Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Security Trends), P4
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office in Central Africa
Duty Station: LIBREVILLE
Posting Period: 20 October 2020 - 03 November 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-UNOCA-143517-F-Libreville (R)
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 Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) in Libreville, Gabon. The Political Affairs Officer will report to the Chief Political Affairs Officer and is part of UNOCA's Political Affairs Section. UNOCA covers the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States, namely: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Political Analysis and Advice: Maintain an understanding of the general dynamics and political/security trends in the Central Africa region: Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.

Reporting and Information Management – Prepare regional, country-specific and thematic reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, analytical notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies. - Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to political/security trends in the Central Africa region; Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility; carry out regular in-depth researches on emerging or persisting peace and security challenges facing the Central Africa region or the countries under the purview of UNOCA and recommend options for good offices and other UN actions. Provide substantive support to the good offices of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, including by preparing background notes and updated political/conflict analyses, maintaining contacts with stakeholders, preparing options for conflict/crisis resolution, following up on the implementation of political/peace agreements, etc.

Planning, Coordination and Facilitation - Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy and coordination matters. - Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation. - Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for senior UN officials; Participate in fact-finding –and other- missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate. Closely monitor the situation in the Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel and produce regular analyses, in cooperation with other relevant UN and non-UN actors; represent UNOCA in the regional technical-level coordination mechanisms in the Lake Chad basin and the Sahel, including those established to support the implementation of the Regional strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery & Resilience of the Boko Haram-affected Areas of the Lake Chad Basin Region (RSS); provide substantive support for the participation of the SRSG in the Steering Committee of the RSS and other high-level engagements on the Lake Chad Basin.

Management/Administration - Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the Political Affairs Section's programme of work.- Support administrative and budgetary processes for UNOCA.- Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; assist with the selection of new staff. - Perform other relevant duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and in depth knowledge of political affairs; Strong analytical skills, and experience in information collection and management; excellent drafting and editing skills with the proven ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, 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

At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, development, conflict resolution or international crisis management at national and international levels.
Experience working in Central Africa or on peace and security issues of the region is required.
Experience working on peace and security issues in the Lake Chad basin and the Sahel region is highly desirable.
Experience in conducting researches and analyses on political or peace and security issues in Africa is desirable.

Languages

At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, development, conflict resolution or international crisis management at national and international levels.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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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.

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