Job Opening

Posting Title: DIRECTOR, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, D2
Job Code Title: DIRECTOR, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 21 November 2022 - 05 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-MINUSMA-195843-D-Bamako (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Bamako. Bamako is classified as an “D” hardship duty station and a non- family duty station. The incumbent reports directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary- General (SRSG).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority from the SRSG, the Director will be responsible for the following duties:

Political Analysis and Advice
•Identify, analyze and monitor political and security trends in the Sahel and their implications for MINUSMA mandate implementation, providing high quality analysis, strategies, and approaches to the Mission senior leadership to address complex challenges which may impact the implementation of the 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation and other political process underway in Mali.
•Support, as appropriate, the SRSG and the senior leadership through engagement on behalf of the Mission with national, regional, sub-regional and international partners within and outside the country, with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of relevant dynamics and facilitating the articulation of appropriate strategies by the Mission in the fulfillment of its mandate in Mali.
•Work with all relevant sections and components to provide strategic and political advice to the SRSG and senior management on all matters related to the political Transition and the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. In this regard, assess, monitor and also represent MINUSMA, as necessary, in engagement with key government institutions and other entities including signatory armed groups, Civil Society Organisations, NGOs and think tanks.

Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
• Support the SRSG and the Senior Leadership in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with key stakeholders on the political and security deficits in the Sahel region with the overall aim of ensuring the successful implementation of the MINUSMA mandate.
•Support the SRSG and the Senior Leadership in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with a broad range of authorities, signatories’ movement, political and community leaders, civil society actors, the UN family and other national and international partners, including those in the region with the overall aim of implementing MINUSMA’s mandate.
•Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives and in accordance with the Mission’s objectives and strategies.
•Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation.

Competencies

Professionalism
Demonstrated in-depth understanding of peacekeeping operations; Substantial and diverse experience in all facets of the job; Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment; in-depth understanding of and an ability to evaluate international political situations; Excellent drafting and presentation 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.

Creativity
Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas.
Thinks “outside the box.” Takes interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Accountability
Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards, operates in compliance with organizational rules and regulations, supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of work unit, where applicable.

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 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 (Masters or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law or a 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

At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required.

Extensive experience in political outreach, analysis, reporting and negotiation in an international setting 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.

Experience working in Africa on conflict-related issues is required

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

The appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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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