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  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Baghdad
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in Baghdad. Baghdad is classified as an "E" hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent directly reports to the Chief of Staff. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is a political mission established by the 2003 UN Security Council Resolution 1500 at the request of the Government of Iraq. UNAMI is mandated to advise and assist the Government and people of Iraq on a number of fronts. This includes advancing inclusive, political dialogue and national reconciliation, assisting in the electoral process and in the planning for a national census, facilitating regional dialogue between Iraq and its neighbors, and promoting the protection of human rights and judicial and legal reform.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Mission Planning Officer will be responsible for the following:

•Acts as a senior advisor to the Mission leadership on strategic planning issues, including engaging with the host Government, UN partners and external actors in respect of integrated planning and assessment processes.
•Facilitates joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNCT members and other relevant partners in accordance with the Policy on Integrated Assessments and Planning, and senior management guidance.
•Leads the preparation of a Mission Concept, or similar initiative, which, building on the vision of the Joint Special Representative, 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 component plans.
•In coordination with mission support leadership, prepares the Mission Results-Based Budget framework and performance reports, and prepares inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring, and performance reporting. As directed by the Mission leadership, designs and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission's mandate.
•Provides advice to Mission components in development of component-level plans, ensuring coherence with the Mission's overall strategic direction.
•Contributes to monitoring implementation of the budget, including staffing needs and workplace planning, and advises senior management on how to ensure resources are used to support implementation of the results-based budget, component plans, mission priorities and Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF).
•Provides authoritative advice and technical support enabling UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies that maximise the individual and collective impact of the UN's response in the country of deployment, concentrating on mandated tasks and objectives required to consolidate peace and security through a strategic partnership between the Mission and the UN Country Team.
•Provides authoritative advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices in line with the UN 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.
•Ensures the establishment and operation of integrated field coordination structures, including a senior leadership forum, providing policy guidance and technical assistance on joint strategic and operational issues as required .
•Coordinates Mission-level engagement with the Headquarters-based Integrated Task Force (ITF) or equivalent body and supports Technical Assessment Missions, Strategic Assessment Missions and Strategic Reviews.
•Serves as a strategy and planning point of contact for Headquarters and facilitates linkages between field-based structures and the Headquarters-based Integrated Task Forces.
•With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the development and implementation of an UN Integrated Strategic Framework for peace consolidation in the country, including in-depth conflict analysis, identification of priorities, roles and responsibilities for the United Nations, and a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress.
•Leads and coordinates the work of the Mission planning team.
•Supports knowledge management and organizational learning processes, including self-evaluations, and incorporating lessons learned into policies, procedures, plans and budgets.
•Supports the CoS, and acts on her/his behalf during the latter’s absence, in the day-to-day management of the OCOS, including the direct supervision of specific projects involving the supervision of support staff.
•Performs other duties as required.


• Comprehensive understanding of the issues and challenges in volatile conflict or post-conflict environments.
• Proven ability to facilitate and produce integrated strategic plans, strategies, or similar documents.
• Well-developed understanding of peace and security, development, and humanitarian actors and perspectives.
• Demonstrated experience with monitoring and evaluation in complex organizational settings.
• Proven success integrating strategic planning processes with requisite funding, staffing, and other resource requirements.
• Strong inter-personal skills, including the ability to manage challenging multi-stakeholder analytical and planning processes.
• Proven ability to build consensus with colleagues and contacts in pursuit of common objectives.
• 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.

• 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.

Client Orientation:.
•Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
•Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.
•Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.
•Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems.
•Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects.
•Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Managerial Competencies:

•Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks.
•Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.
•Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction.
•Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

- 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 social sciences, political science, international relations, economics, finance, management, development studies, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Professional training in the areas of planning, facilitation or coordination is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, peace operations, or a related field is required.

At least two years of experience related to strategic planning for emergency, conflict, or post-conflict environments and complex crisis management; working in an integrated military/civilian context and engagement with Troops Contributing Countries’ components is required.

Experience working in or supporting UN peace operations or other UN common system field-based organizations, preferably in an integrated setting where working closely with Agencies Funds and Programmes, and UN Country Team is required.

Experience in planning and implementing the reconfiguration/transition of a Mission is required.

Experience working in the Middle East is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.


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

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 to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are 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 offer, if selected.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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


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