Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Duty Station: TUNIS
Posting Period: 27 March 2018 - 10 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Electoral Affairs-UNSMIL-95330-F-Tunis (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 within the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) which is currently located in Tunis, Tunisia. Tunis is classified as an "A" duty station and a family duty station. Applicants should expect to travel on a regular basis (and eventually be relocated) to Libya as the Mission moves forward with its plan to redeploy staff members into Libya. The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the Principal Electoral Affairs Officer.

UNSMIL's mandate as renewed in SC resolution 2376 (2017) of 14 September 2017 includes, as an immediate priority, support to the Libyan political process, as well as the undertaking of: (a) support to key Libyan institutions; (b) support for the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance; (c) human rights monitoring and reporting; (d) support for securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (e) coordination of international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to GNA-led efforts to stabilize post-conflict zones.


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

• Provides advice and contribute to capacity building, training and advice on electoral procedures of counterpart(s) of the national electoral authorities, including field offices.
• Implements capacity building and training programs in the following areas, as required: External Relations, Reporting, Civic/Voter education, Electoral Legal, Electoral Procedures, Electoral Operations, Electoral Logistics, Electoral Security, Electoral IT Development and/or Voter Registration.
• Ensures that all related electoral field activities are conducted effectively by addressing policy guidance and procedures, and other electoral needs in a timely manner.
• Ensures that all related reports are received regularly and within set deadlines; compile regular reports for the Senior Electoral Officer on major electoral developments and issues in the field, including immediate and longer term problems.
• Organizes regular meetings with staff and counterparts at Headquarters or the field.
• Ensures timely implementation of electoral operations in the assigned area of responsibility.
• Oversees the day-to-day operations and administration of the electoral activities in the assigned area of responsibility.
• Provides periodic reports to senior managers on electoral and political developments in the assigned area of responsibility in close collaboration with political, civil affairs and human rights officers (as required).
• Supervises national and/or international UN electoral staff assigned to the area of responsibility.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Results Expected:
Carries out assignments to completion, including required consultations, with skillful analyses of complex problems, timely action, coherent decisions and clear communication.


Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, including in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate the various stages of electoral processes, and their technical and political implications;
-Able to offer solutions to electoral issues based on comparative experience and knowledge;
-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 commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
-Shows pride in work and in achievements;
-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.

-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 the 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


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in Political Science, International Relations, Law, Public Administration, IT or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in electoral administration and systems is required. Minimum one year experience with Electoral Management Bodies is required. Minimum one year experience in electoral Training and Procedures with strong background in regulatory and procedural development is required. Experience in drafting regulations and procedures, in facilitating lessons learned review, in defining and following up on constructive recommendations is desirable. Related experience working in a field operation in an international organization, non-governmental organization, or within the United Nations common system (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programs) is required.


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


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

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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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