Job Opening

Department/Office: SRSG for West Africa/United Nations Office in West Africa
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 15 September 2021 - 14 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNOWA-163844-R-Dakar (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Political Affairs Section in UNOWAS. The Political Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of Section Political Affairs Officer.


Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of Chief of Section Political Affairs Officer the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Prepares and reviews documentation, including but not limited to, briefing notes and talking points. Provides guidance and advice on issues concerning assigned areas of work. Prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components of a limited nature. Develops and maintains relations with external stakeholders at the working level and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.

•Provides substantive support to POLAS Chief of Section in the formulation of the Mission’s programme of work, its budgetary framework, operational plans and performance reports, including by actively participating in or leading meetings; drafting major components and compiling or researching issues related to the mission.

•Attends meetings to identify the scope of projects, considers methodologies, and leads or actively participates in developing guidelines, terms of references, operational plans and timeframes for assignments. Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and or interagency involvement and participation.

•Leads and organizes operational activities related to the work of the Political Affairs Section. Pursues 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 Section.

•Monitors developments, assesses implications and makes recommendations on possible actions, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and advance the Section’s mandated objectives;

Specifically serves as focal point or liaison for assigned specific Lusophone countries within POLAS Senegambia cluster, with direct responsibility for developing and maintaining close working relations with the relevant Resident Coordinator’s Office and UN country team as well as building synergies and complementarities with regional partners in particular ECOWAS in support of conflict prevention, resolution, management and mediation;

Assists to conduct regular stakeholder analyses in order to build and maintain a database for understanding the relationship dynamics of various national actors and stakeholders in the sub-region’s Lusophone area, including civil society, political parties; and in this regard building technical working relationships with them in order to assist UNOWAS with a coordinated UN approach to the strengthening of strategic partnerships towards the enhancement of efforts for peace and security.

•Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism - Knowledge of political issues related to the West Africa sub-region, in particular the Lusophone zone, is a prerequisite; Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes; Ability to provide solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or Lusophone countries of the sub-region; Ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas; 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


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, public administration, or related field is required. A first-level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant, progressively responsible professional experience including in, political science, international relations, law, public administration, programme management and/or strategic planning processes in peace consolidation settings or related field is required
Work experience in West Africa sub-region, particularly Lusophone countries of the sub-region is desirable.
At least two years of experience in a field mission or working with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes is desirable
Practical experience of using monitoring and evaluation tools is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Initial appointment against this position is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension. Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. 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.

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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