Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Juba
Posting Period: 13 September 2022 - 27 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNMISS-190838-F- (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 Strategic Planning Unit of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. Juba is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. The Senior Mission Planning Officer reports to the Chief of Staff (CoS).


Within delegated authority, the Senior Mission Planning Officer P5 will be responsible for the following duties:

•Acts as a senior advisor to the Mission leadership on strategic planning issues, including engaging with UN partners and external actors in respect of integrated assessment and planning processes
•Facilitates joint and integrated planning amongst Mission components and with UN country team members in accordance with the Policy on Integrated Assessments and Planning, and senior management guidance
•Organize, prepare and contribute to written outputs, including reports, background briefs, talking points, correspondence, and other communications products as required on developments and partnerships with stakeholders and other actors.
• Leads the preparation of a Mission Concept and Mission Plan, or similar initiative, 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 a guide for the development and implementation of Mission component plans
•Provides advice and technical support to Mission components in development and refinement of component-level plans, ensuring coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction
•Provides advice and technical support enabling UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies that maximize the individual and collective impact of the UN’s response in South Sudan, concentrating on mandated tasks and objectives required to consolidate peace and security through a strategic partnership between the Mission and the UN country team
• With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the development and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for peace consolidation in the country, including in-depth conflict analysis, identification of priorities, roles and responsibilities for the United Nations, and a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress.
•Leads the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Performance Assessment System (CPAS) within the Mission in coherence with the Mission's overall strategic direction, including through supporting integration and alignment of CPAS with other Mission’s planning, performance assessment, and IT systems to ensure coherence; supporting ongoing monitoring and performance assessment; providing analysis and recommendations to the senior mission leadership; and contributing in institutionalizing CPAS as a UN planning and performance tool with supporting policy and guidance
•Provides advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices in line with the UN Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning; provides recommendations on design of specific planning mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners; and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission’s mandate
•Oversees the development and implementation of a mission specific data strategy, in line with the Secretary General’s Digital Transformation Strategy, and defines the overall approach, benchmarks and management structure for Mission's effective use of data in Mission planning and decision making
•Ensures the establishment and operation of integrated field coordination structures, providing policy guidance and technical assistance, as required
•In coordination with the Mission Support Division, prepares the Mission Results-Based Budget framework and performance reports; contributes to monitoring implementation of the budget and advises senior management on how to ensure resources are used to support implementation of the Mission’s mandate and priorities; and coordinates inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting
•Coordinates Mission-level engagement with the Headquarters-based Integrated Task Force (ITF) or equivalent body and supports strategic and technical assessment as well as strategic review missions
•Coordinates the work of the Strategic Planning Unit, which is responsible for initiating, organizing and leading mission-wide planning processes under the guidance of the SRSG and Chief of Staff
•Supervise the work and staff of the Strategic Planning Unit and Best Practices Unit on behalf of the Chief of Staff
•Performs additional functions in line with his/her responsibilities as arranged by the Chief of Staff.


Core Competencies:
•Professionalism: Takes initiative and consistently drives for high-quality performance for self and team. Strong inter-personal skills, including the ability to manage challenging multi-stakeholder processes. Values diversity and works effectively with colleagues and contacts in the immediate and wider teams in pursuit of objectives. Facilitates others to solve problems. Anticipates and manages risk. 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 & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities where necessary; 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.

•Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Managerial Competencies
•Vision: Identifies issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

•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 the positive and negative 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 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) 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 a asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience in planning, political affairs, civil affairs, administration, security, military or related field is required.

Experience in operational and strategic planning as well as experience facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes in peace consolidation settings is required.

At least two years in a UN or other peacekeeping mission in a post-conflict country, and/or working with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes is required.

Comprehensive knowledge of relevant UN policies, procedures and operations is required.

Experience of designing and applying monitoring and evaluation tools is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English 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.

Qualified women that meet the requirements of this job opening are particularly encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration in accordance with the United Nations efforts to increase women participation 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.

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