CHIEF OF UNIT, TRANSPORT [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 20 February 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), duty station Bangui. The incumbent will report to the Chief Delivery and Return Section, Supply Chain Services.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief Transport Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Provide leadership, work direction, supervision and advice to the Central Maintenance & Repair Unit Staff, ensuring that Fleet and equipment Maintenance and Repair plans are executed in accordance with agreed KPI's.
•Develops and implements the Vehicle Establishment Program and manages it in accordance with the decisions of the Vehicle Establishment Committee (VEC) and current Department of Peace Operations and Department of Operational Support (DPO/DOS) policies and directives on the acquisition, receipt, distribution, maintenance, utilization and disposal of the surface transport fleet.
•Develops and implements the Mission Vehicle Acquisition Plan, the Mission Vehicle Maintenance Plan and the Mission Vehicle Recovery Plan in order to ensure that a field mission fleet is optimized to meet operational requirements.
•Ensure that Strategic Deployment Stocks (SDS) Vehicles and equipment are routinely maintained and ready for urgent deployment, particularly in startup mission situations.
•Technically manage the UNGSC inventories and assets in terms of useful life and impairment assessment as well as write off processes.
•Liaises with UN agencies, non-government and government organizations, intergovernmental agencies and suppliers for the provision of the surface transport support. Ensure Partner’s vehicles and equipment are maintained and repaired in accordance with the signed memorandum of Understanding/Service Level Agreement. MOU/SLA.
•Provide substantive reports and responses to budgets, acquisition plans and audit observations, controlling expenditure and ensuring that requirements are met with allocated funds.
•Develops and implements standard operating procedures for surface transport operations in a field mission.
•Manages the surface transport budget for a field mission surface transport operation ensuring that the relevant UN financial regulations and rules are adhered to in activities of the Transport Unit.
•Supervises the preparation of performance reports and responses to internal and external audit observations.
•Acts as a Certifying Officer for the surface transport budget with the overall responsibility for the efficient use and accurate accounting of all resources controlled and all expenditures made by the Transport Unit.
•Determines technical specifications for goods and services, reviews responses to bids and conducts technical evaluations to ensure that vendor's proposals meet technical requirements. Coordinates requisition process with purchasing authorities.
•Oversees contracts for the provision of goods and services and evaluates vendor's performance in coordination with the Contracts Management Unit/Section and/or the Procurement Section.
•Ensures that quality control procedures are implemented and that plans, and work processes comply with the established regulatory regime.
•Participates in various field mission administrative bodies such as the Local Committee on Contracts, the Vehicle Establishment Committee, the Tenders Committee, the Local Property Survey Board, the Advisory Committee on Traffic Safety and the Boards of Inquiry as appropriate.
•Preparing technical reports, statistics and other documents in relation to Maintenance and Repair Operations for SDS, UN Reserve, UNGSC (UNLB) inventory and for Facilities Management within UNGSC.
•Develops the Transport Unit Staffing Table and acts as the Line Manager to the Sub-Unit Managers. Manages the allocation and rotation of appropriate work assignments. Coordinates the individual annual Work Plans for Sub-Unit. Oversee performance evaluation, administration, recruitment, replacement and training of Unit staff.
•Managers and produces detailed performance assessments and evaluations for all staff as required. Supervises the personnel and evaluates staff Performance of the Transport Unit.
•Develops and implements the Transport Unit Training Plan; coordinates with UNHQ training courses, workshops and other related training activities.
•Ensures the compliance with the UN policies on the workplace safety and environment protection.
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:• Knowledge of maintenance, repair and transport policies, practices, procedures, and tools and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, analyze and formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations on complex transport resources policy and development 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; 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; 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

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.

Education

•Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) preferably in business administration, economics, logistics, transport management or mechanical engineering is required.
•A first level university degree with a relevant combination of education, professional training, certification in surface transport operations, and two (2) additional years of work experience in surface transportation related occupation, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
•Training in the planning, coordination and control of large vehicle fleet operations is required.
•A valid driver's license is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years with a master's degree or nine (9) of progressively responsible experience in motor vehicle transport operations,
movement control, multi-modal transportation, logistics management or a related field including, preferably,
three (3) years of experience in a UN entity and at least two (2) years in a supervisory position directly related
to the coordination of complex surface transport operations in the international environment is required.
Experience in quality management is desirable.
Knowledge of UN financial regulations and rules is desirable.
Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.For the position advertised, Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available. 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

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.

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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.

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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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