MISSION PLANNING OFFICER [Temporary]
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Strategic Planning Unit of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The incumbent will be based in Bangui and reports to the Chief of Staff.Responsibilities
Within Delegated authority and under the general guidance of the Chief of Staff, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks
Partnerships, Planning and Programming
- Facilitates joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNCT members and other
relevant partners in accordance with the Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP) guidelines
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
- 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 on Integrated Assessment and
Planning (IAP); provides recommendations on design of specific mechanisms, in line with policy and
best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners.
-Provides substantive and practical support to the COS in implementing the Mission's mandate; Keeps the COS informed on all matters requiring his/her personal attention, assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed
- 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.
- Supports the OCOS during high-level visits to the Mission as well as high-level meetings/engagements with the host Government in coordination with the Protocol Unit. Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting • Identifies, analyzes and monitors political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the UN's mandate
- Prepares the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and prepares
inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting.
- Where applicable, stands in for the Senior Mission Planning Officer in coordinating the work of the
senior leadership forum or other planning mechanisms.
- Performs other duties as required
Professionalism 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. 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.
Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. 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.
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 (7) years with a masters degree or nine (9) years with a Bachelor's degree of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in planning, evaluation, Coordination programme management or policy development at a strategic level as well as facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder processes in peace consolidation settings, is required
Comprehensive knowledge of relevant UN policies, procedures and operations is required.
Experience working in the front office of Senior Leadership is required
Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required .
At least one year of experience working in one of the above fields in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization 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.
Practical experience in using monitoring and evaluation tools is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French (oral and written ) is required.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
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