Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, MOVEMENT CONTROL, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur
Duty Station: EL FASHER
Posting Period: 27 April 2021 - 03 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Transportation-UNAMID-154531-J-El Fasher (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 Movement Control Unit of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) duty station El Fasher. The Chief of Unit, Movement Control, will report to the Chief of Operations/Liquidation Coordinator.


Within delegated authority, a Chief of Unit, Movement Control will carry out the following duties:

• Manages and supervises the activities of the Movement Control Unit, Aviation Unit and Ground Transport Unit
• Ensures the provision of reliable, cost effective and efficient movement control services for the transportation of passengers and cargo (including dangerous goods requiring special handling) within a field mission.
• Provides technical advice to Chief Operations/Liquidation Coordinator on all aspects of the transportation activities.
• Ensures the provision of efficient movement control support for the integrated search and rescue operations for UN transport assets and other transport assets upon request.
• Supervises the preparation of operational plans, performance reports and responses to internal and external audit observations.
• Develops and implements standard operating procedures for the movement control related processes.
• Ensures that quality control procedures are implemented for all work processes.
• Ensures the accuracy and validity of data recorded in the management information systems.
• Develops, in consultation with the Chief Operations and/or Director of Mission Support, cost-effective and efficient transport plans, accessing the modalities of different means of transport, examining the costs and benefits of outsourcing transport functions and their feasibility in operational terms.
• Evaluates short-term aviation, sea and surface transport contracts.
• Liaises with UN agencies, government and non-government organizations, intergovernmental agencies and vendors for the provision of transport support.
• Reviews and monitors budget proposals for mission's movement control operations.
• Coordinates the requisition process with purchasing authorities to ensure that bidding and approval activities meet required timetable.
• Reports on and defends the budgetary performance of the Movement Control Unit at the end of each financial period and/or whenever required.
• Determines technical specifications for movement control services and develops statements of work/requirements.
• Provides responses to UNHQ during the vendor's evaluation to ensure that vendor’s proposals meet technical requirements.
• Acts as a Certifying Officer for the movement control budget with the overall responsibility for the efficient use and accurate accounting of all resources controlled and all expenditures made by the Movement Control Unit.
• Ensures that UN financial regulations and rules are complied with in all activities of the Movement Control Unit.
• Participates in various field mission administrative bodies such as the Local Committee on Contracts, the Tenders Committee, the Local Property Survey Board and Boards of Inquiry.
• Participates, in collaboration with insurance specialists, in resolving problems related to insurance policies for movement control services.
• Develops the Movement Control Unit Staffing Table and acts as a Line Manager to Sub-Unit Managers.
• Manages the allocation and rotation of appropriate work assignments.
• Coordinates the individual annual Work Plans for Sub-Unit Managers and produces detailed performance assessments and evaluations for all staff as required.
• Supervises the personnel management and evaluates staff performance of the Movement Control Unit.
• Ensures the development of training courses; coordinates with UNHQ training courses, workshops and other related training activities.
• Develops and implements the Movement Control Unit Training Plan.
• Performs other related duties as required.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in business administration, economics, logistics or transport management is required. Training in the planning, coordination and control of at least two (2) modes of transport is required. A valid IATA and/or IMO dangerous goods certificate is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of education, professional training, certification in multi-modal transport operations, and two (2) additional years of work experience in multi-modal transportation related occupation, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in movement control, multi-modal transportation, airline operations, logistics management or a related field including, preferably, with four (4) years of experience in a UN entity and at least three (3) years in a supervisory position directly related to the coordination of complex multi-modal transport operations in the international environment is required.
Experience in the use of IATA and/or IMO rules and procedures for the transportation of dangerous goods is required.
Experience in liquidation of at least one closed Peacekeeping Mission is desirable.
Experience in quality management is desirable.
Knowledge of UN financial regulations and rules is desirable.
Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position of a Chief of Unit, Movement Control, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.


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 31/12/2021 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.

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.

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