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Job Opening

Posting Title: Director, Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership, D2
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 18 August 2017 - 21 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Management and Analysis-DPKO-82602-D-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This is an extension of 20 days of job opening: 17-MGA-DPKO-82602-D-NEW YORK (R), Director, Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership, D2 from 1 October through 21 October 2017.

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.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All staff at the D2 Level and above are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 67/287 paragraph 27, the candidate selected for this position will be from a troop or police contributing country, taking into account the level of national contributions to peacekeeping operations. The incumbent can no longer be on active national military or police service.

To preserve the independent functions of the Office of the Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership, the selected candidate will be offered a one year appointment that may be extended for three additional one year terms for a maximum total period of four years in this position. During the period of their appointment and following their separation from the Organization, the selected candidate may not apply to or be appointed to any other position with the Organization.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. The incumbent reports directly to the Under-Secretaries-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support.

The Office for the Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership was established by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/67/287. The functions of the Office include the following: (a) Strengthening the peacekeeping partnership by assisting in identifying gaps that have an impact on the delivery of mandates by United Nations peacekeeping missions by making recommendations on systemic issues relating to United Nations peacekeeping operations; (b) Making recommendations to ensure the safety, security and welfare of, and the Organization’s provision of adequate support services to, uniformed field personnel; (c) Working closely with troop- and police-contributing countries and senior leadership, both in the field and at Headquarters; (d) Making recommendations to incorporate lessons learned. The Director of the Office reports directly to the Under-Secretaries-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support.


The functions of the Director for Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership shall include:

a. Strengthening the peacekeeping partnership by assisting in identifying gaps which impact delivery of mandates by UN peacekeeping missions by making recommendations on systemic issues relating to UN peacekeeping operations;

b. Making recommendations for ensuring safety and security, welfare, and the Organizations’ provision of adequate support services to field uniformed personnel;

c. Working closely with troop and police contributing countries and senior leadership, both in the field and at Headquarters;

d. Making recommendations to incorporate lessons learned and best practices from peacekeeping missions into peacekeeping operations;

e. Coordinating, consulting, and conducting dialogue between the Office of the Director, Strategic Peacekeeping Partnership and troop- and police-contributing countries in the execution of its work; and,

f. Leading, directing and managing the Office of the Director for Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership.


Knowledge of the operational and managerial dimensions of United Nations peacekeeping. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. 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.

Client Orientation:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in international relations, strategic studies, security studies, defence, military science, criminal justice, law enforcement, policing, public administration, public policy, political or social sciences, or related area. A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. The candidate must be a graduate of a Military/War Defence College or certified Police Academy or other law enforcement training institution, which may be considered in lieu of first level/advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in military or police service, including at least one year of leadership experience in a military/police component of a peacekeeping operation, at a level equivalent to a civilian Director position or above, is required.

The incumbent must have previously served as a former military officer at the rank of Major General or above, or as a Police Commissioner (or equivalent). Four years of experience in this rank or above is desirable.

Experience in addressing organizational systemic issues, including but not limited to, safety and security, welfare, and provision of adequate support services for uniformed personnel, is 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 highly desirable.


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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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