Job Opening

Posting Title: COORDINATION OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: COORDINATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station: BANGUI
Posting Period: 04 December 2017 - 10 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-MINUSCA-89764-J-Bangui (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 the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, Bangui. The Coordination Officer will report to the Chief of Staff.

Responsibilities

The Coordination Officer will support coordination efforts between Field Offices and Mission HQ and the integration of the Mission’s overall reporting and information analyses processes, ensuring that both align with the Mission’s strategic and operational direction. The Coordination Officer will also ensure effective coordination and liaison between mission components, particularly the Joint Operations Centre (JOC) and the Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) on events or actions that may affect the implementation of the Mission’s mandate.

Within delegated authority, and under the direct supervision of the Principal Political Affairs Officer and overall authority of CoS, the Coordination Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

Planning and Programming

• Liaise with and maintain close working relationships with the Heads of Sectors/Field Offices, the Chief JOC, the Chief JMAC and other Heads of Mission components, Sections and Units;
• Address concerns that may arise from the field and facilitate appropriate Mission headquarters integrated support to field operations;
• Support Situational Awareness, Early Warning Capacity and Information Management, including the information, analysis and dissemination processes of the Sectors/Field Offices, the JMAC, JOC and other components of the Mission and entities outside the Mission as required;
• Support and guide the effective and productive collaboration between JMAC and JOC structures, and with military, police and security information collection structures, with the replication and adaptation of these structures in the field, including through the establishment of Sector and Field JOCs.

Analysis, Advice and Reporting

• Identify emerging issues pertaining to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate; analyse implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures; propose integrated plans of action; monitor the implementation of senior leadership’s decisions and their impact;
• Strengthen the link with other UN entities with regards to information collection and analysis, Coordinate work on issues related to information collection and analysis within the Mission and with other organizations of the United Nations System;
• Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on the development of strategies, policies and other measures designed to achieve common objectives;
• Promote coherence and cooperation between different components in implementation; Monitor, evaluate and report on outcomes;
• Interact closely with mission components in preparing summary and analytical documents, including situation reports, presentations, background notes, talking points, options papers, code cables and input for reports of the Secretary-General, and other sensitive and confidential official communications to UNHQ.

Management

Supervise, mentor and evaluate staff; participate in the selection of new staff.

Competencies

Professionalism - Demonstrated in-depth understanding of multidimensional, integrated peacekeeping operations; Substantial and diverse experience in all facets of the job; Strong analytical skills combined with good judgment; Proven ability to review and edit the work of others; Diplomacy and tact; 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 and 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, law, international relations, economics, 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, information analysis, reporting, operations coordination, programme management, or a related field is required. At least two years of experience working in one of the above fields in a UN post-conflict field operation, or similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization, is required. Experience supporting or facilitating analytical, reporting and operational planning processes in a conflict/post-conflict setting is required. Experience working in the Central African Republic would be an advantage.

Languages

French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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