Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 07 November 2022 - 21 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Electoral Affairs-MINUSMA-194731-F-Bamako (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 Electoral Affairs Section of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, duty station Bamako. The incumbent will report to the Principal Electoral Affairs Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Electoral Officer (Communication & Reporting), P4 level will be responsible for the following duties:
• Identify, analyse and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues related to ongoing and emerging conflicts in Mali and developments within the national and international organizations within the assigned area of work;
• Analyse political and electoral events in assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice to the Mission;
• Participate in the discussion and formulation of political strategies in the electoral field;
• Draft analytical reports and minutes of meetings on electoral matters;
• Provide political advice and assistance to the Chief Electoral Affairs Officer during all phases of the Electoral process;
• Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives;
• Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio;
• Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and action plans to address political challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; monitor, evaluate and report on implementation;
• Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the Division’s work programme;
• Support the planning and budgetary process of the Division;
• Contribute, and often supervise the contribution to, capacity-building of national counterparts and the strengthening of national institutions;
• 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;
• Establish and maintain professional and productive partnerships with national counterparts and other key stakeholders in the electoral process;
• Interpret electoral policies and regulations in order to clarify and provide inputs in the development of procedure manuals;
• Assist in the review of all procedures and guidelines to ensure consistency with the international principles on elections and clarity of concepts;
• Provide advice to, and contributes to the capacity building of counterpart(s) in national electoral authorities, including advising on the establishment and management of field offices;
• Compile and provide regular briefings and reports to the Chief Electoral Officer on major electoral developments and issues in the field, including immediate and longer term problems;
• Provide periodic reports to Headquarters on electoral and political developments in the assigned area of responsibility in close collaboration with political, civil affairs and human rights officers.
• Perform other related duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
• Counterparts in peacekeeping operations in other HQ, mission, field offices and other UN agencies;
• Special Envoys and Representatives of the Secretary-General ;
• Resident Coordinators of UN system;
• UN specialized agencies;
• Representatives of non-governmental organizations, regional intergovernmental organizations, governments and international/regional organizations;
• Representatives of Governments/ Permanent Missions to the UN;
• Electoral Management Bodies; relevant national counterparts;
• Academic community, institutes and foundations as required


Professionalism: • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, notably in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate electoral processes, knowledge of electoral processes and their technical and political implications; • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; • Demonstrates commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;• Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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;• Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on electoral legal issues and propose solutions to electoral problems in Mali; • Knowledge of political events in the Mali and the sub region;• Field experience working with the UN or an affiliated organization in the administration and delivery of post-conflict elections; • 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; • 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.

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 & 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


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) degree in Political Science, International Economics, International Relations, Law, Public Administration, or related field.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years with a masters degree or nine (9) years with a Bachelor 's degree of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas in at least 3 countries is required

At least three (3) years of extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, análisis, advice and reporting is required.

Experience in working in West African countries is desirable


French and English are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post fluency in spoken and written French is required; and working knowledge of 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.

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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