Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Political Affairs Officer/ Rule of Law, D1
Department/Office: United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti
Duty Station: PORT-AU-PRINCE
Posting Period: 10 November 2017 - 24 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-MINUJUSTH-88675-F-Port-au-Prince (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This job opening is being advertised for advanced planning purposes pending formal approval of the relevant funding and staffing structures. An appointment may be terminated or post level adjusted in accordance with the Staff Rules for such reasons as abolition of post or reduction of staff or committee funding approvals, for example in the event that the funding for the post is not approved or the mandate of the mission is not extended.

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.

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.

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.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2350 (2017) deciding the creation of MINUJUSTH which is mandated to assist the Government of Haiti to strengthen rule of law institutions in Haiti; further support and develop the Haitian National Police; and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting, and analysis among others. MINUJUSTH is a non-family mission. The Principal Political Affairs Officer/ Rule of Law will be based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The incumbent will report to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Principal Political Affairs Officer / Rule of Law will perform the following duties:

Leads and manages the Political Affairs/Rule of Law Section:
• Leads and manages the development and implementation of the Mission’s strategies related to the strengthening and development of all aspects of the justice system, including fostering dialogue, understanding and cooperation between parties; establishing and strengthening the capacities of national institutions, building the capacity of civil society and organizations; formulating programs related to outreach to the Executive and the Legislative as well as all segments of society in support the Mission’s rule of law objectives; and supporting good governance, national dialogue and reconciliation, including through community-based approaches. Incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention and a gender perspective throughout the office's activities.

• Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities of the office and coordinates with other components of the Mission and external to the Mission as required.

• Ensures that the work of the mobile teams at the regional level are in accordance with the overall political strategy of the Mission.

• Monitors and analyzes information and data, manage, coordinate and supervise the preparation of analytical materials and assessments related to political, civil, social, economic and other developments related to the implementation of the mandate.

•Supervises, mentors, and evaluates staff within the office; participating in selection of new staff for the office; coordinating the activities and personnel of related Mission components at the regional and sub-regional level.

•Formulates the programme of work of the office.

•Oversees the development of quick impact projects and their implementation;

Advice and reporting:
•Identifies emerging issues at the regional level pertaining to the mandate; analyzes implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures; proposes plans of action for immediate and long range solutions to political and rule of law problems in the region.

•Provides input for the Secretary-General's reports to the Security Council on the activities of the Mission as well as briefings to the Security Council and other such documents.

•Prepares various written materials, such as reports, statements, notes on meetings, speeches and briefing notes.

•Provides political advice to other components of the Mission working in the region.

•Provides good offices on behalf of the SRSG, as appropriate.

•Develops and maintains relations at the regional and municipal levels with governmental officials, rule of law and political actors and leaders of the civil society, as well as regional actors and organizations and the wider UN system, operating within the country.

Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify and analyze the links between the country’s stability and rule of law challenges, identify related trends and risks, and propose and implement innovative political, rule of law and operational strategies for reform; Demonstrates strong ability to build effective partnerships with local interlocutors and employ the Mission’s good offices role in reaching agreement on joint peace-building and rule of law goals; Demonstrates sound knowledge of the UN system and understands the roles of substantive components within the Mission; 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.

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.

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 marches 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.

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 improvement; 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 communication 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 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law or a 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 15 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, rule of law, diplomacy, international relations, conflict resolution or a related field is required. Management experience is required. Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis and reporting is required. Experience in coordination with governmental and intergovernmental agencies in the field of Rule of Law is required. Experience in oversight and strategic planning is highly desirable. Experience in administration is desirable. Experience working in a field operation in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.


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


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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