- Analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press; maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues related to South Sudan and the Horn of Africa as required.
- Assists senior official with briefing notes, background papers and talking points.
- Draft a variety of correspondence, and sections of reports.
- Monitors political, socio-economic, and other politically relevant developments in an assigned area relevant for South Sudan and the Horn of Africa as required.
- Provides input into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programmes.
- Creates databases that track project progress and provides other information relevant to assigned area.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. Ability to develop sources for data collection. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Political Science, Management or Development, or a related field. A first level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. No experience is required for candidates who have passed the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
- Experience working on peace and security and political issues pertaining to Africa is desirable.
- Experience in writing political and analytical reports is desirable.
- Experience on coordinating high-level events/meetings/workshops is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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