Political Affairs Officer – UNITAMS
|Post Title||Political Affairs Officer|
|Organizational Unit||Office of Support to the Political Transition|
|Number of posts||01|
Important note: UNITAMS will only accept properly completed and signed Personal History Form (P.11) received before closing date. Please submit your application on the attached P.11 ONLY. Other UN P.11 formats, incomplete P.11, CV and Resume will not be accepted, nor will late submissions after closing date.
The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work as soon as possible.
Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected, subject to clearance of employment reference checks, security and medical. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
This position is locally recruited open for Sudanese nationals only. UNITAMS will not provide accommodation to locally recruited staff.
UNITAMS is equal employer for men and women. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Office of Support to the Political Transition. The incumbent will report to the Director, Office of Support to the Political Transition or a designee.
Within the delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer, NOC will be responsible for the following duties, under the direct supervision of the Director, Office of Support to the Political Transition, or a designee:
- Participates fully in assigned operational activities related to implementation of UNITAMS mandate in support of the political transition, peace-making, peace-building; , i.e., peacekeeping, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict rehabilitation, election administration, political and governance institution-building, civil society support work, etc.; supports good offices and negotiation initiatives and an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit.
- Keeps abreast of latest political, security and other trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs and analysis
- Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Director and Mission Leadership; as requested, provides guidance and advice on assigned issues to the mission leadership. Prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components of a limited nature, such as civilian, military or humanitarian operations.
- Develops and maintains relations with government officials, military and security officials, tribal leaders, civil society, women’s groups, armed movements, and other stakeholders at the working levels and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
- Participates as a member of a team dealing with a variety of political issues in a region related to UNITAMS mandate. Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and/or interagency involvement and participation. Represents the team at round tables, seminars and conferences.
- Supports his/her supervisor in the formulation of the work programme, budget and medium-term plans of the unit by participating in meetings,and compiling or researching issues related to the mission.
- Performs other related duties as required
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, Management or Development, or a related field. A first level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.
Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of local languages is desirable.
UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES
Professionalism: Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. 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.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing other’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own positions; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies.
clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment followed by a competency-based interview.
- Applicants must accurately complete, sign and date the attached United Nations Personal History form (P.11) ONLY and forward the duly completed signed P.11 by e-mail to: [email protected]
- Applicants should COPY UNITAMS-JO-Khartoum-2021-57 – Political Affairs Officer in the SUBJECT line of the email when submitting their signed P.11 form. UNITAMS will not consider any applications which are not received directly in the VA mailbox. Other UN P.11 formats and incomplete P.11 will not be accepted.
- (Download the P11 form here and the supplementary sheets here)
- Please note that any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered binding.
- The selected candidates will be subject to a reference checks to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the P.11 form.
- Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within two weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA.
Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply
United Nations Considerations:
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). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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