Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 01 March 2021 - 30 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-MINUSMA-150970-R-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 located in Bamako within the Joint Operation Centre (RJOC) in the United Nations United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Bamako is classified as a “D” hardship and a non-family duty station. The incumbent will act as Chief of the Reporting Unit and reports to the Chief of the JOC through the Deputy Chief of the JOC in charge of operations.


Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief of the JOC in charge of operations and the overall authority of the Chief JOC, the incumbent will be part of the team mandated to provide mission leadership with a 24/7 common situational awareness overview, coordination and facilitate crisis management and will be responsible for – but not limited to - the following duties:

Monitoring and reporting:

• Gather and assimilate information from UN sources (Mission and UNCT), including - but not limited to - political affairs, civil affairs, military, police, security, mission support, rule of law including DDR, SSR,
justice, corrections, mine action, electoral affairs, gender, child and women protection, humanitarian, human rights, development programmes and public information;

• Monitor major developments (political, governance, rule of law, humanitarian, human rights, military, security and economic development), following the actions of relevant actors including
intergovernmental organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, political institutions (formal armies and informal rebel groups, militias, etc.).;

• Prepare integrated JOC reports (including daily and weekly situation reports, special and flash reports) about significant mandated and associated developments in the country and region for review and
eventual dissemination to the Mission HQ through the JOC;

• As necessary, research and draft special reports and prepare presentations related to operational issues, draft Code Cables addressing current operations, and official e-mails;

• Supervise an integrated team of watch officers mandated to provide mission leadership with a 24/7 common situational awareness overview, coordination and facilitate crisis management as needed;

• Supervise and review the drafting and reporting products of other colleagues as needed.

• When required, perform Duty Officer duties to enable continuous monitoring and reporting coverage in the Mission, including out of hours working during evenings, weekends and holidays;

Coordination of operations:

• Support the organization of operational coordination meetings, as required, liaising with mission sections, mission support and the UNCT;

• Provide support for the implementation of operational coordination decisions and mechanisms (eg coordination of special flights or patrols);

• Liaise regularly with the mission sections, mission support, and the UNCT to maintain an up to date database of the contact details for key personnel;

Crisis management support:

• Under the supervision of JOC leadership, help organize and facilitate crisis management meetings at the Mission HQ in Bamako and with the regional level, and also with UNHQ as required.

• Provide support as needed for crisis management meetings (secretariat support, presentations, talking points if required, liaison with technicians and facilities management);

• Liaise regularly with mission sections( civilian and uniformed components), mission support, and the UNCT to provide timely information during a crisis for decision-makers.

• Organize and manage first-response to crisis and sustained crisis support for Mission leadership, and direct operational information exchange with Mission HQ, as required.

• Draft post crisis report/ code cable with the timeline of events and decisions/ recommendations taken.

• Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Effective analytical skills; Excellent drafting and editing skills, with the proven ability to produce cogent reports often under strict time constraints; Ability to identify politically sensitive and operationally significant issues. Ability to coordinate with various actors. Ability to effectively conduct presentations by clearly summarizing and articulating operational issues, proposing options and concisely conveying information; 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.

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 for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social sciences, international relations, 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political or international affairs, public information/journalism, military, police, security, civil affairs, humanitarian affairs, human rights, crisis operations and management, or related field is required.
Work experience in a conflict or post conflict environment is required.
Experience requiring crisis management expertise, particularly as applied in an Operations Room context, is desirable.
Experience working in an integrated civilian-military-police environment is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

The appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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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