Job Opening

Posting Title: MISSION PLANNING OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: MISSION PLANNING OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: KINSHASA
Posting Period: 01 December 2017 - 15 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-MONUSCO-88515-F-Kinshasa (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the Strategic Planning Cell of the Office of the Mission Chief of Staff in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).The Mission Planning Officer will be based in Kinshasa and will report to the Senior Mission Planning Officer.

Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following responsibilities:

Partnerships, Planning and Programming
•Facilitates joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNCT members and other relevant partners in accordance with the Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP) guidelines and senior management guidance.
•Conducts analysis, formulates recommendations and drafts segments of documents in order to assist UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies to maximize 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 and security, through a strategic partnership between the Mission and the UN Country Team.
•Supports the preparation of a Mission Concept, or similar initiative, which 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 development of component-level plans, ensuring coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction.
•Assist in the preparation 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 Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF).
•As directed by the Mission leadership, designs and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission’s mandate;

Analysis, Advice and Reporting
•Provides advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices, in line with the Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP); provides recommendations on design of specific mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners.
•Supports the establishment and operation of integrated field coordination structures, such as a senior leadership forum, and a joint planning and analysis group at the working level, providing policy guidance and technical assistance as required; coordinates Mission-level support to the Headquarters based Integrated Task Force (ITF) or equivalent body and support Technical Assessment Missions, Strategic Assessment Missions and Strategic Reviews.
•With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the development and implementation of an UN Integrated Strategic Framework, or equivalent document, for peace consolidation in the country, including a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress and making suggestions on priorities and roles for the United Nations.
•Prepares the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and prepares inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting.
•Where applicable, stands in for the Senior Mission Planning Officer in coordinating the work of the senior leadership forum or other planning mechanisms.


Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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 AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities where necessary; 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, Management, Development, 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, facilitation and/or coordination is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in planning, evaluation, programme management or policy development at a strategic level is required. Experience facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder processes in peace consolidation settings is required. Field experience, including at least one year of experience working in a United Nations field operation or with a similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience implementing relevant United Nations Secretariat policies, procedures and operations, including legislative and budgeting processes is desirable. Practical experience in using monitoring and evaluation tools is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal discussion.

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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