Job Opening

Posting Title: PRINCIPAL POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, D1
Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: KINSHASA
Posting Period: 10 April 2018 - 24 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-MONUSCO-95754-F-Kinshasa (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 United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), with duty station Kinshasa. The incumbent will report to Director of Political Affairs (DPAD). The Division of Political Affairs constitutes the substantive Political component of the Mission.

Responsibilities

The Principal Political Affairs Officer promotes key aspects of MONUSCO's mandate through direct engagement with national and international partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region. H/She also advices the Director PAD, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and United Nations Headquarters

Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Political Affairs Division, the Deputy Director will be responsible for performing the following duties:
• Assist the Director in the direction, supervision and management of the substantive work of the Division and assume direct responsibility for all administrative matters in the area of assignment; act as Officer-in-charge in the absence of the Director.
• Provides substantive inputs on all matters relating to the implementation of the Mission’s mandated tasks from the political perspective and to ensure conformity with the United Nations policies, practices and procedures.
• Identifies emerging issues at the national and regional levels pertaining to the mandate of the Mission, analyzes implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies for immediate and long range solutions to political problems on a national, provincial and regional level. Develop overarching, integrated strategies as well as political and strategic direction for MONUSCO’s activities, including substantive guidance on policy issues, to further the Mission’s overall objectives; identify emerging issues pertaining to the mandate of MONUSCO, analyses implications and formulate guidance on possible strategies and measures; advise DPAD, SRSG/DSRSGs and the Mission senior leadership.
• Supports the Director in supporting the SRSG and the Mission’s Senior leadership good offices efforts.
• Supports the SRSG in fulfilling the reporting obligations of the Mission to UN Headquarters, by guiding and overseeing the preparation of regular and periodic political reports on developments in the Mission Area and the host country as well as preparing the Secretary-General’s Reports to the Security Council on the implementation of resolution 2348.
• Reporting and Information Management - Ensure regular, timely and high quality reporting to the Mission leadership on developments and issues pertaining to the mandate; Manage the preparation of summary and analytical reports, including situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file and code cables; Oversee the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes and political profiles; Ensure an effective system of information management designed to guarantee accessibility and utility of information.
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation- Oversee the delivery of the various sections of the Division. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the authorities, political and community leaders, civil society actors, the UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters; Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives;
• Oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, evaluation of staff performance (PAS) and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, including preparation for the ACABQ. Perform other relevant duties requested by the Director of PAD and/or SRSG.

Competencies

Professionalism – Analytical skills and ability to identify problems (e.g. political, ethnic, religious/sectarian, social, economic) and causes of instability in the DRC as well as the Great Lakes Region, and to provide strategic advice and recommendations to senior officials to address them; demonstrated in-depth understanding of peacekeeping policy and operations; ability to advise on high profile and sensitive communication challenges; sound knowledge of the institutions of the UN system, their institutional mandates, policies and guidelines; very good interpersonal skills; demonstrated managerial experience and ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships in a multicultural environment. Ability to demonstrate diplomacy and tact, and to persuade people with varying points of view; present information in a concise and accurate manner; ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials. Ability to manage conflict situations; ability to work under extreme pressure with tight deadlines and sometimes insufficient resources; proven competencies in problem-solving. 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.

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 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

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 improvements; 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 commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Judgment/Decision Making: Identifies key issues in complex situations and gets to the heart of a problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impact of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others an 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 need for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political or social sciences, international relations, law, history, public administration or other related fields. 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in political, civil, humanitarian or international affairs, conflict resolution, or related area is required. Experience in political analyses, bilateral and multilateral negotiations 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 organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Demonstrated professional knowledge and experience of Africa and, in particular the Great Lakes Region, is required. A proven track record of leadership in multi-cultural settings, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams, is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal 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.

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.

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