Director, Mission Support (UNAMID), D-2

APPLICATIONS DEADLINE:   17 Dec 2009
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   17 Nov 2009
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   El Fasher
VACANCY #   09-ADM-PMSS-423041-R-EL FASHER

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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
This post is located in El Fasher, Darfur. Within delegated authority, the Director, Mission Support (UNAMID), will be responsible for the following functions: Contributes to the implementation of the mission mandate by providing the necessary managerial, logistical and administrative support required for the fulfilment of the mandate, including such areas as budget, finance, human resources management, logistics, communications, transport, air operations, etc; Certifies mission expenditure; Advises the Head of Mission on all matters pertaining to administrative and logistical support; Plans, organizes, implements, manages and oversees the activities of all administrative and logistical support operations; Provides effective management of human, financial and material resources of the mission; Identifies broad strategies required for the development and implementation of the mission support’s work programme; Ensures development, preparation, coordination and monitoring of overall work plans, strategies and programmes for the support activities of the mission and takes the lead in securing the required human and financial resources for the mission; Establishes a set of sound policies, procedures, practices, standards and tools that are consistent with UN regulations, rules, policies and practice in order to ensure proper budget, accounting, financial and human resources management and control; Liaises, negotiates and coordinates with national authorities with respect to administrative and logistical matters; Ensures cooperation and integration of administrative and logistical resources with military, civilian police and other substantive elements of the mission as required; Provides guidance, support and supervision to senior administrative and logistics support staff as well as audit and evaluation services, as appropriate; Ensures the provision of guidance, performance evaluation, supervision and mentoring to all administrative support and other staff in the areas of his/her responsibility; Maintains good order and discipline of staff under his/her overall supervision; Represents the mission before legislative bodies, providing information and clarification in support of budget proposals; Represents the mission support component at meetings, protocol and ceremonial occasions, military parades, etc. Performs related duties as may be required by the Head of Mission or DPKO, e.g., provides briefing to visiting senior officials on mission, administrative and technical support activities, etc; Performs other related work as required.

Competencies
Professionalism - Ability to provide seasoned effective specialized advice in a broad range of human resources, financial, logistical, and administrative areas to Head of Mission, and to Headquarters and senior mission staff; ability to ensure adequate preparation of reports or rationale with respect to key logistic and administrative decisions; strong negotiation and conflict-resolution skills. Shows pride in work and 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Accountability - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility of delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. Leadership - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. Vision - 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. Managing Performance - Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in business or public administration, human resources management, finance, accounting, or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in administration, budget, logistics, information technology, communication or related field. Practical experience with the planning and delivery of mission support services in field operations mounted by the United Nations and its agencies, funds and programmes is required. Assignment in a senior management position in a United Nations peacekeeping operation is desirable.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

Other Skills


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