Political Affairs Officer (Head of Office), P4

UN Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Location
    Uvira, Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Mar-11-2019
  • Posted
    Feb 27

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This Political Affairs position is located in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) in Uvira and will report to the Head of Office for Bukavu who oversees the Uvira sub-office.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Head of Office of the Uvira sub-office will be responsible for the following duties:

Management/Administration

  • Formulate a comprehensive programme of work for the Field Office, determining priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mandate, and Head of Mission’s strategic guidance and which promote coherence and integration across the substantive units.
  • Lead, direct and coordinate, in consultation with substantive components at Mission HQ, the activities of the local substantive teams in coordination with the military and police components
  • If delegated with the authority, act as Area Security Coordinator, responsible for implementing the UN security management framework, designed to ensure the protection of all UN staff and assets.- Support planning and budgetary processes for the field office.
  • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; assist with the selection of new staff.

Political Analysis and Advice

  • Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in the Area of Operations (AoR), according to the assigned portfolio and/or applicable mandate.
  • Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.

Reporting and Information Management

  • Prepare summary 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 of relevance to the assigned portfolio; Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility.

Planning, Coordination and Facilitation

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UN Common System 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.
  • Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation.
  • 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; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
  • Perform other relevant duties as required.

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.

Planning & organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

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.

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

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, civil affairs, electoral affairs, diplomacy, mediation and facilitation, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience in managing a multi-cultural team in a field setting is required. At least two years experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working in a UN Peacekeeping Operation or Special Political Mission is desirable. Experience in leading or managing a team is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in oral and written English is required. A working knowledge of French is required; fluency in French is highly desirable.

Application instructions

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