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9 Dec 2020

Mission Planning Officer

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba, Office of Chief of Staff, Strategic Planning Unit. Juba is classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station. The Mission Planning Officer will report to the Senior Mission Planning Officer.


Within delegated authority, and under the guidance of the Senior Mission Planning Officer, the P-4 Mission Planning Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Conducts analysis, formulates recommendations and drafts segments of documents in order to assist UN senior management to develop, implement, and monitor strategies to maximise the individual and collective impact of the UN’s response in the country of deployment, concentrating on mandated tasks and activities required to promote and consolidate peace, through a strategic partnership between the Mission and the UN country team.
  • Supports the revision of the Mission Concept, which, building on the vision of the SRSG, translates the mission mandated tasks into a form that fuses objectives and expected outcomes into a coherent whole, serving as an authoritative guide for the development and implementation of Mission component plans as needed.
  • Provides advice to Mission components in development of component-level plans to ensure coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction and relevant plans and policies developed for UNMISS.
  • Provides advice to senior management and programme managers on strategic and operational planning policy, procedures and best practices, particularly the UN Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP); provides recommendations on design of specific planning tools and mechanisms, in line with policy and best practice, to meet the needs of the Mission and partners.
  • As directed by the Mission leadership, designs and facilitates development of other strategies and plans required for implementation of the Mission’s mandate.
  • With all relevant stakeholders, facilitates the development and implementation of a UN Integrated Strategic Framework for peace consolidation in the country, including a system for monitoring and evaluation of progress, by conducting conflict analysis and making suggestions on priorities and roles for the United Nations.
  • Through influence and consensus building, facilitates joint and integrated planning between Mission components and development and humanitarian partners in accordance with the IAP guidelines and senior management guidance.
  • Identifies and analyses potential issues for a common UN approach through policy, advocacy and/or programming efforts.
  • Develops and maintains productive partnerships with mission components, UNCT members, bilateral and multilateral partners and relevant government counterparts.
  • Requests, analyses and drafts inputs to the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and prepares inputs as required for audits, budget monitoring and performance reporting.
  • Provides in input to and supports the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management, Resource Stewardship Management Boards, Self-evaluations, Senior Management Compacts, Programme Criticality and Transition Planning.
  • Provides substantive and practical support to other planning activities, working groups, meetings and events.
  • In conjunction with partners, supports the development, implementation and monitoring frameworks of progress in peacebuilding in the country as well as performance of the Mission, including through the implementation of the Comprehensive Performance Assessment System (CPAS).
  • Prepares background notes, options papers, code cables and input for reports of the Secretary-General as well as briefing notes and analytical papers for Senior Leadership.
  • Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and team. Strong inter-personal skills, including the demonstrated ability to coordinate and facilitate challenging multi-stakeholder processes. Good knowledge of institutional mandates and policies of the institutions of the UN system, peacekeeping in particular. Knowledge on strategy design, management and monitoring, particularly on UN integrated assessment and planning processes. 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.

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.

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) social sciences, political science, international relations, economics, development studies, or a 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. Professional training in the areas of planning, conflict resolution, facilitation and/or coordination is an advantage.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience, including in political affairs, humanitarian affairs, economic and social development, strategic or operational planning, programme management, policy development at a strategic level and monitoring and evaluation, is required.
  • Experience in facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder planning processes, in emergency, conflict or post-conflict settings is required.
  • Field experience including at least one year of experience working in one of the above fields in a United Nations field operation, or similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting, is required.
  • Experience in implementing relevant policies, procedures, methodologies and tools, including the Integrated Assessment and Planning policy, country or conflict analysis, results-based budgeting frameworks, risk management, or monitoring and evaluation is desirable.
  • Experience working directly on UN field operation strategic planning processes is desirable.


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


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.

The UNMISS is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 05 January 2021

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