Political Affairs Officer

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The United Nations is hiring a Political Affairs Officer.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Political Affairs Section of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS). The Political Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of Section/Political Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Political Affairs Section, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties :

  • Prepares documentation, including but not limited to, briefing notes and talking points. As requested, provides guidance and advice on issues to the head of mission concerning assigned areas of work. Prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components of a limited nature. Develops and maintains relations with external stakeholders at the working level and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
  • Supports his/her supervisor in the formulation of the Unit’s programme of work, budget and plans by participating in meetings; and compiling or researching issues related to the mission.
  • Participates as a team member on a team which could deal with a variety of political issues in the West African region. Attends meetings to identify the scope of projects, considers methodologies, and leads or actively participates in developing guidelines, terms of references, operational plans and timeframes for assignments. Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and or interagency involvement and participation. Represents the team at round tables, seminars and conferences.
  • Participates fully in assigned operational activities related to the work of the Mission. Supports an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the Mission.
  • Assists in identifying, analyzing and monitoring political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism – Demonstrates professional competence for the conduct analysis of peace, security and other developments in the Sahel region. Ability to identify and analyze political, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence for the conduct analysis of peace, security and other developments in the Sahel region; 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; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • 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 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

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law or a related field is required. 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. Professional training in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution, conflict prevention or related area is required
  • Previous experience in peacekeeping or special political mission is required
  • Work experience in West African and Sahel Region 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 informal discussion on suitability of the position.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

Closing date : 17 September 2021.

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