Chief of Section, Mince Action Programme

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  • Salary:
    $145,309 - $178,094 / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Management and Strategy, Project Management
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Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is based in Juba, South Sudan. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan (DSRSG/RC/HC) and to the Director of UNMAS. In South Sudan, UNMAS is an integral component of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), providing explosive ordnance threat mitigation in support of the safety and security of peacekeepers, humanitarian partners and communities, while working to empower the National Mine Action Authority to assume responsibility for mine action in the longer term.
Within delegated authority, the Chief of the Mine Action Programme will be responsible for the following: • Provides advice to the Mission leadership and Deputy Director of UNMAS, on conceptual and operational strategy development of the Mine Action programme in South Sudan. • Leads, develops and maintains the Mine Action programme strategy and a work plan as well as a resource mobilization strategy; periodically reviews the programme design to ensure that structure and budget are fit for purpose and delivers value for money; leads strategic planning and conducts oversight of delivery of activities undertaken by the Mine Action programme, ensuring that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and in liaison and coordination with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate. • Serves as a key interlocutor with Government authorities on Mine Action matters and leads engagement with donors. • Provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to the intergovernmental bodies such as the Security Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate. • Contributes to the reporting to donors and intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate. • In line with agreed oversight mechanisms, ensures that the outputs produced by the Mine Action programme maintain required technical, safety and quality standards; promotes gender mainstreaming and innovation; ensures that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. • Prepares and develops inputs for the work programme of the Mine Action Programme, determining priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery. Considers the social, economic, political and security context of the external operating environment and responds to potential and/or unexpected risk for programme delivery. • Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Mine Action programme, including programmatic and substantive reviews of draft reports and documents related to budget and funding prepared by programme personnel, monitoring of budget and cash flows, monitoring of performance of the Mine Action programme and the performance of the implementing partners in line with agreed parameters and critical indicators in the work plan and budget, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting and evaluation of staff performance (PAS). • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Programme and across organizational boundaries and provides technical advice and guidance to other UN entities and partners when requested. • Represents the UNMAS component of UNMISS at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues. • Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on Mine Action issues.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of, and exposure to strategic and operational mine action issues, including capacity building of national institutions. Understanding of the country context. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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. • 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 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. • 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, management, international relations, law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in programme administration, management, budget, finance, human resources management or related field is required. A minimum of five years of experience in the management of programmes and/or projects in the area of mine action, stabilization, DDR, humanitarian response and/or development, with a minimum of two years of managerial experience is required. A minimum of five years of experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization in a conflict or post-conflict environment is required. At least of two years’ experience engaging with senior government officials in a complex humanitarian or United Nations peacekeeping setting is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the 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. Qualified women that meet the requirements of this job opening are particularly encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration in accordance with the United Nations efforts to increase women participation in its workforce.
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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile 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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