These position is located in the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia. The Mission Planning Officer will be based in Bogotá and reports to the Chief of Staff.
Within delegated authority, the Mission Planning Officer will have the following duties and responsibilities:
Partnerships, Planning and Programming
Facilitates joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNCT members and other relevant partners in accordance with the Policy and senior management guidance. Conducts analysis, formulates recommendations and drafts segments of documents in order to assist UN senior management to develop, implement,
and monitor strategies to maximize the individual and collective impact of the UN’s response in the country of deployment, concentrating on mandated tasks and activities required to consolidate peace and security, through a strategic partnership between the Mission and the UN Country Team. Supports the preparation of a Mission Concept, or similar initiative, which 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, ensuring coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction. Assist in the preparation of the budget, including staffing needs and workplace planning, and advises senior management to help ensure resources are used to support implementation of component plans, mission priorities and Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF). As directed by the Mission leadership, designs and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission’s mandate;
Analysis, Advice and Reporting
Provides advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices, in line with the Policy; provides recommendations on design of specific mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners. Supports the establishment and operation of integrated field coordination structures, such as a senior leadership forum, and a joint planning and analysis group at the working level, providing policy guidance and technical assistance as required; coordinates Mission-level support to the Headquarters-based Integrated Task Force (ITF) or equivalent body and support Technical Assessment Missions, Strategic Assessment Missions and Strategic Reviews. With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the development and implementation of an UN Integrated Strategic Framework, or equivalent document, for peace consolidation in the country, including a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress and making suggestions on priorities and roles for the United Nations. Prepares the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and prepares inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting. Performs other duties as required.
•Professionalism:Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and team. Strong inter-personal skills, including the ability to manage challenging multi-stakeholder processes. Values diversity and works effectively with colleagues and contacts in the immediate and wider teams in pursuit of objectives. Facilitates others to solve problems. Anticipates and manages risk. 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.
- Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; 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.
- Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities where necessary; 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.
- 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, Management or Development, or a related field. 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, facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.
A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in planning, evaluation, programme management or policy development at a strategic level as well as facilitating and coordinating multistakeholder processes in peace consolidation settings, is required.
Field experience including at least one year of experience working in one of the above fields in a UN field operation, or similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting, is desirable.
Experience implementing relevant UN Secretariat policies, procedures and operations, including legislative and budgeting processes, is desirable.
Practical experience in using monitoring and evaluation tools is desirable.
Comprehensive knowledge of relevant UN policies, procedures and operations is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required.
Competency Based Interview or Other Assessment Method.
This job opening is to identify the most qualified candidate for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia. Candidates endorsed by the FCRB but not selected will be placed on the P-4 Mission Planning Officer roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.
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.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff, as per the Secretary General´s Gender Parity Strategy. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. #United_for_Gender_Parity
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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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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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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.
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