Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR MISSION PLANNING OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR MISSION PLANNING OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 26 June 2018 - 10 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-UNMIK-99730-R-Pristina (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 with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The Senior Mission Planning Officer will report directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG).

Responsibilities

Analysis, Advice and Reporting
•Provides authoritative advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices in line with the UN Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP); provides recommendations on design of specific planning tools and mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners.
•Ensures the establishment and operation of integrated field coordination structures, including a senior leadership forum, providing policy guidance and technical assistance on joint strategic and operational issues as required.
•Coordinates Mission-level support to the Headquarters-based Integrated Task Force or equivalent body and supports Technical Assessment Missions, Strategic Assessment Mission and Strategic Reviews. Serves as a strategy and planning point of contact for Headquarters and facilitates linkages between field-based structures and the Headquarters-based Integrated Task Forces.
•With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the development and implementation of a UN Integrated Strategic Framework for peace consolidation in Kosovo, including in-depth conflict analysis, identification of priorities, roles and responsibilities for the United Nations, and a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress.
•Prepares the Mission Results-Based Budget framework and performance reports, and prepares inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting. As directed by Mission leadership, designs and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission’s mandate.
•Leads and coordinates the work of the Mission planning team.
•Performs other duties as required.

Partnerships, Planning and Programming
•Acts as a senior advisor to the Mission leadership on strategic planning issues, including engaging with the host Government, UN partners and external actors in respect of multi-dimensional planning processes.
•Facilitates joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNCT members and other relevant partners in accordance with the Policy on Integrated Assessments and Planning, and senior management guidance.
•Leads the preparation of a Mission Concept, or similar initiative, which, building on the vision of the SRSG, 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, including ensuring coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction.
•Monitors implementation of the budget, including staffing needs and workplace planning and advises senior management to help ensure that resources are used to support implementation of component plans, mission priorities and Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF).
•Provides authoritative advice and technical support enabling UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies that maximize the individual and collective impact of the UN’s response in Kosovo, concentrating on mandated tasks and activities required to consolidate peace through a strategic partnership between the Mission and the UN Kosovo Team.

Responsibilities:
•Responsible for the accuracy, consistency and quality of an integrated team of mission staff producing analytical reports;
•Manages the day-to-day functioning of a unit, its relations with other Mission components and UN Headquarters, and the processing and timely dissemination of operations reports;
•Ensures that the Mission leadership has a common situational overview and prepares the Mission's integrated daily, weekly, and monthly situation reports for approval by the Head of Mission and transmittal to UN Headquarters; timely production of Significant Incident Reports ('Flash Reports') and exceptional ad hoc reports on current operations;
•Preparing, implementing and monitoring the work plan and managing the staff including those in an integrated team with a range of expertise including seconded personnel from other Mission components.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Excellent drafting and editing skills, with the proven ability to produce cogent reports often under strict time constraints, and to critically review and edit the work of others. Ability to identify politically sensitive and operationally significant issues. Sound operational comprehension, effective analytical skills, and appropriate operations experience in information collection, management and representation. Significant experience in the collection and analysis of open source internet data (particularly social media data) relevant to political and security matters as well as experience with varied open source internet data tools. An acute political understanding of the multi-dimensional issues facing Kosovo, Serbia, and the Western Balkans region is desirable.

•Judgement/decision-making: Identifies key issues in complex situations, and comes to the heart of problems quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; 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.

•Leadership: Strong managerial/leadership skills; Demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis of complex administrative management policy and program issues; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including the ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills; Strong negotiating skills; good judgment and decision-making skills; Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

•Accountability:Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.

•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, foreign affairs, law or related area. 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, programme management, analysis, facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in peacekeeping, military operations, intelligence work or related field is required; this should include policy development at the strategic level as well as experience facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes in peace consolidation settings. Field experience, including at least one year of experience working in one of the above fields in a UN Peacekeeping or Special Political Mission is required. Demonstrated experience implementing relevant UN Secretariat policies, procedures and operations is desirable. Experience designing and applying monitoring and evaluation tools is desirable. Experience in a UN peacekeeping operation is desirable. Work experience in the start-up of new initiatives in peacekeeping operations is desirable. A proven track record of management in multi-cultural settings, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams, is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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