Job Opening

Posting Title: Movement Control Officer (2 Positions), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: MOVEMENT CONTROL OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 10 March 2021 - 28 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Transportation-DOS-147904-J-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the Movement Control Section within the Logistics Division, Office of Supply Chain Management (OSCM), Department of Operational Support (DOS) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.

The Department of Operational Support was established to provide operational advisory services to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices- away-from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.

The Office of Supply Chain Management includes the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Supply Chain Management, Logistics Division, the Procurement Division, the Uniformed Capabilities Support Division, Global Service Centre, Umoja Coordination Service, Aviation Safety Section and the Enabling and Outreach Service. The Logistics Division performs a central role in the implementation of end-to-end supply chain management across the United Nations operations. The Division provides direction and advice on logistical matters, monitors and assesses the delivery of strategic transportation and support services, and directs the delivery of transportation and specialist support services in the functional areas of air transport, ground transport, engineering, medical and supply, inclusive of fuel, rations and general supplies and security equipment.

The Movement Control Officer reports to the Chief, Movement Control Section (MCS).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Movement Control Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Plans transportation for contingent deployment/rotation/repatriations/and United Nations Owned equipment:
• Analyzes, plans, implements and manages transportation of personnel and equipment of countries contributing contingents and United Nations Owned equipment to and from the United Nations peacekeeping missions delegated. Within operational parameters established by liaison and coordination with DOS, DPO Military Advisers Office, DPPA political officers and other Logistic personnel, resolve the most cost-effective and operationally efficient plan for each movement requirement.
• Finalizes the plan by liaison, negotiation and coordination with the mission, the relevant Permanent Mission and directly with the National Government where necessary prior to implementation. Resolves any conflicts between these organizations. Analyzes and confirms that rotation/deployment plans are in compliance with Guidelines for Governments Contributing Troops to UN Missions (that is, within the broad parameters given) and with the field missions’ operational needs.
• Attends DOS troop contributor meetings on allocated missions and any mission planning meetings with or on behalf of the Unit Chief and brief attendees on movement related matters including planning parameters and current situation,

Develops and implements movement plans:
• Prepares cost estimates for mandate periods for budget purposes.
• Prepares requisitions or Letter of Assist for the required movement ensuring that requirements and specifications are accurate and complete and obtain funds availability certification.
• Coordinates requisition process with Procurement Division (PD) to ensure that bidding and approval processes meet required timetable.
• Ensures bid document prepared by PD conforms with operational requirement and attends bid opening when necessary.
• Reviews bid responses and conducts operational and technical evaluation and analysis of the bids (including any alternate options proposed by bidders) to ensure offers meet technical requirements and matches operational needs. Ensures vendor documentation is correct. Prepares bid evaluation be forwarded to PD.
• Negotiates with Permanent Mission and/or National Government to resolve Letter of Assist details within the required operational parameters. Establishes financial limits as being the equivalent cost to the United Nations. Prepare Letter of Assist submission for Committee on Contracts including justification and recommendations. Prepares Letter of Assist.
• Attends and advises Committee on Contract on award with Unit Chief when required.
• Keeps DOS, Permanent Mission and Peacekeeping mission informed of progress throughout process.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of steps involved in a large volume transportation program; ability to prepare and negotiate transportation requirements with representatives of air, sea, and surface transportation contractors; understanding of regulations and requirements designed to ensure the safety of personnel and goods transported by contracted carriers; ability to perform research and to evaluate and integrate information from a wide variety of sources and to assess impact on transport operations; ability to use electronic spreadsheets (MS Excel) and Power point presentations; proficiency as an end user with databases (input of data and running of queries). 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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

TEAMWORK: 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's Degree or equivalent degree) in Supply Chain Management, business or public administration, transportation, management or other relevant area. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Certification in Dangerous Goods transportation in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and/or the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and/or International Maritime Organization (IMO) is required.

Work Experience

• A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in administration and management of transportation is required.
• Experience in at least (2) two modes of transport (air, sea, road, and rail) including the planning, coordination and executing of large-scale personnel and cargo movement operations at the international level is required.
• Experience in the assessment of contract proposals for movements in two modes of transportation is required.
• Experience in the completion of hands on Technical Field Assessments including the handling of dangerous goods is desiable.
• Experience working in or in support of a United Nations common system field presence (inclusive of peacekeeping operations, special political missions, agencies funds and programmes), or other similar international organization is desirable.
• Experience working with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as SAP or equivalent, is desirable.
• Experience working in ERP supply chain modules such as Transportation Management (TM) module is desirable.
• Experience in developing Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines in logistics and supply chain area is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• These positions are temporarily available as soon as possible until 30 June 2021.

• This position is vacant due to the temporary assignment/secondment of the regular incumbent to another office/organization. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. In accordance with ST/AI/1999/17 section 2.3, an SPA may only be granted to one level higher than the personal level of the staff member assigned to higher-level functions in his or her own category, whether the higher-level functions are one or several levels higher than the personal level of the staff member. Staff in the General Service and related categories temporarily placed against a post at the Professional level may receive an SPA to the P-1 or P-2 level.

• A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 of ST/AI/2010/4 Rev. 1. below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.

• 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• 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.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17.

• For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• 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.

• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

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