Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the West Africa and Sahel Integrated Operational Team (WASIOT) within the Africa II Division (ADII) in the Office of Operations (OO), Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). The Political Affairs Officer will serve under the direct supervision of the Team Leader of the West Africa and Sahel Integrated Operational Team.
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 that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. The Mission was asked to support the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilization of the country and implementation of the transitional roadmap.
By unanimously adopting resolution 2164 of 25 June 2014, the Council further decided that the Mission should focus on duties, such as ensuring security, stabilization and protection of civilians; supporting national political dialogue and reconciliation; and assisting the reestablishment of State authority, the rebuilding of the security sector, and the promotion and protection of human rights in that country. MINUSMA has also begun developing a support plan for the G5 Sahel Joint Force in line with resolution 2391 (2017).
For more information please visit: https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/mission/minusma
Within the delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Participate in the daily management of one or more peacekeeping operations, focusing primarily on United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
• Monitor closely the peace process and maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues of peace and security in the assigned country/region, including as they affect the peacekeeping operation(s).
• Provide early warning of potential trouble spots.
• Monitor and analyse developments in the peacekeeping operation(s) and related countries and region of concern, including relations between the parties, contributors, governments, and regional organisations, including by maintaining close and regular contacts with the peacekeeping mission(s), reviewing situation reports, cables, correspondence, media, etc., with a view to providing timely and relevant analytical and strategic forward looking assessment and recommendations to senior management; identify and respond to changes, problems and incidents; ensure consultation and input from the parties involved; and prepare timely responses to issues and questions raised in the field, as well as monitor and follow-up on outstanding issues.
• Formulate recommendations for integrated strategic guidance to the peacekeeping operation(s) for the implementation of its/their mandate.
• Draft a wide range of documents, in particular reports of the Secretary-General, briefing notes to the Security Council and other correspondence with the Security Council, its Sanctions Committee, and other relevant bodies; prepare analytical notes, talking points, speeches and briefing notes for meetings of senior UN officials and policy papers; and draft responses to comments, statements, and queries of concerned stakeholders as well as interested Member States, in particular members of the Security Council, troop and police contributing countries, and regional organisations, etc. ensuring input of and consultations with relevant stakeholders in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the wider Secretariat and United Nations agencies.
• Build and maintain liaison through informal and formal contacts with a wide-range of actors within the Department, wider Secretariat offices and UN agencies as well as the parties to the conflict, members of the Security Council, other relevant Member States, troop and police contributing countries, regional organizations and others.
• Maintain effective working relationships and consultation with appropriate counterparts in other divisions of DPKO, other Departments of the UN Secretariat and UN Agencies, regional organisation, NGOs, academia, and media, as appropriate, with a view to coordinating support to the peacekeeping operation (s), including by integrating different aspects related to the mission (s).
• Coordinate the substantive results-based budgeting process for the preparation of annual budget documents and performance reports of the peacekeeping operation(s) and provide relevant briefing to legislative bodies, as required.
• Contribute to the development of doctrine, lessons learned and knowledge management for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and to advise on operational mechanisms and models to achieve departmental goals.
• Participate in activities to implement operations, devise guidelines, terms of reference and concepts of operations, ensure input from participants and integrate different aspects (e.g., security, administrative and legal), and coordinate implementation. Advise on operational mechanisms and models to achieve Departmental goals.
• Participate in fact finding, planning and other missions to countries or operations within assigned area of responsibility and draft reports thereon.
• Perform other related duties as required, including backstopping of other operations managed by the Division.
Knowledge of issues related to West Africa and the Sahel. Knowledge of the work of the United Nations, and of the functions, priorities and policies of peacekeeping and its activities at both Headquarters and in the field; ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area; 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.
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.
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 degree) in political science, international relations, international law, diplomacy or other relevant field is required. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and 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 science, political analysis, international relations or crisis management, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution, diplomacy or related area at national and/or international levels is required. A minimum of one year experience in a peacekeeping operation or other relevant field operation in a civilian (non uniformed) capacity is desired. Experience in a relevant field operation in Africa is desired. Experience in preparing official correspondence/reports for an international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the Secretariat. For this post, fluency in both oral and written English and French is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Estimated start date: As soon as possible
Duration of need: Through 28 February 2019
• 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.
• 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 United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English
• 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.
• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
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.
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