Political Affairs Officer, P-4

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   02 Oct 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
DUTY STATION:   Kinshasa

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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
Under the general guidance of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG) for the Rule of Law, and under the supervision of the Chief of Office, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties: Political Analysis and Advice - Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the mandate, with a particular focus on issues that have an impact on the rule of law; Assess implications and make recommendations to the DSRSG on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives and processes; Keep the Chief of Office informed on matters requiring his/her attention, assist in formulating options for an appropriate response and ensure follow-up, as directed. Reporting – Assist the Chief of Office with the management of strategic information flows within the Mission, between the Mission and UN Headquarters, and with external partners; Deal with incoming and outgoing correspondence; Draft and manage the preparation of a variety of documents including, but not limited to, situation reports, code cables, background notes, talking points and notes to file. Planning, Coordination and Facilitation – Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with local partners, Mission components, the UN Country Team and relevant entities at UN Headquarters, in particular the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions; Support UN planning processes; As directed, organize meetings and events designed to facilitate consultation and cooperation with and between partners, with a view to developing synergistic strategies and plans of action to advance peace-building activities and other mandated objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation.

Professionalism - Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected areas. 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. 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 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.


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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, rule of law, human rights, protection of civilians, security sector reform, or related area is required. Given the multi-disciplinary nature of the position, a combination of direct experience in more than one of the above areas is required. At least two years of experience working full time in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience working in a relevant capacity in a United Nations peacekeeping operation, special political mission or other UN field operation is desirable. Experience in the Great Lakes region is desirable.

Fluency in spoken and written English and French is required.

Other Skills

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