Job Opening ID: 222241
Job Network : Paix et questions politiques et humanitaires
Job Family : Political Affairs
Category and Level : Professional and Higher Categories, P-4
Duty Station : BANGUI
Department/Office : United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Date Posted : Nov 20, 2023
Deadline : Nov 26, 2023
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the office of the Chief of Staff in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The incumbent will be based in Bangui and reports to the Chief of Staff.
Within delegated authority, the Special Assistant, Political Affairs P-4 will be responsible for the following duties:
Analysis and Advice
• Provides substantive and practical supports to the Chief of Staff in identifying, analyzing and monitoring emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate as given by the Security Council.
• Assesses implications and make recommendations to advance mandated priorities.
• Brings to the attention of the Chief of Staff all matters requiring his attention, assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed.
• Drafts and/or review correspondence for the Chief of Staff’s signature, as well as other documentation, including background papers, talking points, speeches, code cables and reports to the Security Council, in close coordination and consultation with relevant sections and components.
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
• Liaises and maintains close working relationships with all MINUSCA components as well as with Headquarters.
• Organizes and manages conferences, meetings, seminars, and workshops as directed by the Chief of Staff.
• Provides supervision, coordination and guidance to other colleagues of the Front Office of the Chief of Staff.
• As requested, handles incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Chief of Staff.
• Performs other duties, as assigned.
Professionalism: 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.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
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. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, International relations, Management or Development, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related is required.
Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice, and reporting is required.
Experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior public official is desirable.
Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization or non-governmental organization is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in both English and French is required.