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Senior Electoral Officer, P-5
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   21 Apr 2013
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   06 Apr 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Support Mission in Libya
DUTY STATION:   Tripoli
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   13-ELA-UNSMIL TRIPOLI-425968-R-TRIPOLI


 
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
The Senior Electoral Officer reports to the Chief Electoral Officer and, within delegated authority, the Senior Electoral Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Assists the national electoral authorities in developing and implementing a concept of electoral operations. Provides electoral technical advice to the Chief Electoral Officer on the electoral/constitutional review process. Assists the High National Election Commission and the relevant national authorities in developing a legal framework for elections including laws, codes, and rules of procedures, regulations and directives. Provides advice and supervises the implementation of programs in the following areas, as required: electoral operations, electoral legal, electoral complaints, electoral operational training, electoral procedures, electoral logistics, electoral security, electoral IT and database development, and/or voter registration. Provides guidance and manages work of all advisors in the operational branch of the team including the team field component. Ensures that all UNSMIL electoral advisers incorporate a capacity building component in their work with their counterparts. Provides advice on developing election logistics and security plans and supervises their implementation. Drafts election budgeting plans for the electoral component of the mission and fulfils budgetary reporting requirements as necessary. Supports national counterparts in drafting electoral budgets for submission to national authorities. Reports regularly to the Chief Electoral Officer on election operations policies and procedures adopted by the High National Election Commission and their implementation by local election administrations. Interprets electoral policies and regulations in order to clarify and provide input for the development of procedure manuals. Develops timely and efficient communication mechanisms between HQ and UN electoral field offices. Advises national counterparts on development of their internal communication mechanisms. Regularly briefs the Mission, donors, and key stakeholders on the electoral process. Regularly acts as officer-in-charge in the absence of the Chief Electoral Officer. Provides staff evaluations as necessary. Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies
Professionalism - Demonstrated in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate electoral processes; knowledge of electoral processes and their technical and political implication in the context of Libya and the region. Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgement. Experience in bilateral and multilateral negotiations. Understanding of peacekeeping, special political missions’ operations required. Ability to develop the division’s strategic direction and ability to transform it into a results-oriented work plan. Ability to place the significance of electoral processes in a political context particularly concerning Libya and the region. Experience in managing large and diverse teams required. Ability to manage and coordinate multileveled projects. 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. 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. 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.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in political science, international relations, public administration, social science, law or 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
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas is required. Extensive international experience in electoral operations –including in Arabic-speaking countries- is required. Proven managerial experience of large and diverse teams is required. Electoral experience with a UN special political mission, peacekeeping operation or with another UN field operation is desirable.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English is required; knowledge of 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

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.