Description of assignment title: Movement Control Assistant
Assignment country: Mali
Expected start date: 11/15/2022
Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: MINUSMA
Duration: 8 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Bamako
Mission and objectives
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in the country and to carry out a number of security-related tasks. The Mission has been asked to support the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilization of the country and implementation of the transitional roadmap, focusing on major population centers and lines of communication, protecting civilians, human rights monitoring, the creation of conditions for the provision of humanitarian assistance and the return of displaced persons, the extension of State authority and the preparation of free, inclusive and peaceful elections. (http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minusma).
- Monitored all activities related to the movement of cargo and personnel in the the Mission at all times;
- Provided assistance in the aspects of transportation, including goods requiring special handling safely and efficiently;
- Assisted in planning and coordinating the movement of Military/ Police Contingents successfully;
- Processed Special Flight Request for movement of passengers and cargo that cannot be accommodated on regularly scheduled flights correctly;
- Ensured safe, efficient, and economical movement support was provided to meet operational and administrative requirements of the Mission consistently;
Under the direct supervision of the Chief MovCon with the delegation of authority, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
- Plans and coordinates rotations, deployments, and repatriations of Military/Police
- Assist in planning and scheduling the movement of passengers and cargo from military and police units provided by Troops/Police Contributing Countries.
- Assists with determining the most efficient and cost-effective modes of transportation for passengers and cargo (including dangerous goods requiring special handling) within and/or outside a field mission;
- Coordinates required transportation activities with the Aviation, Transport and Riverine Units/Sections and/or commercial transportation service providers;
- Assists and evaluates projected passenger and cargo flows to estimate required resources;
- Develops air cargo load;
- Assures dangerous goods are transported in accordance with applicable international Dangerous Goods Regulations;
- Plans, organizes, coordinates, and prioritizes assigned tasks;
- Coordinates the Daily Flight Schedule with the Mission Air Operations Centre to meet cargo requirements as well as non-scheduled mission flights;
- Liaises with other UN units/sections, non-government and government organizations, and intergovernmental agencies on immigration and customs matters;
- Assists and analyzes projected passenger and cargo flows to estimate required resources;
- Processes Special Flight Requests for movement of passengers and cargo that cannot be accommodated on regularly scheduled flights;
- Ensures safe, efficient, and economic movement support is provided to meet operational and administrative requirements of the Mission;
- Receives customer requests through Movement of Personnel (MOP) and Cargo Movement Request (CMR) Forms for transportation of passengers and cargo (including dangerous goods requiring special handling) within and/or outside a field mission;
- Records statistical data on the movement of passengers and cargo (including dangerous goods requiring special handling) within and /or outside a field mission;
- Receives excess personal luggage and cargo (including dangerous goods requiring special handling) from customers;
- Prepares luggage and cargo for transportation (weighing, plastic wrapping, labelling, etc.) in accordance with the required destination;
- Coordinates the transportation arrangements to the embarkation facility;
- Coordinates the provision of passenger and cargo handling services (including dangerous goods requiring special handling) in support of a field mission and monitors that all activities are carried out in accordance with the UN rules, regulations, and applicable safety procedures;
- Compiles passenger and cargo manifest and communicates them to the aircrew, surface transport, and riverine personnel;
- Briefs passengers of schedules, routes timing, and safety requirements;
- Maintain the electronic databases in accordance with the established procedures and deadlines;
- Monitors that appropriate reference documents are current, readily available and accessible to all relevant personnel
- Perform other related duties as required;
- Assists in developing the long term plans and scheduling of the workload;
- Assists in developing Movement Contingency Plans (for example, mission evacuation plans);
- Prepares report on the suitability of routes, staging areas, ports, airfield, road, and rail transhipment points as and when required. Coordinate with other UN Agencies for movement-related matters and perform other duties as needed.
Age: 27 - 80
Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in of progressive experience in movement control, multi-modal transportation, airline operations, logistics management, or a related field. Microsoft Office, Excel Additional knowledge of the French language is desirable
Area(s) of expertise
Transport, Logistics and Inventory
Category B Required
English, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
Required education level
Competencies and values
- Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take owner-ship; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
- Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
- Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
- Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priori-ties and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
- Teamwork and respect for diversity: the ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious work-ng relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
Living conditions and remarks
Bamako is a non-family duty station with a difficult security and working environment. Mali is a non-family duty station. Living conditions are acceptable in Bamako, but security instructions need to be strictly complied with. Adequate housing is available for rent at US$ 500-1500 per month. The national currency is the Franc CFA (April 2020 exchange rate was 1 US$ = 545 FCFA). Visa credit cards are accepted in some hotels and larger shops. Mali is a country prone to malaria, so mosquito nets are highly recommended. Basic medicines are available from pharmacies, but provision needs to be made for specialized medication. Security recommendations from the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) must be followed by all UN Staff in the course of their assignments in Mali. For the sake of rewarding experience, UN volunteers in MINUSMA carry out their duties with flexibility, commitment, and a willingness to live and work in challenging conditions including heat and limited water and electricity supply. Gao is non-family duty station. Living conditions are acceptable, but security instructions need to be strictly complied with. The national currency is the Franc CFA (April 2020 exchange rate is 1 US$ = 545 FCFA). Visa credit cards are acceptable in some hotels and larges shops in Bamako. Mali is a country prone to malaria, so mosquito nets are highly recommended. Basic medicines are available from UN Medical Section or from pharmacies, but provision need to be made for specialized medication. Security recommendations from the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) must be followed by all UN Staff in the course of their assignments in Mali. Appropriate measures are in place to mitigate the current security risk for UN personnel in the country. All UN Volunteers, like all UN personnel, undergo a security briefing and the 3 days mandatory training “Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments” (SSAFE) upon arrival, where practical guidance and recommendations are provided regarding security threats in Mali. An additional security briefing is provided upon arrival to the final duty station. Like all UN personnel, UN Volunteers based in Gao are accommodated in UN premises. UN provided accommodation in Mali is compliant with wellbeing standards, i.e. female/male bathrooms. A welfare committee is also active in all duty stations to ensure enough access to welfare commodities, including food supplies. Emergency contacts (security, medical, staff counselling, UNV Office) are made available for all UN Volunteers upon arrival, and each individual is provided with a VHF radio and a call sign, which can be used at all time. For the sake of rewarding experience, UN Volunteers in MINUSMA carry out their duties with flexibility, commitment and a willingness to live and work in challenging conditions including heat and limited water and electricity supply.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy
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