Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in Bangui. Bangui is classified as a "D" hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. Reporting to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), the Head of Office, Political Affairs coordinates the work of, and provides guidance to, the Political Affairs Division (PAD).
Within delegated authority, the Head of Office, Political Affairs will be responsible for the following functions:
- Guide the Mission's strategic engagement with the local government, bilateral partners and civil society actors relevant to political affairs matters by liaising and forging effective professional relationships with government officials, political actors, leaders of civil society and international and national professionals, and serving as an interlocutor for the international community, including regional and sub-regional actors and organizations, member states, the diplomatic community, major donors and the wider UN system;
- Establish the overall strategic vision, policies and leadership for the Mission's efforts to support any ongoing political and peace negotiation or processes and advocate and represent mission views authoritatively and ensure that support to these processes proceeds in a coordinated and integrated manner.
- Oversees the establishment, coordination of and support to other duty stations, ensuring the implementation of a well-articulated policy for the reporting and management of substantive staff within other duty stations and regular meetings between heads of these offices and Mission Headquarters.
- Lead the Mission's political affairs efforts towards future reconciliation and transition planning and capacity building of national authorities; supports the resolution of conflicting demands.
- Oversees the on-going developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission's mandate.
- Assess implications and offer recommendations to the Mission leadership on strategies, policies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated and assigned objectives.
- Review inputs and reports to ensure synergy and complementarity in the implementation of the Mission's mandate while ensuring high quality reporting to the Mission leadership on developments and issues pertaining to the mandate.
- Build collaborative relationships with the authorities, signatories' movement, political and international partners on coordination and policy matters.
- Lead and oversee the activities of the office by setting priorities within the Mission and with external stakeholders.
- In collaboration with other components of the mission, continue the Mission's efforts to achieve improved donor coordination, including through established frameworks.
- Advise the SRSG on critical aspects of the mission implementation plan, the political environment and political strategy.
- Strengthen the implementation of the programme of work and together with mission leadership, determine priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mandate.
- Engage with experienced UNCT members to make use of their local knowledge and contacts, including with women's organizations.
- Provide managerial and administrative tasks, including preparation of budgets, assignment and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget, preparation of inputs for the results-based budgeting process (RBB).
- Provide strategic guidance to the Principals and participate in their evaluation.
- Professionalism: Demonstrated in-depth understanding of political processes; Substantial and diverse experience in all facets of the job; Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment; In-depth understanding of and an ability to evaluate international political situations; Excellent drafting and presentation skills; 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.
- Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
- 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.
- Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
- 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 impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the 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 (Masters or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law 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 15 years with a master's degree or 17 years with a bachelor's degree of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, international relations, conflict resolution or a related field is required.
- Excellent and proven managerial skills are required.
- Extensive experience in political outreach, analysis, reporting and negotiation in an international setting is required.
- Experience managing a large team or office is required.
- Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) -or similar international organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is highly desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in oral and written English and French is required.
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