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15 Dec 2020

Joint Operations Officer

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

There positions are located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Juba. Juba is classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Joint Operations Centre (JOC).


Within delegated authority, the Joint Operations Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Monitor major security developments like military, security, and political situation, following the actions of relevant actors including intergovernmental organizations, Government, non-governmental organizations, civil society, political institutions, armed actors (regular armies and rebel groups, militias, etc.).
  • As necessary, research and draft special reports and prepare presentations related to operational issues, draft Code Cables addressing current operations and official e-mails.
  • Under the supervision of Chief JOC: Provide support as needed for crisis management meetings (secretariat support, presentations, talking points if required, liaison with technicians and facilities management).
  • Liaise regularly with Mission sections, Mission Support and the UNCT to provide timely information during a crisis for decision-makers and maintain an up to date database of contact details for key personnel.
  • Coordination of operations: Under the Chief JOC supervision, facilitate Mission Contingency planning and coordination of joint activities across the Mission including on Field Office level, including operations and contingency exercises
  • Conduct Contingency Planning, facilitate Technical Working Group (TWG) and Tabletop Exercises.
  • Coordinate and facilitate Crisis Management Team (CMT) Tabletop Exercises, Mission HQ Tabletop Exercises and Field Offices Tabletop Exercises. Prepare TWG’s reports, presentations, and minutes of meetings for further use of Mission Operational Coordination Committee (OCC).
  • Prepare TWG Matrix and maintain TWG SharePoint site Maintain catalogue of all existing contingency plans in the Mission Develop Mission Level Directives and Plans
  • Support the organization of operational coordination meetings, as required, liaising with Mission sections, Mission Support and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT)
  • Capture of lessons identified and cascade of best practice
  • Provide support for the implementation of operational coordination decisions and mechanism (e.g. coordination of significant patrols or Temporary missions with multiple enablers involved)
  • Support the facilitation of communication between the Field Integrated Operations Centre/Field Office and mission leadership and other actors (as required)
  • When required, perform Duty Officer duties to enable continuous monitoring and reporting coverage in the Mission
  • Perform any other duties as required by the Chief JOC


Professionalism – Ability to identify politically sensitive and operationally significant issues; ability to coordinate with various actors; ability to effectively conduct presentations by clearly summarizing and articulating operational issues, proposing options and concisely conveying information; 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; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social sciences, international relations, law, or related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political or international affairs, public information/journalism, military, police, security, civil affairs, humanitarian affairs, human rights, crisis operations and management, or related field is required.
  • Prior exposure to circumstances requiring crisis management expertise, particularly as applied in an Operations Room context, is required.
  • Experience working in the East African region is required.
  • Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
  • Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict situation is desirable.
  • Experience in drafting political documents and briefings for senior officials often under strict time constraints is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English (Oral and written) is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates.

Deadline: 25 December 2020

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