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Director Political Affairs, D-2
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   22 Sep 2012
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   23 Aug 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur
DUTY STATION:   El Fasher
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   12-POL-UNAMID-425834-R-EL FASHER


 
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
Under the authority delegated by the Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR), the Director leads the work of the Mission’s Political Affairs Division and is responsible for the provision of general direction and coordination of the Mission’s activities related to political outreach, analysis and reporting including, but not limited to, the following: Political Analysis and Advice - Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the mandate; Assess implications and make recommendations to the DJSR on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and ensure the Mission’s support to the Parties in regard to implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur; Provide political advice to other components of the Mission to ensure that the work of all components is in accordance with the overall political strategy of the Mission. Reporting - Ensure regular, timely and high quality reporting by the Mission to Headquarters on developments and issues pertaining to the Mission’s mandate; Prepare and review informational materials, analytical assessments and other reports, including input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council; Prepare articles, speeches, statements, briefings to the Security Council and similar documents, as needed. Planning, Coordination and Facilitation - Develop and maintain collaborative relations at the regional and municipal levels with government officials, Darfuri opposition movements, political actors and leaders of civil society, the wider UN system and other national and international partners; Plan, coordinate and manage programmes, projects and activities related to the political work of the Mission; Provide good offices on behalf of the DJSR as appropriate, including in support of good governance, dialogue and reconciliation. Management - Formulate and manage the implementation of the programme of work of the Division; Supervise, mentor and evaluate staff within the Division; Participate in the selection of staff.

Competencies
Professionalism - Demonstrated in-depth understanding of peacekeeping operations; Substantial and diverse experience in all facets of the job; Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment; in-depth understanding of and an ability to evaluate international political situations; Excellent drafting and presentation 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; 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. Judgement/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. 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. 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 large 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. Experience working on or in Sudan/Darfur is desirable.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Fluency in spoken Arabic is desirable.

Other Skills


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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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  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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