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Political Affairs Officer, P-4
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   16 Nov 2012
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   02 Oct 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
DUTY STATION:   Kinshasa
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   12-POL-MONUC-425860-R-KINSHASA


 
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 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.

Competencies
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.



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 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.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English and French is required.

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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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.