Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office to the African Union
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 15 June 2022 - 14 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNOAU-184052-R-Addis Ababa (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 based in Addis Ababa. The Special Assistant will report directly to the
Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) .


Within limits of delegated authority, and under the guidance of the Head of Office, the
Special Assistant will support the Head of Office in the execution of his duties:
Coordination and Facilitation; Provide substantive and practical support to the SRSG in implementing the Missions Mandate; Keep the SRSG informed on all matters requiring his personal attention, handle, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed; Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the office components, the African Union, Regional Economics Commissions and other regional mechanisms as well as the broader UN family,
donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters;
Organize and manage the SRSG meetings and Mission events, prepare written summaries and
conduct follow-up activities as appropriate; Coordinate/draft correspondence for the SRSG's
review and signature.
Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting- identify, analyze and monitor political
developments and emerging trends and issues that have a bearing on the implementation of the Office's
mandate: Asses implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and
other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives: Monitor,
evaluate and report on implementation: coordinate/draft summary and analytical reports
including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file, code cables and
input for reports of the Secretary- General to the Security Council.
Management - Assist in formulating and managing the implementation of the Office's programme of work, including support to planning and budgetary processes: Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff: Participate in the selection of new staff; Perform other duties as may be assigned by the SRSG.


Professionalism: In-depth understanding of, and an ability to evaluate international political
situations in Africa; thorough knowledge of the practices and procedures of the United
Nations or other relevant regional or international organization; knowledge of the African Union peace and security architecture or relevant regional organization; is conscientious
and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows
persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; 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
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.
Teamwork: Works 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 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.
Judgment/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; and, makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international
relations, social science, economics, law, public Administration, or related fields. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs,
diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related area is required.

Extensive experience in political outreach,
facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.

Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peace
keeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes); or similar international
organizations or non-governmental organizations - in a conflict or post conflict setting is

Experience working with the African Union and on peace and security issues in Africa is desirable.

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


Fluency in spoken and written English and French is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is highly desirable


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

Special Notice

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However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also
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holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying
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section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary
appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within
those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of
ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General
Assembly further "stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of
temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff
members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other
than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary
occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year,
effective 1 January 2013…" Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or
related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not
passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by
the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be
paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is
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resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian
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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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