Chief Electoral Affairs Officer, D-1

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   06 Nov 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
These positions are located in field locations in Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political missions, including UNDP and UNOPS electoral projects or other UN entities providing electoral assistance. They head a Unit, a Division or a Project and report to the Head of Mission, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General or the designee, the Resident Coordinator, the UNDP Resident Representative/Country Director or the UNOPS Country Director. Within delegated authority, the Chief Electoral Officer (or Chief Technical Adviser) will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Chief Electoral Officers): 1. Coordinate the implementation of the electoral mandate of the UN mission/Office in the field, including managing the electoral component both at mission headquarters and field offices. 2. Also coordinate international electoral assistance, as appropriate, to avoid duplication of efforts and encourage coherent international electoral assistance efforts. 3. Coordinate the implementation of programs in the following areas, as required: electoral training, capacity building, civic/voter education, external relations/public outreach, electoral law, electoral procedures, electoral operations, electoral logistics, electoral security, electoral information and technology (IT), and voter registration. 4. Provide advice to the senior-most UN mission/Office representative and other senior UN mission/office officials, and to the Independent National Electoral Body/Electoral Commission or other relevant authorities to enable a credible electoral process, which is transparent, inclusive and receives the maximum national buy-in to the process. Also provide advice senior government officials, political party leaders, the donor community/the diplomatic community/international partners, representatives of civil society organizations and other stakeholders. 5. Assist the national electoral authorities in developing and maintaining regular, systematic and impartial communication with political parties, media organizations, non-governmental organizations and women's and youth groups and other stakeholders. 6. Assist the national electoral authorities in developing a legal framework for elections including laws, codes, rules of procedures, regulations and directives. 7. Assist the national electoral authorities in developing and implementing a concept of an electoral operation. 8. Solve problems and generate solutions to political and technical issues that arise in the conduct of the electoral process. 9. Develop capacity-building mechanisms in the provision of electoral technical assistance. 10. Develop timely and efficient communication mechanisms between Headquarters (HQ) and electoral field offices. 11. Regularly brief senior UN mission/Office officials, donors and key stakeholders on the electoral process. 12. Provide regular reports to the UN mission/Office Representative on the ground and to UN HQ senior officials. 13. Performs other related duties as required.

PROFESSIONALISM – Demonstrated in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate electoral processes, including their technical and political implications. Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgement. Ability to develop the unit/division’s strategic direction and ability to transform it into a results-oriented workplan. Ability to understand the political ramifications of various electoral options, decisions and processes. Excellent management skills. Ability to manage large teams of staff from different backgrounds and coordinate multileveled projects. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of her/his 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. 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 proactive 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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. 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. 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 impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international economics, international relations, law, public administration, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas; previous managerial experience at the senior level of a large team of people of different backgrounds required; experience in bilateral or multilateral negotiations is required; extensive experience at senior level in electoral administration and systems in developing countries required; working experience in UN operations in the field providing electoral assistance desirable.

Fluency in spoken Arabic is required and fluency in written Arabic desirable. Fluency in spoken and written English or French is required, and working knowledge of the other language 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.



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