Job Opening

Posting Title: PRINCIPAL ELECTORAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, D1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL ELECTORAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 17 November 2021 - 01 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Electoral Affairs-UNMISS-168806-J-Juba (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).

The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2567 (2021), which mandates the UNMISS to advance a three-year strategic vision to prevent a return to civil war, build a durable peace, support inclusive and accountable governance as well as free, fair and peaceful elections, in line with the Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

The position is based in Juba, South Sudan and is located in the Integrated Electoral Assistance Team. Juba is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. The Principal Electoral Affairs Officer serves as the principal leader of the integrated electoral assistance team and reports to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) through Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG)-Political.

Responsibilities

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

• Designs, leads, supervises and coordinates the implementation of electoral assistance programs in the following areas, as required: drafting and/or reform of the electoral legal framework, complaints and dispute resolution, overall process management, planning and budgeting, infrastructure development, operations including field operations, procurement, logistics, security, information and communications technology, data processing and analysis, procedures, training, external relations, public information, outreach and media relations, civic and voter education, graphic design, administrative support, support to media, political parties and civil society, gender mainstreaming, capacity-building, institutional reform and development as well as project and programme management and support;

• Leads UNMISS integrated electoral support team consisting of both UNDP and UNMISS contracted staff to carry out UNITAMS’s electoral mandate;

• Provides expert advice to the SRSG, the DSRSG, the South Sudanese electoral authorities and other relevant stakeholders on ensuring timely, effective and sustainable implementation of UNMISS electoral mandate based on international best practices;

• Designs, leads, coordinates and supervises the implementation of strategies and programmes to build or strengthen the capacity of the EMB;

• Proposes solutions, based on comparative experience and international best practices, to political and technical issues that arise in the conduct of the electoral process.

• Establishes and maintains professional and productive collaboration with regional and international partners.

• Ensures the coordination of international electoral assistance, as appropriate, including as pertaining to non-UN partners;

• Develops timely and efficient communication mechanisms with, and provides regular reports to, the UN Electoral Assistance Division at headquarters;

• Regularly briefs senior Mission officials, donors, member states and key stakeholders on the electoral process.

• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Demonstrates in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate electoral processes; knowledge of all aspects of electoral processes and their technical and political implications. Strong analytical and evaluative skills. Understanding of electoral operations in a UN or similar multilateral environment. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations.

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.

Client Orientation:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. 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.

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 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, Law, Public Administration, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas in at least three countries is required.

Electoral experience in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is required.

Previous experience in managing a diverse team is required.

At least seven (7) years of experience in supervising, implementing, supporting or advising on electoral processes is required.

Electoral experience in developing countries is required.

Work experience in post-conflict situations is required.

Experience in East Africa is desirable.

Experience in bilateral or multilateral negotiation is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 30 June 2022. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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