Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Coordination Officer (Head of Integrated Office), D1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Principal Coordination Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Juba
Posting Period: 15 December 2022 - 21 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNMISS-197737-J- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Integrated Office of the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (henceforth the Integrated Office) for South Sudan. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC).


Within delegated authority, the Principal Coordination Officer (Head of Integrated Office) will be responsible for the following duties:

• Leads and coordinates overall management of the Integrated Office of the DSRSG/RC/HC to ensure efficient and effective substantive coordination support to the Integrated Office, UN Country Team (UNCT) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and adherence to organizational policies and procedures and DSRSG guidance.
• Supports the DSRSG/RC/HC to connect humanitarian, development and peace efforts strategically, with a view to ensuring coherence between peace consolidation and sustainable development assessment and planning, and alignment, as appropriate, with humanitarian objectives, peace-building and integration.
• Engage the mission Chief of Staff as well as UNCT Heads of Agencies and Deputies on behalf of the DSRSG/RC/HC on integrated strategy and planning as well as to advise on programmatic integration.
• Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Integrated Office under his/her supervision. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Integrated Office, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Office, with UNMISS components and other entities of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
• Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Integrated Office under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the Integrated Office and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
• Supervises and provides guidance to staff in the Integrated Office.
• Leads the provision of strategic guidance to the DSRSG/RC/HC and UNCT/HCT on effective, quality and timely UN support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). Supports the DSRSG/RC/HC in transitions planning and monitoring as required.
• Promotes integration between the UNCT, HCT and UNMISS including through joint analysis, planning, monitoring and reporting and establishment of joint teams and co-location of teams where appropriate.
• Establishes a Risk Management Unit and oversees its work to support robust risk-informed analysis and planning, due diligence and information sharing aiming to improve programme implementation, informed decision-making, fiduciary accountability, do-no-harm and open dialogue with partners
• Manages and directs knowledge management and capacity development activities in and outside the UN System.
• Ensures that the outputs produced by the Integrated Office maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Units under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
• Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Integrated Office, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
• Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Integrated Office and across organizational boundaries.
• Represents the Integrated Office at international, regional or national meetings, as directed by the DSRSG/RC/HC.


Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of the United Nations common system, including peacekeeping and the UN agencies, funds, and programmes in the field, particularly in Africa. Knowledge of political, ethnic and social environments in Africa. Ability to work with people of different national, cultural and professional background. Understanding of the drivers of conflict in the region. Understanding of the coordination requirements for multi-stakeholder planning processes within the UN common system (UNSDCF, Integrated Strategic Framework). Ability to work in difficult circumstances, including crisis situations. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Ability to produce quality reports and papers. 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& 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, international law, political affairs, social sciences or related area is required., A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15) years of work experience of progressively responsible experience in economic development, political, civil or humanitarian affairs, public administration, or programme management at the international level is required.

Experience in coordinating inter-agency processes within the UN system or other large international organization in a context of peace and security, human rights, humanitarian, or development coordination is required.

Experience in supporting and advising senior management in outreach, facilitation and analysis is required.

Experience in setting up or conceptualizing new offices, structures or mechanisms within the UN system is desirable.

Experience participating in UN Country Team, Humanitarian Country Team structures or relevant UN field mission structures is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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 April 2023 with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funds. 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.

• 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.

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.

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