Job Opening

Posting Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 28 May 2019 - 11 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-UNMISS-117566-J-Juba (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 Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/HC/RC) in Juba within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Under the overall guidance of the DSRSG/HC/RC, the incumbent reports to the P4 Special Assistant in the Office of Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. Juba is currently classified as an "E" hardship and a non-family duty station. The position is available for six months and may be


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Special Assistant will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:
Coordination and Facilitation: Provide substantive and logistical support to the DSRSG/RC/HC in the implementation of the Mission's mandate as given by the Security Council, and the work of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and Humanitarian Country Team (HCT); Organize and manage the DSRSG/RC/HC’s meetings and official missions, prepare summaries of discussions and monitor follow-up activities; Liaise and maintain close working relationship with officials of state institutions, political parties, UNCT, HCT, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, religious actors; Coordinate UNMISS’ collaboration with the UNCT, HCT and external partners, maintain a functional relationship between UNMISS and the UNCT and HCT, and monitor its performance on a day-to-day basis. Keep UNHQ timely informed on issues under the responsibility of the DSRSG/RC/HC;
Analysis, Advice and Reporting: Identify, analyse and monitor political, humanitarian and economic developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate, and the work of the UNCT and HCT; Assess implications and make recommendations on possible UN policies, strategies, and other measures; Coordinate/draft summaries and analytical reports including code cables and reports to the Security Council; Prepare talking points, take notes in meetings and give inputs to speeches. Perform other tasks as may be assigned by the DSRSG/RC/HC.
Communications: As requested, deal with incoming and outgoing correspondence of the DSRSG/RC/HC; Draft correspondence for the DSRSG/RC/HC’s signature, as well as other internal notes; Assist in media liaison and manage interview requests; Provide timely inputs to UNHQ materials as requested;
Management: Bring to the attention of the DSRSG/RC/HC all matters requiring the DSRSG/RC/HC’s personal attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed; Assist in the selection of new staff; Supervise and arrange official missions and travel of the DSRSG/RC/HC; Perform other relevant duties as requested by the DSRSG/RC/HC.


Professionalism – Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and colleagues. Strong inter-personal effectively with colleagues and contacts in skills, including the ability to manage multi-stake holder processes. Values diversity and works the immediate and wider teams in pursuit of objectives. Anticipates and manages risk. 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 perspective 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 and Organizing – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities where necessary; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans as necessary; uses time efficiently.
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 decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, or a 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field. Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working on protection of civilians, early recovery or humanitarian programming is desirable. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior official is desirable. Recent field experience in the region is highly desirable. Field experience with the UN common system (UN Peacekeeping or special political missions, or UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. The ability write in English to an extremely high level in a concise and articulate fashion is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates will include a written assessment exercise.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for six (6) months, and may be extended.. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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