The position belongs to the POLNET job family. This Temporary Job Opening is for a short-term period, while the position is filled through the first semi-annual vacancy exercise of 2017. Any extensions beyond the initial contractual period will be subject to performance and the availability of the post. Both internal and external candidates are encouraged to apply.
This position is located in the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, currently stationed in Tunis, Tunisia. Applicants should expect to serve in Libya if security conditions allow for the Mission’s redeployment to the country. The Senior Political Affairs Officer reports to the Deputy Director of the Political Affairs Division.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Political Analysis and Advice - Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in Libya, especially as they relate to Libya’s security sector, including armed groups and other non-state security providers. - Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies and strategies for UNSMIL’s engagement to address political and security issues. Map conflict dynamics and actors and make recommendations for mediation, mitigation and conflict resolution.
Reporting and Information Management - Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies. - Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio; Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility.
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation - Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy and coordination matters.- Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation. - Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for senior UN officials; Participate in fact-finding –and other- missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
Management/Administration - Contribute to the management of the unit’s programme of work.- Support planning and budgetary processes for current and future cycles.- Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; assist with the selection of new staff. - Perform other relevant duties as required.
Professionalism : Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of political affairs; 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; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 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. Leadership : Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. Managing Performance : Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, security analysis, rule of law, diplomacy, public administration or a related field. Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting at the international level is required. Proven experience in security and political analysis in transitional context is required for this position. Extensive experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting involving armed groups outside of state control is required. Experience in managing and mentoring staff is required. Work experience in and knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa region are highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
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