Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau
Duty Station: BISSAU
Posting Period: 30 May 2018 - 12 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-UNIOGBIS-98460-F-Bissau (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 at the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). The Principal Political Affairs Officer will serve as Director for the Political Affairs section, and assist in the implementation of key aspects of the mission mandate, including the promotion of inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation, strengthening democratic governance and provision of necessary support to national authorities. S/he will report directly to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau.


Under the direct supervision of the SRSG, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Implements the operational activities related to the work of the office including fostering dialogue, understanding and cooperation between parties; establishing and strengthening the legitimate authority of national authority in the region, including 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 the activities of the Political Affairs Section and coordinates with other components of the Mission and external to the Mission as required. This includes the supervision of administrative, financial and budgetary matters of the Division such as preparation of annual budgets, reports on the results based-budget, inputs to Strategic reviews and other statutory reports.
•Ensures compliance by the section of audit requirements at headquarters as well as field office level.
•Ensures that the works of all components at the regional level are in accordance with the overall political strategy of the Mission.
•Monitors and analyzes 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 country and in the regions related to the implementation of the mandate;
•Supervises, mentors, and evaluates staff within the section; supporting the SRSG in the selection of new staff for the section
•Formulates the workplan of the section and supports and coordinates the development of the political affairs component of field offices work plans.
•Oversees the development of plans for the use of programme funds and their implementation, when relevant.

Advice and reporting:
•Ensure regular, timely and high quality reporting to the mission leadership on developments and issues pertaining to the mandate; analyzes implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures; proposes plans of action for immediate and long-range solutions to political and governance challenges in the country;
•Prepare/review the section’s input 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 reports to the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions (ACABQ) etc;
•Oversees the preparation of various written materials, such as reports, statements, notes on meetings, speeches and briefing notes;
•Provides political advice to other components of the Mission working in the region.

Coordination and Liaison:
•Provides good offices on behalf of the SRSG, as appropriate.
•Develops and maintains relations with governmental officials; political actors, civil society, religious and community leaders as well as regional actors and organizations and the wider UN system, operating within the country.
•Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives;
•Performs other related duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

UNIOGIS senior management, staff within the political affairs section, relevant leadership/staff at UN Secretariat including the AF II division; other UN missions when relevant, heads of other UN specialized agencies; Heads of intergovernmental bodies; Ambassadors and other diplomats accredited to Guinea-Bissau; senior government officials, civil society leaders, leaders of political parties, religious and traditional leaders etc; and representatives from national and international non-government organizations.


•Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

•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.

•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.

•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.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with 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 science, international relations, law, national dialogue, mediation and facilitation, conflict resolution, peace building or related area at national and international levels is required. Experience in a UN peace operation or other relevant field operation in a civilian capacity (non-uniformed) is desirable. Experience in dealing with international political issues within an international organization is required. At least two years of experience in management, including in supervising teams, projects and operations, are required. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is highly desirable. Experience in peace and security issues related to Africa be an asset.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Special Notice


•This Job opening is being posted for 14 days and is open to internal and external applicants.

•The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuance governing staff appointments can be viewed at:

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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