Job Opening

Posting Title: Head of Integrated Office, D1
Job Code Title: HEAD OF OFFICE, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: KINSHASA
Posting Period: 15 May 2018 - 29 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-MONUSCO-97560-F-Kinshasa (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 Kinshasa in the office of the Deputy Special Representative/Resident Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC/RR) of MONUSCO in DRC. The incumbent reports directly to the (DSRSG/RC /HC).

Responsibilities

The incumbent will serve as the Head of the Integrated Office to the DSRSG/RC/HC/RR. The incumbent supports the DSRSG/RC/HC's leadership role in coordinating the UN common system's activities notably in the areas of stabilization, elections, and humanitarian action, ensuring that these efforts draw upon the combined resources of MONUSCO and the UNCT, and working in close collaboration with the Government of the DRC. S/he is responsible for backstopping the work of the DSRSG/RC, operationalizing a strong partnership between MONUSCO and the UNCT, and for providing technical and strategic advice to the MONUSCO entities that report to the DSRSG/RC (e.g. Elections, Stabilization, Security Sector Reform, HIV/AIDS, Peace and Security Cooperation Framework (PSCF) ).

Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the DSRSG/RC, the Chief of Integrated Office will be responsible for the following activities:

Programme Implementation :
-Help oversee the UN's work on recovery, reintegration, stabilization and peacebuilding through the development agenda and implementation of the DRC Stabilization strategy, as well the implementation of the PSCF national commitments, promoting an integrated One UN approach
-Help oversee the implementation of integrated UN elections support
- Coordinate the DSRSG’ s Pillar
- Oversee One UN strategic planning (UNDAF etc.) , including as regards the promotion of the SDGs and support to the national development strategy.
- Strategically help develop and implement strategies based on the Mission Concept and Results Based Budget;
- Actively participate in the Mission's Protection of Civilians and Early Warning strategies, working groups and implementation tools.
-Ensure coordination with the Humanitarian Country Team, as required.

Partnership Development and Cooperation:
- Facilitate and support the strengthening of relations between MONUSCO and UNCT;
- Provide overall support to the Resident Coordinator function, including the change management agenda towards developing the spirit of delivering as one or delivering together;
- Identify bottlenecks and gaps and develop proposals to improve response systems and mechanisms, design coordination including related to recovery, stabilization, reintegration and peace-building;
- Liaise with non-UN entities, including senior host government officials, donor representatives, NGO officials, the media, etc., on issues relevant to the Pillar and the UNCT.
-Help oversee coordination on electoral support, with host country authorities and UNDP, as required.

Corporate Leadership:
- Provide policy and technical advice to senior management in MONUSCO and the UNCT, as well as Member State officials, international and regional organizations, as needed, on substantive programmatic matters of significant impact regarding the Pillar's and UNCT mandate;
- Influence the development and evolution of a UN approach to stabilization, and when necessary initiate and implement policy and programme initiatives;
- Organize inter-agency and other international meetings, conferences, task forces; present views and policies of the Pillar and the UNCT, as relevant,
- Act as officer-in-charge for the DSRSG during the latter's absences from the Mission and participate in relevant meetings.

Management:
- Lead a team of staff of the Integrated Office;
- Help establish overall work plans and budgets for the Integrated Office and front office;
- Plan and allocate work assignments to staff under his/her supervision;
- Coach, mentor and manage the performance of staff, as relevant;
- Participate in recruitment, selection and training of new staff and in the development of training programs.
- Develop position papers and related submissions; prepare diverse reports, papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, statements, presentations, etc. for senior management; and perform other relevant duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge of the work of the United Nations common system, including peacekeeping and the UN agencies, funds, and programmes in the field, particularly in Africa. Knowledge of political, ethnic and social environments in Africa. Ability to work with people of different national, cultural and professional background. Detailed understanding of the drivers of conflict in the region. Understanding of the coordination requirements for multi-stakeholder planning processes within the UN common system (UNDAF, Integrated Strategic Framework). Ability to work in difficult circumstances, including crisis situations. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Ability to produce quality reports and papers.
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

Creativity:
Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas, thinks “outside the box”; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.der balance in staffing.

Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political or social science, economics, law, international relations, public administration, humanitarian affairs, 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in economic development, political, civil or humanitarian affairs, public administration, programme management, or a related field is required. Extensive experience in outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. At least five years of experience in the management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams 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 organization or non-governmental organization - in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience in crisis or emergency response is an asset.

Languages

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

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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