Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
Duty Station: NAQOURA
Posting Period: 12 February 2019 - 26 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-UNIFIL-111727-F-Naqoura (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 within the Division of Political and Civil Affairs, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Naqoura. The incumbent of this post will report to the Deputy Head of Mission/Director of Political and Civil Affairs (DHoM/DPCA) or his/her designate

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Formulates political affairs strategies; develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy directives and plan of action for immediate and longer term solutions to political problems; identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandate; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.
• Plans and implements the activities related to the work of the office; support for institution building, support for government authorities and national institutions, conflict prevention and stabilization, post-conflict rehabilitation, political and governance institution building etc, as relevant to the mandate and with a focus on UNIFIL’s AO; 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 Political Pillar and the Mission as a whole.
• Plans, coordinates and manages activities requiring cross-Mission and interagency involvement and participation.
• Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Head of Mission/Force Commander and Deputy Head of Mission, Senior Advisers; drafts code cables, periodic analytical notes, communiques and briefing notes for high-level meetings, reports of the Secretary-General.

• In close coordination with the Deputy Head of Mission/Director and the Deputy Director of Political and Civil Affairs, keeps the Head of Mission/Force Commander, Deputy Force Commander and counterparts at UN Headquarters informed on political developments relevant to UNIFIL's mandate.
• Establishes and manages a formalized consultative process with UNSCOL to advance a comprehensive approach to the implementation of resolution 1701, including by mainstreaming the United Nations goals, through effective coordination between UNIFIL, UNSCOL and the UN Country Team.

• Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
• Represents Division with national authorities, regional and bilateral partners, UN system and nongovernmental partners, including at round tables, seminars and conferences.
• Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, queries of parties.
• Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; assumes direct supervision and oversees the work of Political team as appropriate within the area of assigned responsibility; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of staff and in the development of training programs.
• Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the office; provides inputs for the functioning of the office (Division) into the Mission's budget and contributes in the preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting processes, including preparation for the ACABQ; participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Division.
• Maintains contacts and provides briefings for diplomatic community counterpart (TCCs, SC Representatives) and UN Country Team (UNCT).
• Performs any other duties as requested by the HoM and/or DHoM.

Competencies

• 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. Knowledge of international and regional political situations in area of assignment. 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Education

Advanced 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 the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, law, conflict resolution or related area is required.

Experience in a United Nations peacekeeping operation, special political mission, or a similar international organization or non-governmental organization or other UN field operation in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Experience working on/in the Middle East region is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal discussion.

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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