Job Opening

Posting Title: COORDINATION OFFICER, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P3
Job Code Title: COORDINATION OFFICER, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: KINSHASA
Posting Period: 11 March 2021 - 25 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-MONUSCO-151412-F-Kinshasa (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 Kinshasa, as part of the Stabilization Support Unit (SSU), within the Pillar of the DSRSG/RC/HC (MONUSCO). The incumbent reports to the SSU Coordination Officer at the P4 level based in Kinshasa.

Responsibilities

The Coordination Officer supports the work of MONUSCO’s Stabilization Support Unit. The officer supports efforts to promote a coherent approach to stabilization/peacebuilding activities within the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS), with the international community, in particular the members of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and the substantive sections of the mission (MONUSCO) seeking to ensure synergies that are in support of the national and provincial authorities’ stabilization plans and priorities.

Within delegated authority, and under the direct supervision of the Coordination Officer (P4) based in Kinshasa, the Coordination Officer will carry out the following duties:

• Supports and engages in the development and monitoring of the ISSSS Peace and Development Agenda, UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework and in the country; identifies key issues including challenges that require immediate support and advice.

• Provide substantive and practical support to UN coordination mechanisms and ensure linkages with the work of the UNCT at the national level; this can include, as appropriate active participation in and support for formal coordination mechanisms as well as leading or co-leading working groups on issues of key importance to MONUSCO’s and the UNCT’s programmatic priorities.

• Monitors, analyses and reports on trends on the human and socio-economic rights situation, external aid and public financial management, and in the UN’s evolving programmatic strategies.

• Drafts routine and ad hoc situation reports/briefings including input for reports of the Secretary-General, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee and the monthly Security Council Brief.

• Information sharing between MONUSCO and UNCT coordination mechanisms and partners in support of the ISSSS. Provide regular updates and analysis of developments of relevance to the provision of state services in the field/conflict areas.

• Identify opportunities for the UNCT how to better support and implement the ISSSS in support of national and provincial authorities. This include active engagement with the UNCT, donors and Ministry of Plan.

• Performs any other assigned duties.

Competencies

Professionalism - Ability to work with tact and diplomacy, primarily as an enabler of constructive actors and processes. 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, public administration, anthropology, law, economics or related area. A first–level University degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in coordinating stabilisation, development and/or humanitarian activities in national governments and/or at the international level is required.
Previous experience in coordinating development activities in (post)-conflict countries and/or in international organizations or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is required.
Two years of experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization or non-governmental organization is required
Experience participating in inter-agency coordination mechanisms at the local or national level is required.
Experience analyzing political, economic and social challenges and communicating strategic policy and programmatic advice, including to senior leadership, donors and governments, is desirable.
At least 2 years of experience working in the Great Lakes Region is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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.

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.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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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