Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism), P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 23 January 2019 - 06 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-UNSOM-110557-F-Mogadishu (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator (O/DSRSG/RC/HC). The position is based in Mogadishu. The Senior Political Affairs Officer will report to the Head of the Integrated Office of the DSRSG/RC/HC.

Responsibilities

Provides advice on national and international strategies to prevent and counter violent extremism in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. Spearheads the UN's support to operationalizing Somalia's P/CVE strategy; coordinate and provide technical support to P/CVE coordination at the federal and state levels; 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;

Coordinates P/CVE efforts by international partners and UN agencies, funds and programmes to avoid duplication, enhance capacity and joint programming for P/CVE in Somalia and promotes a nationally owned strategy;

Prepares briefing notes and talking points, reports and policy guidance for the Head of the Mission and other senior staff; Provides continuous guidance and advice to the United Nations in Somalia, as well as other elected offices of intergovernmental bodies concerning the organization of work, status of UN and international instruments and strategies related to P/CVE; Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components and Pillars of the UN in Somalia;

Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern; Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluate staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs;

Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research and spearheads the establishment of a P/CVE platform; develops an online P/CVE database to track related programmatic efforts in Somalia;

Advises on and participates in the negotiation to establish operations and develops guidelines, terms of reference and operational plans and time frames for new operations. Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and/or inter-agency involvement and participation;

Represents the UN Somalia at relevant 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 P/CVE Unit of the DSRSG/RC/HC;

Coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and unit; and Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates in depth knowledge and expertise in matters pertinent to Counter Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism, knowledge of conflict analysis and risk assessment concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. 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.

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.

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.

LEADERSHIP: 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; 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 AND 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 impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all aestablishes 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 vailable 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.

Education

Advance university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in political science, international relations, international economics, 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 advance university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience in prevention of violent extremism, counter-terrorism or rule of law, and a background of working with UN agencies, funds or programmes in a conflict or post-conflict environment is required.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment. However the Hiring Manager may have informal discussions with the potential candidates.

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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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No Fee

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