Job Opening

Posting Title: MISSION PLANNING OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: MISSION PLANNING OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office to the African Union
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 12 November 2021 - 11 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNOAU-168254-R-Addis Ababa (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Mission Planning Officer will report to the Chief of Staff.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, and under the guidance of the Chief of Staff, the Mission Planning Officer will:
Develops and maintains productive collaboration with mission components, bilateral and multilateral donors, African Union and other stakeholders;

•Supports the preparation of a mission work-plan, which, building on the vision of the SRSG, translates the mission mandated tasks into a form that fuses objectives, timelines and expected outcomes into a coherent whole, serving as an authoritative guide for the development and implementation of mission component plans.

•Provides advice to mission components in development of component-level plans, including to ensure coherence with the Mission's overall strategic direction and planning tools.

•Provides advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices; provides recommendations on design of specific planning tools and mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the mission and partners.


•Requests, analyses and drafts inputs to the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and prepare inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting.

•Provide substantive and practical support, such as serving as secretariat, to relevant committees, task forces, clusters, inter-agency coordination groups, steering committees and working groups;

• Serve as focal point for internal controls, monitoring and evaluation; lead the process for internal control reviews and deliver timely action plans and monitor progress to address and resolve control issues;

•Monitor and evaluate mandate implementation and workplans, prepare position papers, and record policy related decisions.

•Organize and provide substantive and practical support to conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops, as necessary.

•Design and implement a resource mobilization strategy in line with UNOAU priorities, assist in proposal development and support donor relations efforts and reporting, and grant management;

Perform other duties as required and assigned by senior leadership.

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.

•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.

•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.

• 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Political Science, Management or Development, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning, facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in policy development at the strategic level as well as facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes in peace consolidation settings

Field experience is required, including at least one year in a UN peacekeeping mission/special political mission, and/or working with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in a post-conflict setting.

prior experience and familiarity with the budget planning and reporting process including the Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reporting, as well as the UN system of internal controls, is required

Prior experience in extrabudgetary trust fund management, donor relations and reporting is required

Prior experience in monitoring and evaluation of mandate implementation is desirable

Prior experience in supporting partnerships with regional/sub-regional organizations in peace and security is desirable.

Comprehensive knowledge of relevant UN policies, procedures and operations

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Please note that Political Affairs positions include conflict and post-conflict locations in non-family and/or hardship duty stations. Political Affairs staff may also be housed in camp environments. An updated list of missions and additional information on working in the field can be found at
http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/about/dfs/.

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.

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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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