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Posting Title: Head of Office, Political Affairs, D1
Job Code Title: HEAD OF OFFICE, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur
Duty Station: KHARTOUM
Posting Period: 13 September 2017 - 12 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-UNAMID-85656-B-Khartoum (M)
Staffing Exercise SE7(POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 2)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the African Union/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in Khartoum. Khartoum is classified as a “C” hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Joint Special Representative.

The African Union/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur, referred to by its acronym UNAMID, was established on 31 July 2007 with the adoption of Security Council resolution 1769. UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate, but is also tasked with contributing to security for humanitarian assistance, monitoring and verifying implementation of agreements, assisting an inclusive political process, contributing to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and monitoring and reporting on the situation along the borders with Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). For more information on the mission visit http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/unamid/

Responsibilities

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

Management
• Lead, direct and coordinate the personnel and activities of all civilian Mission components in the Area of Responsibility (AoR), in line with the mandate and strategic guidance provided by Mission Headquarters, as well as applicable principles, rules and regulations.
• Ensure the operational functioning of the Field Office, in collaboration with Mission Support.
• In consultation with substantive components at Mission HQ, direct the activities of the local substantive teams, which may work in the following thematic areas: political affairs, civil affairs, human rights, rule of law, DDR, security sector reform, electoral assistance, and public information.
• Formulate a comprehensive programme of work for the Field Office, determining priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mandate, Result-Based Budget (RBB), and the Head of Mission’s (HoM) strategic guidance and which promote coherence and integration across the substantive units; Monitor and report on performance against targets/indicators, including for mandated reporting to the General Assembly such as the RBB performance report.
• Work in close partnership with the Mission’s military and police components to ensure that their activities are aligned with Mission priorities and relevant frameworks and regulations, including vis-à-vis security management.
• Through delegated authority, act as Area Security Coordinator, responsible for implementing the UN security management framework, designed to ensure the protection of all UN staff and assets.
• Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff, participate in the selection of new staff.

Analysis, Advice and Reporting
• Identify, analyze and monitor local developments and emerging issues with respect to Mission priorities; Assess implications and make recommendations to the Mission leadership and partners on possible strategies, policies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives and UN principles and values; Monitor, evaluate and report on outcomes.
• Ensure regular, timely and high quality reporting to the Mission leadership on pertinent developments and issues; Manage the preparation of summary and analytical reports, including situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file and draft code cables;
• Oversee the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes and profiles; Ensure an effective system of information management designed to guarantee accessibility and utility of information.

Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
• Develop and maintain productive relationships with the authorities, political and community leaders, civil society actors, the UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters;
• Develop and lead outreach strategies targeting the local population, in order to cultivate ties, create/expand political space, foster dialogue and develop an understanding of local perceptions and views on relevant issues, challenges and possible solutions thereto; Ensure that perceptions are factored into the Mission’s own activities and contribution to policy-making and planning processes.
• Consult and collaborate with institutional partners to increase understanding of issues and develop strategies and plans of action to address challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation;
• In particular, promote coherence in the activities of the members of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), seeking to ensure synergies that are aligned with the Government’s national plans and priorities; Support the development and implementation of UN common planning and programming processes, including through the provision of substantive and practical assistance to related activities.
• Provide good offices on behalf of the JSR, as appropriate.
• Oversee the development of quick impact projects and their implementation.
• Support and/or facilitate visits to the AoR by Mission delegations and/or other partners and stakeholders.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters. Ability to evaluate international political situations. Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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.

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.

Managerial Competencies
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 improvements; 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.

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 impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

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

Work Experience

Required experience:
- A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in political, civil or humanitarian affairs, human rights, programme management, or a related field.
- Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting.
- Experience in leadership in multi-cultural settings, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams.
- Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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