Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen
Duty Station: AMMAN
Posting Period: 26 July 2018 - 09 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-SESG-YEMEN-101011-F-Amman (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen in Amman. Amman is classified as a "A" duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent will report to the Special Envoy.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Senior Peacebuilding Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

• Function as donor focal point within OSESGY and strengthen collaboration with other external partners, including OSE's Track II partners
• Contribute to and support the fulfilment of the Special Envoy's reporting requirements to the Security Council, other member state platforms and to Department of Political Affairs (DPA) process of the identification of possible candidate countries for inclusion on the agenda of the PBC;
• Monitor the key peace building issues and support the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) leadership in their dealings with those countries;
• Identify opportunities of strategic partnerships between the OSESGY and regional or global stakeholders in support of OSESG objectives and peacebuilding processes in Yemen;
• Contribute to the formulation of OSESG annual work plans and their regular reporting exercises;
• Provide guidance to the UN Strategic Planning process, UNCT planning exercises and advise the Special Envoy on initiatives to promote macro-economic stability, the functioning of key state institutions, and efforts to improve governance in the security sector and public administration;
• Mainstream good peacebuilding practice and promote multi-dimensional peacebuilding approaches within all of the activities and engagement of the Office of the Special Envoy (OSE), and promote system-wide coherence in the OSE's engagement with United Nations Country Team (UNCT), through participation in interagency forums and liaison with the Resident Coordinator (RC), UNCT and International Financial Institutions (IFIs);
• Produce analytical, background, and program concept notes and proposals for OSE to promote peacebuilding objectives to inform OSE decision-making and collaboration with RC, UNCT and IFIs;
• Monitor the overall trends in Yemen, in close collaboration with the Political and Security Sector Units, with a view to identifying opportunities and emerging threats to the peace building process in Yemen, and recommend appropriate course of action to the Special Envoy, including CBMs;
• Lead and coordinate the development of practical forms of collaboration and programmatic interventions in collaboration with RC, UNCT and IFIs, particularly in support of initiatives to promote macro-economic stability, the functioning of key Yemen state institutions, and efforts to improve governance in the security sector and public administration as well as the development of methodologies for tracking progress in the peace building process.
• Perform any other tasks as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Proven analytical skills and ability to identify peacebuilding challenges and offer proposals for addressing such challenges in the countries on the agenda of PBC; Ability to integrate knowledge of country contexts with broader policy and operational objectives; Indepth understanding of the inter-agency processes relating to peacebuilding; Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively across organisational boundaries; Strong negotiations skills and ability to seek and reach agreement in inter-agency processes; Ability to improve processes and procedures relating to PBC engagement with countries on its agenda; and Ability to manage a team and team members; 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.Integrity:

INTERGRITY: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization's interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

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. Managerial Competencies

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 improvement; 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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in international relations, communications, administration, social sciences or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be ccepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Required experience:- A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in the intergovernmental, political and diplomatic field or related area.
Experience working in an international organization such as the United Nations Common System (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programs), or in a non-governmental organization is required. Experience in collaboration and designing interventions with Member States, International Financial Institutions and UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (written and spoken) is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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