The UN calls for nominations of Senior leaders - we bring clarity to all the abbreviations

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The UN Secretariat is launching a call for nominations to enlarge the pool of potential candidates for positions of Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) Political and/or for the Rule of Law in United Nations field missions. These high level representatives also serve as Heads and deputy Heads of Mission. In this article, we explain the abbreviations used for senior appointments and the different types of field missions.

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As of February 2017, there are 59 Heads and deputy Heads of Mission positions deployed in operations led by the Departments of Political Affairs (DPA), Peacekeeping (DPKO) and Field Support (DFS). These postings are generally residential and are mostly based in non-family duty stations.

Relevant UN Leadership roles

Special Representative and Deputy Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSG/DSRSG)

 

Representatives of the Secretary-General serve at the level and title designated by him.

Sometimes the designation is prescribed by the Security Council or the General Assembly In the context of hybrid mission (e.g. African Union and UN in Darfur), Heads and deputy Heads of Mission are termed Joint Special Representative (JSR) and Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR).

     

Under-Secretary-General (USG) and Assistant Secretary-General (ASG)

 

USG and ASG are terms used to describe a level of appointment. Senior leaders at these levels can perform a number of functions across the UN System, such as: Head or Deputy Head of a Department, a Special Representative, or Special Envoy or perform other high-level functions.

     

Special Coordinator

 

Normally appointed at USG level, the Special Coordinator is a special or personal representative who coordinates the work of the United Nations and represents the Secretary General on all political aspects of the United Nations’ work in a country. An example is the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

     

Special Envoy

 

Special Envoys of the Secretary-General are usually assigned at the USG or ASG level to undertake a special mission relating to matters of which the Security Council or the General Assembly are seized, for example the Special Envoy for Yemen or the Special Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

     

Deputy Special Representative/Resident Coordinator (RC)/Humanitarian Coordinator (HC)/Resident Representative (RR)

 

Candidates for these ‘multi-hatted’ positions are drawn from a dedicated Resident Coordinator Pool. In countries where an integrated peacekeeping or political mission is deployed, one Deputy SRSG will also serve as Resident Coordinator and, where applicable, Humanitarian Coordinator, with responsibility for the coordination of development and humanitarian assistance, including early and longer-term recovery.

In countries where no Peace Operation is deployed the Resident Coordinator is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General and leader of United Nations Country Team at country level. The RC also performs the function of Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme. In humanitarian contexts, the RC may also function as the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC).


UN Missions and acronyms


16 DPKO Peacekeeping operations:

Acronym

Current Operations

MINURSO

United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

MINUSCA

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African republic

MINUSMA

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

MINUSTAH

United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti

MONUSCO

United Nations Organization Stablilzation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

UNAMID

African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur

UNDOF

United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Golan)

UNFICYP

United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

UNIFIL

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

UNISFA

United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei

UNMIK

United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIL

United Nations Mission in Liberia

UNMISS

United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan

UNMOGIP

United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan

UNOCI

United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire

UNTSO

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (Middle East)

12 DPA field missions:

Acronym

Current Operations

UNAMA

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

UNOAU

United Nations Office to the African Union

UNOCA

United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa

UNRCCA

United Nations Regional Centre for Preventative Diplomacy for Central Asia

Colombia

United Nations Mission in Colombia

UNIOGBIS

United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau

UNAMI

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq

UNSCOL

Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon

UNSMIL

United Nations Support Mission in Libya

UNSCO

Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

UNSOM

United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia

UNOWAS

United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel

1 DFS field mission:

UNSOS

United Nations Support Office in Somalia


Learn about the Secretary General's call for Nominations


Photo: Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative for the Central African Republic and Head of MINUSCA on arrival to Bangui. Photo by UN Photo/Nektarios

This article was developed in partnership with the United Nations and serves to increase the dissemination and visibility of the Global Call for nominations.
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