Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Political Affairs Officer will be based in Kandahar and Bamyan as the Political Affairs Team Leader and reports to the Heads of the Kandahar and Bamyan Field Offices.
Kandahar and Bamyan are classified as "E" hardship duty stations and a non-family duty station.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Political Analysis and Advice
- Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in southern region of Afghanistan, according to UNAMA's mandate;
- Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.
Reporting and Information Management
- Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies;
- Provide daily, weekly and other relevant reports and notes to file;
- Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio; Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility.
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, official representatives, civil society actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy and coordination matters;
- Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation of UNAMA's mandate;
- Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through drafting talking points and background papers; Participate in fact-finding and other missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
- Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the unit's programme of work;
- Support planning and budgetary processes for political outreach activities as required;
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: 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 degree) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, international relations or a related field is required;
- Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required;
- Experience of working in a conflict or post-conflict country is required;
- Experience of engaging with de facto authorities and/or other non-state political actors is desirable;
- Experience of working in Afghanistan is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in spoken and written English is required;
- Knowledge of a local language spoken in Afghanistan and/or the region is desirable.
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