Job Opening

Posting Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 04 May 2021 - 17 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNSOS-154897-J-Mogadishu (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 the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG), Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). The Special Assistant will be based in Mogadishu and reports directly to the Head of UNSOS.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Special Assistant, will be responsible for the following duties:

Mandate Implementation Analysis, Advice and Reporting:
•Identify, analyze and monitor strategic and operational developments, including cross cutting and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission's mandate;
•Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives; Monitor, evaluate
and report on implementation.
•Coordinate/draft summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council.

Management
•Formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission's programme of work, Including through regular review and update of the mission concept and support to planning and budgetary processes.

Supervision:
•Provide day to day supervision of the mission’s Risk Management and Compliance Unit and the mission’s Gender Adviser.

Coordination and Facilitation:
•Provide substantive and practical support to the Head of UNSOS in implementing the Mission's mandate;
•Coordinates the work of the Office of the Head of UNSOS components ensuring oversight measures and other priorities are addressed;
•Keep the Head of UNSOS informed on all matters requiring his/her personal attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow up,
as directed.
•Plan, organize and manage the Head of UNSOS's meetings and Mission events, prepare written summaries and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate;
•Coordinate/draft correspondence for the Head of UNSOS's signature.
•Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with mission components, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), AMISOM/African Union Commission, Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and local authorities, the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.
•Coordinates, as required, actions related to the transition planning activities of AMISOM and FGS and broader UNSOS support to UNSOM, AMISOM and the Somali Security Forces and other members of the United Nations family. This includes liaising with UN Headquarters, UNOAU, bilateral donors and other international organizations in support to the mandate of UNSOS.
•Coordinates operational and strategic guidance issues on behalf of Head of UNSOS, with Office of Director and Pillar Heads of UNSOS.

Performs other duties, as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism – 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.

Client Orientation - Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Building Trust - Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

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 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, or a 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in security sector affairs, international peace operations diplomacy, or related area is required.
Extensive international experience in working with international security forces, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
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 nongovernmental organization-in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior public official is desirable.
Knowledge of the geo-political environment in the Horn of Africa and experience working with the African Union Commission would be an advantage.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available initially for a period of three months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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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.

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No Fee

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