MISSION PLANNING OFFICER
17 February 2020
United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Job Opening Number:
20-Political Affairs-MONUSCO-131288-J-Kinshasa (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2502 (2019) authorizing the mandate of MONUSCO which is (i) Protection of Civilians; and (ii) Support to the stabilisation and strengthening of State institutions in the DRC.
In line with Security Council resolution 2463 (2019), an independent strategic review was conducted, and its recommendations presented to the Security Council (S/2019/842). In its resolution 2502 the Security Council took note of the conditions highlighted in the strategic review report for a successful, gradual transition and a responsible drawdown of MONUSCO. The priority objectives of the Mission are to attain the conditions that will enable a draw-down of MONUSCO, including the need for Congolese-led solutions to ensure sustained political stability and the durable resolution of remaining conflicts in eastern provinces; the rule of law through functioning State institutions; effective protection of civilians; respect for human rights; and the extension of civilian state authority in the areas previously affected by conflict, including through the disarmament, demobilization and community-based reinsertion of armed groups.
To further these strategic objectives, MONUSCO will focus its capacity on areas where the presence of armed groups and high levels of human rights violations pose a persistent threat to the civilian population and prevent consolidation of stabilization, while concentrating efforts on supporting the Government in strengthening the core functions of the state, including in the Kasais. The Mission ensures that strategies are adapted to specific areas of operation as well as target groups (including specific armed groups) to ensure a “whole-of-mission” approach to end and prevent violence and enable sustainable peace.
The Mission Planning Officer will be based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and will report to the Senior Mission Planning Officer of MONUSCO.
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Mission Planning Officer:
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 operationalization of planning documents, including the Mission Concept and the benchmarks, 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 component plans.
- Within the context of the implementation of a Comprehensive Performance Assessment System (CPAS), provides advice to Mission components in development of component-level plans, ensuring coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction.
- Assist the Senior Mission Planning Officer 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 an integrated strategic framework with the UN Country Team.
- As directed by the Mission leadership and in consultation with the Senior Mission Planning Officer, 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.
- With a specific focus on the transition context, 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 Transition Plan, 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.
- Prepares the Mission budget and performance reports, and prepares inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting.
- Drafts clear reports, concept notes, option papers and planning documents; monitors and evaluates operations and makes recommendations on ways to improve mandate implementation.
- Takes on a lead role in supporting the implementation of the United Nations Enterprise Risk Management policy in MONUSCO.
- Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism: Takes initiative and consistently drives 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.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments and 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.
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; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities where necessary; 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.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within 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) 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. Certification in Prince 2 Foundation is desirable.
A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience in planning, evaluation, programme management or policy development at a strategic level as well as facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder processes in peace consolidation settings, is required.
Field experience including at least one year of experience working in one of the above fields in a United Nations field operation, or similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting, is required.
Experience implementing relevant United Nations Secretariat policies, procedures and operations, including legislative and budgeting processes, is desirable.
Experience in drafting reports to inter-governmental bodies is desirable.
Experience in drafting planning documents and using monitoring and evaluation tools is
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
- This position is temporarily available until. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• The UN is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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