Job Opening

Posting Title: Joint Operations Officer (Watchkeeper), three positions, (TJO), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: JOINT OPERATIONS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Duty Station: ISTANBUL
Posting Period: 16 January 2023 - 22 January 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-OCHA-197129-J-Istanbul (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The positions are located in the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC), which was established as part of the Initiative on the Safe Transportation of Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian ports (the "Black Sea Grain Initiative" or BSGI), signed by the Russian Federation, Türkiye, Ukraine on 22 July 2022, to facilitate safe navigation for the export of grain and related foodstuffs and fertilizers from designated Ukrainian ports. The United Nations signed the BSGI as a witness, and the Parties request the assistance of the Secretary-General in its implementation, in furtherance of the humanitarian mission of the United Nations and subject to its authorities and mandates.

This temporary job opening is being advertised for the positions of Joint Operations Officer/Watchkeeper, based in Istanbul, Türkiye. The incumbents report to the Senior Programme Management Officer/Head of Operations, and serve as members of a dedicated Watch Room, monitoring and facilitating the movement of vessels participating in the BSGI.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Joint Operations Officer/Watchkeeper is responsible for the following duties:

Monitoring and reporting:
• Gathers and analyzes information and data from UN and other sources , including but not limited to BSGI parties, BSGI operations team, vessel masters, shipping agents, World Food Programme and OCHA.
• Monitors major developments (political, operational, humanitarian, human rights, military, security and economic development), following the actions of relevant actors including parties to the BSGI, intergovernmental organisations, governments, non-governmental organisations, civil society, political institutions, armed actors.
• Prepares for review and eventual dissemination integrated reports within the BSGI parties and to headquarters, (including daily and weekly situation reports) about significant operational developments relating to implementation of the BSGI ; As necessary, researches and drafts special reports and prepares presentations related to operational issues, drafts correspondence addressing current operations, and official e-mails.
• Supervises and reviews the drafting and reporting products of other colleagues, including Associate Information Analysts as directed by the Head of Operations.

Crisis management support:
• Under the supervision of the Head of Operations, helps organise crisis management meetings within the BSGI parties.
• Liaises regularly with BSGI operations team and BSGI parties to provide timely information during a crisis for decision-makers.

Coordination of operations:
• Supports the organization of operational coordination meetings, as required, liaising with BSGI Operations team, and JCC parties and other entities as appropriate.
• Supports forward planning around anticipated movements and other developments.
• Provides support for the implementation of operational coordination decisions and mechanisms (coordination of vessel movements, communication with vessel masters and agents, etc.).
• Liaises regularly with other sections and the JCC parties to help coordinate operations.

Communications:
• Supports the facilitation of communication between BSGI Operations team leadership, BSGI parties and headquarters and other actors (as required).
• When required, performs Duty Officer duties to enable continuous monitoring and reporting coverage.
• Liaises regularly with the BSGI Operations team, BSGI Operations team support, the JCC parties, vessels participating in the BSGI and other entities as appropriate to maintain an up-to-date database of the contact details for key personnel.

Perform other tasks as required by the supervisor.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. 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.

• 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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in political or international affairs, information management and data analysis, civil-military coordination, humanitarian affairs, human rights, crisis operations and management, logistics or related field is required.

Prior exposure to circumstances requiring crisis management expertise, particularly as applied in an Operations Room context, is required.

Experience working in support of maritime operations and/or fleet management is desirable.

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

Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict situation is desirable.

Languages

French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian, Turkish or Ukrainian is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

The temporary appointment/assignment is for a duration of six (6) months, with the possibility of extension. The selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

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.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

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