Political Affairs Officer
Mission and objectives
Under Resolution 2625 (2022), the Security Council determined that the situation in South Sudan continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region. The Council extended the UNMISS mandate until 15 March 2023. It also emphasized that the Mission should continue advancing its three-year strategic vision defined in resolution 2567 (2021) to prevent a return to civil war, build durable peace and support inclusive, accountable governance and free, fair and peaceful elections in accordance with the Revitalized Peace Agreement. Under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, UNMISS is therefore authorized to use all necessary means to implement its mandate which includes: (a) Protection of civilians (b) Creating conditions conducive to the delivery of humanitarian assistance (c) Supporting the Implementation of the Revitalised Agreement and the Peace Process (d) Monitoring, investigating, and reporting on violations of humanitarian and human rights law: The overall ceiling for uniformed personnel is maintained at 17,000 troops and 2,101 police, including 88 corrections officers. Please refer to https://unmiss.unmissions.org/mandate for more information.
UNMISS was established in 2011 under the auspices of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO); subsequently, UNMISS mandate has been renewed through resolutions 2057 (2012), 2109 (2013), 2155 (2014), 2187 (2014), 2223 (2015), 2241 (Dec. 2015), 2304 (2016) and 2327 (2016), 2392 (Dec. 2017), 2406 (Mar. 2018), 2459 (Mar. 2019), 2514 (Mar. 2020), 2567 (Mar. 2021), 2625 (Mar. 2022)
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Political Affairs Officer, the UNV will perform the following tasks: Analysis and Advice Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in South Sudan according to the assigned portfolio and/or applicable mandate Research constitutional and legislative matters; Provide opinions, briefings and/or advice on a political range of issues pertaining to the constitutional review process and related legislative developments. Political outreach and coordination Develop and maintain constructive working relations and liaison at the appropriate level with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners to ensure effective coordination and information gathering/sharing. Act as a liaison/contact point in the Division for representatives of political parties and other local stakeholders, including officials of the Transitional Government of National Unity and Transitional National Legislative Assembly. Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for senior management Participate in fact-finding and other missions. Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate. Reporting and Information Management • Monitor, evaluate and report on political, constitutional, and legislative developments. • Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, talking points. • Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio • Develops and maintains relations with government officials at the working levels and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern. • Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
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