Job Opening

Posting Title: Movement Control Officer, P4
Department/Office: Department of Field Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 15 December 2017 - 28 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Transportation-DFS-89330-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Logistics Support Division (LSD) provides strategic direction and advice on logistical matters, monitors and assesses the delivery of transportation and specialist support services in the functional areas of air transport, surface transport, engineering, medical and supply, as well as aviation safety operations. Furthermore, the Division is responsible for the property management framework of field missions and monitors compliance with the IPSAS valuation and reporting requirements.

The LSD has been mandated to implement the supply chain management vision and strategy for a well-managed and agile supply chain to support United Nations field missions with effectiveness and efficiency through integrated 'end-to-end' processes, starting with robust planning and managing global demand, strategic sourcing, consolidated delivery and return, supported by a strong performance management framework.

This position is located in the Supply Chain Planning Section of the Supply Chain Planning and Enabling Service in the Logistics Support Division (LSD) of the Department of Field Support (DFS). The Movement Control Officer (P4) reports to the Chief of the Supply Chain Planning Section and leads the Supply Chain Delivery Planning Unit. The objective of the Delivery Planning Unit is to provide effective plans for timely delivery and movement of goods and personnel to facilitate the efficient movement and delivery execution to meet the evolving needs of missions.


Within delegated authority, the Movement Control Officer is responsible for the following duties:

•Provides effective and timely execution, oversight, and management of delivery planning activities;
•Ensures effective and timely coordination of diverse delivery and movement planning requirements to and from peacekeeping missions in the field while taking into account the quantities required, delivery timelines, cost estimates, delivery locations, existing freight contracts and prioritization based on urgent requirements. Proposes, prepares, monitors and advises on the implementation of the delivery plans to ensure timely arrival of personnel and commodities to their destination;
•Optimises the supply chain network and delivery modalities through the analysis of modes of transport, regional hubs, warehousing, staging areas, port management, host country agreements, customs clearance procedures and third-party suppliers;
•Liaises with Police Contributing Countries (PCCs) and Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to plan movements of military and civilian personnel and Contingent Owned Equipment (COE);
•Analyses inbound delivery process; identifies supply chain bottle necks and provides solutions;
•Provides leadership and work direction to assigned work team, and mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers; serves as a first-level supervisor of a small organizational entity.
•Provides advice to the Strategic Support Service regarding the appropriate use of delivery terms in systems contracts;
•Plans freight requirements for UN Owned Equipment (UNOE) related to purchase orders;
•Participates in consultations with representatives of the principal components on satisfying the urgent needs of field missions.
•Leads on the development of delivery planning policies, guidelines and procedures and reviews them periodically.
•Oversees the preparation of long-term Strategic and Annual Supply Chain Delivery Plans
•Assists in assessing human resource needs and recruits staff for the Unit taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values
•Participates in preparation of the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit including, assigning and monitoring performance parameters, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, interviews and evaluation of candidates for job openings;.
•Performs other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Knowledge of diverse logistics operations and practices and supply chain management, in particular planning. Ability to to develop and apply supply chain and logistics plans, policies, procedures and new programmes. Ability to provide technical and procedural advice in a broad range of supply chain and logistics areas. Knowledge of policies and guidelines pertaining to logistics operations, supply chain management and related matters. Ability to complete in-depth analyses and to formulate conclusions and 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, public administration, supply chain, transportation or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification in supply chain management or freight forwarding is desirable. Certification in project management is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in transport operations, freight forwarding, supply chain, logistics or related field is required. Experience in at least two modes of transport (air, sea, road, and rail), including planning and executing international, large scale and complex personnel and cargo movement operations, is required. Experience in military transportation and movements is desirable. Experience in a UN peacekeeping mission or comparable setting is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

This position is funded by the Support Account for peacekeeping Operations for a finite period of one year and may be extended subject to budgetary approval.

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.

Applicants from troop- and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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