Transition Coordinator – UN


Job Summary

  • Location : El Fasher, Sudan
  • Ending : 22 Feb 2020, Saturday
  • Posted : 10 Feb 2020, Monday

This position is located within the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operations in Darfur (UNAMID) in El Fasher. The post reports to the Director of Mission Support. Based on Security Council Mandates, UNAMID’s presence in Sudan is downsizing, while planning for transition to a United Nations follow on presence, and will likely cease Peacekeeping (Military and Police) Operations in 2020, thereafter entering into a liquidation period, during which all administrative and physical work to close out the Mission must be completed.


The focus of this role is to lead the planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting of downsizing and planning for transition to the United Nations follow on presence – coordinating extensively across all Mission components and United Nations Headquarters and within the context of Sudan’s laws and the Rules, Regulations, Policies, and systems of the United Nations. The position will supervise 2-3 direct staff, and the work will be achieved through guiding and coordinating the work of others. Within delegated authority, the Transition Coordinator will be responsible for the following duties, achieved through a staff of 2-3 direct reports and in coordination and collaboration with a range of stakeholders in and outside UNAMID: •Develop, update, and execute the drawdown and transition plans of the Mission in support of the Mandate’s related drawdown, closure, and follow on liquidation requirements •Oversee and supervise the development and implementation of related support plans, procedures, analyses, and reports •Identify priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify, document, and initiate follow-up actions •Address issues and bottlenecks through collaborative solutions to achieve the milestones and support the related activities of the drawdown/transition plan •Ensure that administrative and financial rules are adhered to and risks mitigated •Provide efficient and effective support to civilian, military, and police components of the mission •Ensure that the outputs produced maintain high-quality standards and are clear, based on objective data, and provided in accordance with reporting schedules and other requirements •Prepare periodic and ad hoc reports on drawdown and transition for UNAMID and UNHQ, in addition to other requests that arise (Member States, audit, etc.) •Support consultative and other meetings, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents/presentations, etc. •Promote and facilitate the flow of information between stakeholders •Serve as an effective spokesperson and establish collaboration and partnerships with key officials at relevant levels inside and outside the mission •Ensure effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; guides, evaluates and mentors’ staff •Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult 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. Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently. 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. 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

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Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Public/Business Administration, Supply Chain, or related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Project management certification is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible, relevant experience in UN peacekeeping support services with demonstrated expertise in drawdown/liquidation/closure as well as Project/program management experience coordinating the work of multiple functions/teams is required. Supervision, including indirect supervision, in multi-cultural environment is required. Knowledge of relevant UN Regulations, Rules, Policies, Procedures and systems (i.e. Umoja) is required. Supply chain/logistics/asset/property management experience is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official United Nations language is an advantage particularly Arabic.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 30/06/2020. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. • 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. • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station. • This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15. • 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.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation. • 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. United Nations Considerations

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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. 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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