Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER, NOB
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
Duty Station: NICOSIA
Posting Period: 10 August 2017 - 11 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Civil Affairs-UNFICYP-83963-R-Nicosia (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This position is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Recruitment against this position is on a local basis. Candidates for positions in the National Professional Officer categories must be Cypriot Nationals, with Turkish at the mother tongue level.

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

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) The Associate Civil Affairs Officer will report to the Civil Affairs Officer and the Chief of Civil Affairs Section.

Please note that this position is not located in Nicosia. It is located in Sector 1 (Dhenia, Mammari, Limnitis, Kato Pyrgos etc.) or Sector 4 (Famagusta, Deryenia, Pyla, Athienou, etc.) and involve travel between locations

The Associate Civil Affairs Officer must be willing to be based outside of Nicosia. Frequent travel and long working hours are required.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief of Section, Civil Affairs / Civil Affairs Officer, the Associate Civil Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties.

•Plans, coordinates and facilitates inter-communal activities and interactions in line with Section’s programme as well as contributing to the Section’s strategic planning.
•Develops and maintains close contact with community-based organizations, civil society representatives and activists, and local government officials, particularly with a focus outside of urban Nicosia.
•Assists the Section to identify and strengthen relationships with local experts and champions of inter-communal interactions and trust-building in support of UNFICYP mandate implementation.
•Suggests opportunities to strengthen civil society actors and organisations working on projects and activities in support of the education, youth, or entrepreneurial fields.
•Monitors and assesses trends and developments in trust-building and key aspects of mandate implementation (both intra-communal and inter-communal). Identifies trends or issues, and proposes corrective action.
•Assists in the coordination of bi-communal/inter-communal activities in the sectors as per the Section’s programme and mandate implementation with other local (and international) agencies.
•Maintains statistics and provides regular analysis of programme impact. Drafts relevant sections of mission documents and reports.
•Verifies and presents information obtained from a variety of sources in a logical, orderly and creative manner.
•Demonstrates reliable and accurate adherence to UN financial procedures and timely planning for UNFICYP budget implementation.
•Assists in the coordination of actions relative to obtaining technical assistance/funding support from multilateral and bilateral donors with respect to inter-communal projects.
•Coordinates with other team members to achieve consistency and synergy.
•Performs other related work as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of the political, social and economic environment in Cyprus and their impact on the mission mandate implementation. Demonstrates ability to work with patience in a complex and politically sensitive arena while maintaining impartiality and confidentiality. Ability to conduct political analysis and to identify and resolve sensitive issues. Proven ability to promote and sustain dialogue between groups with differing views. Ability to contribute to strategic planning processes, including programme design and execution. Knowledge and ability to plan, implement, monitor and account for project funds. Ability to identify sources for data collection and analyse data collected. 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.
•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 according to deadline; 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in international development, public administration, community development, or social sciences. A first level university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) plus a combination of two (02) additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Valid driving license is required.

Work Experience

At least 4 years following completion of a first level university degree or two (02) years following completion of an advanced university degree of progressively responsible experience in the field of inter-communal relations, community development, peace-building, or program management, or related area is required. Experience facilitating bi-communal confidence-building activities and addressing issues in the Cyprus context is required. Experience working at the grassroots or rural level is highly desirable.

Languages

Fluency in written and spoken English required. Turkish at the mother tongue level is required. Knowledge of another Cypriot language 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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