UN Coordination Advisor / Deputy Head of Office, Kabul

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
Closing date: 23 Nov 2008
Location: Afghanistan - Kabul

Summary of Key Functions:

- Deputy Head of the Resident Coordinator?s Office
- Development planning, coordination and reporting
- Advocacy, and internal and external communication
- Resource management
- Information management and common services

1. Deputy Head of the Resident Coordinator?s Office
- Support the Head of the RCO in coordinating all activities emanating from the RC Office, including priority-setting, supervision, and ensuring follow up and feedback.
- Ensure close cooperation and coordination between the work of the RC Office and other units of UNAMA, in particular the Spokesperson?s Unit, the Analysis and Planning Unit, the ANDS Support Unit, the Donor Coordination Unit, and the Field Support Coordination Unit.
- Represent the RCO in gatherings and events, as requested.

2. Development planning, coordination and reporting
- Support the Head of the RCO in leading the UNDAF process, guiding working groups in coordinating joint initiatives, facilitating information management, ensuring timely reporting to the UNCT and headquarters, and enhancing joint M & E.
- Liaise with DOCO, e.g. on HQ support to the UNDAF process in Afghanistan. Liaise with regional peer support and readers groups.
- Coordinate the preparation of the RC Annual Report, ensuring the participation of all agencies in the process, particularly in the preparation of the annual work plan. The same task is expected for all questionnaires, reports and important correspondence required from the RCO, especially communications to the Regional Directors Team and Headquarters.

3. Advocacy, and internal and external communication
- Work with the UNAMA Spokesperson?s Unit and agency communications focal points to develop and implement a coherent and effective communication policy to improve the understanding of the UN?s role in Afghanistan.
- Ensure top quality internal and external communications, in terms of timeliness, language standards and strategic focus.

4. Resource management
- Support the HoO in the management of human resources, including developing terms of reference, recruitment, supervision, and on the job training / learning.
- Co-manage the allocation of funds under the RC budget from the UN Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) and other sources; monitor and control the usage of these funds, review transactions and prepare expenditure reports.

5. Information management and common services
- With the HoO, strengthen the RCO?s information management structure and services to improve the availability and utilisation of up-to-date, quality information and data.
- Facilitate improvements of common services, in coordination with the OMT and partners in UNAMA and the agencies.

Impact of Results:

The key results have an impact on the UN?s overall coordination activities and their effectiveness at the country level. This helps reinforce the UN System?s support to GoA objectives, as expressed in the ANDS and UNAMA?s mandate.

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN?s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without undue favouritism.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning
Promotes knowledge management in the UN and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness
Solid Knowledge and relevant experiences in coordination and related fields;
Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
Ability to lead formulation and monitoring;
Solid knowledge in financial resources and human resources management, information and communication technology, general administration;
Ability to lead and effect staff behavioural/ attitudinal change.
Management and Leadership
Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
Proven networking, team-building, organisational and communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience
Master?s Degree preferably in development or a related field.

Minimum of 7 years relevant experience preferably with the UN and multilaterals,
Professional experience in management including but not limited to development, strengthening of organisations and systems including minimum three years of experience in transitional / developing countries;
Excellent knowledge of post conflict and recovery issues, and of the UN system and its procedures;
Relevant experience in information management, and external communications especially in transition environments.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to operate effectively across organisational boundaries.

Language Requirements:
Excellent command of English is a must. Knowledge of a local language and at least one other UN language would be useful.
How to apply
Interested candidates will need to go through the rather tedious online application: P4: http://myun.un.org/Galaxy/Release3/VacancyFM/VA_Display.aspx? lang=1200&VACID=7ad0ab9c-f5e3-4e2c-9e31-ec2020f127c7 P3: http://myun.un.org/Galaxy/Release3/VacancyFM/VA_Display.aspx? lang=1200&VACID=65876d00-8cea-4871-a585-e4ddfa822aae It's very important that candidates send the confirmation message following the completed application to chudoba@un.org and falher@un.org.
Reference Code: RW_7KZGD6-30
Source: Reliefweb

Tags: Common Services; Communication Policy; Communication Technology; Conflict Resolution; Dari; Developing Countries; Development Planning; ERP; Effectiveness; Financial Resources; Human Resources Management; Human Resources; Information Management; Knowledge Management; Working Groups