Job Opening

Posting Title: PRINCIPAL COORDINATION OFFICER, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, D1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL COORDINATION OFFICER, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: KINSHASA
Posting Period: 26 April 2022 - 09 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-MONUSCO-179686-J-Kinshasa (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 Integrated Office of the DSRSG/RC/HC at Kinshasa. The incumbent reports to the DSRSG/RC/HC. The position has dual responsibilities for the coordination of the Mission’s mandate for stabilization and for the coordination of UNCT programming related to the community reintegration and stabilization components of the national DDRCS programme.

Responsibilities

Oversight of the Stabilisation Support Unit (SSU):
• Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Stabilization Support Unit (SSU) within the DSRSG/RC/HC pillar of MONUSCO. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the SSU and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
• Provides strategic guidance and policy advice to the DSRSG/RC/HC on the implementation of the ISSSS and the stabilization activities of MONUSCO and the UN Country Team
• Supervises the management of the Stabilization Coherence Fund (SCF), providing advice on allocations; supports the DSRSG/RC/HC on resource mobilization and the coordination of donor engagement
• Quality assurance: directs the work of the monitoring, evaluation and reporting team of SSU, ensuring that all outputs produced by the SSU and implementing partners are gender inclusive and meet required standards and compliance with the relevant mandates..
• Enhances the SSU communication on stabilisation and community reintegration, in collaboration with the Protections and Operations pillar, notably the DDR Section, and ensures that the outputs produced by the SSU maintain high-quality standards; that they are clear, objective and based on comprehensive and sex-disaggregated data.
• Oversees, coordinates and streamlines work processes and procedures of the DSRSG/RC/HC Pillar on stabilisation and community reintegration in accordance with the relevant policies and procedures and the priorities of the mission in close coordination with the DDR Section and the UNCT. These areas may include strategic and budget planning risk and result based management, financial and human resources management, internal and external information flow and communication as well as other cross cutting activities including gender mainstreaming.
• Oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the SSU, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
• Recruits staff, taking due account of gender and geographical balance.
• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision including UN agency and Member State provided gratis personnel.
• Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the SSU and across organizational boundaries.

Support to the P-DDRCS

• Works in close alignment with the Joint Working Group on DDRCS, co-chaired by the DSRSG Protection & Operations of MONUSCO and the National Coordinator for the P-DDRCS.
• Under the direction of the DSRSG/RC/HC, oversees, guides and coordinates the activities conducted by the Stabilisation Support Unit and UN Agencies in support of the Community Reintegration and Stabilisation aspects of the DDRCS programme, in close collaboration with the DDR Section, in order to ensure the complementarity of wider UN System support.
• Engages with the DDRCS programme coordinator and senior staff, as well as political actors involved in DDRCS, and coordinates the mission’s and UNCT’s contributions to the community reintegration and stabilisation under the DDRCS programme, ensuring complementarity with the PBF priorities and the Nexus collective outcomes.
• Facilitates the coordination of the mission, UN agencies, donors and other technical partners, contributing to the P-DDRCS implementation, participates in and represents the DSRSG/RC/HC at relevant meetings on DDRCS, such as the Government-United Nations Joint Working Group and the DDRCS sub-group.
• Contributes to the coherence of actions of different national and international actors on community reintegration and stabilization, including bilateral and multilateral donors, and support the national authorities in their resource mobilization efforts with donors.
• Provides strategic guidance to and ensures coherence of the United Nations system work on community reintegration and stabilisation, including the implementation of the joint transition plan, thereby coordinating closely with the UNCT and relevant MONUSCO substantive sections, in particular the DDR Section.
• Facilitates the integration the ISSSS and the implementation of the Triple Nexus approach in the DDRCS, programme, in close cooperation with other international partners.
• Co-Chairs, with the Chief of the DDR Section, the United Nations Technical Working Group on DDRCS.
• Liaises with the Director of the Joint Human Rights Office to ensure the strict application of the HRDDP in all United Nations activities in support of the DDRCS, as well as Transitional Justice aspects, and with the Director of the Political Affairs Division to ensure political consistency of the United Nations system support to the P-DDRCS.
• Liaises with the Senior Gender Affairs Officer to ensure all United Nations activities in support of the DDRCS take fully into account gender considerations as a crosscutting issue, support women, peace and security programmes and projects within the framework of the DRC national action plan on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security (II), facilitate the full and meaningful participation of women and youth at all levels, and are sensitive to their needs and experiences.
• Aligns priorities and support capacities on stabilisation and community reintegration with the P-DDRCS and in coordination with the DDR Section ensures the use of best methods/practices,
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of the institutional mandates, policies and procedures of the United Nations regarding inter-agency or inter-organizational collaboration, transitions processes and stabilisation. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Experience in the coordination of the activities in the areas of DDR, community reintegration and stabilisation, and the provision of policy advice on a range of managerial and political questions in these fields. Strong analytical skills and proven ability to develop policy options and strategies; ability to establish and maintain contacts at all levels. Sound political judgment and diplomatic skills. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
• 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.
• 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.
• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
• Judgement/Decision-making: 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relation, economic diplomacy, public administration, law, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Experience with inter-agency or inter-organizational collaboration or building and maintaining effective partnerships across organizations is required.

Experience in priority-setting, forward planning, strategic analysis, and change management and/or implementation of organizational development initiatives in a large international organization is desirable.

Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis and reporting is desirable.

Experience working in a field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programs - or similar international organization or non-governmental organization) - in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Experience in integrating gender perspectives into policies, programs and projects in a conflict /post conflict setting is required.

Languages

Fluency in English and French, (both oral and written) 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 temporarily available until 30 June 2023, subject to available funding. 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.

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