Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the regional political-operational structure of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DDPA-DPO), Eastern Africa Division. The incumbent will report to the Team Leader of the Sudan Integrated Operational Team (Sudan IOT).
The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) serves as a center of excellence for peace operations, responsible for preventing, responding to and managing conflict and sustaining peace in countries where peace operations under its purview are deployed, and provides support to other entities on peace and security issues. The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) focuses primarily on five action areas in international peace and security, ensuring sound analysis and early warning, preventing conflict and engaging in peacemaking, managing political crises and violent conflicts, sustaining peace, and enhancing partnerships. The Department's mandate is to prevent and resolve conflict through inclusive political solutions.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Reviews and monitors activities in the country or region assigned; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues such as refugees and natural resources; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations.
- Analyses political and related events within assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice.
- Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high-profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
- Participates in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services required by the Security Council and to other committees and bodies related to its work.
- Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment.
- Arranges and participates in negotiations, peacekeeping operations and fact-finding missions.
- Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff, national officials as well as military and civilian police officers to plan projects and review project activities.
- Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
- Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
- Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
- Provides input for assessment of staff to be deployed to important posts in the field (e.g. Resident Coordinators).
- Carries out, in consultation with the Senior Political Affairs Officer, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
- Drafts strategies and plans for all phases of operations and participates in the activities of implementation.
- Contributes to the development of doctrine, lessons learned and knowledge management.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.
- 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.
- Planning & Organizing: 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.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or a related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in peacekeeping or relevant field may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
- Experience working on peace and security issues in non-uniformed capacity in the region of Africa is required.
- Experience in political analysis, advice and reporting is required.
- Experience working in or in support of a field-based peace operation in or on Africa is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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