Job Opening

Posting Title: Head of Office, Political Affairs, D1
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Malakal
Posting Period: 01 October 2020 - 15 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-UNMISS-142255-F- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS, Duty Station Malakal. Malakal is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent will report to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) through the Chief of Staff.


Within delegation of authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
•Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the field office under his/her supervision in line with the strategic guidance provided by the Head of Mission and the priorities of the field office. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the field office, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas, as well as with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
• Provides good office on behalf of the SRSG, as appropriate;
•Ensures the operational functioning of the field office in collaboration with all components of the Mission (Substantive, Military, Police and Mission Support);
•Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the office under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the office and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system in order to ensure coherence; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
•Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of summary and analytical reports including situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file and draft code cables.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the field office maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the field office under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•Develop and maintain productive relationships with the local and state authorities, political and community leaders, civil society actors to the UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.
Develops and leads outreach strategies targeting the local population, in order to cultivate ties, create/expand political space, foster dialogue and develop an understanding of local perceptions and views on relevant issues, challenges and possible solutions thereto.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the office, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
•Recruits staff, as necessary, taking due account of geographical and gender balance.
•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the office and across organizational boundaries.
Through delegated authority, acts as Area Security Coordinator, responsible for implementing the UN Security Management framework designed to ensure the protection of all UN staff and assets.
•Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
• Performs other relevant duties, as requested by the Chief of Staff and the SRSG.


•Professionalism: Extensive knowledge of issues pertaining to South Sudan, especially in the area of peace and security, regional and global dynamics, as well as relevant local and international actors. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN, or other large international organization, rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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. 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..
•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.
•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
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.
•Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international, political affairs law, social sciences or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two qualifying years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of work experience on political and peace and security matters at the international levels is required.
Diplomatic and political advocacy and management experience is also required.
Experience working with the administrative rules and regulations of the UN Secretariat, or other large international organization, is required.
Proven policy, political and management experience, including experience in conflict and post-conflict countries in the field is required.
Experience of coordinating inter-agency processes within the UN system, or other large international organization, as well as experience working with the mandates of peace and security, human rights, humanitarian and development entities is required.


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


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

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.
UNMISS is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its workforce.

This job opening is advertised to fill a vacant position during the absence of the regular incumbent on a temporary assignment to another position through 31 May 2022. The regular incumbent has a lien and has a right of return to the position. If the regular incumbent exercises the right to return, the appointment or temporary assignment or promotion of the candidate selected for this job opening will not be renewed or extended. Secretariat staff members selected for this position in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will retain his/her current contractual status and right to return to their current/parent office.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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