SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
- Organization: UN - United Nations
- Location: Kabul
- Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
- Operations and Administrations
- Social Affairs
- International Relations
- Administrative support
- Political Affairs
- Closing Date: Closed
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Kabul. Kabul is classified as an 'E' duty station and non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Staff.
UNAMA is a political mission that provides political good offices in Afghanistan; works with and supports the government; supports the process of peace and reconciliation; monitors and promotes human rights and the protection of civilians in armed conflict; promotes good governance; and encourages regional cooperation. Learn more about the mandate of the mission at https://unama.unmissions.org/
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Coordination and Facilitation
•Provides substantive advice and support to the Chief of Staff (CoS) in implementing the Mission's mandate as well as the COS's management, policy and reform responsibilities; •Keeps the CoS informed on all matters requiring her/his personal attention, assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed.
•Organizes and manages the substantive aspects of the CoS's meetings, official travel and
Mission events; prepares inputs to and follows-up on activities, as appropriate; Coordinates/drafts correspondence for the CoS's signature.
•Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with mission components, authorities, the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.
Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting
•Identifies, analyzes and monitors developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission's mandate at the sub-national level, as required.
•Assesses implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives; Monitors, evaluates and reports on implementation.
•Coordinates/drafts summary and analytical reports, including but not limited to briefing notes, notes to file, code cables and Mission reports.
•Supports the COS and Mission Planning Unit in formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission's programme of work, including through support to planning and budgetary processes; makes recommendations to the COS on management issues.
•Assists in the selection of new staff.
•Manages the national staff component of the Office of the Chief of Staff, including overseeing the protocol component of the Mission.
•Performs other relevant duties as requested by the Chief of Staff.
Professionalism: Knowledge of the United Nations system, rules and procedures. Good grasp of the work of Special Political Missions. Broad understanding of human resources, finance, budget and legal 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.
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 degree) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, or a 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 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required.
Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Experience working in an international organization is desirable.
Experience working on conflict or post-conflict issues is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a local language would be desirable.Assessment
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.Special Notice
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.
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.
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