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Chief of Service, Current Military Operations Service [Temporary]

New York City (United States of America)

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Current Military Operations Service (CMOS), Office of Military Affairs, in Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The Chief of Service, CMOS, reports directly to the Chief of Staff, Office of Military Affairs and under the overall supervision of the Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations.

Responsibilities

The incumbent will have the following main responsibilities:

•Supervise, manage and organize the work of the Current Military Service

•Monitor the activities of the military component of current peacekeeping operations

•Ensure smooth coordination between the Office of Military Affairs at Headquarters, and the military components in the field

•Responsible for ensuring that timely and appropriate support is provided to the Heads of Military Components in the field, and that the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Troop-Contributing Countries are kept abreast of developments in the military component of peacekeeping missions.

•Oversees the activities of the Peacekeeping Affairs Officers, who are each responsible for monitoring the military component of one or more peacekeeping operations

•Conduct visits to peacekeeping missions when requested by the Military Adviser for fact-finding, technical assessment and reconnaissance purposes.

•Provide advice on the military aspects of current operations; and manages the Current Military Operations Service.

•Provide timely, sound and appropriate military advice to the Military Adviser, or other UN officials on operational issues associated with current peace operations, and represent the Office of Military Affairs in various standing and ad-hoc inter-departmental committees, working groups and task forces.

•Undertake these or similar duties anywhere within UN Headquarters as well as in field missions including deployment to the missions for up to 90 days.

Competencies

Professionalism: Possess expertise in the area of appointment, ability to evaluate international political situations; demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions; conceptual and analytical skills leading to formulation of policy recommendations; knowledge of the United Nations system, particularly its role in peace operations, a thorough knowledge of mandates, policies and guidelines related to peace operations; expertise in the planning and management of complex peacekeeping operations and an in-depth understanding of their operational, political and procedural aspects; ability to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of military issues/problems; ability to advise senior officials on approaches and techniques to address complex/sensitive issues; strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues; understanding of military issues related to political, economic, social and human rights programmes in mission areas; ability to work under pressure.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience.

Managing Performance: Delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Make sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Regularly discuss performance and provide feedback and coaching to staff.

Leadership: Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Education

Graduate of a National Command and Staff College or National War/Defense College is required. Additional degree in Military Affairs, Political Science or related fields is desirable.

Work Experience

The candidate must be active service military officer in the rank of Army Colonel / Lt Colonel or equivalent in other Services, with a minimum of ten (10) years service is required. The candidate must have command experience at the battalion/regimental or equivalent level. Strategic planning experience at a Defense HQ and joint operational planning experience are required. Staff experience at operational/strategic headquarters at formation, or Ministry of Defence level or equivalent, is required. Operational experience as a member of at least one recent UN peacekeeping mission is required. Experience in an international headquarters is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Notes: Duration of need: Through 30 September 2018

• 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. 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.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• 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

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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.

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  • Organization: UN DPKO - Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-28

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