Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 09 September 2021 - 23 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNMISS-163531-F-Juba (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

There positions are located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Juba. Juba is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Joint Operations Centre (JOC).


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Contingency Planning –
•Plan and execute integrated rehearsal of concept (ROC) drill as the lead planner on behalf of Chief JOC to mission leadership in coordination with substantive sections and Agencies Funds and Programs, in addition to developing action matrices for Mission planning level implementation.
•Review the UNMISS COVID-19 plan and contingencies at the Mission headquarters level (MHQ) as the lead planner, follow up on implementation at the field level and brief Mission leadership on gaps and progress.
•Coordinate and facilitate Technical Working Group (TWG) and Table Top Exercises (TTX) on behalf of Chief JOC.
•Prepare TWG's reports, presentations and minutes of meetings for further use of Mission Operational Coordination Committee (OCC). Prepare TWG Matrix and maintains TWG SharePoint site.
•Coordinate and facilitate Crisis Management Team (CMT) TTX, Mission HQ TTX and Field Offices TTX.
•Maintain catalogue of all existing contingency plans in the Mission.
•On behalf of Chief JOC, take lead in developing Mission level Directives and Plans as required.

•Gather information from UN sources (Mission and UNCT), including but not limited to political affairs, civil affairs, military, police operations, security, mission support, rule of law including, justice, corrections and police capacity building, mine action, electoral affairs, gender, child and women protection, humanitarian, human rights, development programmes and public information;
•Monitor major developments (political, governance, rule of law, humanitarian, human rights, military, security and economic development), following the actions of relevant actors including intergovernmental organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, political institutions, armed actors (formal armies and informal rebel groups, militias, etc.).;
•Prepare for review and eventual dissemination integrated reports within the Mission and to headquarters about significant mandated and associated developments in the country and region;
•Implement operational decision making and monitor significant patrols and temporary missions with multiple enablers.
Crisis management support:
•Under the supervision of Chief JOC leadership and the Chief of Staff, help organize crisis management meetings within the mission and with New York headquarters;
•Provide support as needed for crisis management meetings (secretariat support, presentations, talking points if required, liaison with technicians and facilities management);
•Liaise regularly with Mission sections, Mission support and the UNCT to provide timely information during a crisis for decision-makers.
Coordination of operations:
•Support the organization of operational coordination meetings, as required, liaising with Mission sections, Mission support and the UNCT.
•• Provide support for the implementation of operational coordination decisions and mechanisms • Liaise regularly with Mission sections, Mission support and the UNCT to help coordinate operations.
•Perform other duties as required.
Communications hub:
•When required, performs JOC Duty Officer duties to enable continuous monitoring and reporting coverage in the mission;
•Liaise regularly with the Mission sections, Mission support, and the UNCT to maintain an up to date database of the contact details for key personnel.
•Perform any other duties as required by the Chief JOC


Professionalism – Ability to identify politically sensitive and operationally significant issues; ability to coordinate with various actors; ability to effectively conduct presentations by clearly summarizing and articulating operational issues, proposing options and concisely conveying information; 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.

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


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social sciences, international relations, law, or 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political or international affairs, public information, military, police, security, civil affairs, humanitarian affairs, operational planning, crisis operations and management, or related field is required.
A Minimum 2 years of Work experience in a conflict or post conflict environment is required.
Experience requiring contingency planning and crisis management expertise particularly as applied in an Operations Room context and in an integrated civilian-military-police environment is required.
Prior experience as part of JOC in a peacekeeping operation is desirable
Experience in briefing senior officials on complex or multidimensional issues is desirable
Experience in East Africa region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English (Oral and written) is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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 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.

UNMISS is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its workforce.

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.

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