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Posting Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P5
Job Code Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur
Duty Station: EL FASHER
Posting Period: 13 November 2017 - 19 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-UNAMID-88746-F-El Fasher (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in El Fasher, the headquarters of the African Union - United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). The Special Assistant will report directly to the Joint Special Representative (JSR) of UNAMID.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Special Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties:

Coordination and Facilitation:
- Provide substantive and practical analytical support to the JSR in implementing the Mission’s mandate; Keep the JSR informed on all matters requiring his personal attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed.
- Organize and manage the JSR’s meetings and Mission events, prepare written summaries of political development and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate; Coordinate/draft correspondence for the JSR’s signature.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with mission components, the authorities, the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters;

Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting:
- Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate, focusing on the three priority areas: support to political processes; POC and Humanitarian Coordination; local level conflict resolution.
- Review and analyse important political developments in the context of the Darfur conflict, assess and monitor drivers of political trends, and advise the JSR on strategic responses to advance implementation of the mission mandate.
- Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern, and to advance mandated objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation.
- Coordinate/draft summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council.
- Play a lead role in coordinating and advancing the collaboration of UNAMID and the UNCT.

Management:
- Assist in formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission’s programme of work, including through support to planning and budgetary processes.
- Assist in media liaison and manage media requests.
- Review Report of Secretary-General’s report and monthly reports of all sections
- Manage the performance monitoring of all sections under O/JSR, and ensure that the budgetary processes and work plan are aligned to the mission mandate. Monitor work plan implementation.
- Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; assist in the selection of new staff.
- Perform other relevant duties as requested by the JSR.

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.

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.

Building Trust - Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

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) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, programme development and management, or a related field. Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) -or similar international or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.

United Nations Considerations

Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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