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This is a P-5 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 10 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 110,869 USD and 138,944 USD.

Salary for a P-5 contract in Mogadishu

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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and is based in Mogadishu. The Senior Mission Planning Officers is Head of the Joint Planning Unit in Mogadishu and reports directly to the UNSOM Chief of Staff.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, and under the guidance of the Chief of Staff, the P-5 Senior Mission Planning Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

•Acts as a senior advisor to the Mission leadership on strategic planning issues, including engaging with the host Government, UN partners and external actors in respect of integrated planning and assessment Processes.

•Facilitates joint and integrated planning between UNSOM, Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Members, the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and other relevant partners in accordance with the Policy on Integrated Assessments and Planning, and senior management guidance.

•Leads the preparation and/or review of a Mission Concept, or similar initiative, which, building on the vision of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (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.

•Provides advice to UNSOM components in development of component-level plans, ensuring coherence with the Mission's overall strategic direction.

  • Monitors implementation of the budget, including staffing needs and workplace planning and Advises UNSOM senior management to help ensure resources are used to support implementation of component plans, mission priorities and Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF)/UN Coordination Programme Framework (UNCF).

•Provides authoritative advice and technical support enabling UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies that maximise the individual and collective impact of the UN's response in the country of deployment, concentrating on mandated tasks and objectives required to consolidate peace and security through a strategic partnership between UNSOM, UNSOS, AMISOM and the UN Country Team.

•Provides authoritative advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices in line with the UN Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP); provides recommendations on design of specific mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners.

•Ensures the establishment and operation of integrated field coordination structures, including a senior leadership forum, providing policy guidance and technical assistance on joint strategic and operational issues as required; coordinates Mission-level support to the Headquarters-based Integrated Task Force or equivalent body.

•Coordinates Mission-level support to the Headquarters-based Integrated Task Force (ITF) or equivalent body and supports Technical Assessment Missions, Strategic Assessment Missions and Strategic Reviews.

•Serves as a strategy and planning point of contact for Headquarters and facilitates linkages between field-based structures and the Headquarters-based Integrated Task Forces.

•With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the Development/revision and implementation of an UN Integrated Strategic Framework/UN Coordination Programme Framework for peace consolidation in the country, including in-depth conflict analysis, identification of priorities, roles and responsibilities for the United Nations, and a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress including area based programming in Federal Member States (FMS).

•Prepares the UNSOM Results-Based Budget framework and performance reports, and prepares inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting. As directed by the Mission leadership, designs and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission's mandate.

•Leads and coordinates the work of the Mission planning team including UN planners in field offices.

•Where applicable, stands in for the Chief of Staff.

•Performs other duties as required. Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

-Mission Senior Management; -Heads and planning focal points of Mission Components; -Head of the Resident Coordinator's Office; -The Headquarters Integrated Task Force (ITF); -The Department of Policy Evaluation and Training (DPET) or the relevant country desks; -Integrated Operations Team -UNSOS -AMISOM -The UN Country Team.

Results Expected:

-Integrated planning mechanisms at field level function in accordance with the requirements/ minimum standards of the IAP. -Integrated planning mechanisms are developed or revised through a partnership with the UN Country Team and the Mission, in coordination with other relevant entities outside the UN. -The ISF/UNCF is monitored and evaluated in accordance with established standards. -Mission plans and the RBB are internally consistent and coherent with system-wide planning processes; matrixes and frameworks are in place to measure and monitor results; plans are regularly reviewed and adjusted..

Competencies Professionalism:

-Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and team. -Strong inter-personal skills, including the ability to manage challenging multi-stakeholder processes. -Values diversity and works effectively with colleagues and contacts in the immediate and wider teams in pursuit of objectives. -Facilitates others to solve problems. 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 perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


-Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; -Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. -Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. -Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Planning& Organizing: -Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. -Identifies priority activities and assignments. -Adjusts 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 and actions as necessary. -Uses time efficiently.

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. -


-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 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, development studies, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience A minimum of ten years of relevant, progressively responsible professional 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 policies, procedures and operations, including mandate development, planning, and budget processes in the UN or other International Organization is required.

Field experience working in one of the above fields in a UN Peacekeeping, Special Political Mission, or other comparable international organization is desirable.

Languages English and French are working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage

Assessment Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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