ASSOCIATE POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
Org. Setting and Reporting
These two positions are located in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in Kinshasa and Bunia. Kinshasa is classified as a “C” hardship duty station and a family duty station. Bunia is classified as a "E" hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to a Political Affairs Officer Head of Section.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Associate Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Political analysis and advice:
• Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region, according to the assigned portfolio and/or applicable mandate.
• Identify potential and emerging trends which might affect the political situation.
Political outreach and coordination:
• Develop and maintain active and constructive working relations and liaison at the appropriate level with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners;
• Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for senior UN officials. Participate in fact-finding –and other- missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
• Support and advise political personnel in the Mission's field offices in editing and revising notes, reports and other substantive documents as well as developing and implementing work
plans, outreach and related projects as well as other activities.
Reporting and Information Management:
• Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, talking points, code cables and inputs for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council or other bodies.
• Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio. Selects, classifies and stores in computerized
databases notes, documents, and other information.
Program and Project Management:
•Participate in the planning of programmatic activities, Results Based Budgeting (RBB) and Comprehensive Performance Assessment Systems (CPAS) PAS, provide advice to the relevant Political Affairs Officer, as needed.
•Participate in the development of concept notes, assessment of programmatic activities projects proposals and budgets, monitoring and reporting, as requested.
•Liaise with relevant field officers, Mission components and UN agencies for data collection and ensure synergy and complementarity in the implementation of MONUSCO Mandate.
Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
Professionalism - Possesses excellent drafting, analytical and writing skills; Is able to analyze information and synthesize it into concise reports, briefing notes and other documents; 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.
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) in Political Science, Management or Development, or a related field. 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 two years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area, or the successful completion of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP)/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) is required.
Experience drafting high quality, accurate documents in English and French under tight deadlines is required.
Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis and reporting is highly desirable.
Experience working at the international level in a United Nations common system field operation, (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes), or similar international organization or non-governmental organization is desirable.
Experience in monitoring, analyzing and reporting on political processes in the Great Lakes Region is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; Fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
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.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for 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.
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.
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