Job Opening

Posting Title: HEAD OF OFFICE, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P5
Job Code Title: HEAD OF OFFICE, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: BENI
Posting Period: 30 April 2018 - 14 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-MONUSCO-96617-F-Beni (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 Beni within the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). The Head of the Office reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Operations and Rule of Law.

Responsibilities

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

Management

Lead, direct and coordinate the personnel and activities of all substantive Mission components in the AoR, in line with the mandate and strategic guidance provided by Mission Headquarters, as well as applicable principles, rules and regulations. Ensure the operational functioning of the Field Office, in collaboration with Mission Support. In consultation with substantive components at Mission HQ, direct the activities of the local substantive teams, which may work in the following thematic areas: political affairs, civil affairs, human rights, rule of law, electoral assistance, public information, as well as advice to the national police and military. Formulate a comprehensive programme of work for the Field Office, determining priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mandate, and Head of Mission’s strategic guidance and which promote coherence and integration across the substantive units. If delegated with the authority, act as Area Security Coordinator, responsible for implementing the UN security management framework, designed to ensure the protection of all UN staff and assets. Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff according to approved reporting lines within the mission.

Analysis, Advice and Reporting
Identify, analyze and monitor local developments and emerging issues with respect to Mission priorities; Assess implications and make recommendations to the Mission leadership and partners on possible strategies, policies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives and UN principles and values; Monitor, evaluate and report on outcomes.
Ensure regular, timely and high quality reporting to the Mission leadership on pertinent developments and issues; Manage the preparation of summary and analytical reports, including situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file and draft code cables. Oversee the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes and profiles; Ensure an effective system of information management designed to guarantee accessibility and utility of information.

Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
Develop and maintain productive 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.
Develop and lead outreach strategies targeting the local population, in order to cultivate ties, create/expand political space, foster dialogue and develop an understanding of local perceptions and views on relevant issues, challenges and possible solutions thereto; Ensure that perceptions are factored into the Mission’s own activities and contribution to policy-making and planning processes.
Consult and collaborate with institutional partners to increase understanding of issues and develop strategies and plans of action to address challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation. Support the development and implementation of UN common planning and programming processes.
Provide good offices on behalf of the Mission’ Senior Leadership, as appropriate.
Perform other relevant duties.

Competencies

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 the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Teamwork:
-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

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

Managerial Competencies:
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 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.

Judgement/ Decision-making:
-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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision
-Makes tough decisions when necessary

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, or a related field. A first level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in political, civil or humanitarian affairs, human rights, programme management, or a related field is required. At least two years experience of leadership in multi-cultural settings, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams in a field setting, is required. A minimum of four years 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. Extensive experience in outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working in coordination with national or international military forces is highly desirable. A minimum of two years of experience working in a UN Peacekeeping Operation or Special Political Mission is desirable. Experience working in the Great Lakes region or Africa is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages for the United Nations. For the position advertised fluency in oral and written English is required. A working knowledge of French is required; fluency is highly desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal discussion.

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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No Fee

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