Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 04 July 2018 - 18 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Electoral Affairs-UNAMA-98351-F-Kabul (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 United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Special Political Mission. The Principal Electoral Officer will head the UN Electoral Support Team as the senior most electoral officer of the Mission, and will report to Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General – Political and Mission Senior Leadership.


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

Strategic policy direction for the UN’s electoral support; programme oversight management and delivery of results; capacity development for institutional reform and development; strategic partnerships, coordination and resource mobilization; senior electoral advice based on international best practices; sustainability and accountability of all stakeholders. Design, lead, supervise, coordinate and contribute to the implementation of electoral programs and processes in the following areas, as required: legal drafting and reform, complaints and dispute resolution, overall process management, planning and budgeting, infrastructure development, operations including field operations, procurement, logistics, security, information and communications technology, data processing and analysis, procedures, training, external relations, public information, outreach and media relations, civic and voter education, graphic design, administrative support, liaising with media, and civil society, gender mainstreaming, capacity-building, institutional reform and development as well as project and programme management and support. Lead, coordinate and supervise the provision of technical assistance and advice to national counterparts and their institutions in the above areas. Provide project and programme management and support, including budget management and monitoring, and reporting of results to national counterparts, donors and UN bodies; Monitor the impact of domestic and international norms and processes on female participation and provide advice to the Electoral Management Bodies
on appropriate corrective measures. Provide overall donor liaison and management. Provide expert electoral/political advice to Head of the UN presence on the ground, and also to the international community and UNHQ as required/appropriate. Supervise and manage the performance of national and international staff. Establish and maintain professional and productive partnerships with national counterpart institutions and other key stakeholders in the electoral process, including donors and other members of the diplomatic community. Establish effective communication mechanisms, regularly brief senior UN officials, partners, donors, counterparts as well as other key stakeholders on the electoral process and provide regular reports, including to the head of the UN/mission as well as senior officials in UN headquarters. Perform other related duties as required. Work implies frequent interaction with the following: Senior UN Officials including Under-Secretary ¬General/Assistant Secretary-General, Special Representatives of the Secretary-General; managers and staff of the mission and the Department of Political Affairs and, UNDP and; managers and senior staff of the mission or country office; senior staff of specialized agencies, senior representatives of international and regional organizations and governments; heads and senior staff of electoral management bodies and other national institutions involved in the electoral process; heads and senior staff of political parties, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, institutes and foundations as well as media representatives. Results Expected: The assistance of the United Nations to the electoral process contributes to credible and inclusive elections, minimizing violence and maximizing the chances of legitimate government, peace and stability. The United Nations mandated assistance to the electoral process is implemented effectively, using resources efficiently and minimizing risks to the organization. The United Nations have access to accurate and timely information as well as authoritative advice on the electoral process and its implications.


Core Competencies:

Core Competencies: Professionalism:-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.

-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:

-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

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


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science international economics, international relations, law, public administration, or a 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas. Electoral experience in a peacekeeping operation, political mission and/or a UN agency, or other relevant international electoral experience is required. Previous experience in managing a large integrated team of technical and electoral officers at the senior level, and the ability to manage and coordinate complex projects are required. At least seven years of comparative experience in supervising, implementing, supporting or advising on electoral processes in multiple countries is required. Electoral experience in conflict settings is desirable. Experience in bilateral or multilateral negotiations is required. Experience in Afghanistan is 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.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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, 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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