Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 15 June 2020 - 29 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-UNMISS-136986-F-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 United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Juba, in the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Political (DSRSG/P). Juba is classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station. The Special Assistant will report to the Special Adviser to the DSRSG/P.


Under the overall supervision of the DSRSG/P and direct supervision of the Special Advisor in the Office of the DSRSG, and within the limits of delegated authority the Special Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties:

•Provide substantive and practical support to the DSRSG/P in implementing the Mission's mandate;
•Identify, analyze, monitor and report on political developments and emerging issues in the country and the region with respect to the South Sudan peace process and their impact on the implementation of the Mission’s mandate.
• Bring to the attention of the D/SRSG-P all matters requiring personal attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed;
• Support internal coordination, monitoring and planning of the work of the D/SRSG-P's pillar, while maintaining a functional relationship with various Mission components;
•Facilitate the flow of information between the Political Pillar sections;
•Coordinate incoming and outgoing correspondence of the DSRSG/P; draft correspondence for the DSRSG/P's signature;
•Support the organization and management of the DSRSG/P's meetings and official missions, prepare written summaries and monitor follow- up activities, as appropriate;
•Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with mission components, the authorities, civil society, the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters;
•Coordinate and draft summaries and analytical reports including , but not limited to, briefing notes, code cables and inputs for reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council; draft talking points and speeches for the DSRSG in collaboration with Pillar components, as required;
• Assist in formulating and implementing and reporting on the Pillar's work plan, and including through support to planning and budgetary process. Assist with media liaison and manage requests for interviews with the DSRSG/P;
•Serve as focal point on operational and coordination issues as required;
•Perform other relevant duties as requested by the DSRSG/P


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.

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 from 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 university degree with a combination of two years professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the Master's degree or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, political affairs, conflict resolution, or related field. Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation, (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes), or similar international organization or nongovernmental organization, in a conflict or post-conflict setting, is desirable
Previous experience working in the office of a senior UN official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior UN official is desirable.
Experience working on conflict-related issues in Africa is desirable.
Experience in monitoring, analyzing and reporting on peace processes is desirable.


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

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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