Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau
Duty Station: BISSAU
Posting Period: 11 February 2019 - 24 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Electoral Affairs-UNIOGBIS-110723-F-Bissau (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 at the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). He may head a unit and generally report to the Chief Electoral Officer, the Head of Mission, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General or the designee.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Electoral Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Senior Electoral Officers.)

•Provides electoral technical advice to Head of Mission on the constitutional/electoral review process.
•Assists the national electoral authorities in developing a legal framework for elections including laws, codes, rules of procedures, regulations and directives.
•Assists the national electoral authorities in developing and implementing a concept of an electoral operation.
•Supervises the implementation of programs in the following areas, as required: Electoral Training, Capacity Building, Civic/Voter education, Electoral Legal, Electoral Procedures, Electoral Operations, Electoral Logistics, Electoral Security, Electoral IT Development, and/or Voter Registration
•Develops election logistics and security plans and supervises their implementation.
•Reports regularly to the Head of the Electoral Unit on election operations policies and procedures adopted by the EMB and their implementation by local election administrations.
•Interprets electoral policies and regulations in order to clarify and provide input for the development of procedure manuals.
•Develops timely and efficient communication mechanisms between HQ and electoral field offices.
•Assists the national electoral authorities in developing and maintaining regular, systematic and impartial communication with political parties, media organizations, non-governmental organizations and gender focal groups.
•Regularly briefs the Mission, donors, and key stakeholders on the electoral process.
•Regularly acts as officer-in-charge in the absence of the Chief Electoral Officer/Head of the electoral component.
•Performs other related duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Officers in peacekeeping operations
Under Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-General, Force Commander, and other senior UN Officials especially Resident Coordinators of UN system; Special Envoys of the Secretary-General
Senior staff of specialized agencies, representatives of non-governmental organisations, regional intergovernmental organisations, delegations, etc;
Electoral Management Bodies
Relevant national counterparts
Media Representatives
Academic community, institutes, and foundations

Results Expected:
Provides authoritative advice and counsel to senior UN officials, national and international officials; develops strategies in the electoral field to ensure that electoral operations are conducted in as peaceful, genuine and credible an environment as possible, and that technical assistance extended by the UN System will concretely assist in the peaceful, legitimate, and smooth hand over of power from one government to the next. When so mandated by the sovereign organs of the UN, oversees legitimate, credible, and efficient electoral assistance operations.


Core Competencies:
-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 the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Planning & 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

-Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments
-Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
-Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
-Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments
-Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Empowering Others:
-Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work
-Encourages others to set challenging goals
-Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility
-Genuinely values all staff members' input and expertise
-Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort
-Involves others when making decisions that affect them

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


Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Law, Public 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 an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas. Some managerial experience is desirable. Extensive experience in electoral administration and systems in more than one country, including developing countries is required. United Nations electoral field experience in a peacekeeping operation and/or a UN agency is required.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the local language may be an advantage.


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

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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