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Mission Planning Officer, P-4
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   30 Jun 2012
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   15 Jun 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
DUTY STATION:   Kinshasa
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   12-POL-MONUC-425774-R-KINSHASA


 
Remuneration
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Mission Planning Officer, the Mission Planning Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Conducts analysis, formulates recommendations and drafts documents in order to assist MONUSCO senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies to maximize the individual and collective impact of the UN’s response in the DRC, concentrating on mandate tasks and activities required to consolidate peace, through a strategic partnership between MONUSCO and the UN Country Team; Provides advice to section chiefs/programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices, particularly the Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP); Provides recommendations on design of specific planning tools; in line with policy and best practice; Supports the establishment and operation of integrated field coordination structures, such as the Strategic Policy Group and the Integrated Mission Planning Team, providing technical assistance as required; With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the implementation of an UN Integrated Strategic Framework for peace consolidation in the DRC, including a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress; Supports the preparation and implementation of a Mission Concept, which translates MONUSCO mandated tasks combining objectives, timelines and expected outcomes into a coherent whole, serving as an authoritative guide for the development and implementation of Mission Component plans; Requests, analyses and drafts inputs to the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and prepares inputs, as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting; Provides technical advice to MONUSCO components in the development of component-level plans; As directed by the Senior Mission Planning Officer, designs and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of MONUSCO’s mandate; Coordinates the work of the Strategic Planning Cell in the absence of the Senior Mission Planning Officer; Performs other duties as required.

Competencies
Professionalism - Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and colleagues. Strong inter-personal skills, including the ability to manage multi-stakeholder processes. Values diversity and works effectively with colleagues and contacts in the immediate and wider teams in pursuit of objectives. 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 perspective 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 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; adjust 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 as necessary; uses time efficiently. Accountability - Takes ownership of assigned responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulation and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and tasks responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcoming and those of the work unit, where applicable. Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet clients need; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks outside the box; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking. Commitment to Continuous Learning - Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
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 and/or coordination is an asset.

Work Experience
A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in policy development at the strategic level as well as facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes in peace consolidation settings. Field experience is required, including at least one year in a UN peacekeeping mission and/or with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in a conflict or post-conflict setting. Comprehensive knowledge of relevant UN policies, processes and operations is required. Practical experience in using monitoring and evaluation tools is required. Experience as a civilian interfacing with the military is desirable.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.

Other Skills


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