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This position is located in the Office of the Special Envoy of The Secretary-General for the Great Lakes in Nairobi.
Nairobi is classified as a “B” hardship duty station and a family duty station.
The job opening is for a duration of six (6) months.
The incumbent reports directly to the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Team Leader.
In February 2013, 11 nations signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region, in a renewed drive to end the recurring cycles of devastating conflict in eastern DRC which impacts stability and development in the Great Lakes area of Africa. On 31 January 2014, two more countries, Kenya and Sudan, became signatories of the PSC Framework. The framework aims to help “address the root causes of conflict and put an end to recurring cycles of violence” in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes Region. In its Resolution 2098 (2013), the Security Council welcomed the signing of the PSC Framework. It called on the Special Envoy, in coordination with the Special Representative for the DRC to “lead, coordinate and assess the implementation of national and regional commitments under the PSC Framework, including through the establishment of benchmarks and appropriate follow-up measures”.
The Security Council further encouraged the Special Envoy to “lead a comprehensive political process that includes all relevant stakeholders to address the underlying root causes of the conflict”.
Within the delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Monitors and analyzes the political, security, humanitarian and human rights situation in assigned countries, including relations between countries, relevant parties within those countries, regional organizations and other key stakeholders, with a view to providing timely and relevant analytical forward-looking assessments and strategic recommendations to senior management, in line with the office’s mandate.
• Participates fully in assigned activities related to the work of the office or mission, i.e. cross-cutting issues related to the peace, development and humanitarian nexus, durable solutions, mediation, peacekeeping, demobilization and reintegration, conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict rehabilitation, political and governance institution-building, civil society support work, etc.; 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 unit.
• Prepares a wide range of documents, including briefing notes, talking points, reports and other correspondence, for the Head of the Mission and other senior staff. As requested, provides guidance and advice on assigned issues to the head of mission, as well as other selected offices of intergovernmental bodies concerning assigned areas of work, status of negotiations, and the approach to various issues, including interpretation of the rules and procedure. Prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties, develops and maintains relations with government officials at the working levels and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
• Participates as a team member in a team which deals with a variety of political, security and humanitarian issues in a region and/ or country or crisis. Attends meetings to identify the scope of related projects, considers methodologies, and participates in developing guidelines, terms of reference and operational plans and time frames for such projects. 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 in fact-finding, planning and other missions to countries within the assigned area of responsibility and drafts reports thereon.
• Supports his/her supervisor in the formulation of the programme of work, budget and medium-term plans of the unit by participating in meetings, and compiling or researching issues related to the mission.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: 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; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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 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 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, peace and security or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
– A minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, humanitarian affairs, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.
– Experience in political analysis and advice is required.
– Experience working on the peace, development and humanitarian nexus is desirable.
– Experience working in or on a regional context, especially the Great Lakes region of Africa, is desirable.
– Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programs) or similar international or non-Governmental organizations. Work experience related to peace and security issues in Africa and the Great Lakes Region.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English and French, (both oral and written) is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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.