Job Opening

Posting Title: Electoral Officer (Recruit from Roster), P4
Department/Office: United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Duty Station: TUNIS
Posting Period: 06 September 2017 - 20 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Electoral Affairs-UNSMIL-83355-F-Tunis (M)
Staffing Exercise SE7(POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 2)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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 for this job opening. Roster applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are qualified, 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 position, if selected.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Extension of the appointment is subject to mandate extension and/or the availability of the funds.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Electoral Division of the United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL), in Tunis.* Tunis is classified as a “A” family duty station. The Electoral Affairs Officer will report to the Chief Electoral Advisor.

The Mission has been tasked by the Security Council, in full accordance with the principles of national ownership, to support the Libyan government efforts in the areas of Democratic Transition, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Security Sector and International Assistance Coordination. On 12 December 2016 the Security Council decided to extend until 15 September 2017 the mandate of UNSMIL, under the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, as an integrated Special Political Mission, to continue to support through mediation and good offices, the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement, the Government of National Accord, formation of its security arrangements, and subsequent phases of the Libyan transition process. The availability of this position is subject to the extension of the Mission’s mandate beyond the current expiry date and budget availability for 2018.

*Applicants should expect to serve in Libya If security conditions allow for the Mission’s redeployment to Libya.


Within delegated authority, the Electoral Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Provides guidance and technical advice to the High National Election Commission (HNEC) on planning, developing and implementing an overall external relations strategy.
• Provides technical advice and support to the HNEC with strategic planning for engagement with stakeholders in the electoral processes including civil society organizations, international organizations; observer groups; media, political entities (candidates), governmental bodies.
• Provides technical assistance and advice in the areas mentioned above, and often supervise the implementation and follow-up as required.
•Implements, and often supervises the implementation of, electoral programs and processes in one or more of the following areas, as required: Public Outreach, Voter Education, and capacity-building as well as project support.
• Contributes, and often supervises the contribution to, capacity-building of national counterparts and strengthening of national institutions.
• Provides briefings and regular information sharing with international electoral assistance partners.
• Organizes training programs with relevance to HNEC staff in order to develop full understanding on Observer Groups’ objectives and methodologies.
• Provides advice on accreditation procedures at HQ and in district offices in accordance with established legal framework.
• Supports the HNEC in preparing a comprehensive observers information package and code of Conduct for observers.
• Provides support to the HNEC in development of a Media Action Plan as well as Media Information Package and Code of Conduct for Media consistent with the general electoral operations timeline; and support the establishment of a Press/Media Center, Media monitoring unit according to established legal framework.
• Supports the HNEC with development of a webpage and social media tools.
• Provides support and knowledge on enhancing HNEC's capabilities to support women's participation and representation in electoral processes.
• If required, supervises and manages the performance of national and international staff assigned to the area of responsibility.
• Establishes and maintains professional and productive partnerships with national counterparts and other key stakeholders in the electoral process.
• If required, compiles and provides regular briefings and reports in the assigned area of responsibility in close collaboration with other relevant partners.
• Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate electoral processes; knowledge of all aspects of electoral processes and their technical and political implications. Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgement. Understanding of electoral operations in a UN or similar multilateral environment. Ability to place the significance of electoral processes in a political context. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, 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 an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Required experience:
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in electoral administration and systems.
- Experience working in electoral external relations.

Desired experience:
- Experience working in conflict/post-conflict countries.
- Experience working in Northern Africa.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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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