Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR COORDINATION OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SENIOR COORDINATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 05 December 2017 - 11 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-MINUSMA-89505-J-Bamako (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Bamako, in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali. The Senior Coordination Officer reports to the Director Stabilization & Recovery.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Director Stabilization & Recovery, the Senior Coordination Officer is responsible for the following duties:

- Closely support the DSRSG/RC in promoting and coordinating the common agenda of MINUSMA and the UN Country Team in Mali. This includes the provision of strategy, planning and follow-up support for common UN response plans and integrated Frameworks, and for the coordination of associated working groups and task forces. Ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of actions implemented through these frameworks.
- Ensure the effective organization of UN events, such as UNCT meetings, retreats, donor briefings, media events and annual calendar markings. This includes the timely preparation of agendas and the provision of logistical assistance as required. Ensure that UN missions to Mali, or visits by delegations from non-resident agencies, are supported.
- Foster and sustain the development of partnerships with government institutions and bilateral and multilateral donors and assist the Resident Coordinator to identify priority areas and opportunities for stabilization and development investments in the country.
- Encourage positive relationships with the private sector and civil society groups.
- Advise the DSRSG/RC on combined strategic communications of the Mission and the UNCT, including the development and implementation of forward-looking media profiling and pro-active engagement strategies in the context of a dynamic and evolving media environment.
- Provide thorough, up-to-date analysis and advice to MINUSMA’s senior mission leadership on economic, social, human rights and humanitarian trends in the country. Interact closely with other sections of the Mission in the production of briefings, background notes, talking points, media statements and speeches for use by senior management.
- As required, support the work of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for MINUSMA, in close collaboration with the OCHA Office, including on information management.
- Support MINUSMA in development and implementation of office work plans.

Competencies

Professionalism – Possesses excellent analytical, advisory and coordination skills; is able to identify emerging issues and to use sound judgment in resolving complex problems. Has practical experience in operational planning, project management and monitoring; Has experience working in the Sahel region; Shows strong knowledge of interagency coordination, UN Transition policy, on-going UN reforms relating to reinforcing the Nexus between Humanitarian, Development and Peace and national capacity building, institutional mandates, priorities and policies of the UN system and of donor community; has demonstrated expertise in strategy design, management and monitoring; efficiency in meetings commitments, observing deadlines and achieving result. Is able to draw upon a solid understanding of the evolving political and economic dynamic of Mali and the region.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.

Communication: Speaks clearly and effectively, and possesses excellent English language drafting skills; 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.

Vision - 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

Judgement/Decision-Making: Identifies key issues in complex situations. Gathers all relevant information, and considers the positive and negative impacts of decisions before taking theme. Checks assumptions against facts, and is able to exercise judgement when making recommendations or advising courses of action.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, economics, media studies, development studies, or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

- A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in economic and social development, programme management, humanitarian affairs, civil affairs, media or a related field is required.
- At least three years of experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) -or similar international or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
- Experience in developing, implementing and coordinating complex strategies with UN or other partners is required.
- Experience managing a team in a sensitive and highly demanding environments is required.
- Proven experience in performing advisory, analytical and communications functions is highly desirable.

Languages

French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in spoken and written both English and French is required.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal 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.

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