UN Police Planning Officer (Programme Officer ), P4

UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 25

Position description

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

Applicants from troop- and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Police Adviser of the Police Division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The UN Police Planning Officer (Programme Officer) will report to the Police Adviser.

The incumbent of the post will accelerate planning for MINUSCA Police Component and ensure close coordination with other components of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, the Office of Military Affairs, other United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes (including the United Nations Development Programme and other United Nations entities of the Global Focal Point for Police, Justice and Corrections arrangement), the African and European Union, ECCAS and other REC/REMs as required, bilateral actors and the Member States.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for:

• Support the MINUSCA police component in: (i) advising CAR authorities in the (re)establishment of its policing programmes; (ii) assisting in development plan related to deployment and rotation of the policing elements of the MINUSCA; (iii) planning for the implementation of local projects and programmes for support to CAR police and gendarmerie, including on NY-based discussions on Global Focal Point issues and donor coordination related to infrastructure and logistics support to CAR police and gendarmerie; (iv) advising CAR authorities on the stabilization of the security situation by advising on police issues; (v) advising on development and implementation of a police and gendarmerie reform; (vi) coordinating at UNHQ with appropriate United Nations entities and other international actors on technical and thematic matters; (vii) advising on MINUSCA police plans related to the mandate implementation, including the operationalization of policing elements related to the Urgent Temporary Measures; (viii) supporting CAR police and other law enforcement agencies in countering illicit proliferation of all arms and related materials; and (ix) undertaking strategic level analysis in the development of strategies to counter organized crime.
• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with Member States, by planning facilitating workshops, including the United Nations Police contribution to the 2017 African and European Chiefs of Police Summits, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan to raise awareness for support of peace operations. 
• Organizes, researches and prepares diverse written outputs, e.g. draft background papers and remarks, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications related to strategic planning, generation, deployment, rotation and operational support requirements for the Central African Republic and other contexts.
• Coordinate the Police Division’s assistance across its three NY-based sections, police and OROLSI liaison officers in the IOTs, and SPC colleagues both in Brindisi and CAR. By serving this function, the incumbent will reduce duplicative requests to the Mission and ensure all police-related guidance and support is coherent across the Division, as well as OROLSI as a whole.
• Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies, including a research study on the evaluation of UN policing.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding, including the preparation, submission and drafting of reports for MINUSCA Police programmes and prepares related documents /reports of the Police Division work programme and budget.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources, including police requirements and Member States capacities for the Central African Republic and other contexts, for capability requirements papers for United Nations Peacekeeping, the annual briefings to the Security Council and Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations
• Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions. 
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings on the Central African Republic, conferences and UN legislative bodies to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches to international policing and peacekeeping. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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. 

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in police science, law, business administration, management, international relations, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Graduation from a certified Police Academy or other national or international law enforcement training institution is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience in monitoring and evaluating programmes related to police operations is desirable. Experience with police policy development for UN peacekeeping missions or comparable setting is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required and knowledge of French is desirable.


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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

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 At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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