Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 25 August 2020 - 15 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Civil Affairs-MINUSMA-140334-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 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 Chief of Service, Civil Affairs reports directly to DSRSG-Political.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. By unanimously adopting resolution 2531 of 29 June 2020, the Council decided that the Mission should focus on two main priority areas: support to the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali and support to stabilization and restoration of State authority in the Centre. Duties related to the position encompass duties, such as ensuring security, stabilization and protection of civilians; supporting national political dialogue and reconciliation; and support the reestablishment of State authority and provision of basic social services.
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Within the limits of delegated authority the Chief Civil Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Core profile:
• Contributes to the development of the strategic vision for the overall Mission and UN effort, and ensures that Civil Affairs work is clearly conceptualized in support of this, in line with the evolving situation on the ground and in accordance with the DPKO/DFS Civil Affairs Policy Directive.
• Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of Civil Affairs, in consultation with key partners inside and outside the Mission, taking account of gender considerations and ensuring that the component functions as one part of a coherent overall UN effort to support the peace process.
• Designs and institutes effective partnership and information-sharing arrangements with both relevant Mission and non-Mission actors, including the UN Country Team (UNCT).
• Oversees and ensures effective cooperation and coordination on the ground with all partners by Civil Affairs component staff.
• Ensures that all Mission and non-Mission partners are clear about the role and contributions of the Civil Affairs component.
• Ensures that the Mission and its mandate is effectively and consistently represented to relevant interlocutors at the sub-national level by the Civil Affairs component (and other Mission actors where appropriate), and that the perceptions and concerns of all sectors of the population are accurately fed into Mission-wide situation analysis and planning processes.
• Ensures that the Mission is provided with high-quality information and consistent analysis concerning conflict dynamics at the sub-national level and progress with or obstacles to the peace process countrywide, including via identification of critical peacebuilding gaps.
• Advocates for, and provides contextual advice to the Mission on, adherence to the principle of local ownership in the execution of its mandate.
• Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of Civil Affairs, including; preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance, evaluation of candidates, and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting. Ensures an appropriate balance of skills and specializations is recruited to the Civil Affairs component, in accordance with (and where possible anticipating) evolving requirements over time.
• Fosters team spirit among Civil Affairs staff ensures they are provided with the requisite guidance and training to fulfil their tasks (including mission-specific induction and skills training), oversees the systematic identification of lessons and good practice and the sharing of these with Civil Affairs components in other Missions, and encourages free and active participation by all component staff in the online Civil Affairs Community of Practice.
• Performs other duties as required by DSRSG-P, in line with the DPKO/DFS Policy Directive on Civil Affairs.

Conflict Management:
• Provides leadership and vision for the development of a Civil Affairs or (where appropriate) Mission wide conflict management strategy, including mechanisms for information-sharing, consistent conflict mapping, crisis response and protection of civilians as needed.
• Promotes a culture of peace and reconciliation by identifying appropriate domestic actors and/or processes and designing strategies for the Civil Affairs component to support them at both national and sub-national levels.
• Convenes or oversees support to national level dialogue and negotiation between groups in conflict at the local level. Facilitates, enables, or mediates dialogue where appropriate.
• Forges partnerships with relevant actors to advocate the protection and empowerment of excluded and/or threatened groups in full respect of humanitarian and international law. Works to ensure the inclusion of women and youth in the peace and reconciliation process.
• Identifies and coordinates a response to specific conflict drivers countrywide, including by mobilising a response from other actors where appropriate.

Support the restoration and extension of state authority:
• Provides leadership and vision for the development of a Civil Affairs or (where appropriate) Mission wide strategy to support the restoration and extension of state authority at the sub-national level with a view to; strengthening local ownership of the peace process, building capacity, promoting cooperation between authorities and relevant community and social actors, as well as supporting operations, policy and decision-making processes as appropriate.
• Forges partnerships with other actors in ibis area, including the UN Country Team (UNCT) and particularly UNDP
• Oversees work with national / local authorities and other partners to identify critical support needs of local authorities and to design strategies for responding to them either through Civil Affairs support or though mobilisation of other actors and resources.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Knowledge of peacekeeping and of UN rules and procedures. Ability to evaluate international political situations. Ability to manage and coordinate (at) many different levels. 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.

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; 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.

Managerial Competencies:

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, public administration, social science, law, or 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 fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in Civil Affairs, Political Affairs, Public Administration, or related field is required.
A minimum of five years of experience in a National or International NGOs, international bilateral organisations, or related field is required.
A minimum of five years in a management position with responsibility for developing and implementing a strategic programme with both personnel and resource management responsibilities is required.
Experience working in the West Africa and Sahel region is desirable.
Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
A minimum of five years of experience in a position requiring conflict management, facilitation, mediation or negotiation skills, with an emphasis on analytical and strategic planning functions is highly desirable.
Experience in facilitating structured dialogue events between different parties, and reconciliation activities and processes is desirable.
A minimum of five years in working on governance, support to core government functions, or related areas is highly desirable
Experience in policy advice in the areas of institution strengthening and governance support in post-conflict settings is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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.

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