Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office in Central Africa
Duty Station: LIBREVILLE
Posting Period: 21 June 2021 - 20 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNOCA-157576-R-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 Service 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:

- Supports the Chief, Political Affairs Section, in the overall coordination of the Section, especially in following up on the substantive issues requiring his attention/action.
- Compiles UNOCA’s weekly situation reports as well as background notes and talking points for the SRSG’s engagements and that of the Chief, Political Affairs Section.
- Gathers, selects and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, in order to keep the leadership of UNOCA regularly informed of peace and security developments and trends in the sub region.
- Carries out regular in-depth research on emerging or persisting peace and security challenges facing the Central Africa region or the countries under the purview of UNOCA and recommends options for good offices and other UN actions. regular in-depth research 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.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the countries under the purview of UNOCA and thematic areas pertaining to the mandate of the Office.
- Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments Central Africa and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues.
- Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to Headquarter and field mission/UN agencies active on the ground, through the preparation of 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.
- Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.
- Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organizations, government and non-governmental organizations.
- Selects, classifies and stores in computerized databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving countries under the purview of UNOCA.
- Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
- Participates in the provision of secretariat services to the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) and for other activities organized/supported by UNOCA.
- Prepares meetings of the of visiting senior UN officials in the subregion or with officials from countries under the purview of UNOCA.
- Performs other related 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.

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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

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

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience working in Africa or on peace and security issues is required.
Experience in conducting research and analyses on political or peace and security issues in Africa is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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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