Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 28 February 2019 - 14 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Electoral Affairs-MINUSMA-112781-R-Bamako (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 in the Electoral Affairs Section of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, duty station Bamako. The incumbent will report to the Principal Electoral Officer.


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

•Design, lead, supervise, coordinate and contribute the implementation of electoral assistance programs and progresses in the following areas, as required: planning and budgeting infrastructure development operation including field operations, logistics, security, external relations, administrative support, political parties and civil society.
•Lead, coordinate and supervise the provision of support, technical assistance and advice to national counterparts and their institutions in the above areas and provide high-level assistance and advice as required.
•Provide project and programme management and support, including budget management and monitoring and reporting of results to national counterparts, donors and UN bodies; overall donor liaison and management.
•Design, lead, coordinate supervise and contribute to the implementation of strategies and programmes to build the capacity of national counterparts and strengthen national institutions.
•Monitor the impact of domestic and international norms and processes on female participation and provide advice to the Electoral Management Bodies on appropriate corrective measures.
•Offer electoral advice to UN senior management on the ground.
•Supervise and manage the performance of UN national and international staff under the project.
•Establish and maintain professional and productive partnerships with national counterpart institutions and other key stakeholders in the electoral process.
•Establish effective communication mechanisms, regularly brief senior UN officials, partners, donor’s counterparts as well as other key stakeholders on the electoral process and provide regular reports, including to the head of the UN/mission as well as senior officials in UN headquarters.
•Perform other related duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
•Counterparts in peacekeeping operations in other HQ, mission, field offices and other UN agencies;
•Special Envoys and Representatives of the Secretary-General;
•Resident Coordinators of UN system;
•UN specialized agencies;
•Representatives of non-governmental organizations, regional intergovernmental organizations, governments and international/regional organizations;
•Representatives of Governments/ Permanent Missions to the UN;
•Electoral Management Bodies; relevant national counterparts;
•Academic community, institutes and foundations


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, notably in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate electoral processes, knowledge of all aspects of electoral processes and their technical and political implications; 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 orchallenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

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.

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 on-going 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.

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 improvement; 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/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 (Master's degree or equivalent) degree in 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 an advanced unviversity degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in elections related areas in at least 3 countries. At least five years of experience in supervising, implementing, supporting or advising on electoral 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 is desirable. Previous experience of managing a team of different backgrounds at the senior level and the ability to manage and coordinate complex projects are desirable. Experience in bilateral or multilateral negotiations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.


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

Special Notice

The appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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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