Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 23 November 2022 - 07 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNAMA-195627-F-Kabul (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. The Mission Planning Officer will be based in Kabul and reports to the Senior Mission Planning Officer under the Chief of Staff.


Facilitates joint and integrated planning between Mission components and other relevant partners in accordance with the Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP) guidelines and senior management guidance
Conducts analysis, formulates recommendations and drafts segments of documents in order to assist UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies to maximize the individual and collective impact of the UN’s response in the country of deployment, concentrating on mandated tasks and activities required to consolidate peace and security, through a strategic partnership between the Mission, the UN Country Team and other relevant partners.

Supports the preparation of a Mission Concept, or similar initiative, which building on the vision of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, 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, as needed. Supports the management of the Mission’s Strategic Management Application system for programme monitoring. .

Provides advice to Mission components in the development of component-level plans, including at the Field Office level, undertaking quality assurance to ensure coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction, and relevant plans and policies developed for UNAMA.

Assists in the preparation of the budget, including staffing needs and workplace planning, and advises senior management to help ensure resources are used to support implementation of component plans, mission priorities and Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF).

As directed by the Mission leadership, designs and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission’s mandate.

Provides advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices, as required, in line with the Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning; provides recommendations on design of specific mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners.

Supports the establishment and operation of integrated field coordination structures, providing policy guidance and technical assistance as required; coordinates Mission-level support to Headquarters’ based Integrated Task Force (ITF) or equivalent body and support Technical Assessment Missions, Strategic Assessment Missions and Strategic Reviews.

With all relevant stakeholders, supports the development and implementation of an UN Integrated Strategic Framework, or equivalent document, for peace consolidation in the country, including a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress and making suggestions on priorities and roles for the United Nations.
Supports preparation of the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and prepares inputs, as required, for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting.

Supports Mission components in undertaking self-evaluations and incorporating lessons learned from evaluations into policies, procedures, plans, budgets, etc.

Provides training to Mission components to strengthen the overall results-based and programme management capacity, including evaluation, at both Mission headquarters and field levels.

Performs other duties as required.


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 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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master's or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in Political Science, Public Administration, Management, Development or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience, including in planning, budget development, monitoring and evaluation, programme management or policy development at a strategic level, as well as facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder processes in emergency, conflict or post-conflict settings, is required.

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

Experience working in or supporting a field operations of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.

Experience in working in Afghanistan is desirable.

Practical experience in using monitoring and evaluation tools is required.

Professional training in the areas of planning, evaluation, facilitation and/or coordination is desirable.

Experience developing or implementing relevant UN Secretariat policies, procedures and operations, including for Integrated Assessment and Planning, country or conflict analysis, results-based budgeting, risk management or monitoring and evaluation, is required.


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.


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.

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.

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