- Years of Experience At least fifteen years of experience in strategic planning, sustainable development policy, project/programme management, or resource mobilization in the context of development cooperation or related area are required.
- Number of Vacancies: 1
- Contract Type Fixed Term
- Required Languages Dari, Pashto, English
- Reference 22-Programme Management-UNAMA-190291-R-Kabul (M)
- Gender Male/Female
- Nationality afghan-forein
- Possibility of Contract Extension Yes
- Probation Period 3 Months
- Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, sustainable development, education, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- close Date October 7, 2022
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Integrated Office of the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (henceforth the Integrated Office) for Afghanistan. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC).
The Integrated Office comprises four entities, namely: Aid Coordination and Effectiveness Unit/Resident Coordinator’s Office (ACE/RCO); Risk Management Unit (RMU); UNMAS and Spotlight Initiative. These entities are located in Kabul. The incumbent will oversee two UNAMA Units under the integrated pillar of the Mission, notably ACE/RCO and RMU.
•Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Integrated Office under his/her supervision. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Integrated Office, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Office, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
•Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Integrated Office under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the Integrated Office and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
•Leads the provision of strategic guidance to the DSRSG/RC/HC and UN Country Team (UNCT) on effective, quality and timely UN support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and UNDAF/UN Strategic Framework (UNSF).
•Initiates, establishes and coordinates external partnerships and joint resource mobilization efforts for the new generation UNDAF/UNSF.
•Coordinates the Business Operations Strategy and develops business innovations.
•Lead the continuous strengthening of the UN Risk Management Systems.
•Manages and directs knowledge management and capacity development activities in and outside the UN System.
•Leads and coordinates overall management of the Integrated Office of the DSRSG/RC/HC to ensure efficient and effective substantive coordination support to the Integrated Office and UNCT and adherence to organizational policies and procedures.
•Supervises and provides guidance to a compliment of staff in relevant sections.
•Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the UNDAF/UNSF and Joint Workplans; directs UNDAF/UNSF monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting through UNINFO; guides preparation and provision of the annual One UN Country Results Report to the Government and other stakeholders;
•Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Integrated Office maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Units under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•Assists the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC) in preparing the work programme of the Integrated Office, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Integrated Office, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
•Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance.
•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Integrated Office and across organizational boundaries.
•Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
•Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Represents the Integrated Office at international, regional or national meetings.
•Professionalism: Proven knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sustainable development. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. Proven ability to analyze complex data and produce reports leading to sound policy recommendations for achieving sustainable development; Solid understanding of the political environment and the programmes and activities of the UN system in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals; Ability to think strategically, to identify key emerging sustainable development issues and related policy implications. 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.
•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 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.
•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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, sustainable development, education, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least fifteen years of experience in strategic planning, sustainable development policy, project/programme management, or resource mobilization in the context of development cooperation or related area are required.
A minimum of two years of experience in post-conflict or transitional operations and management including international work experience in post-conflict settings is required.
Experience in policy formulation in a development cooperation context is desirable.
Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Experience in coordinating external partnerships in a development context is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this advertised position, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of candidates may include other forms of assessments followed by a competency-based interview. All evaluation and assessment related communication will be sent exclusively to your primary email address provided in Inspira. Please ensure that your primary email address is up-to-date and correct. No assessment communications will be sent to your secondary email address.
– This position is available for an initial period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to the availability of funds.
– Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
– The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance 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.
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