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Senior Civil Affairs Officer (Expert in Governance), P-5
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   28 Dec 2008
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   28 Nov 2008
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus
DUTY STATION:   Nicosia
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   08-CIV-SASG-419982-R-NICOSIA


 
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 responsibility of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General for Cyprus and supervision of the Head of Office (Coordinator), the incumbent will provide technical support as member of the SASG Team in the current phase of the peace process. This work will require frequent interactions with the parties. Support can comprise the following elements: Provide technical expertise and advice on governance issues, including models based on international best practice, to the negotiation team, the observers and the parties to the mediation, as appropriate; As necessary and appropriate, participate in the talks on governance matters and contribute to the drafting of the sections of peace agreements; If necessary, conceive, plan and manage specific trainings seminars for the parties and mediators on governance issues; Prepare periodic reports on issues related to governance in the context of overall negotiations. The format, content, distribution channels and periodicity of the reports will be based on the needs of the negotiation team.

Competencies
Professionalism - Strong analytical capacity and very substantive knowledge of governance issues in transition periods, including a knowledge of a broad range of models, preferably supported by significant field experience in mediation contexts; strong technical expertise in this area, relevant publications being an asset; good adaptation capacities and ability to work under pressure and to meet short deadlines; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. Leadership – Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing. Client Orientation - Good knowledge of UN’s departments and agencies, and good understanding of the range of mediation mandates of the UN and its international partners; proven understanding of UN policies and procedures, international humanitarian and human rights standards and other applicable norms. Planning and organizing - Experience in organizing meetings and trainings; ability to work under extreme pressure. Communications - Strong communication capabilities and drafting skills, proven capabilities to interact and build confidence with all stakeholders and partners, as well as externally with media, NGOs and civil society organizations; ability to interact with high-level government officials. Teamwork - Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity for diversity; ability to motivate, listen and integrate all members of a team; ability to develop consensus among people with varying points of view.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political sciences, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related fields. 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
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience on governance issues, especially in a conflict resolution context, with significant and prolonged field experience, including direct experience in mediation and peacemaking processes.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English or French; knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage and sometimes a requirement. Fluency in the local language may be essential.

Other Skills
Excellent people management skills and ability to work under stress. Excellent interpersonal skills.


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