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Head of Office/Representative of the Secretary-General, D-2
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   25 Nov 2012
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   04 Oct 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Mission in Kosovo
DUTY STATION:   Pristina
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   12-POL-UNMIK-425847-R-PRISTINA


***THIS POST IS LOCATED IN THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE IN BELGRADE (UNOB)***
 
Remuneration
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Responsibilities
UNOB is an integral part of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Its principal tasks are to perform UNMIK related liaison and coordination functions, reporting to UNMIK and United Nations Headquarters on political developments in Serbia and providing assessment of regional developments (in the Western Balkans) of special relevance to the work of UNMIK and the United Nations. The Office is located in Belgrade and maintains reporting lines to UNMIK and United Nations Headquarters in New York. Within limits of delegated authority the Head of Office will report to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and UNMIK Head of Mission. The incumbent will be responsible for the performance of the following duties: Reporting, Analysis and Advice – Identify, analyze and monitor national and regional political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of UNMIK’s mandate and related UN objectives and priorities; Provide timely and high quality factual and analytical reports and assessments to UNMIK and UN Headquarters on pertinent developments and issues; Assess implications and make recommendations to the SRSG on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives. Liaison, Coordination and Facilitation – Develop and maintain collaborative relations with senior government officials, leaders of political parties and civil society, the diplomatic community and UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes active in Serbia; Consult and cooperate with partners to foster dialogue and develop ideas and possible strategies to address political challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives; Provide good offices on behalf of the SRSG, as appropriate. Management – Formulate and manage the implementation of the programme of work of the Office, ensuring that activities are in accordance with the mandate; Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; Manage the selection of new staff; Facilitate visits of senior UN officials to Belgrade.

Competencies
Professionalism - Demonstrated professional competence and in-depth understanding of United Nations peace and security operations; Strong analytical skills with proven record of drafting and editing analytical reports; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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. Leadership - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is pro-active in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Vision - Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities. Judgment/Decision-making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary. 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 staff when they make mistakes; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required. Extensive experience in political outreach, analysis, reporting and negotiation in an international setting is required. Experience managing a diverse team or office is required. Experience working in a UN peacekeeping operation, special political mission or other UN field operation in a conflict or post-conflict situation is desirable. Knowledge and experience of working in the Balkan region is desirable.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English; knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage. Knowledge of regional languages is desirable.

Other Skills


The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
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  3. In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.

  4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.

    E-mail: electoralroster@un.org, electoralaffairsOG@un.org

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