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Joint Operations Officer (Recruit from Roster)


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 for this job opening. Roster applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are qualified, 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 position, if selected.

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 mandate extension and/or the availability of the funds.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Sector Joint Operations Centre (JOC) at the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in Ed Da'ein. Ed Da'ein is classified as an "E" duty station and a non-family duty station. The Joint Operations Officer will serve as the Head of the JOC in the assigned Sector and report directly to the Head of Office (HoO) and the Chief JOC.

The JOC is mandated to:
• Provide mission leadership with a 24/7 common situational overview of operational activity, to include developments of a regional nature.
• Prepare consolidated reports, including daily integrated situation reports and special incident reports of an ad hoc nature, based on inputs received from mission components and other relevant sources.
• Facilitate integrated operations coordination within the Sector.
• Support the mission crisis management process by advising senior leadership on crisis response procedures and providing a known and technically-capable decision-making venue.
• Act as a 24/7 communications link for senior mission leadership.

The African Union/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur, referred to by its acronym UNAMID, was established on 31 July 2007 with the adoption of Security Council resolution 1769. UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate, but is also tasked with contributing to security for humanitarian assistance, monitoring and verifying implementation of agreements, assisting an inclusive political process, contributing to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and monitoring and reporting on the situation along the borders with Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR).
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Within limits of delegated authority, the Joint Operations Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Monitoring and reporting:
• Monitor political, military, police, security, humanitarian, human rights and other relevant regional developments.
• Draft and timely disseminate integrated reports, including daily and weekly situation reports, within the mission about significant developments in the region;
• Draft ("flash") reports about important, urgent events and new developments affecting UNAMID mandate;
• Draft special reports, code cables and official e-mails;
• Supervise and review drafting of reporting products by other Sector JOC colleagues.

Crisis management support:
• Ensure that the Sector is prepared for crises and Mission components familiar with procedures and standard operating procedures (SOPs);
• Under the supervision of the HoO, help organise Sector crisis management meetings;
• Ensure that Sector JOC provides crisis management support, including through secretariat services, presentations, talking points, technical liaison and facilities’ management;
• Liaise regularly with the mission components and UNCT to provide timely information during a crisis.

Coordination of operations:
• Organize operational coordination meetings with mission components and UNCT; monitor the implementation of decisions;
• Collaborate with the Joint Mission Analysis Center (JMAC) and Security Information and Operations Center (SIOC).
• Support the facilitation of contact between Sector HoO and headquarters, as well as other actors;
• Maintain an up-to-date database of contact details for key Sector personnel.

Management of the Sector JOC:
• Assist in recruitment, training and management of Sector JOC staff; establish duty rosters and oversee budget submissions;
• Assist in development of mission-level SOPs, tools and templates (for reporting, crisis management, communications, etc.) and help ensure their implementation, including through training and evaluation;
• Brief high-level delegations as instructed by Sector HoO.


Professionalism: Takes initiative and consistently strives 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.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; ask 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within the 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 degree) in social sciences, political science, international relations, law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political or international affairs, military, police, security, civil affairs, humanitarian affairs, human rights, crisis operations and management, or related field is required. Experience working in an integrated civilian-military-police environment is desirable. Experience working on political, security or mandate-related issues within the region is desirable. Experience working in a Situation Center, Joint Operations Center, or a similar 24/7 operational environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UN-DFS - United Nations Department of Field Support
  • Location: ED DA'EIN
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-01

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