Job Opening

Posting Title: PRINCIPAL POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Chief PAS), D1
Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Duty Station: TRIPOLI (LIBYA)
Posting Period: 30 December 2021 - 13 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNSMIL-171629-F-Tripoli (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 Political Affairs Service (PAS) of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).The position is based in Tripoli, Libya (Tripoli is classified as a Hardship "E" duty station and a non-family duty station).The incumbent will be the Chief of PAS and will report to the Assistant Secretary-General and Mission Coordinator (ASG-MC).

On 30 September 2021, the Security Council renewed the mandate of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 31 January 2022, through resolution 2599 (2021). The Security Council has tasked UNSMIL, as an integrated special political mission, in full accordance with the principles of national ownership, to exercise mediation and through its good offices to: (i) further an inclusive political process and security and economic dialogue; (ii) further the continued implementation of the Libya Political Agreement; (iii) help consolidate the governance, security and economic arrangements of the Government, including support for economic reform in collaboration with international financial institutions; (iv) help to achieve a ceasefire and, once it is agreed by the Libyan parties, provide appropriate support to its implementation; (v) support subsequent phases of the Libyan transition process, including the constitutional process and the organisation of elections; (vi) coordinate and engage closely with international actors including neighboring countries and regional organisations; (vii) provide support to key Libyan institutions; (viii) support, on request, the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with humanitarian principles; (ix) monitor and report abuses and violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including sexual violence in conflict, notably through the effective deployment of women and child protection advisers; (x) provide support in securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (xi) co-ordinate international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to Government-led efforts to stabilise post-conflict zones, including those liberated from Da’esh. The Security Council has also tasked UNSMIL to provide support to the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned ceasefire monitoring mechanism including through the facilitation of confidence-building measures and the scalable and incremental deployment of UNSMIL ceasefire monitors.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Political Analysis and Advice - Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the UNSMIL mandate, with a particular focus on an inclusive political process, to keep Mission leadership apprised of developments in the political environment, and provide political perspectives on governance, constitutional reforms, electoral and legislative processes, rule of law and security; Assess implications and make recommendations to Mission leadership on possible strategies, policies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.

Good Offices - Engage or support the ASG-MC, the Special Envoy for Libya and the broader Mission Leadership Team in their engagement with national and international partners to facilitate mandate implementation.

Reporting - Ensure regular, timely and high quality integrated political reporting and analysis to the Mission Leadership Team on developments and issues pertaining to the mandate; Direct and manage the preparation of summary and analytical reports, including situation reports, briefing notes, code cables and notes to file; Oversee the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes and political profiles; Coordinate the preparation of reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council and provide inputs to reports to the General Assembly, including on budgetary issues.

Planning,Coordination and Facilitation – Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with national authorities, political and community leaders, civil society actors, the UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters; Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans to address political challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives; Monitor,evaluate and report on related implementation;

Management - Formulate and manage the implementation of the section's programme of work, determining priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mandate; Manage related administrative tasks, including the preparation of budgets, assignment and monitoring of programme tasks and performance indicators, as well as developing and reporting on budget elements related to the Mission’s political mandate; Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; Participate in the selection of new staff; Perform other relevant duties requested by the ASG-MC.

Competencies

Professionalism: Analytical skills and ability to comprehend the complex inter-relations among Libyan stakeholders; Has the ability to identify and analyze the underlying causes of conflict and instability (e.g. political, ethnic, sectarian, social, economic), and to provide advice to senior officials in developing and implementing political strategies to address them; Demonstrates sound knowledge of the UN system; 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.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.

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.

Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks; Thinks "outside the box"; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things.

Managing Performance - Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability, and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities, and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports staff when they make mistakes; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

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 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, social science, economics, law, public administration, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, law, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or a related field is required.

Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis and reporting is required.

Experience developing and implementing political strategies in post-conflict settings is required.

Experience managing a team or office in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies,funds, and programmes) is required.

A minimum of two years experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.

Experience in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region is highly desirable.

Experience in leading or supporting political mediation and negotiations is highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Arabic is required.

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.

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.

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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