Coordination Officer, Political Affairs (Recruit from Roster)
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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.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Bamako. Bamako is classified as a 'C' hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. For day to day matters and operational guidance, the incumbent will report through his/her team leader to the Director Security Sector Reform - Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by the Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. By unanimously adopting resolution 2295 of 29 June 2016, the Council further decided that the MINUSMA mandate shall include support to the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali “notably to support the cantonment, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of armed group, including through the integration of elements of the signatory armed groups in the Mali Defence and Security Forces (MDSF) as an interim measure, within the framework of the reform of security sector, and without prejudice to the anticipated plans of the demobilization, disarmament and reintegration and integration commissions”; and to take into account the particular needs of women associated with armed groups, inter alia, through consultation with women’s organizations (paragraph 19 a (ii) and (v)).
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Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
•Supports and engages in the development and monitoring of tasks related to the MINUSMA/SSR-DDR Section mandate; identifies key issues including challenges that require immediate support and advice;
•Coordinates and reports on all activities related to Defence and Security in the framework of the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Accord for Mali;
•Liaises with MINUSMA Sections, UN Agencies, relevant departments of the Government, international donor community and civil society; facilitates coordination meetings and relevant forums that would enhance coordination and resources mobilization and utilization;
•Monitors, analyses and reports on trends on security and defence in the UN’s evolving programmes on Security Sector Reform and Disarmament;
•Drafts code cables, routine and ad hoc situation reports/briefings; and
•Performs any other assigned duties.
Professionalism: Ability to work with tact and diplomacy, primarily as an enabler of constructive actors and processes. 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.
Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
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.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; and Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, security and defence management, public administration or other related areas. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political, security or defence activities in national governments or at the international level is required. Experience working in an international organization is desirable. Experience working on conflict or post-conflict issues is desirable.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the position advertised, fluency in French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.Assessment
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.
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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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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- Organization: UN-DFS - United Nations Department of Field Support
- Location: Bamako
- Grade: P-3, International Professional - Mid level
- International Relations
- Social studies
- Political Affairs
- Management, Administration and Finance
- Closing Date: 2017-03-28