Job Opening

Posting Title: POLICY ADVISER/OSRSG, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: COORDINATION OFFICER
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: BISSAU
Posting Period: 16 February 2017 - 02 March 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-FMADPKO-74570-J-Bissau (T)
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 Office of the SRSG at UNIOGBIS HQ Bissau. The incumbent will work report to the SRSG under the regular and day-to-day supervision of Chief of Staff.

Responsibilities

The Coordination Officer (Policy Adviser) will be responsible for the following duties: - Strategic Analysis and Advice- Identify, analyse and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues for peacebuilding and political conciliation in Guinea-Bissau. He/she assess implications and makes recommendations to the SRSG on the impact of developments in the country and on the implementation of the Mission mandate regarding political facilitation, good offices and mediations. The incumbent develops policy guidance documents and mediation support options, drawing on relevant best practice from the sub-region the African continent. He/she participates in follow-up meetings with relevant UN/Mission stakeholders and external partners, in particular ECOWAS. -Reporting and Information Management- Contributes to the preparation of summary and analytical reports for the attention of the SRSG, including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers and code cables. Provides inputs for the preparation of reports of the Secretary- General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies. He/she supervises the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance. The incumbent monitors and reports progress on the implementation of mediation frameworks and initiatives. - Planning, Coordination and Facilitation- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts in the country and with Government/CSO and political party representatives, academic and research institutions, and other national and regional partners. He/she acts as Focal Point for mediation initiatives, events and visits, including the provision of Secretariat services and the preparation of talking points, speeches, and other relevant materials. - Management/Administration- The incumbent supports planning and technical processes for mediation support. He/she assists with the selection of new specialized staff and consultants.
Perform other relevant duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM – Extensive experience liaising with senior Government officials and proven political engagement skills with a broad set of stakeholders including political parties. Direct experience in political mediation, negotiation and facilitation. Possesses in-depth knowledge and understanding of political issues in the West African/ ECOWAS region and an ability to evaluate complex political situations. Strong drafting and editing skills and experience in analysing and conveying complex issues related to multi-dimensional peacebuilding; Ability to work collaboratively with UN system-wide entities and manage interagency consultation processes; Thorough knowledge of the practices and procedures of the United Nations in conflict prevention and resolution. 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.
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.
VISION - Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required. Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Proven mediation and political facilitation experience 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 or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Work experience related to peace and security issues in the West Africa Region is desirable

Languages

English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish is an advantage

Assessment

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

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, 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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