Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Mission Planning Officer (Recruit from Roster), P5
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 12 September 2017 - 26 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-MINUSMA-82557-F-Bamako (M)
Staffing Exercise SE7(POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 2)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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.

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

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in MINUSMA in Bamako. Bamako is classified as "C" non-family duty station. The Senior Mission Planning Officer is the head of the Strategic Planning Unit and reports to the Mission Chief of Staff.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. By unanimously adopting resolution 2364 (2017), the Council further decided that MINUSMA perform the following tasks: (a) support the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali; (b) Good offices and reconciliation; (c) Protection of civilians and stabilization, including against asymmetric threats; (d) Countering asymmetric attacks in active defense of MINUSMA’s mandate; (e) Protection, safety and security of United Nations personnel; (f) Promotion and protection of Human Rights; and (g) Humanitarian assistance. For more information on the mission mandate visit:


Within delegated authority, the Senior Mission Planning Officer:

Acts as a senior advisor to the Mission leadership on strategic planning issues, including engaging with the host Government, UN partners and external actors in respect of multi-dimensional planning processes.
Leads the preparation of a Mission Concept, which, building on the vision of the 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.
Provides advice to Mission components in the development of component-level plans, including to ensure coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction and planning tools, , including through the Integrated Operational and Planning Coordination process.
Provides authoritative advice and technical support enabling UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies that maximizes 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 UN Country Team.
Provides authoritative advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices, particularly the Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP); 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.
Ensures the establishment and operation of integrated field coordination structures, such as the Strategic Policy Group, the Integrated Strategy and Planning Team and the Integrated Mission Planning Team, providing policy guidance and technical assistance as required; coordinates Mission-level support to the Headquarters-based Integrated Mission Task Force or equivalent body.
With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the development and implementation of an UN Integrated Strategic Framework for peace consolidation in the country, including in-depth conflict analysis, identification of priorities, roles and responsibilities for the United Nations, and a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress.
Monitors implementation of the budget, including staffing needs and workplace planning and advises senior management to help ensure resources are used to support implementation of component plans, mission priorities and the Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF).
Reviews, comments on and consolidates the Mission Results-Based Budget framework and performance reports, and prepares inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting.
Through influence and consensus building, facilitates joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNCT members and other relevant partners in accordance with the IMPP guidelines and senior management guidance.
As directed by the Mission leadership, designs and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission’s mandate.
Leads and coordinates the work of the Mission planning team.
Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Comprehensive knowledge of relevant UN policies, procedures and 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 clam in stressful situations

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

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.

Managerial Competencies:
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.

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 Political Science, International Relations, Management or Development, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning, facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.

Work Experience

Required Experience:
- A minimum of ten years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience in planning, political affairs, civil affairs, administration, policy development at the strategic level or related field.
- Experience facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes in peace consolidation settings.

Desired Experience:
- Experience of designing and applying monitoring and evaluation tools.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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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