Job Opening

Department/Office: Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus
Duty Station: NICOSIA
Posting Period: 26 February 2019 - 27 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-SASG-CYPRU-112546-R-Nicosia (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Full-fledged negotiations between the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities have been ongoing since September 2008, under the good offices of the United Nations Secretary-General and facilitated by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus (OSASG). The aim of the negotiations is to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem, which will safeguard the fundamental and legitimate rights and interest of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. The agreed solution will be put to separate simultaneous referenda. The role of the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus (OSASG) (also known as the Good Offices Mission) is to support the Secretary-General's Special Adviser (SASG) on Cyprus, whose mandate is to assist the parties in the conduct of negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement.

Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, duty station Nicosia.
Within delegated authority, under the direct supervision of the Senior Political Affairs Officer and the Head of Office, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:


Political Analysis and Advice
-Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Office’s mandate.
-Analyze political and related events within assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice to the SASG.
-Provide expert advice related to mediation and preventative diplomacy, including process design.

-Assess implications and make recommendations to the Special Adviser on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern including matters related to energy and natural resource policy and related engagement with the European Union, International Financial Institutions and other international partners.
- Prepare analysis, assessments and reports on related matters in the context of the overall negotiations. Research key points of interest between the sides and options for specific approaches.
- Liaise and coordinate with relevant officials, including European Commission officials in Nicosia and/or Brussels as necessary to ensure the overall coherence of political and/or programmatic actions undertaken within the framework of the peace process.
-Ensure overall coordination and oversight of the assistance provided by the European Commission under United Nations auspices.

Reporting and Information Management
-Prepare regular reporting and strategic advice to the SASG on the progress of expert and technical working groups and challenges and obstacles being faced.
-Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables, and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council.
-Prepare and review contextual information materials, such as background notes, analytical materials and assessments on relevant issues and related policy options in support of the negotiations.

Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
-In support of the expert level work streams, develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the authorities, political leaders and civil society actors, the broader UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.
-Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in the context of the overall negotiations.
-Plan and implement the operational activities related to the work of the OSASG in line with the Special Adviser’s strategic vision and guidance as per the mandate to facilitate negotiations.
- Serve as a facilitator for a Technical Committee or a Working Group linked to the negotiations.
-Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches of senior UN officials.

Results Expected
Provides the Special Adviser and Head of Office with well-analyzed, concise information and recommendations as to appropriate action to be taken; proposes solutions to emerging issues, in particular on matters related to the European Union, International Financial institutions and energy and natural resource policy.


Professionalism: in-depth understanding of the work of the United Nations, including its special political missions; knowledge and experience of peace negotiations; sound analytical skills, with ability to assess complex political environments, identify problems, and propose policy options; proven drafting, reviewing and editing skills and experience; diplomacy, tact and judgment in dealing with others; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments and achieving results; tact in negotiation skills; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Accountability: Takes ownership for 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, if any.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear or repercussion. Manages in a deliberate and predictable way. Operates with transparency, has no hidden agenda. Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients. Gives proper credit to others. Follows through on agreed upon actions. Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Economics, Law, Public Administration or related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience in political analysis and policy development in an international organization or government is required. Experience in mediation and multilateral or bilateral negotiations is required. Knowledge of and experience in natural resource policy frameworks is required. Experience working with or in European Union bodies and knowledge of EU policies and practices is highly desirable. Experience facilitating the work of and coordinating international partner organizations in the context of peace negotiations is highly desirable.United Nations experience, in particular field experience with a United Nations peacekeeping operation or a special political mission is highly desirable. Knowledge of and experience in the region is desirable.


Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment excersize which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The post is funded for a finite period of one year through 31 December 2019 and may be subject to extension. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-general and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations is Secretariat and is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged
to apply.

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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