Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 14 March 2018 - 12 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-UNMIK-94738-R-Pristina (M)
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 within the Joint Analysis and Reporting Unit (JARU), United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The UNMIK JARU provides an integrated analytical and reporting capacity in UNMIK. It is responsible for the collection, coordination, analysis and dissemination of information in order to inform senior Mission leadership decision making and ensure greater situational awareness. In addition to producing situation reports, it undertakes integrated assessments of key political, economic and security developments and trend analyses of key issues and provides integrated forecasts in critical issue areas. Finally, JARU provides direct research and analytical support to other UNMIK units when required. These maybe ad hoc projects or on-going support.


Within limits of delegated authority, the P-3 Information Analyst, Political Affairs will be responsible for, but not limited to, the performance of the following duties:
Maintain an understanding of the political, security, and human rights situation in the mission area and region; follow unfolding events; conduct mid-to-long term trend analysis; work with colleagues to gather and verify information; and be able to select, confirm, and present the relevant information, with the appropriate political context, in a succinct manner (written or oral) to a variety of audiences, including senior leaders; collect and analyse multi-source information in order to produce integrated analysis and forward-looking assessments in support of enhanced mission planning and decision-making; In particular, the analyst must maintain a high-level of situational awareness concerning developments and trends in Kosovo and the region concerning terrorism and violent extremism networks, based on an expert grasp of the key actors, historical developments and dynamics of the region; In addition, the analyst must maintain a high-level of situational awareness concerning developments and trends in Kosovo and the region concerning organised criminal networks, based on an expert grasp of the key actors, historical developments and dynamics of the region; Help identify areas for potential research and analysis. Collate, evaluate and provide short- or long-term analysis on developments/events affecting the implementation of the UNMIK mandate, using sources such as: UNMIK components (civilian, police, military), members of the diplomatic community, international and multilateral organisations, NGOs, media and other key stakeholders; Ensuring situational awareness by producing accurate and timely reports, analysis, and briefings that inform senior leaders' decision-making, policy development and planning; Serve as the UNMIK focal point and lead JARU analyst for the SAGE (DPKO’s incidence analysis platform) situational awareness system; Serve as focal point for the integration of additional analytical software tools; Prepare, edit and disseminate information in the form of regular reports, specific papers, incident reports, threat assessments, briefs, incident/trend analysis, scenario papers, profiles and risk maps, provide analytical coverage of political and social economic developmental aspects in a post-conflict environment; Provide briefings to the Mission Leadership Team, senior UN staff and visiting delegations and represent the JARU in meetings, as directed; Facilitate integrated operational planning in close coordination with other mission components, including the operationalisation of early responses to early warning indicators; Foster effective working relationships with other UNMIK components and relevant external actors and organizations; Support the UN Crisis Management Team, as required; Perform other duties as required, in support of the JARU, UNMIK and/or UNHQ, or as directed.


Professionalism: Strong analytical skills and experience in information collection and management; Expert knowledge of terrorism and organised criminal networks and dynamics in Kosovo and the Western Balkans region, including key actors, historical developments and dynamics in the region; Expert knowledge of analytical software tools that manage, analyse and visualise qualitative and quantitative data, such the SAGE platform and i2; Excellent drafting and editing skills with the proven ability to produce cogent, forward-looking analytical products and relevant leadership advice based on qualitative and quantitative methods; Proven analytical ability and experience in building information networks in a complex conflict and post-conflict environment; Proven ability to work with open-source, internet-based data, especially social media analytical tools and methodologies; Proven ability to integrate different perspectives, inter alia, political, civil affairs, military, police, security, humanitarian, human rights, rule of law, gender, child protection, development, environmental and electoral affairs, into analytical products; Ability to coordinate with many different actors in both the Mission and the UN system, to develop and foster collaboration and contact networks and to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment and maintain effective working relations with people of different national, professional and cultural backgrounds; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; 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.
Team Work: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, security studies, social sciences, international relations, law, public administration, economics or related field, is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of at least five years of progressively responsible experience in political or international affairs work, political and/or law enforcement information analysis, political journalism, security (military or police) operations, diplomacy, human rights, or related field is required. Proven experience drafting high quality, accurate documents in English under tight deadlines is required. Experience working in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team is required. Significant prior experience maintaining situational awareness and producing analytical products concerning terrorism, violent extremism and organized criminal networks is strongly desirable.At least two years of work experience in conflict or post-conflict settings is desirable. Experience briefing senior officials on complex or multidimensional issues is desirable. Prior experience working in Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) of a peacekeeping operation is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

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

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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