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United Nations Support Mission in Libya (Chief of Unit-Technical Services)

Posting Title: Chief of Unit, Technical Services (Temporary Job opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Chief of Unit, Technical Services
Department/Office: United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Duty Station: TUNIS
Posting Period: 09 August 2017 - 15 August 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Logistics and Supply Chain-UNSMIL-83970-J-Tunis (M)

 

A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Mission Support Division of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) located in Tunis. The Chief of Unit, technical Services reports to the Chief of Mission Support. Tunis is classified as an "A" hardship duty station and a family duty station. Nonetheless, the incumbent should be ready to move to Tripoli (Libya), should the Mission’s relocation exercise to Tripoli be completed during his / her assignment. 

This position is vacant due to the temporary assignment of the regular incumbent to another office/organization. The position is available until August 2018. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

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.

Responsibilities

The CTS is responsible for the management of the technical and logistics support services budget and provides overall planning, guidance and coordination in the delivery of technical, logistic and operational services and provides specialist advice on technical and logistic matters to the Mission. In particular, the CTS shall assume the following responsibilities and accountability:
– Exercises managerial and supervisory control over all technical and logistic support required by current and future operations, and the accountable stewardship of the funds budgeted for that purpose. 
– Maintains a close, cooperative relationship between Mission Support, UN Country Team members and Security Services, consulting and advising on technical and logistic matters.
– Reviews mission and Country Team requirements for secure living and working accommodation, and proposes construction or renovation projects as appropriate, in consultation with all stakeholders. 
– Develops, prepares, coordinates and monitors overall technical and logistic support plans for all locations in the mission area, including forecasting, supply schedules and prioritizes requirements, and resolution of urgent operational needs.
– Reports on all matters and monitor overall logistic support plans including logistics forecasting; supply schedules priorities or requirements; financial and budgetary issues and resolution of urgent operational needs. Chairs or serves as a member of field mission administrative and financial bodies 
-Provide supervision and oversight of the activities in the areas of Receipt and Inspection, Property Control and Inventory, Claims and Property Survey, Asset Disposal ensuring that administrative and financial rules in the realms of Property Management are carried out. Incumbent should also ensure that the periodic reports produced maintain high-quality standards, are clear, objective and based on objective data to ensure compliance with UN standards and goals.
- Manage issues pertaining to disposition of the Local Property Survey Board (LPSB) and/or the Headquarters Property Survey Board (HPSB) as well as liaising with National relevant authorities to discuss problems regarding disposal/destruction of materials, issues of environmental concern with regards to national policies, compliance with national laws regarding exportation of scrap in case of international contractors involvement and others such as tasks pertaining to asset disposal.
- Develop plans and strategies pertaining to mission stocks within the realms of United Nations’ Owned Equipment. This will involve periodic analysis in order to create savings in the logistics plans of the Mission in all areas of asset management. Provide expert advice on strategy on aspects of liquidation of United Nations Owned Equipment.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM – Excellent negotiating skills; proven leadership skills; discretion and sound judgment in applying technical and logistic expertise and management experience to resolve complex and/or sensitive issues; 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; 

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 improvement, 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.

PLANNING AND 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Engineering, Logistics Management or related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least 7 years progressively responsible experience in managing diverse technical and logistics operations in military, commercial or international organizations is required. Experience in supervising major multi-disciplinary projects, resource planning, budget monitoring and analysis of implementation in the management of financial resources and property and knowledge of internal control systems is required. A minimum of two (2) years supervisory experience in technical/logistic field in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization or non-governmental organization is highly desirable. A minimum of one (1) year experience in international emergency operations is desirable. Experience in international operations in a conflict or post conflict environment is desirable.

Languages

French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in spoken and written English is required; knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an informal interview.

 

United Nations Considerations

Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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” on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

 

 

 

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