Job Opening

Posting Title: Special Assistant, Political Affairs, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Duty Station: TRIPOLI (LIBYA)
Posting Period: 24 May 2020 - 07 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-UNSMIL-136269-F-Tripoli (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 within the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. The position is located in Tripoli, Libya (Tripoli is classified as a Hardship "E" duty station and a non-family duty station). The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the SRSG

UNSMIL's mandate as renewed in SC resolution 2486 of 12 September 2019 includes, as an immediate priority, 1. to exercise mediation and good offices to support: (i) an inclusive political process and security and economic dialogue; (ii) continued implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement; (iii) consolidation of the governance, security and economic arrangements of the Government of National Accord, including support for economic reform in collaboration with international financial institutions; (iv) a possible ceasefire; and (v) subsequent phases of the Libyan transition process, including the constitutional process and the organisation of elections; and 2. To undertake: (i) support to key Libyan institutions; (ii) support, on request, for the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance; (iii) human rights monitoring and reporting; (iv) support for securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (v) coordination of international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to GNA-led efforts to stabilize post-conflict zones.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Special Assistant, Political Affairs may be responsible for performing the following duties:

Coordination and Facilitation
- Provides substantive and practical support to the SRSG in implementing the Mission’s mandate; Keeps the SRSG informed on all matters requiring his personal attention, assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed.
- Organizes and manages the SRSG’s meetings and Mission events, prepare written summaries and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate; Coordinate/draft correspondence for the SRSG’s signature.
- Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with mission front offices and components, the authorities, the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters;

Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting
- Identifies, analyzes and monitors political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate;
- Assess implications of the strategies endorsed by the Office and make recommendations on possible policies, and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives; Monitors, evaluates and reports on implementation.
- Coordinates/draft summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council.

- Assists in formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission’s programme of work, including through support to planning and budgetary processes.
- Assists in the selection of new staff when required.

Perform other relevant duties as requested by the SRSG.


Professionalism: 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.

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 ongoing 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.


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 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 science, civil affairs, law, international relations, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required.
Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Relevant experience working in a United Nations common system field presence (inclusive of peacekeeping operations, special political missions, agencies funds and programmes) or other similar international organization is desirable.
Experience as Special Assistant or Political Adviser in the immediate/front office of a UN senior manager and/or public/government official is desirable.
Experience in supporting political mediation process is desirable.
Experience in supervising staff or as a team leader is desirable.
Experience working on/in the Middle East and/or North Africa is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in both English and Arabic is required.


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 Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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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