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Posting Title: MISSION PLANNING OFFICER
Job Code Title: MISSION PLANNING OFFICER
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 11 April 2016 - 17 April 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Political Affairs-FMADPKO-59025-J-Mogadishu (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

• This is a Temporary Job Opening. The duration of a Temporary Appointment/Assignment for this position will be for an initial period of three (3) months with a possibility of extension.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

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• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and is based in Mogadishu. The Mission Planning Officer reports through the Head of the Joint Planning Unit (JPU) to the Mission Chief of Staff.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, and under the guidance of the Head of the JPU, the Mission Planning Officer:

• By conducting research and writing initial drafts of document segments, contributes to development and implementation and monitoring of strategies to maximise 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, through a strategic partnership between the Mission and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS);

• Provides advice to programme managers on planning guidance and tools, especially the Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP) policy; provides recommendations on design of specific planning tools and mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners;

• Provides secretariat support and technical assistance to integrated field coordination structures, such as senior leadership, operational and regional level planning mechanisms and meetings, as required; and ensures that operational priorities are aligned to strategic guidance;

• Supports Mission participation in meetings of the Headquarters-based Integrated Mission Task Force or equivalent body;

• As directed, contributes to the development and implementation of an UN Integrated Strategic Framework for peace consolidation in the country, including a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress;

• By making suggestions and drafting inputs for review and approval by the Head of the JPU, assists in the preparation and/or update of a Mission Concept, which, building on the vision of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), 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;

• By compiling and analyzing data, contributes to preparation of the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and of inputs as required for audits, staffing tables and budget monitoring and performance reporting. This includes preparing and coordinating responses to the legislative bodies, including the ACABQ and 5th Committee;

• Provides background information and drafts documents for review approval by the Head of the JPU in order to support Mission components in development of component-level plans, including to ensure coherence with the UNSOMS’s overall strategic direction and planning tools, and to support joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNCT members, UNSOS, AMISOM , FGS and other relevant partners in accordance with the IAP guidelines and senior management guidance;

• Performs other duties as required.

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Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
• Mission Senior Management
• Heads and planning focal points of Mission Components
• Regional offices and planners
• The Headquarters Integrated Mission Task Force (IMTF)
• UNCT
• UNSOS
• AMISOM
• FGS

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Results Expected:
• Integrated planning mechanisms at field level function in accordance with the IAP policy guidelines;
• An Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF), is updated and/or developed through a partnership with UNCT and the Mission, and in coordination with other relevant entities outside the UN, monitored and evaluated in accordance with established standards;
• RBB is consistent with other planning processes and documents;
• A monitoring mechanism for the ISF is regularly maintained.

Competencies

Professionalism:
• Shows pride in work and 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
• Show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges
• Remains calm in stressful situations
• Is committed to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations

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 the 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

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, Management, Development, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in political affairs, civil affairs, coordination, international relations, programme management or strategic planning processes in peace consolidation settings is required. Field experience is desirable, including at least one year in a UN or other peacekeeping mission, or working with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, or another relevant organization in a post-conflict setting. Experience working on UN field operation strategic planning processes and developing monitoring and evaluations tools is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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