Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: SRSG for West Africa/United Nations Office in West Africa
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 07 October 2021 - 21 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNOWA-165157-F-Dakar (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located within the Political Affairs Section of UNOWAS and the incumbent reports to the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Team Leader, Gulf of Guinea Cluster.

Responsibilities

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

• Identifies and monitors political developments, trends and emerging issues in assigned countries in West Africa and the Sahel; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional challenges; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations.
• Analyses political and related events within assigned countries with a view to provide early warning advice to UNOWAS leadership.
• Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high-profile matters of concern in assigned countries, drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) and as required.
• Supports the good offices of SRSG UNOWAS.
• Contributes to UNOWAS’ engagements in the Lake Chad Basin; collaborates closely with UNOCA and other relevant institutions to support the good offices of SRSG UNOWAS in addressing the challenges in the Lake Chad Basin.
• Plans and participates in working-level and high-level missions to assigned countries.
• Meets regularly with relevant stakeholders including UN staff, national officials, CSOs and regional and sub-regional organisations to ensure coherence and complementarity in mandate implementation
• Provides up-to-date information to UNOWAS leadership regarding substantive political matters and makes recommendations on actions to take.
• Maintains contacts with other UN entities, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters. Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
• Performs other related duties as required.

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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, law, diplomacy, conflict resolution or related area.

At least two years of experience working in West Africa and the Sahel is desirable.

Languages

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.

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.

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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