Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Nyala. The Political Affairs Officer will report to the Head of Office, Sector South.
Political Analysis and Advice
- Identify, analyze and monitor trends and emerging issues related to mission mandate in the AoR - Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other interventions at the sector level.
Reporting and Information Management
- Prepare, in coordination with Joint Operations Center (JOC) and other mission components integrated and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies.
- Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases and spreadsheets of relevance
- Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility.
- Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the policy and strategic documents on priority areas of mission mandate, Support the communications, planning and reporting processes.
Planning, Coordination, Facilitation and project development and management;
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UNAMID and UN Country Team colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy and coordination matters.
- Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for senior UN officials; participate in fact-finding –and other- missions;
Support development, monitoring and implementation of stabilization projects in collaboration with the relevant components and other stakeholders;
- Contribute to the formulation and implementation of integrated work plan for the office;
- Support planning and budgetary processes of the Mission.
- Supervise the national staff, including work plans and performance management.
- Perform other relevant duties as required.
Professionalism – Possesses excellent English drafting, analytical and writting skills; Is able to analyze information and synthesize it into concise reports, briefing notes and other documents; 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international affairs, strategic planning, or related field is required. Experience in political analysis, coordination, report writing, strategic planning, monitoring and implementation is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation, in an integrated settings, (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 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.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.
This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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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