Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in Khartoum. The incumbent reports to the Chief Political Affairs Section.
The Security Council adopted resolution 2495 (2019) which extended the mandate of the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until October 2020. Through resolution 2495 (2019), the Security Council mandated UNAMID to, among other things, provide support to the peace process, including to mediation between the Government of Sudan and the Darfur armed movements, the national Peace Commission, and support for the implementation of any peace agreement, as currently reflected in the Government of Sudan’s strategic priority to achieve a fair and comprehensive peace.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Political Analysis and Advice
• Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in Darfur and Sudan in general, in accordance with the mandate of the Mission.
• Monitor and produce regular analysis on the Sudan peace process, assess implications and make recommendations to Chief of the Political Affairs Section on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern related to the peace process particularly concerning Darfur.
• Monitor and analyze political dynamics within the Darfur armed movements, assessing implications of such dynamics on the peace process and UNAMID mandate implementation efforts.
Reporting and Information Management
• Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies; and
• Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio.
• Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility.
• Provide secretarial services to the Mission Integrated Group on the support to the peace process.
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
• In support to Chief of Political Affairs Section, liaise with, and coordinate UNAMID support to, the Sudan Peace Commission.
• Liaise with mediation officials and local actors in Darfur.
• Maintain regular contact with stakeholders, including non-state actors, civil society, internally displaced persons, peace centres and political parties on issues of mandate implementation.
• Monitor evaluate and report on mandate implementation; and,
• Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for senior officials.
• Participate in fact-finding –and other- missions.
• Serve as a focal point for the Joint Transition Cell.
• Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
• Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the Mission’s mandate.
• Support planning and budgetary processes for current and future field operations, including RBB, as may be required.
• Perform other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of peace processes; knowledge and understanding of the current political dynamics in Sudan and the Transitional Government of Sudan’s structure and mechanisms and programme to implement transition; Good communication and analytical skills. 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.
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.
Planning & 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, international economics, law, public administration, peace and security 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.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, mediation, conflict resolution or related area.
Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available until 30/06/2020. 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• 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.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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.
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