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Posting Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, TRANSPORT, FS7
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, TRANSPORT
Department/Office: United Nations Disengagement Observer Force
Duty Station: DAMASCUS
Posting Period: 12 October 2017 - 26 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Transportation-UNDOF-87074-F-Damascus (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Damascus in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). The Chief Transport Officer reports to the Deputy Chief Mission Support.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief Transport Officer manages and supervises the provision of the motor transport services within the Mission. This involves provision, diagnostics and automotive maintenance of the vehicle fleet in the area of operations, on both the A and the B side, and along the entire supply chain crossing Lebanon.
• Develops the Vehicle Establishment Program and manages it in accordance with the decisions of the Vehicle Establishment Committee and current DPKO/DFS policies and directives on the acquisition, receipt, distribution, maintenance, utilization and disposal of the vehicle fleet.
• Reviews and monitors budget proposals for the Mission and transport operations.
• Assesses cost estimates and reviews/revises draft budgets.
• Acts as a Certifying Officer for the ground transportation budget with overall responsibility for the efficient use and accurate accounting of all resources controlled and all expenditures made by the Transport Section.
• Ensures that the relevant accounting and audit requirements are respected in all aspects of the Transport Section.
• Reports on and defends the budgetary performance of the Transport Section at the end of each financial period.
• Participates, in collaboration with insurance specialists, in resolving problems related to insurance policies for transport.
• Ensures the establishment and implementation of the Road Safety Program for the Mission.
• Ensures that UN vehicles are used in accordance with the UN regulations and rules and that vehicle usage data are correctly recorded and reported.
• Supervises the development and maintenance of the Active Road Accident Prevention Program.
• Responds to routine and emergency calls for repairs and services
• Oversees the implementation of the Driving Test Program within the field Mission and monitors that all field mission staff are issued with UN driving permits in order to ensure that all vehicle users have minimum driving skills and understand host country road rules and regulations.
• Develops, in consultation with the Chief Integrated Support Services (CISS), a cost-effective plan for the provision of transport services to the mission, examining the costs and benefits of outsourcing transport functions and the feasibility, in operational terms.
• Acts as the field mission representative in various Mission administrative bodies such as the Vehicle Establishment Committee, the Local Property Survey Board and Boards of Inquiry.
• Plans, guides, supervises, and evaluates the personnel management of the Transport Section, including the military Staff Officers assigned to the Section and the Transport component of LogBatt.
• Provides adequate training opportunities to the military and civilian personnel of the Transport Section and ensures full integration of the military and civilian components within the Section.
• Manages the Transport Section Staff allocation and rotation of appropriate work assignments, on A and B side and along the entire supply chain when using mission owned resources.
• Coordinates the individual annual Work Plans for the Section and produces detailed performance assessments and evaluations for all staff as required. Evaluates staff performance.
• Contributes to the development of training courses; coordinates with UNHQ the training courses, workshops and other related training activities.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism:
Ability to manage diverse transport operations. Ability to provide leadership. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to transport operations and related matters. Demonstrates ability to complete in-depth analysis and to formulate conclusions/recommendations. 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.

• 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 honors 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.

• 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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent supplemented by a technical or vocational certificate in mechanical engineering, transportation, logistics or other related field. A valid driver’s license is required.

Work Experience

At least 12 years of progressively responsible experience in motor vehicle transport operations management including 4 years of experience in a UN entity. The minimum years of relevant experience are reduced to 7 years for candidates who possess a first level University degree. Experience in the area of transportation in a UN field Mission/ Post conflict environment is required.

Languages

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

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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