reviews.

Liaison and Coordination
•Working with focal points across Mission components (e.g. military, mission support and police components) to ensure effective coordination within MINUSCA HQ and with Field Offices.
•Liaising with and developing strong collaboration with Mission section chiefs, UNCT and key external partners in carrying out directives, coordinating logistical support, and facilitating an integrated approach to supporting peace and stabilization.
•Building, developing and maintaining productive partnerships of mutual confidence with Field Offices, mission components and sections, host country actors, diplomatic missions, regional organizations (such as AU and ECCAS), and relevant international organization to advance to matters of interest to the mission.
•Preparing, coordinating and executing high level internal and external visits.

Analysis, Advice and Reporting:
• Identify issues and develop strategies for a common UN approach through policy, advocacy and/or programming efforts.
• Support the development of strategies, policies and other measures designed to achieve common objectives between the Mission, UNCT and other partners.
• In conjunction with partners, identify and pursue opportunities for specific peace building activities, and where appropriate, provide secretariat support for the management of trust funds.
• Design and implement a resource mobilization strategy in line with national and UNCT priorities.
• Prepare summary and analytical documents, including situation reports, background notes, options papers, code cables and input for reports of the Secretary-General, in coordination with relevant Mission components and the UNCT.
• Consolidate periodic reports of Mission and UN common planning and programming processes and budgets and identify constraints to implementation of UN wide strategies.
• Where appropriate, serve as the focal point for coordinating and reporting on Mission or UN-system wide administrative inquiries and processes.

Information Management and Communication
•Maintaining an effective system of information management designed to guarantee accessibility and utility of information for the Field Offices, with support of Best Practices Office (BPO), Joint Operations Center (JOC) and Joint Mission Analysis Center (JMAC).
•Facilitate the flow of information between Field Offices and HQ and between the Mission and regional organizations and international partners (AU, EU, and ECCAS, etc.).

•Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: 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 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in business or public administration, logistics, human resources management, finance, accounting or a related area. 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 seven (7) years with a master’s degree or nine (9) years with a bachelor’s degree of progressively responsible experience in programme management, humanitarian affairs, civil affairs, or a related field is required.
Experience liaising with donors and participating in inter-agency coordination mechanisms at the national level is required.
At least two 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 multilateral or non-governmental organization is desirable.

Languages

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

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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.

No Fee

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