POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Job Opening ID: 225398
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
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 : Jan 11, 2024
Deadline : Jan 17, 2024
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Political Affairs Division (PAD) of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in Bangui. The incumbent will be under the overall guidance of the Director and Deputy Director of the Division.
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Political Affairs Officer and the overall guidance of Political Affairs Division leadership and within the limits of delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer may be responsible for the following duties:
• Leads and organizes operational activities related to the work of the office or mission, i.e., peacekeeping, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict rehabilitation, election administration, political and governance institution-building, civil society support work, etc.; pursues an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit.
• Prepares and reviews briefing notes and talking points for the Senior Political Affairs Officer, Head of Mission and other senior staff. Provides guidance and advice on assigned issues to the head of mission, as well as other selected offices of intergovernmental bodies concerning assigned areas of work, status of negotiations, and the approach to various issues including interpretation of rules of procedure. Prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components of a limited nature, such as civilian, military or humanitarian operations. Develops and maintains relations at the working levels with government officials and representatives, members of parliament and of other national institutions and bodies relevant to the assigned area of work and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
• Identifies, analyzes and monitors political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the mission’s mandate; Assesses implications and makes recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.
• Attends internal and external meetings as assigned by the supervisor or the Political Affairs Division’s leadership. Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities developed in her/his assigned area of work. Represents the Political Affairs Division at round tables, seminars and conferences as assigned by the supervisor of the Political Affairs Division’s leadership.
• Provides substantive support to his/her supervisor in the formulation of the programme of work, budget, and medium-term plan of the unit by actively participating in or leading meetings, drafting major components, and compiling or researching issues related to the mission.
• Performs other related duties as required.
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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, Management or Development, Law, International Relations, or a related field is required. 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.
Job – Specific Qualification
Relevant professional training in planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation and/or coordination is desirable.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience in a post-conflict context is desirable.
Prior experience in political affairs in a peacekeeping or political mission or a comparable international organization or government is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French is required.