Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3
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 - 30 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNMISS-191127-F-Juba (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 United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the Political Affairs Division, at mission headquarters, Juba. Juba is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent will report to a Senior Political Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Political Affairs Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Participate fully in assigned operational activities, as applicable, related to the work of the Political Affairs Division, i.e., peacekeeping, conflict prevention and resolution, political and governance institution-building, etc.; supports an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective in the policy, planning and operational activities of the Division

Identify, analyse and monitor political and related legislative developments, trends and emerging issues, and assess implications and make recommendations to Head of the Division/Pillar, prepare summary and analytical reports including situation reports, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies, draft diverse specialized reports for Mission and UNHQ leadership; support UN coordination mechanisms providing planning and secretariat support; prepare analytical papers on a wide variety of subjects and issues in diverse thematic areas, of varying degrees of complexity. Prepare and disseminate strategic communication products including key political messaging, communication relevant information material, presentations for a variety of audiences. Prepare briefing notes and talking points for the Head of the Division/Pillar. Prepare responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties. Develop and maintain collaborative relations with government officials/representatives at the working level, Mission and UN Country Team colleagues and counterparts, civil society actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy, and coordination matters,. Attends meetings to identify the scope of the project, considers methodologies, and participates in developing guidelines, terms of reference and operational plans and time frames for new team. Assist in planning, coordinating, and supporting programmes, projects, and activities requiring mission and or partner involvement and participation. Represent the team at/participate in visits, forums, dialogues, round tables, seminars and conferences, as required Support his/her supervisor in the formulation of the programme of work, budget and medium-term plans by participating in meetings and compiling of research issues related to the mission
Perform other related duties as required

Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrated understanding and ability to evaluate political developments and assess their implications for the mission and the work of the United Nations, Ability to engage effectively in political outreach and facilitation; Demonstrated analytical and reporting skills; 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: 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.

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

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related field. 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 (05) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.

Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, providing advice and reporting is required.

Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes), or similar international organization or non-governmental organization, in a conflict or post – conflict setting is required.

Good knowledge of constitutional law and related processes is required.

Technical advisory experience on constitutional matters is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required.

Assessment

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.

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.

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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No Fee

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