Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Central and Southern Africa Division of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPPO). The incumbent works under the general supervision of the Director and Deputy Director of the Central and Southern Africa Division, and the direct supervision of the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Team Leader for Central Africa.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Monitors political, peace and security events in assigned countries in the Central Africa region in order to provide early warning advice to senior UN officials; Assesses national and regional trends that might affect the political situation in the countries within his/her purview or in Central Africa; recommends solutions/possible action by the United Nations.
- Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and cross-cutting regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
- Drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
- Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high-profile matters of concern to the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs as well as the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies, including reports of the Secretary-General.
- Provides support to mediation, conflict prevention and good offices missions and initiatives led by senior UN officials to the countries assigned in the Central Africa region.
- Arranges and participates in technical, fact-finding, and assessment missions in assigned countries in Central Africa, as relevant.
- Organizes, supports, or participates in inter-agency meetings and crisis mechanisms relevant to the countries assigned in Central Africa.
- Provides advice and support to the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa, as well as Resident Coordinators and Peace and Development Advisors, for countries within his/her purview.
- Liaises with UN departments/agencies/funds/programmes, other international organizations and governments; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
- Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
- Carries out, in consultation with the Senior Political Affairs Officer, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the political and socioeconomic dynamics in the Central Africa region; 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 degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other 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 science, international relations, conflict prevention, conflict resolution or related area is required.
- Experience working on or in Central Africa is required.
- Experience advising and/or supporting senior officials is desirable.
- Experience providing support to a UN peace operation or a similar international peace operation is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in both English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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