Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF STAFF, D2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF STAFF
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: KINSHASA
Posting Period: 01 February 2017 - 22 February 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-FMADPKO-73326-J-Kinshasa (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Notes:

• 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.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) with duty station Kinshasa. Reporting to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), the Chief of Staff (CoS) is responsible for ensuring the integrated and coherent functioning of the Mission across all areas, components and locations. S/he oversees the core mechanisms and processes that enable the integrated delivery of the mission’s mandate, in particular strategic and operational planning, policy coordination, senior-level decision-making and information management.

Responsibilities

The CoS is responsible for performing the following duties:

-Ensure the effective direction and integrated management of MONUSCO's activities in line with the SRSG's strategic vision.
-Facilitate the translation of the Mission leadership's policy intent and high-level direction into viable tasks and priorities.
-Periodically review progress and recommend necessary adjustments to enable effective implementation of the Mission's mandate.
-Ensure the establishment of core integrated processes and mechanisms that enable the integrated delivery of the mandate, including through partnership with the UN Country Team.
-Oversee Mission-wide planning processes, ensuring coherence between mandated tasks, component plans/concepts of operations and UN system-wide integrated planning processes (such as Integrated Strategic Frameworks), as required by policies, guidelines and best practices on planning, in particular the Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP).
-With the Director of Mission Support, engender a clear understanding across Mission components between substantive priorities and support capacities; Ensure an integrated approach to the results-based budget process, including alignment with strategic and operational plans and adequate provisions to meet resource requirements, and oversee the process as it relates to substantive Mission components, in line with the mandate.
-Oversee the internal management of the Mission on behalf of the SRSG, including through the development of necessary policies and procedures, taking into account relevant Headquarters policy and best practices.
-Ensure effective functioning of coherent communications structures and systems and serve as the principal focal point for communication with UN Headquarters in New York.
-Holds the overall management responsibility for the staff working in the immediate office of the SRSG and for ensuring that the SRSG receives the required support to carry out his functions. Serves as the focal point in the Office of the SRSG for all sensitive personnel and management issues; Interface with the Director of Mission Support on all personnel matters, and oversee senior staff selection processes.
-Provides guidance to the Chief of the Conduct and Discipline Team on all matters relating to conduct and discipline issues in respect of all categories of personnel, including related recommendations on disciplinary or administrative actions.
-In close consultation with Mission leadership, facilitate discussions between the Mission and national government on issues related to MONUSCO functions; oversee the Legal Unit and the provision of necessary legal advice to the SRSG as required.
-Advise the SRSG on protocol matters and supervise and provide guidance on the preparation and coordination of official visits.

Competencies

Professionalism – Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters; Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment; Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in operations in both the field and UN common system; Broad substantive knowledge of post conflict challenges and peacekeeping operations; 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.

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.

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.

Vision: Identifies strategic 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.

Education

Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in one of the following disciplines: international relations, political science, business administration, public administration, management, law, military studies, 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.

Work Experience

At least fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in such areas as: political, social, civil, military or legal affairs; public or business administration; or management is required. A proven track record of leadership and management in multicultural settings is required. Senior management experience in UN Secretariat Headquarters, a UN peacekeeping operation, or a special political mission is required. Experience coordinating inter- agency and operational planning and analysis in or for an organization that includes civilian and uniformed (military and/or police) personnel is required. Experience ensuring compliance with UN Secretariat administrative and financial procedures is desirable. Field experience in Africa desirable. Experience coordinating interdisciplinary teams in multiple geographic locations is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required; Knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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