Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, NOC
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Juba
Posting Period: 16 September 2022 - 15 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNMISS-191091-R- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the overall direction of the Chief, Political Affairs, the incumbent will report to a Senior Political Affairs Officer, and will be responsible for performing the following duties:

Responsibilities

Analysis and Advice
• Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in South Sudan according to the assigned portfolio and/or applicable mandate
• Research constitutional and legislative matters;
• Provide opinions, briefings and/or advice on a Political range of issues pertaining to the constitutional review process and related legislative developments.

Political outreach and coordination
• Develop and maintain constructive working relations and liaison at the appropriate level with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners to ensure effective coordination and information gathering/sharing;
• Act as a liaison/contact point in the Division for representatives of political parties and other local stakeholders, including officials of the Transitional Government of National Unity and Transitional National Legislative Assembly.
• Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for senior management
• Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.

Reporting and Information Management
• Monitor, evaluate and report on political, constitutional and legislative developments.
• Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, talking points.
• Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio
• Develops and maintains relations with government officials at the working levels and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
• Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism
Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, social and economic issues; Ability to identify and solve complex problems and develop consensus driven solutions; Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of political and constitutional developments in South Sudan and related issues and problems; Ability to conduct research, formulate options, and present conclusions and recommendations; 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; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


Communication
Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style; 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.

Planning and Organizing
Proven project management skills are a strong asset; Proven ability to plan and organize own work; Ability to handle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines; 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 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, diplomacy, law, public administration in an international organization, government institution, or national civil society organization. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, law, or related aspects of public policy, or public administration in an international organization, government institution, or national civil society organization. Good knowledge of constitutional law and related processes is required;

Knowledge of the South Sudan legal system is required.

Experience in preparing summary and analytical reports is required.

Languages

Fluency in English is a requirement. Knowledge of Arabic and other languages spoken in South Sudan is an asset.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

Qualified women that meet the requirements of this job opening are particularly encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration in accordance with the United Nations efforts to increase women participation in its workforce.

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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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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