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Org. Setting and Reporting United Nations Security Council Mandate 2628 (2022) has legislated a phased transition of security responsibility from African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to Somali Security Forces (SSF). This involves reconfiguration of AMISOM to African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and phased transfer of security responsibility to SSF in line Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) owned Somali Transition Plan (STP). United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) is mandated to support the above-mentioned phased Reconfiguration and Transition. To plan and implement UNSOS mandate, UNSOS has established a Transition Planning Cell reporting to Head of UNSOS.

This position is located in UNSOS and is based in Mogadishu. The Senior Mission Planning Officer is Head of the Transition Planning Cell and reports to the Head of UNSOS.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Senior Mission Planning Officer and Head of the Transition Planning Cell will be responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Act as a senior advisor to the Mission leadership on strategic planning issues, including engaging with the African Union (AU), ATMIS, United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), UN partners, FGS, SSF, partners and donors in respect of multi-dimensional planning processes.
  • Facilitates joint and integrated support planning between ATMIS, UNSOM, UNSOS components, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, SSF and other relevant partners in accordance with the Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning, and senior management guidance.
  • Leads the preparation of a Mission Concept, and /or similar initiatives, building on the vision of the Head of UNSOS, translates the mission mandated tasks as per United Nations Security Council Resolution 2628 (2022) 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.
  • Ensures that all joint plans between ATMIS and UNSOS are in line with the joint ATMIS/SSF CONOPS and Somali Transition Plan.
  • Provides advice to UNSOS components in development of component-level plans, including ensuring coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction.
  • Leads the preparation for an equipment review of ATMIS and capacity building of SSF towards implementation of transition plan.
  • Provide input into UNSOS compacts to reflect reconfiguration and transition, and the key performance indicators for the same.
  • Be a focal point for coordination with UNHQ, UNSOM, ATMIS and other partners on strategic and cross-cutting issues related to reconfiguration and transition.
  • Coordinates the establishment and operation of integrated field coordination structures (Transition Planning Cell), provides inputs for discussion during the senior leadership coordination forum, on policy, joint strategic and operational issues as required.
  • Provide technical support to SSF logistic capability development and gap analysis as part of the Comprehensive Approach to Security and support this as appropriate within the mandate as well as support Federal Government and UN advocacy with donors.
  • Lead the identification and action plans for risks related to reconfiguration and transition to be managed under the Enterprise Risk Management Register, keeps these up to date, and implements mitigation action plans.
  • Provides inputs for the Mission Results-Based Budget framework and performance reports, and budget monitoring and performance reporting.
  • Monitors the budget implementation related to Reconfiguration and Transition, including staffing needs and workforce planning and advises senior management to help ensure that adequate resources are available for implementation of integrated plans, mission priorities and integrated strategic framework.
  • As directed by Mission leadership, designs and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission’s mandate.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report to Mission leadership on progress against plans and prepare contingencies, as well as provides input to Reports of the Secretary-General in this regard.
  • Serves as a strategy and planning point of contact for Headquarters and facilitates linkages between field-based structures and the Headquarters-based departments.
  • Coordinates Mission-level support to the Headquarters-based bodies and supports any Assessment Missions, Strategic Assessment Missions and Strategic Reviews.
  • Leads and coordinates the work of the UNSOS Transition Planning Cell.
  • When required, stands in for the Senior Advisor to Head of UNSOS.
  • Performs other duties as required.

    Competencies Professionalism: 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; 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.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

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 improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Judgement/decision making: 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 impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the 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.

Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, economics, finance, 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, programme management, analysis, facilitation and/or coordination is an desirable.

Work Experience A minimum of ten years of relevant progressively responsible experience is required; this should include policy development at the strategic level as well as experience facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes in peace consolidation settings.

Demonstrated experience implementing relevant UN Secretariat policies, procedures and operations, including mandated development planning, budget and human resources processes, is required.

At least one year of experience working in one of the above fields in or in support of a field operations of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.

Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Experience in military/police operations and/or logistics planning is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required.

Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice - This is a GTA funded post. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or availability of the funds.

  • This position is temporarily available until 30 June 2023. 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.

  • This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

  • The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

    United Nations Considerations According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


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