Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 09 May 2018 - 10 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-UNMISS-96395-R-Juba (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 the Political Affairs Section of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), duty station, JUBA. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary- General, Political.


Within delegated authority the Chief of Service, Political Affairs will be responsible for the following duties:

Identifies emerging issues at the regional level pertaining to the mandate; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures; proposes plans of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems in the region. Provides good offices on behalf of the SRSG at the regional level, as appropriate. Implements the operational activities related to the work of the office including implementation of peace agreement, fostering dialogue, understanding and cooperation between parties; establishing and strengthening the legitimate authority of national authority in the region; building the capacity of civil society and organizations; formulating programs related to reintegrate and reconcile all segments of society; and support for good governance, national dialogue and reconciliation. Incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity and a gender perspective throughout the office's activities. Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities of the regional office and coordinates with other components of the Mission and external to the Mission as required. Ensures that the works of all components at the regional level are in accordance with the overall political strategy of the Mission. Monitors and analyses information and data, managing, coordinating and supervising the preparation of analytical materials and assessments related to political, civil, social, economic and other developments in the region related to the implementation of the mandate. Develops and maintains relations at the national, and sub national levels, regional and municipal levels with governmental officials, political actors and leaders of the civil society, as well as regional actors and organizations and the wider UN system, operating within the region. Leads in the development of the Secretary-General's reports to the Security Council on the activities of the Mission as well as briefings to the Security Council and other such documents. Prepares various written materials, such as reports, statements, notes on meetings, speeches and briefing notes. Supervises mentors and evaluates staff within the regional office; participating in selection of new staff for the regional office; coordinating the activities and personnel of all civilian Mission components at the regional and sub-regional level. Formulates the programme of work of the regional office. Oversees the development of quick impact projects and their implementation. Provides political advice to other components of the Mission working in the region. Oversees and guides the formulation and management of Political Affairs Division's strategic priorities, programme of work and day to day implementation of the Division's activities. This includes direction on priorities and activities that are in accordance with the Mission's mandate; preparation of inputs for the result based budgeting process (RBB). Performance management, supervision and mentoring of staff and oversight of related. administrative and substantive tasks of the division , including monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators; leads the recruitment and selection of new staff in consultation with the Head of the Pillar. Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of peacekeeping and of UN rules and procedures. Ability to evaluate international political situations. Ability to manage and coordinate (at) many different levels. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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 impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary. Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly. Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

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 improvement; 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


Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law or a related field. A first level university degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in Political Science, International Relations or related field. At least five years of management experience, mediation reconciliation, political analysis and diplomacy in the region is highly desirable. Sound knowledge of the challenges of peacekeeping and of UN rules and procedures. United Nations experience - in particular field experience with a United Nations peacekeeping operation and/or professional experience with an UN agency in the field - is highly desirable. Demonstrated experience and in-depth knowledge of the political dynamics of the region is highly desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

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. 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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