SENIOR JOINT OPERATIONS OFFICER [Temporary]

Bangui

Special Notice

Notes:

•This Temporary Job Opening is being posted for 7 days and is open to external applicants.

•A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

•Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

•Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

•While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

•The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

•Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

•For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

•The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Senior Joint Operations Officer P5 will report to the Chief of Staff. The incumbent will oversee military, civilian, and police personnel.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Joint Operations Officer (Chief JOC) will be responsible for the following duties:

Direct, coordinate and supervise the work of the Joint Operations Centre (JOC), including preparing, implementing and monitoring the JOC work plan and managing the JOC staff which is comprised of an integrated team with a range of expertise (such as political affairs, civil affairs, human rights, military, police, and security) and to include seconded personnel from other Mission components. Management responsibilities will include the prompt recruitment and selection of staff, management of staff (including performance management), development of a roster of coverage for the JOC, and the development and promulgation of standard operating procedures for the work of the JOC.

The Chief JOC is responsible for the accuracy, consistency and quality of JOC products and performance. The Chief JOC ensures that the Mission leadership has a common situational overview and prepares the Mission's integrated daily and weekly 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; and that the JOC maintains appropriate databases of submitted reports for ready access by appropriate Mission components.

The Chief JOC manages the day-to-day functioning of the JOC, its relations with other Mission components and UN Headquarters, and the processing and timely dissemination of operations reports. He/she provides briefings on current operations to senior UN staff and visiting delegations, maintains contact with heads of Mission components to indicate, and respond to, needs that may arise within the Mission. He/she also oversees the coordination of Requests for Information between the JOC, other Mission components, the UN Country Team and UN Headquarters, at the same time ensuring an appropriate level of confidentiality for UN operations. In crisis situations, the Chief JOC also manages the crisis management centre for the SRSG and other members of the Mission's core Crisis Management Team, providing them with an effective and uninterrupted channel of communication, reporting and information management.

The Chief JOC performs other relevant duties as directed by the Mission Chief of Staff.

Competencies

Professionalism: Sound operational comprehension, effective analytical skills, and appropriate operations experience in information collection, management and representation. 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. Ability to coordinate with various actors including Mission components, the UN Country Team, government officials, civil society organisations, regional and intergovernmental organisations. Ability to effectively conduct presentations by clearly summarising and articulating operational issues, proposing options and concisely conveying information. Capacity to provide clear, timely direction, including under stressful and demanding circumstances. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all areas of work. Expertise in crisis management, particularly in an operations room context at the Mission (theatre) level. Comprehensive understanding of UN peacekeeping operations, and a good knowledge of the UN system. 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; and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from the clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; and meets timelines for delivery of products or services to clients.

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.

Building trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; operates with transparency; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, foreign affairs, law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Formal training in the conduct of operations at the operational and strategic levels is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in peacekeeping, military operations, intelligence work or related field. Two years of experience in a UN peacekeeping operation is required. A proven track record of management in multi-cultural settings, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams, is required. Experience managing a joint operations centre/situation centre is desirable.

Languages

French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
  • Location: Bangui
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-08

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