HR Home Vacancies How to apply Frequently Asked Questions Privacy Policy
User Name:
Register as a User
Forgot your Password?


Director Joint Support Coordination Mechanism, D-2
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   31 Jul 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur

This position is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
More Info

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following duties: Facilitate high-level communication between the African Union (AU) and UN on all matters relating to UNAMID; Enhance and coordinate joint AU-UN strategic decision-making and implementation of actions regarding UNAMID deployment and review of the Mission's mandate; Identify, monitor and assess trends in the discussions in the AU Peace and Security Council on all matters of interest to UNAMID; Assess and make policy recommendations to UNAMID leadership on all AU decisions that may impact on the mandate of UNAMID; Facilitate information-sharing and communication between the two HQs related to the operations of UNAMID in a timely manner to keep both HQs informed on all issues likely to affect the operations and mandate of the hybrid operation; Facilitate prompt handling and coordination of political/security crisis situations in the mission area through prompt actions, as may be required, by the AU leadership in Addis Ababa; Provide periodic and regular briefings to the AU and particularly to the Peace and Security Council on all UNAMID-related issues and enhance the engagement of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) on UNAMID issues; Organize weekly briefings with the AU Sudan Desk for analytical consideration and monitoring of situation reports from UNAMID and keep the AU abreast of ongoing events in substantive areas of the Mission including political, military, police, civil affairs, humanitarian, human rights and public information components; Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with the Diplomatic Community in Addis Ababa, and work with Diplomatic Missions, particularly with the members of the AU-PSC and UN Security Council (UNSC) on all issues related to UNAMID operations; Contribute and make inputs to AU reports on UNAMID, including briefings and presentations to the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security and the AU Peace and Security Council, as may be required and appropriate; Prepare and coordinate preparation and background materials for sessions of the Tripartite Mechanism of Government of Sudan (GoS)-AU-UN meetings, whenever hosted by the AU Commission; Facilitate visits of Troop Contributing Countries/Police Contributing Countries (TCCs/PCCs) officials and other relevant stakeholders to UNAMID's areas of operations; Organise and facilitate regular briefings and status reports by senior UNAMID leadership for TCCs/PCCs representatives and stakeholders based in Addis Ababa on political, military, police, civil affairs, humanitarian and mission support issues; Provide information and briefings to various UNAMID stakeholders that are based in Addis Ababa, including "Friends of UNAMID", the E6, Association of Defence Attachés and other major players, particularly those that have appointed Special Envoys for Darfur/Sudan; Address UNAMID's deployment and operations issues referred to the Joint Support Coordination Mechanism (JSCM), either by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and DFS, the AU Peace and Security Department (PSD) or the Joint Special Representative (JSR); Provide inputs into the reports of the Secretary-General and briefings to the Security Council on UNAMID; Provide necessary input for the functioning of the Office into the Mission's budget and Results Based Budgeting (RBB) process; Provide guidance, support and supervision to senior staff, and, guide, evaluate, supervise and mentor staff in the area of responsibility; Perform any other task that may be assigned by the UN Under Secretaries-General of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Department of Field Support (DPKO and DFS), the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security and the Joint Special Representative.

Professionalism - Demonstrated in-depth understanding of peacekeeping operations; Substantial and diverse experience in all facets of the job; Strong analytical skills combined with good political judgment; Proven ability to review and edit the work of others; Diplomacy and tact; 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. 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; 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. Building Trust - Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately. 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 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. Leadership - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is pro-active 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 improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.


Advanced University Degree (Master's or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in peacekeeping operations, conflict resolution, international relations, multilateral diplomacy and high-level negotiations, public administration, management, development, or related fields. Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. A proven track record of leadership and management in multicultural settings is required. Experience working in a United Nations field operation -or that of a similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience serving in a senior position in the African Union or United Nations is desirable. Experience working in Sudan, or on Sudan-related issues, is desirable.

Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language, preferably Arabic, would be an advantage.

Other Skills

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
  1. To start the application process, applicants are required to register by opening a "My UN" account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in the form and choose a User Name and Password.

  2. After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.

  3. In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.

  4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.


Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.