Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: GOMA
Posting Period: 13 June 2022 - 27 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-MONUSCO-183456-F-Goma (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 office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Protection and Operations (ODSRSG-PO) of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), in Goma. The Special Assistant reports to the DSRSG-PO through the Chief of Office (CoO).


Within delegated authority, the Special Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties:

Coordination and Facilitation
• Provides substantive and practical support to the DSRSG in in ensuring integrated and coherent functioning of the pillar, through effective direction and management, in accordance with the mandate and Head of Mission's instructions;
• Collaborates closely with the different substantive components working on the thematic areas of political affairs, protection of civilians civil affairs, human rights, rule of law, DDR, security sector reform, and public information and ensure that material and advice shared with the DSRSG reflect the various dimensions of the Mission’s work;
• Keeps DSRSG informed on all matters requiring her attention and that of the Mission Senior Leadership Team; Assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed.
• Organize and manage the SRSG’s meetings and events, prepare written summaries, and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate; Coordinate/draft correspondence for the SRSG’s signature.
• Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with Mission components, the authorities, the broader UN family, donors, and other national and international partners on policy management, operational, and coordination matters.
• Plans, Organizes, and manages official visits; conferences, seminars of the DSRSG and the substantive aspects of his meetings, field visits, and MONUSCO events, as required, prepares written summaries, and conducts follow-up activities, as appropriate. Accompany the DSRSG in his missions and official visits.

Analysis, Advice, and Reporting
• Identifies analyzes and monitors developments and emerging issues and trends that might affect the Mission's mandate, operations, and management;
• Assesses implications and, in consultation with pillar’s components, makes recommendations on possible policies, strategies, and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives;
• Monitors evaluates, and reports on implementation.
• Assists DSRSG with the drafting, review, coordination, and preparation of a range of written materials, including but not limited to briefing notes, notes to file, code cables, Note Verbales, SG reports, analysis, memoranda, situation reports, political briefs, analytical reports, Mission policies, standard operating procedures, guidelines, and related documents in cross­cutting areas with other Mission components and supports the DSRSG in overseeing or supporting their implementation/compliance as appropriate.
• Performs other relevant duties as requested by the DSRSG and the Head of Office.


Professionalism: Proven capacity to work under pressure and deliver within tight deadlines. Ability to respond expeditiously to diverse requests from multiple stakeholders and to set priorities. 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 ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning & 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: 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 by a 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.

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 the client.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related fields. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and additional two years of 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, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required.

Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization or non- governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.

Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior official is required.

Experience working on conflict or post conflict issues is required.

Experience in policy development and implementation is desirable.

Experience in Great Lakes region is desirable.


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


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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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