Job Opening

Posting Title: Mission Planning Officer (Recruit from Roster), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: GAROOWE
Posting Period: 02 October 2017 - 16 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-UNSOM-86469-F-Garoowe (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 for this job opening. Roster applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are qualified, 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 position, 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

The position is within the Joint Planning Unit, Office of the Chief of Staff, United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and is located in Garoowe. Garoowe is classified as an “E” duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Senior Mission Planning Officer.


Within delegated authority, and under the guidance of the Senior Mission Planning Officer, the Mission Planning Officer P-4 will be responsible for performing the following duties:

• Conducts analysis, formulates recommendations and drafts segments of documents in order to assist UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor 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 UN Country Team.
• Supports the revision 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 as needed.
• Provides advice to Mission components in development of component-level plans at the national and/or regional level, to ensure coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction and relevant plans and policies developed by/for Somalia.
• Provides advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices, particularly the UN Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP); 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.
• With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates 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 conducting conflict analysis and making suggestions on priorities and roles for the United Nations.
• Requests, analyses and drafts inputs to the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and prepare 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, AU and AMISOM in the regions in accordance with the IAP guidelines and senior management guidance.
• As directed by the Mission leadership, designs and facilitate development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission’s mandate;
• Develops and maintains productive partnerships with mission components, UNCT members, bilateral and multilateral partners and relevant government counterparts;
• Provides substantive and practical support to Steering Committees, working groups, as well as related planning activities, meetings and events;
• Identifies and analyzes potential issues for a common UN approach through policy, advocacy and/or programming efforts;
• In conjunction with partners supports the development, implementation and monitoring of peace-building frameworks;
• Prepares background notes, options papers, code cables and input for reports of the Secretary-General as well as briefing notes and analytical papers for Senior Leadership.
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of relevant UN or another international organisation policies, procedures and operations. Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and team. Strong inter-personal skills, including the ability to manage challenging multi-stakeholder processes. Values diversity and works effectively with colleagues and contacts in the immediate and wider teams in pursuit of objectives. Facilitates others to solve problems. Anticipates and manages risk. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in social sciences, political science, international relations, economics, development studies, or a related field). A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning, conflict resolution, training, and facilitation is an advantage.

Work Experience

Required experience:
- A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in planning, evaluation, programme management or policy development at the strategic level as well as facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes in peace consolidation settings.
- Experience implementing relevant policies, procedures and operations, including legislative and budgeting processes.

Desired experience:
- Experience in developing monitoring and evaluation tools.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.


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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