Job Opening

Posting Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Mission Integrated Office in Haiti
Duty Station: PORT-AU-PRINCE
Posting Period: 11 January 2022 - 25 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-BINUH-172250-J-Port-au-Prince (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) was established by Security Council resolution 2476 and is mandated to promote and strengthen political stability and good governance, including the rule of law, preserving and advancing a peaceful and stable environment, supporting an inclusive inter-Haitian national dialogue, and protecting and promoting human rights in Haiti.

The position is located in the Office of the Police Commissioner. The incumbent will be based in Port-au-Prince and will report to the Head of Police and Corrections Unit.

Responsibilities

The Special Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

•Providing substantive support and policy advice to the Police Commissioner;
•Contributing to the proper functioning of the front office of the Police Commissioner including coordinating with other Mission front offices;
•Identifying emerging issues and monitor trends relating to the Police and Corrections Unit mandate, undertake research and provide analysis and recommendations on possible action;
•Contributing to strategic and policy planning, including reviewing, coordinating and preparing policy notes, formulating options to address complex issues and developing strategic proposals - provide wide range of support to the Police Commissioner;
•Providing administrative and managerial support to the Police Commissioner in connection with meetings, including contributing to compilation of background notes, briefing papers and talking points, as well as preparing notes on the meetings and as required, drafting reports/notes to the Mission's senior leadership and other United Nations officials;
•Acting as a liaison with other sections of BINUH, including staff and other international organizations on behalf of the Police Commissioner;
•Participating in and providing inputs into the development of policies and procedures
impacting the BINUH Police administrative and strategic goals and the mission mandate;
•Upholding strict confidentiality in matters pertaining to information accessed through the performance of his/her duties;
•Performing other duties as assigned by the Police Commissioner.

Competencies

Professionalism: Shows pride in work and 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 ensures the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to democratic policing, law enforcement. Outstanding expert knowledge in the technical field of work in general and in the specific areas being supervised. Ability to apply technical expertise to resolve police related issues and challenges. Strong organizational skills. In-depth understanding of BINUH Police Component mandate, strong analytical skills combined with good judgment, sound knowledge of the challenges of peacekeeping, including an understanding of police 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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits inputs by genuinely valuing other’s ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; 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 (Masters or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, police management, law enforcement, security studies, criminal justice, business or public administration, human resources management, change management, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Graduation from a certified Police Academy or other national or international Law Enforcement Training Institution is an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, conflict resolution, or policing service/experience in management and policy including experience as a special assistant to a senior level official.

Experience in senior management office protocols and procedures is required.

Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation or similar organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.

Experience with Haitian culture and tradition is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• Fully vaccinated status for COVID-19 or willingness to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may be required for this position.
• 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.

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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