Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan
Duty Station: KHARTOUM
Posting Period: 18 February 2021 - 20 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNITAMS-150395-R-Khartoum (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 Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

The position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Office of the Deputy Special Representative/ Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC). The incumbent will report to the DSRSG/RC/HC.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Senior Peacebuilding Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

•Lead and coordinate the development of practical forms of collaboration and programmatic interventions in collaboration with DSRSG/RC/HC, United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and International Financial Institutions (IFIs), particularly in support of initiatives to promote macro-economic stability, the functioning of key state institutions, and efforts to improve governance and public administration, as well as the development of methodologies for tracking progress in the peace building process;
•Mainstream good peacebuilding practice and promote multi-dimensional peacebuilding approaches within all of the activities and engagement of the Office of the SRSG and DSRSG/RC/HC, and promote system-wide coherence in the DSRSG/RC/HC’s engagement with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), through participation in inter-agency forums and liaison with the UNCT and International Financial Institutions (IFIs);
•Provide guidance to the United Nations Strategic Planning process, UNCT planning exercises and advise senior management on initiatives to promote macro-economic stability, the functioning of key state institutions, and efforts to improve governance in the public administration;
•Identify opportunities of strategic partnerships between the UNITAMS and regional or global stakeholders in support of UNITAMS’ objectives and peacebuilding processes in Sudan;
•Contribute to and support the fulfilment of UNITAMS’ reporting requirements to the Security Council, other member state platforms and to Department of Peacebuilding and Political Affairs (DPPA) process of the identification of possible candidate countries for inclusion on the agenda of the PBC;
•Strengthen collaboration with other external partners, including UNITAMS’ partners, through the organization of joint workshops or seminars with independent research and policy institutions;
•Produce analytical, background, and program concept notes and proposals for UNITAMS to promote peacebuilding objectives to inform UNITAMS decision-making and collaboration with DSRSG/RC/HC, UNCT and IFIs;
•Contribute to the formulation of UNITAMS’ annual work plans and their regular reporting exercises;
•Perform other related duties assigned.


Professionalism: Ability to translate conflict analysis into inclusive peacebuilding and prevention strategy, policy and programming. Ability to build multi-stakeholder partnerships with an emphasis on national ownership and supporting the development of national capacities for prevention and peacebuilding. Shows pride in work and 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.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments and 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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent), is required, in international relations, communications, administration, social sciences or related area. 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 ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience is required, in the intergovernmental, political and diplomatic field or related area is required.
Experience in collaboration and designing interventions with Member States, International Financial Institutions, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes or comparable international organization is required.
Experience working on peace processes in Africa is required.
A minimum of three years of experience working in support of a UN Resident Coordinator or UN Country Team on peacebuilding issues is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The selected candidate will be expected to commence work as soon as possible.

Please note that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the travel restrictions imposed by national authorities, selected candidates may be required to start the assignment/appointment remotely, in agreement with the hiring manager, and until further notice.

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. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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.

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