Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Based in Goma, the Mission Planning Officer will report to the Senior Planning Officer, P-5/Head of the Strategic Planning Cell (SPC).
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:• Conduct research and participate in the writing of initial drafts of document segments, contribute to development and implementation and monitoring of strategies to maximize the individual and collective impact of the UN’s response in the Democratic Republic of Congo, concentrating on mandated tasks and activities required to consolidate peace, through a strategic partnership between the Mission and the UN Country Team.• Provide advice to programme managers on planning guidance and tools, especially the Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP); provide recommendations on design of specific planning tools and mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners.• Provide secretariat support and technical assistance to integrated field coordination structures, such as the Strategic Policy Group, the Integrated Strategy and Planning Team and the Integrated Mission Planning Team, as required; support Mission participation in meetings of the Headquarters-based Integrated Mission Task Force or equivalent body.• As directed, contribute to the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Performance Assessment System for monitoring and evaluation of progress of mandate implementation.• Make suggestions and drafting inputs for review and approval by the Senior Mission Planning Officer, assist in the preparation of a Mission Concept, which, building on the vision of the SRSG, 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 and the Comprehensive Performance Assessment System.• Compile and analyse data, contribute to preparation of the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and of inputs as required for audits, evaluations, risk management, budget monitoring and performance reporting with a particular focus on programmatic activities.• Provide background information and drafts documents for review approval by the Senior Mission Planning Officer in order to support Mission components in development of component-level plans, including to ensure coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction and planning tools, and to support joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNCT members and other relevant partners in accordance with the IAP guidelines and senior management guidance.• Performs other duties as required
ProfessionalismAbility to perform a broad range of Administrative functions; Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations rules and regulations in work situations; Good knowledge of institutional mandates and policies of the institutions of the UN system, peacekeeping in particular; familiarity with the UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes, including how peacekeeping operations and UN Country Teams collaborate in a transition setting; demonstrated expertise in strategy design, management and monitoring; experience in coordinating or integrating sub-units and cross-cutting programmatic activities and developing joint strategic and operational plans; knowledge of relevant UN policies, procedures and operations. 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. CommunicationSpeaks 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 & OrganizingDevelops 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in political science, international relations, development studies, management or a related field. A first level university degree in combination with two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation and/or coordination would be an advantage.
A minimum of five (5) years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience including in, programme management and/or strategic planning processes in peace consolidation settings is required Experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder processes is desirable. At least one (1) year of experience working in or in support of the United Nations Common System (UN peacekeeping political missions, or UN agencies, Funds and Programmes) or a comparable international organization or non- governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict environment is required. Practical experience of 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 English is required. Knowledge of French is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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