Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). The Chief Mission Support Centre (CMSC) reports to the Deputy Director of Mission Support (DDMS).
Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section, will be responsible for leading the Centre in providing quality and effective resource and information management and in the coordination of administrative, operational and logistics support for new and on-going operations as well as in ensuring timely and cost effective administrative, logistical and operational support related to UNAMID mandate implementation. Other duties include: • Exercises managerial and supervisory control over all logistics and operational support required by the mission, which is usually a large and complex operation. • Develops, prepares, coordinates and monitors overall logistics and operational support plans including logistics forecasting, supply schedules, priorities or requirements, and resolution of urgent, complex operational needs. • Ensures adequate logistics and operational support to military, police, security and substantive components of the mission, and considers and approves cooperation and provision of logistics support to other UN AFPs operating in the mission area. • Supervises Section budget, its preparation and execution. • Monitors and coordinates all multifunctional logistics and operational requirements between UN HQ and the mission. • Works closely with the Chief Supply Chain Management (CSCM) and the Chief Service Delivery (CSD) as well as other section chiefs in the development of guidance and procedures for administrative, logistics and operational support. • Acts as the principal liaison between the mission and Headquarters as well as other internal and external clients for logistics and operational matters and coordinates day to day support of support operations. • Briefs the officials of Mission Support on a daily basis on the ongoing operation/requests and field situation. • Ensures that logistics and operational requirements take account of gender-specific needs. • Advises senior management on operational support issues, structures and staffing levels to ensure that they are at all times adequate to meet the requirements of the mission support strategy. • Leads logistics reconnaissance missions to various locations in the field in order to monitor the logistics support. • Organizes and chairs logistics meetings. • Develops a training program for logistics staff in coordination with the military and police components and the various administration sections. • Manages all civilian, military and police logistics staff assigned to him throughout the mission area. Evaluates staff performance, interviews/evaluates candidates for job openings. • Assumes responsibilities of certifying officer when nominated. • Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Demonstrated ability to provide technical advice in a broad range of human resources, financial, logistical, and administrative areas to senior managers; sound knowledge of UN rules and regulations and an ability to apply them in a volatile field mission environment to resolve complex and/or sensitive issues. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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 and remains calm in stressful situations; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. Planning & 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 the clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; and meets timelines for delivery of products or services to clients.Judgement/decision-making: Identifies key issues in complex situations, and comes to the heart of problems quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; 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.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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in logistics, business administration, management, engineering, or related field. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of two additional years broad experience in logistical and administrative management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in administration, human resources, budget and finance, logistics operations in international organisations, military, commercial or related area. Broad experience advising senior managers on logistical and administrative issues is considered an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in spoken and written English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 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.Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
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