Head of Office

OFFRE D’EMPLOI

 

TITLE: Head of Office, D-1

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 14 June 2012

ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

DUTY STATION: Kinshasa

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 12-POL-MONUC-425731-R-KINSHASA

Remuneration: Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.

 

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

 

Responsibilities
This position is in MONUSCO's field office in Bunia. Within the relevant delegated authority, the Head of Office reports to the SRSG through the Mission Chief of Staff and will be responsible for the following functions: Carries out the policies and directives set out by SRSG in implementing the Mission’s mandate in his/her respective area of responsibility (AOR); Represents the SRSG in the AOR and as such liaises with senior government and regional officials, the diplomatic community, leaders of political parties and civil society, and initiates and represents the Mission in meetings with local authorities; Leads at the political level and brings together, where necessary, all Mission components to address effectively, and in full coordination with MONUSCO military and police components, the multi-dimensional issues and tasks related to mandate implementation in his/her respective AOR; Develops a Provincial work plan, to be updated at regular intervals, based on inputs from all substantive sections as well as military and police components; Ensures that integrated work plans are prepared and followed through across all sections represented in the AOR; as chair of the IMPT, leads and coordinates with the United Nations Country team (UNCT) the implementation of integrated stabilization projects and other integrated programmes and activities; He/she is also responsible for regular reporting on mandate implementation and on relevant political and other developments to the Mission’s headquarters; Provides inputs into the reports of the Secretary-General and briefings to the Security Council, and signs all outgoing communications from the Provincial Office to the Office of the SRSG and official communications with local authorities; Provides guidance, support and supervision to senior administrative staff, and has oversight responsibility and administrative support and other staff in the area of responsibility. Through delegated authority, the Head of Office, in his/her capacity as Area Security Coordinator, is responsible for all security arrangements; In this regard, the HoO works closely with the UNCT, the Commanding Officer of MONUSCO’s military component and UNPOL in the AOR for protection of civilians and stabilization as well as protection of United Nations (UN) staff and assets; Performs other duties as necessary; Acts as first reporting officer for all Heads of Sections and Units in the Provincial Office.


Competencies
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; Strong managerial/leadership skills; demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and /or overseeing the analysis of complex human resources, financial or administrative management policy and programmed issues; proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including the ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills; negotiating skills; good judgment, creativity and decision-making skills; demonstrated ability to provide leadership and take responsibility mainstreaming gender in all area of mandate implementation. Professionalism – Demonstrated in-depth understanding of peacekeeping operations; substantial and diverse experience in all facets of the job; strong analytical skills combined with proven ability to review and edit the work of others; diplomacy and tact. Judgment/Decision-making – Mature judgment and initiative; imagination, resourcefulness, energy and tact; proven ability to provide strategic direction and ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve goals. Managing Performance – Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work of others; ability to make timely decisions; Ability to coach, mentor, motivate and develop staff and encourage good performance. Building trust – Reputation for dealing honestly and openly with issues and staff; recognized and highly respected by peers, clients and staff. Communication - Excellent communication (spoken, written and presentational) skills; ability to present and defend difficult positions to senior officials, to persuade people with varying points of view, and to present information in a concise and accurate manner. 
 


QUALIFICATIONS


Education
Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in one or more of the following disciplines: social sciences, political sciences, business administration or management or related fields. A relevant combination of academic qualifications and professional 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, development, or related fields. A proven track record of leadership in multicultural settings, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams, is required. Previous experience in a UN peacekeeping operation, special political mission or other UN field operation is required. Experience working on humanitarian issues, policy analysis and project and programme planning is desirable. Previous experience working in the Great Lakes region and/or Central Africa would be an advantage.


Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English and French is required.


Other Skills

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PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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.

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Contacts: E-mail: staffing@un.org ;
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Please see the frequently asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.

 

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