Chief of mission support

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The United Nations is hiring a Chief of mission support.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) located in Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG) for West Africa and the Sahel and Head of UNOWAS.

Responsibilities

  • Contributes to the implementation of the office mandate by providing the necessary managerial, logistical and administrative support required for the fulfilment of the mandate, including such areas as budget, finance, human resources management, logistic, Communications, transport, air opérations, etc.
  • Certifies mission expenditure.
  • Advises the SRSG on all matters pertaining to administrative and logistical support.
  • Plans, organizes, implements, manages and oversees the activities of all administrative and logistical support operations.
  • Provides effective management of human, financial and material resources of the Office.
  • Identifies broad strategies required for the development and implementation of the Office support’s work programme.
  • Ensures development, preparation, coordination and monitoring of overall work plans, strategies and programmes for the support activities of the mission and takes the lead in securing the required human and financial resources for the mission.
  • Establishes a set of sound policies, procedures, practices, standards and tools that are consistent with UN regulations, rules, policies and practice in order to ensure proper budget, accounting, financial and human resources management and control.
  • Liaises, negotiates and coordinates with national authorities with respect to administrative and logistical matters.
  • Ensures cooperation and integration of administrative and logistical resources with and other substantive elements of the Office as required.
  • Provides guidance, support and supervision to senior administrative and logistics support staff as well as audit and evaluation services, as appropriate.
  • Ensures the provision of guidance, performance evaluation, supervision and mentoring to all administrative support and other staff in the areas of his/her responsibility.
  • Maintains good order and discipline of staff under his/her overall supervision.
  • Represents the Office before legislative bodies, providing information and clarification in support of budget proposals.
  • Represents the mission support component at meetings, protocol and ceremonial occasions, military parades, etc. Performs related duties as may be required by the Head of Mission, e.g., provides briefing to visiting senior officials on mission, administrative and technical support activities, etc.
  • Performs other related work as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised.
  • 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.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.
  • Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. -Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks « outside the box ». Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current
    thinking or traditional approaches.
  • 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.
  • Judgment/ 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 (Masters or equivalent) in business or public administration, human resources management, finance, accounting, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of management experience of which five (05) at a senior level managing multidisciplinary teams including human resources, procurement, finance and logistics professionals is required.
  • Demonstrated outstanding verbal and written communication skills is desirable.
  • Proven track record of personal effectiveness in complex environments, and demonstrated ability to build relationship with stakeholders is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

Closing date : 14 December 2021.

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