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Posting Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: MOPTI
Posting Period: 31 October 2017 - 14 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-MINUSMA-88034-F-Mopti (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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 to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are 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 offer, if selected.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Mopti in the Mission Multidimensionnelle Intégrée des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation au Mali (MINUSMA). Mopti, the duty station is classified as a “ E” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Director of the Political Affairs Division.

Mandate
On 1 July 2013, the Security Council, by its resolution 2100 the Mission Multidimensionnelle Intégrée des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation au Mali (MINUSMA) was established. The mission was authorized to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate relating, among other things, to the support to the peace process, implementation of the ceasefire arrangements, the protection of civilians, and human rights. For more information on the mission's mandate visit http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minusma/mandate.shtml.

Responsibilities

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

Political Analysis, research and Advice:
Identify, analyze and monitor political, economic, security and social developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the mission’s mandate;
Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.

Reporting and Information Management
Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, occasional reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council;
Prepare and review contextual information materials, such as background notes and political profiles; Manage databases and other tools designed to ensure accessibility and utility of information.

Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the authorities, political leaders and civil society actors, the broader UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters;
Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives;
Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation; Provide good offices on behalf of the SRSG, as appropriate.

Management
Assist with formulating and managing the implementation of the programme of work of the Political Affairs Division, including through support to planning and budgetary processes; supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff.
Perform other relevant duties as required

Competencies

Professionalism: 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.

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
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 staff when they make mistakes; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

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.

Education

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 the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required. Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience working in an international governmental organization is required. Experience managing a team is required. Experience related to peace and security issues in Africa and particularly West Africa, and the Sahelo-Saharan region is desirable.

Languages

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

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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No Fee

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