Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR ELECTORAL OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR ELECTORAL OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 15 June 2022 - 14 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Electoral Affairs-UNAMI-183999-R-Baghdad (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located at the Electoral Assistance Office in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), with duty station in Baghdad. The Senior Electoral Officer serves as a senior member of the UN integrated electoral assistance team and reports to the Principal Electoral Adviser of UNAMI.

Responsibilities

The Senior Electoral Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Design, lead, supervise, coordinate and contribute to the implementation of electoral assistance programs and processes in the following areas, as required: operations including field operations, procurement, logistics, information and communications technology, data processing and analysis, procedures, training, overall process management, planning and budgeting, infrastructure development, political parties, gender mainstreaming, capacity-building, and institutional reform and development.
• Lead, coordinate and supervise the provision of support, technical assistance and advice to national counterparts at the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) in the above areas and provide high-level assistance and advice as required, particularly on the reform of Iraq’s voter registry which is based on Public Food Distribution System - legacy of Oil for Food program, election results management system and the development of regulations and processes in line with Iraq’s chosen electoral system which is Single Non-Transferable Vote (SNTV).
• Provide project and programme management and support, including budget management and monitoring, and reporting of results to national counterparts, donors and UN bodies; overall donor liaison and management.
• Design, lead, coordinate, supervise and contribute to the implementation of strategies and programmes to build the capacity of national counterparts and strengthen national institutions, including support to the development and implementation of the IHEC strategic plan based on the outcome of the lessons learned workshop conducted after the 2021 Council of Representatives elections.
• Monitor the impact of domestic and international norms and processes on female participation and provide advice to the Electoral Management Bodies on appropriate corrective measures.
• If required, offer electoral advice to UN senior management on the ground.
• Supervise and manage the performance of UN national and international staff under the project.
• Establish and maintain professional and productive partnerships with national counterpart institutions and other key stakeholders in the electoral process.
• Establish effective communication mechanisms, regularly brief senior UN officials, partners, donors, counterparts as well as other key stakeholders on the electoral process and provide regular reports, including to the head of the UN/mission as well as senior officials in UN headquarters.
• Perform other related duties as required.

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 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 the 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 and 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.

Managerial Competencies

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decisionmaking 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 creativity and initiative; 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 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 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, 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas in at least 3 countries is required.

At least five years of experience in supervising, implementing, supporting or advising on electoral processes is required.

Experience working in the Middle East/ Region is required.

Electoral experience supporting field operations of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.

Experience advising electoral management bodies on electoral system design and electoral operations, including processes for registration and finalization of candidate lists is desirable.

Experience managing a team of different backgrounds at the senior level is desirable.

Experience managing and coordinating complex projects is desirable.

Experience in bilateral or multilateral negotiations is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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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.

Fully vaccinated status for COVID-19 or willingness to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is required 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.

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