Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is based at the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2524 (2020) and 2579 (2021) mandating UNITAMS to support Sudan’s political transition, progress towards democratic governance, the protection and promotion of human rights and lasting peace; to support peace processes and the implementation of future peace agreements; to support peace building, and the rule of law, particularly in the Blue Nile, South Kordofan, Darfur, the East and and others as needed; and to support the mobilization of economic and development aid and the coordination of humanitarian aid.
The position is based in Khartoum in the Office of Support to the Political Transition, the Constitutional Support Section.
The incumbent will report to the Director of the Office of Support to the Political Transition.
Within the scope of delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer is responsible for carrying out the following duties:
- Plans and implements the operational activities related to the work of the office or Mission, i.e., Provide in accordance with prevailing best practices, UN policies and procedures, technical support and advice to the Mission and Constitutional Commission, Secretariat and Sudanese stakeholders on constitutional matters including inclusive public consultations. Incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit. Facilitate provision of constitutional experts based on identified needs of Sudanese stakeholders;
- Monitors and analyze political developments and emerging issues with respect to the constitution-making process; assess implications and make recommendations to Mission leadership;
- Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Head of the Mission and other senior staff. Provides continuous guidance and advice to the Head of Mission, as well as other elected offices of intergovernmental bodies concerning the organization of work, status of negotiations, and conduct of business including interpretation of the rules of procedure. Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components. Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and other interlocutors and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern;
- Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs. Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of constitutional issues in a region and or country or major conflict. Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring Mission and/or interagency involvement and participation. Represents Division/Office/Mission at round tables, seminars and conferences;
- Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the unit and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Section/Division or Mission; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and Unit;
- Performs other related duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters. Understanding of UN role in preventive diplomacy, good offices, mediation and conflict resolution; Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment. Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in operations in both the field and UN common system. 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 AND 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;
- 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;
- JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: 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;
- MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
- Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Law, Administration, or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, conflict resolution, international relations, civil affairs, diplomacy, or a related field is required;
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in comparative constitutional work and/or supporting constitutional processes is desirable;
- Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes) or a similar international organization is desirable;
- A minimum of 4 years of experience serving in a conflict or post-conflict situation and/or supporting countries in political transitions is desirable;
- Experience working in Africa is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required.
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