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INFORMATION ANALYST, POLITICAL AFFAIRS [Temporary]

Addis Ababa

  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • International Relations
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-13

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) in Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa is classified as a "B" hardship family duty station. The Information Analyst reports to the Deputy Head of Office and Director for Political Affairs.
The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) was created in 2010 to enhance the UN'S strategic partnership with the African Union (AU) and Africa's Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/ Regional Mechanisms (RMs) in the area of peace and security.
UNOAU works directly with the AU, RECs/RMs and other partners in efforts to strengthen the partnership and response to peace and security challenges on the continent, including strategies to enhance a common understanding of the root causes and drivers of conflict, strengthening the early warning systems, conflict prevention and mediation initiatives, support for planning and management of AU Peace Support Operations, as well as the operationalization of the African Standby Force and other initiatives.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Office and Director for Political Affairs, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
• Manage (research, collect, coordinate and analyze) information as a basis for enhanced planning and decision-making by the Senior Leadership;
• Maintain ongoing understanding of developments/events relevant for the implementation of the Office mandate through monitoring and collection of data/information from multiple sources, including: products and reports of UNOAU components; UNHQ materials; AU products and communications; information from UN country team, NGOs and other key stakeholders;
• Contribute to the drafting of code cables, weekly and monthly situation reports, analytical products and briefing materials in coordination with relevant Office components;
• Identify potential research and analysis topics, and trends; and produce forecasts and analysis in coordination with Office components and subject-matter experts;
• Offer analytical contributions to UNOAU Bulletin;
• Maintain a system for classifying and storing information, and preserving institutional memory in collaboration with Office components and leadership;
• Ensure appropriate follow-up and coordination with Office components to formulate responses, as appropriate, to matters requiring attention or intervention by Office leadership.
• Perform other duties and planning tasks as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of political reporting. Demonstrated analytical, drafting and editing skills with the proven ability to produce cogent reports; proven analytical ability in building information networks in a complex conflict and post conflict environment; ability to produce forward- looking, pre-emptive analytical products and relevant leadership advice; proven ability to integrate different perspectives, inter alia, political, civil affairs, military, police, security, humanitarian, human rights, rule of law, gender, child protection, development, disarmament/demobilization/reinsertion, environmental and electoral affairs, into analytical products; 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; Tailor's language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, foreign affairs, law 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in information analysis, political science, international relations, journalism, development, security (military or police) or related field is required

Experience in outreach, facilitation, analysis and reporting is required.

Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.

Experience in research, information analysis and drafting of analytical products is desirable

Experience utilizing a variety of structured analytic techniques designed to identify and mitigate cognitive biases is desirable.

Prior experience dealing with African political affairs is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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• This position is temporarily available until 31 October 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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