Head of Office, Political Affairs, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)

United Nations Mission in Colombia
  • Location
    Other cities, Colorado
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Jul-30-2017
  • Posted
    Jul 24

Position description

Special Notice

Recruitment for these positions is subject to funding and Mission Mandate approval.

•A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

•Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

•Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

•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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

•The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

•Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

•For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

•The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

Additional Notice:

Please be advised that the Zika virus is currently present in the Colombia mission area. Consequently, if you are considering employment within the Mision de Naciones Unidas en Colombia, you may wish to refer to the World Health Organization (WHO) website which provides comprehensive information about the Zika virus. This Zika information page is updated regularly with resources, a list of affected areas, and other timely information.

You may access the WHO zika page at http://www.who.int/features/qa/zika/en/. WHO's weekly Zika situation report may be accessed at http://www.who.int/emergencies/zika-virus/situation-report/en/.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Mission in Colombia. The Head of the Regional Office reports to the Chief of the Substantive Support and Coordination Office in Bogotá, which falls under the Deputy Special-Representative of the Secretary-General. The Head of Regional Office is the Mission's most senior representative in his/her geographical area of responsibility and assumes overall responsibility for administering the Regional Office as well as for managing teams at the local level under the authority of the Regional Office, in line with the mandate and strategic guidance provided by Mission headquarters. The Head of Office represents the Mission and is responsible for engaging all relevant governmental and non-governmental actors, as well as the UN system, in the department(s) covered, regarding the Mission´s mandate and activities.

Responsibilities

In line with the Mission´s mandate and strategic guidance provided by Mission headquarters, as well as applicable principles, rules and regulation, and within limits of delegated authority, the Head of Regional Office is responsible for the effective running of the Regional Office and for, but not limited to, the following duties: 

Management: Work with the international observer component, as appropriate, to ensure that the Regional Office functions in a coordinated, coherent and effective manner across all areas of activity and responsibility; Formulate a work plan for the Regional Office and the field teams (local level) falling under the responsibility of the regional office; Serve as first or second reporting officer to civilian staff in the Regional Office and at the local level; Provide strategic direction and guidance to the substantive activities of the Mission within the Regional Office´s area of responsibility; Ensure the operational functioning of the Regional Office and support the operational functioning field teams, as appropriate, in collaboration with national and regional Mission Support personnel; Analysis, Advice and Reporting: Identify, analyze and monitor regional/ local developments and emerging issues with respect to the Mission´s mandate, in coordination with the international observer component where appropriate; assess implications and make recommendations to Mission leadership and partners on possible strategies, policies and action to be taken to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives and UN principles and values; monitor, and report on outcomes; Ensure regular, timely and high quality reporting to Mission leadership on pertinent developments and issues related to the mandate; Manage the preparation of summary and analytical reports, including situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file and code cables; Oversee the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes and profiles; ensure an effective system of information management designed to guarantee accessibility and utility of information. Planning, Coordination and Facilitation: Develop and maintain productive relationships with departmental and municipal authorities, political and community leaders, civil society representatives, the UN system and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters; Develop and lead outreach strategies, in collaboration with public information staff, targeting the local population in order to build and maintain trust, manage expectations, consolidate relationships and the public opinion regarding the peace process and the Mission´s work, create/expand political space, foster dialogue and develop an understanding of local perceptions and views on relevant issues, challenges and possible solutions thereto; ensure that perceptions are factored into the Mission's own activities and contribution to policy-making and planning processes; Consult and collaborate with institutional partners to increase understanding of issues and develop strategies and plans of action to address challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; Provide good offices on behalf of the SRSG, as appropriate. Support and/or facilitate visits to the area of responsibility by Mission delegations and/or external partners.

Competencies

Professionalism - 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. 

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.

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 staff when they make mistakes; 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 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

An Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, or a related field is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in political, civil or humanitarian affairs, human rights, programme management, or a related field is required. A proven track record of leadership in multi-cultural settings, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams, is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) -or similar international organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Extensive experience in outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience in working with civil society organizations as well as national and international security forces (police and military), and exposure to change management processes are highly desirable. Experience working in Latin America is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in Spanish and English (both oral and written) is required.

Assessment

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). 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 inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Application instructions

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