Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Coordination Officer (UNSOS Headquarters Support Team), D1
Department/Office: Department of Field Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 03 May 2017 - 16 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Management and Analysis-DFS-75478-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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.

Applicants from troop- and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support and the incumbent reports directly to the Under-Secretary-General, serving as Principal Coordination Officer of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) Headquarters Support Team.


The Principal Coordination Officer has overall responsibility for the work of the UNSOS Headquarters Support Team and will be responsible for the following duties:

• Strengthen and address gaps in strategic accountability and coordination mechanisms between United Nations Headquarters and the African Union Commission, as well as UNSOS, the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM);
• Provide political engagement capacity in close coordination with UNSOM and the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) in the field, and DPA and DPKO at Headquarters;
• Oversee integrated support and monitoring across the Department of Field Support (DFS) for the operations of UNSOS at both the strategic and operational level;
• Provide political and strategic coordination and engagement on behalf of the Mission and the Department with key stakeholders and partners, including Member State representatives of the Security Council and General Assembly at the expert level, Heads and Deputy Heads of Member State permanent missions and Directors within the United Nations Secretariat Departments and the United Nations System;
• Oversee UNSOS reporting to the legislative bodies;
• Lead DFS efforts to implement the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) in the context of the support provided by UNSOS to AMISOM and the Somali National Army;
• Provide political and strategic level engagement with senior personnel of the African Union Commission, Heads of State and Government Ministers of the host government and current and potential troop and police contributing countries, including senior military advisors and Heads of Defence forces;
• Oversee DFS efforts to support implementation of the UNSOS comprehensive restructuring and strengthening program as proposed by the Secretary-General and endorsed by the Security Council.
• Any other duties as requested by the Under-Secretary-General.


Professionalism: Demonstrates knowledge of the UN and the mandates and activities of the Department of Field Support. Comprehensive knowledge of operational aspects of field missions. Ability to apply rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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; 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.

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.

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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

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 degree) in business or public administration, logistics, finance, accounting, engineering, social sciences, international relations, military and security studies, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in administration, budget, logistics, financial management, programme management, planning, crisis management or related field is required. At least five years of international experience in a related area is required. Experience in planning and coordinating large scale peacekeeping, field or military operations is required. Experience working in Africa and with the African Union is highly desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a 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.

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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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