Job Opening

Posting Title: Electoral Officer - Training and Procedures Adviser, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 12 February 2019 - 26 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Electoral Affairs-UNAMI-111746-F-Baghdad (M)
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 in the Office of Electoral Assistance in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), with duty station in Baghdad. The Electoral Officer serves as a member of the UN integrated electoral assistance team, performing an advisory role to national counterparts in the area of training and procedures development. The Electoral Officer reports to the Principal Electoral Adviser.


Within delegated authority, the Electoral Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Implement and often supervise the implementation of electoral programs and processes in the field of training for elections staff, electoral procedures development, graphic design and capacity-building of national counterparts
•Provide project and programme management and support, including planning and monitoring of the training of trainers and other electoral training programs, and reporting of results to national counterparts, donors and UN bodies;
•Provide advice to national counterparts on the development of detailed and comprehensive training manuals/modules, review previous manuals, if they already exist, and offer recommendations for their refinement and enhancement.
•Provide, and often supervise the provision of, support, technical assistance and advice to the IHEC and other Iraqi institutions in the above areas as required.
•Contribute, and often supervise the contribution to, capacity-building of national counterparts and strengthening of national institutions.
•Monitor the impact of election staff recruitment and training on enhancing the participation of women and marginalized groups and provide advice to the national electoral institutions on appropriate corrective measures.
•If required, supervise and manage the performance of national and international staff assigned to the area of responsibility.
•Establish and maintain professional and productive partnerships with national counterparts and other key stakeholders in the electoral process.
•If required, compile and provide regular briefings and reports in the assigned area of responsibility in close collaboration with other relevant partners.
•Perform other related duties as required.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
The Principal Electoral Adviser, Senior Electoral Officer and other members of the UN integrated electoral assistance team; senior staff and officers of electoral management bodies and other national institutions involved in the electoral process; senior staff and officers of entities working with IHEC in the area of training and capacity building.

Results Expected:
•The support of the United Nations in the area of responsibility contributes to credible and inclusive elections.
•The United Nations mandated support in the area of responsibility is implemented effectively, using resources efficiently and minimizing risks to the organization.
•The supervisor has access to accurate and timely information as well as advice on the electoral process and its implications.


•Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, notably in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate electoral processes, knowledge of electoral processes and their technical and political implications; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing; shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

• 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 the 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in electoral assistance, political science, international relations, law, public administration, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in training, capacity building and other related areas in at least 3 countries. At least three years of experience in supervising, implementing, supporting or advising on electoral training processes is required. United Nations electoral experience in a peacekeeping operation, political mission and/or a UN agency or other relevant international electoral experience is required. Experience in developing countries is required, and experience in post-conflict situations and in countries in the Middle East is desirable. Experience in managing projects is desirable. Previous experience of managing teams of different backgrounds is desirable. Experience in bilateral or multilateral negotiations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.

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.

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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