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.
Within delegated authority, the Head of Office of the Uvira sub-office will be responsible for the following duties:
Political Analysis and Advice
Reporting and Information Management
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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