Job Opening

Vacancy NoUNITAMS-JO-El Fasher-2022-76
Department/OfficeUnited Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan
Duty StationKHARTOUM
Posting Period15 March 2022 – 28 March 2022
Job Opening Number22-Political Affairs-UNITAMS-176170-F-Khartoum (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2579 (2021) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

Based in Khartoum, the Mission Planning Officer will report to the Senior Mission Planning Officer in the Office of the Chief of Staff.


Within delegated authority, the Mission Planning Officer will:

• Support the Senior Mission Planning Officer in the provision of advice to Mission leadership on strategic planning issues, including engaging with the host Government, UN partners and external actors in respect of multi-dimensional planning processes;
• Support the Senior Mission Planning Officer as required in joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNCT members and other relevant partners, in accordance with latest policy on Integrated Assessments and Planning, and senior management guidance.
• Make suggestions and drafting inputs for review and approval by the Senior Mission Planning Officer, including assisting in the review of the Mission Concept, preparation of an annual Mission workplan and ensuring these are reflected in component and pillar plans.
• As tasked by the Senior Mission Planning Officer, contributes to monitoring use of Mission resources including staffing, operational budget and programmatic funds, and advises senior management to help ensure that resources are used to support implementation of component plans, mission priorities and the Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF);
• Contributes to interface with the host Government on Mission planning issues including progress against Security Council benchmarks, transition strategy, nationalization of functions, etc;
• Under the guidance of the Senior Planning Officer, compiles and maintains required risk management arrangements including the mission risk register, and monitors the Mission’s compliance with Headquarters’ policies in respect of organizational resilience (ORMS);
• Provide analytical and forward-planning products to leadership by carrying out research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities, including collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data from surveys, data collection tools and other information gathered from diverse sources;
• Support coordination of Mission-level support to the Headquarters-based Integrated Task Force or equivalent body and supports Technical Assessment Missions, Strategic Assessment Mission and Strategic Reviews
• Serves as a focal point for data initiatives to improve monitoring and evaluation of Mission mandate implementation as well as proposes and contributes to relevant approaches with a view to advancing the SG’s data strategy;
• Compile and analyse data, contribute to preparation of the Mission Results-Based Budget (RBB) framework and performance reports, and of inputs as required for audits, evaluations, risk management, budget monitoring and performance reporting with a particular focus on programmatic activities;
• Provide background information and drafts documents for review approval by the Senior Mission Planning Officer in order to support Mission components in development of component-level plans, including to ensure coherence with the Mission’s overall strategic direction and planning tools, and to support joint and integrated planning between Mission components, UNCT members and other relevant partners in accordance with the IAP guidelines and senior management guidance; and
• Performs other duties as required.


Good knowledge of institutional mandates and policies of the UN system, with respect to integrated planning, monitoring/evaluation, and risk management; demonstrated ability to coordinate or integrate inputs of diverse contributors into joint strategic and operational plans; Able to collect, organize and structure data to inform decision-making; 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.

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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in political science, international relations, development studies, management or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation and/or coordination would be an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience is required, which must include substantive experience with programme management and/or strategic planning processes in peace consolidation settings.

Experience supporting senior managers with designing or implementing data-driven decision-making is required.

Practical experience of using monitoring and evaluation tools is required.

At least one (1) year of experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is required.

Experience living and working in a post-conflict setting is desirable.

Knowledge of relevant UN policies, procedures and operations in the areas of integrated planning and risk management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


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. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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