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Senior Political Affairs Officer, P-5
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   09 Aug 2012
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   10 Jul 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur
DUTY STATION:   El Fasher
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   12-POL-UNAMID-425791-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 supervision of, and reporting directly to, the Deputy Joint Special Representative to the Secretary-General (Political) (DJSR-P), the Senior Political Affairs Officer will act as Head of Office of the DJSR-P and will be responsible for performing the following duties: Political and Operational Advice - Identify, analyze and monitor developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of UNAMID’s mandate, ensuring that the DJSR-P is kept abreast of key events and issues; Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures on all substantive issues related to the mandate. Reporting - Prepare and review a range of internal reports and briefing papers including, but not limited to, situation reports, notes to file, code cables, options papers, talking points and speeches. Planning - In consultation with relevant partners, employ strategies through the development and execution of plans of action for immediate and medium-term solutions to political issues; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation; Provide input in support of internal mission planning processes. Coordination - Develop and maintain collaborative relationships within the Mission and with the UN family, the authorities and other local/national interlocutors on coordination and policy matters; Serve as the link between the DJSR-P and other components of the Mission, UN Country Team and the donor community. Management - Supervise staff in the front office of the DJSR-P; Participate as required in the recruitment of staff; Undertake special projects or other duties, as directed by the DJSR-P.

Competencies
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. Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively with excellent drafting, analytical and presentation skills; 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. Planning and 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. 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. 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 degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, humanitarian affairs, human rights, economic development, or related field. Given the multi-disciplinary nature of the work of the Office of the DJSR-P, a combination of experience in these fields would be preferred. Prior experience in an advisory position to a senior national or international public official is required. Previous experience working in a UN peacekeeping operation, special political mission or other UN field operation in a conflict or post-conflict situation is required.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English is required; fluency in spoken Arabic is required.

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.

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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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