Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR INFORMATION ANALYST, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR INFORMATION ANALYST, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 13 October 2021 - 11 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNMISS-165850-R-Juba (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 Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. Juba is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent will report to the Head of Mission (HoM)/SRSG through the Chief of Staff.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Information Analyst / will be responsible for coordinating and supervising the activities of the Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) which include the management (collection, collation, analysis, and dissemination) of information in order to support decision-making, early warning, policy development and planning within the Mission.

• In accordance with UNMISS’s mandate, provide overall strategic direction to the JMAC, including management of JMAC staff, plans and activities.
• Oversee the monitoring, collection, evaluation, analysis and dissemination of information relevant to the implementation of UNMISS’s mandate, from a variety of sources, in support of policy development, strategic planning and decision making in the Mission.
• Ensure the timely production, consistency and quality of JMAC’s integrated analytical products, including trend/incident analyses, threat assessments, early warning, scenarios, profiling and risk mapping, focusing on the medium-term and long-term outlook.

• Lead efforts to implement the 2 May 2017 DPKO-DFS Policy on Peacekeeping Intelligence, to include the establishment of a Joint Coordination Board within the Mission and strengthening of the Mission’s integrated mission peacekeeping intelligence cycle: ensuring the effective and rational tasking, collection and analysis of information across different platforms, components and geographic areas; and ensuring that systems are integrated, accessible and friendly to users.
• Provide the Senior Mission Leadership with an incisive understanding of issues and trends, their implications and potential developments, as well as assessments of cross-cutting issues and threats that may affect the implementation of the Mission’s mandate.
• Develop, maintain and revise as needed the JMAC’s analytical and tasking tools (“Requests for Information”, “Priority Information Requirements”, “Collection Plans”, etc.) to detail the scope of analytical products, priorities, sources, deadlines, dissemination, etc.
• In close collaboration with the Joint Operations Centre, provide analytical support to the Mission’s Crisis Management Team.
• Provide briefings to the Mission Leadership Team, senior UN staff and visiting delegations and represent the JMAC in meetings as required.
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships and foster collaboration with Mission components, the UN Country Team (UNCT), UN Headquarters, as well as external actors and organizations in the country and the region.
• Oversee the information management team including the administration and maintenance of sage, as well as responsibilities related to sage access, registration, and user training. Oversee the work of the reporting team and ensuring the production as well as dissemination of the mission’s integrated daily and weekly situational reports.
• Ensure that the appropriate level of confidentiality for products is maintained.
• Prepare, implement and monitor the unit’s work plan, and manage and supervise the staff comprising an integrated team with a range of expertise (information analysts, political affairs, Humanitarian affairs, socioeconomics, security, technical GIS expertise).
• Develop and implement standard operating procedures and other relevant guidance and good practices for the work of the JMAC.
• Perform other duties as directed by the Head of Mission and Mission Chief of Staff

Competencies

Professionalism: Strong analytical skills and experience in information collection and management. - Excellent drafting and editing skills with the proven ability to produce cogent reports and edit the work of others. - Ability to develop information collection, assessment and analysis plans that support the mandate of the Mission and its strategic objectives. - Ability to produce forward-looking, pre-emptive analytical products and relevant leadership advice. - Proven ability to integrate different perspectives into analytical products. - Proven ability in preparing various sensitive and confidential analytical correspondences/reports and presentations in a fast-paced and high-stress environment. - Capable of identifying, articulating and defending complex concepts, issues and recommendations. - 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.

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.

Judgment and 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Vision: - Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in in political science, social sciences, international relations, law, public administration, economics or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in intelligence or information analysis, political science, international relations, journalism, development, security (military or police) or related field is required.

Experience in a UN peacekeeping or other field operation is required.

A proven track record of management in multi-cultural settings, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams, is desirable.

Experience working in an integrated civilian-military-police environment is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

The UNMISS is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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No Fee

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