Job Opening

Posting Title: Political Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
Duty Station: NAQOURA
Posting Period: 12 July 2019 - 18 July 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-UNIFIL-119555-J-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 in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Naqoura, Lebanon. Under the supervision of the Head of Mission\Force Commander as a first reporting officer, the Political Affairs Officer (Special Assistant) will be part of the Special Staff of the HoM\FC headed by the Chief of Special Staff.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for all or part of the following duties:

Analysis and Advice
• Identify all matters requiring the HoM/FC's personal attention; assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed.
• Work with the concerned Mission offices to help identify, analyze and monitor political and operational developments, trends and emerging issues relevant to the implementation of UNIFIL's mandate.
•Assess implications and make recommendations on measures to address these and to generally advance mandated objectives.

Reporting and Information Management
• Prepare and review a range of summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables, note to files and input for Mission reports.
• Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, talking points, political profiles and databases relating to potential conflicts in relation to the mandate of UNIFIL, and its area of operations.
• Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility.
• Assist with and review the drafting of articles, speeches, or statements, as needed.

Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
• Liaise and assist in maintenance of close working relationships with officials of state institutions, civil society organizations, and other international and local partners.
• Assist in, and draft as required, external correspondence of the HoM/FC.
• Organize and manage conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops as required.
• Participate in budgetary processes.
• Offer advice and guidance to HoM/FC Special Staff on mission support audit and protocol functions.
• Support and/or facilitate visits to the Mission of official delegations, UN and/or other partners and stakeholders, as requested.
• Maintain regular contact with the Political and Civil Affairs Division to ensure currency and support.
• Perform other relevant duties as required.

Management/Administration
• Participate in budgetary processes.
• Perform other relevant duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism – Demonstrates ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes; Provides solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries; Demonstrates ability to related to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas; 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or a related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international development, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field, is required. Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.

Experience working in the Middle East is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of Arabic and/or French is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available through 01 March 2019. 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.


• 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.

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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.

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No Fee

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