Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement
Duty Station: HODEIDAH
Posting Period: 06 September 2021 - 20 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNMHA-163232-R-Hodeidah (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 within the United Nations Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) and will be based in Hodeida, Yemen. The Senior Political Affairs Officer reports to the UNMHA Head of Mission .

UNMHA was established by Security Council resolution 2452 (2019) and is mandated to support the implementation of the Agreement on the City of Hudaydah and Ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Issa as set out in the Stockholm Agreement.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Heads and supervises a team of political affairs officers in Hudaydah, Sana’a and Aden and oversee their work in terms of analysis, reporting and political follow-up.
•Provides analysis of the political situation in Yemen and the region, maintains relationships with key political and civil society actors and keeps senior leadership abreast of political issues as they relate to UNMHA's mandate.
•Contributes to the planning and implementation of the operational activities related to the work of the mission, the political aspects of the implementation of the Hudaydah agreement, and related initiatives such as redeployment, demining, humanitarian access and civil society support work, and follows political developments related to the implementation of the remainder of the Stockholm Agreement as they related to the mandate of the mission;
•Collaborates closely with the Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen to align political objectives of the mission and ensure mid-level coordination of engagement with political actors;
•Incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit.
•Prepares code cables, briefing notes, analyses and talking points for the Head of the Mission, Deputy Head of Mission and other senior staff.
•Provides continuous political guidance and advice to the Head of mission, on the ongoing negotiations at the national level in collaboration with OSESGY.
•Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and prepares documents and strategies for negotiations related to UNMHA’s mandate.
•Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
•Leads and directs the political team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
•Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of political issues in Yemen and the region;
•Advises on and participates in the meetings of the Redeployment Coordination Committee to the provisions of the mandate as they pertain to the mandate of the mission;
•Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and/or interagency involvement and participation.
•Represents division/office/mission at round tables, seminars and conferences.
•Works closely with the Public Information and communication team to formulate message and articles;
•Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the unit and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Section/Division or mission; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and unit.
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters; Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment; Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in operations in both the field and UN common system; Shows pride in work and in achievements and 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 & 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.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, aMannd 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.

LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

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 impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the 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) degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two 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 political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience working in the United Nations common system field operations (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes) – or similar international organization or non-governmental organization or national government – in a conflict setting is required.
At least five years of experience in analysis, political advice and reporting as well as in
coordinating multi-stakeholder processes is desirable.
Experience in Yemen is desirable.
Experience in negotiations in the Middle East or in mediation efforts by an international organization is highly desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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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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