Job Opening

Posting Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P4
Job Code Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 18 November 2019 - 02 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-MINUSMA-126890-F-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 Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General - Political (DSRSG-HC-RC) in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Bamako. Bamako is classified as a “D” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the P-5 Special Adviser to the DSRSG/RC/HC.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

•Supports the DSRSG-HC-RC in the implementation of the Mission's mandate as given by the Security Council and pertaining to the Development and Humanitarian Pillar.
•Brings to the attention of the Special Adviser and DSRSG-HC-RC all matters requiring the DSRSG personal attention, assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed.
•Helps manage administrative staff and deputises for Special Adviser in their absence.
• Coordinates/drafts incoming/outgoing correspondence of the DSRSG-HC-RC.
• Contributes to the drafting/ coordination and clearance of analytical reports including situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file, code cables, option papers and inputs for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council.
• Prepares talking points, speeches, and takes notes while accompanying the DSRSG-HC-RC.
• Drafts correspondence for the DSRSG's signature, as well as other documentation including code cables and reports to the Security Council.
• Develops and maintains close working relationships with mission components, officials of state institutions, political parties, civil society organizations, other national and international partners, and broader UN family/UNCT, including working on planning tools, such as ISF, CCA/UNDAF, PBF and other funding tools.
•Help coordinate, as required, actions related to the transition towards the United Nations agency-led commitment, according to the mission's mandate and the situation in Mali. This includes liaising with bilateral donors and other international organizations, with a view to realizing greater synergy and coordination, specifically regarding post-mission activities in the country;
•Develops and maintains productive partnerships with mission components, UNCT members, national authorities, the private sector, civil society and other relevant stakeholders assessing and identifying niches of transition.
•Supports the preparation and implementation of Mission and UN common planning and programming processes in identifying possibilities of joint programming geared towards the appropriation by national counterpart and UNCT and ensuring the transfer of knowledge and accountability.
•Facilitates the flow of information between stakeholders, including between the Mission/ UNCT, humanitarian and national counterparts
•Consolidates periodic reports of Mission and UN common planning and programming processes and budgets and identify constraints to implementation of UN wide strategies on transition;
•Organizes and manages conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops as directed by the
DSRSG-RC-HC.
• Formulates and manages the implementation of the Mission’s programme of work, including through support to planning and budgetary processes (HR and Budget);
•Helps coordinate, as required, actions related to the transition towards the United Nations agency-led commitment, depending on the mission's mandate and the situation in the country concerned. This includes liaising with bilateral donors and other international organizations, with a view to realizing greater synergy and coordination, specifically regarding post-mission activities in the country;
•Performs other duties, as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate 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.

Planning & 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.
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, international economics, law, public administration or related fields. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, mediation, electoral affairs or related area is required.
Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Experience working in an international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
Experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to senior public official is desirable.
Experience in Africa is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in French and English is required.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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.
The United Nations is committed to 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, 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.

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