Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Mine Action Programme of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The position is based in Tripoli, Libya (Tripoli is classified as a Hardship "E" duty station and a non-family duty station). The incumbent will serve as the Chief of the Mine Action Programme and will be under the supervision of the ASG Mission Coordinator.
On 30 September 2021, the Security Council renewed the mandate of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 31 January 2022, through resolution 2599 (2021). The Security Council has tasked UNSMIL, as an integrated special political Mission, in full accordance with the principles of national ownership, to exercise mediation and through its good offices to: (i) further an inclusive political process and security and economic dialogue; (ii) further the continued implementation of the Libya Political Agreement; (iii) help consolidate the governance, security and economic arrangements of the Government of National Accord, including support for economic reform in collaboration with international financial institutions; (iv) help to achieve a ceasefire and, once it is agreed by the Libyan parties, provide appropriate support to its implementation; (v) support subsequent phases of the Libyan transition process, including the constitutional process and the organization of elections; (vi) coordinate and engage closely with international actors including neighboring countries and regional organizations; (vii) provide support to key Libyan institutions; (viii) support, on request, the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with humanitarian principles; (ix) monitor and report abuses and violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including sexual violence in conflict, notably through the effective deployment of women and child protection advisers; (x) provide support in securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (xi) co-ordinate international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to Government-led efforts to stabilize post-conflict zones, including those liberated from Da’esh. The Security Council, through resolution 2570 (2021), tasked UNSMIL to provide support to the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned ceasefire monitoring mechanism including through the facilitation of confidence-building measures and the scalable and incremental deployment of UNSMIL ceasefire monitors.
Within delegated authority, the Chief of the Mine Action Programme will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
• Provides guidance to the Mission leadership and Deputy Director of UNMAS, on conceptual and operational strategy development of the Mine Action programme.
• Leads, develops and maintains a Mine Action programme strategy and a work plan as well as a resource mobilization strategy; periodically reviews the programme design to ensure that structure and budget are fit for purpose and delivers value for money; leads strategic planning and conducts oversight of delivery of activities undertaken by the Mine Action programme, ensuring that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and in liaison and coordination with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.
• Serves as a key interlocutor with Government authorities on Mine Action matters and leads engagement with donors.
• Reviews and approves all Statements of Requirement for projects funded by UNMAS to ensure that they are in line with requirements and expectations.
• Provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to the intergovernmental bodies such as the Security Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
• Contributes to the reporting to donors and intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate.
• In line with agreed oversight mechanisms, ensures that the outputs produced by the Mine Action programme maintain required technical, safety and quality standards; promotes gender mainstreaming and innovation; ensures that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data.
• Prepares and develops inputs for the work programme of the Mine Action Programme, determining priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery. Considers the social, economic, political and security context of the external operating environment and responds to potential and/or unexpected risk for programme delivery.
• Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Mine Action programme, including programmatic and substantive reviews of draft reports and documents related to budget and funding prepared by programme personnel, monitoring of budget and cash flows, monitoring of performance of the Mine Action programme and the performance of the implementing partners in line with agreed parameters and critical indicators in the work plan and budget, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting and evaluation of staff performance (PAS).
• Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Programme and across organizational boundaries and provides technical advice and guidance to other UN entities and partners when requested.
• Represents UNMAS at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues.
• Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on Mine Action issues.
• Performs other related duties, as assigned.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and exposure to strategic and operational mine action issues. Understanding of the Libya context. Understanding of UN institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to the application of humanitarian principles to operational programmes. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
• JUDGEMENT/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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in business or public administration, management, international relations, law or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in administration, budget, programme management or related field is required.
A minimum of seven years of experience in the management of large programmes and/or projects in the areas of mine action, DDR, SSR, humanitarian response or development with a minimum of two years managerial experience in a mine action field programme is required.
A minimum of five years of experience in a managerial role in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
A minimum of two years of direct experience in engaging with senior government officials in a complex humanitarian or peacekeeping setting is desirable.
Experience in resource mobilization is desirable.
A comprehensive understanding of relevant international standards such as International Mine Action Standards, International Ammunition Technical Guidelines and the Modular Small-Arms Control Implementation Compendium (MOSAIC) is desirable.
English and French are the official working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required and knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
• Initial appointment against this post is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension. The position is not available before 15 March 2022.
• 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 United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
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