Job Opening

Posting Title: Special Assistant, Political Affairs, P4
Job Code Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Office in Central Africa
Duty Station: LIBREVILLE
Posting Period: 15 March 2018 - 21 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-UNOCA-94620-R-Libreville (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). The Special Assistant, Political Affairs, provides support to the Office of the SRSG– proposing options and providing well-researched avenues for resolving problems and following up on matters to be addressed, both internally and externally.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Special Assistant, Political Affairs will be responsible for the following duties:

- Supports the SRSG in the implementation of UNOCA's mandate as given by the Security Council;
- Brings to the attention of the SRSG all matters requiring the SRSG’s personal attention, assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed;
- As requested, handles incoming and outgoing correspondence of the SRSG;
- Drafts correspondence for the SRSG’s signature, as well as other documentation including code cables and reports to the Security Council;
- Liaises and maintains close working relationships with officials of state institutions, political parties, civil society organizations, religious actors, etc.;
- Organizes and manages conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops as directed by the SRSG;
- Supports the SRSG in his/her audiences with high-level regional authorities, including heads of state, taking notes and drafting meeting readouts;
- Performs other duties, as assigned by the SRSG.

Competencies

Professionalism: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the 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 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 & 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, Law, Communication, Management Development, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning, facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area. A working experience in Central Africa or on political issues relating to Central Africa is desirable. Prior experience in providing substantive support to a senior UN official is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment is limited to the mission, to this position and the tenure of the Head of Mission. Extension of appointment/assignment is subject to availability of funds and or renewal of mandate and extension of the tenure of the Head of Mission. Appointment to this position shall not give rise to consideration for a continuing appointment.

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.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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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