SPECIAL ASSISTANT POLITICAL AFFAIRS – UNITAMS
|Department/Office:||United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan|
|Posting Title:||SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P4|
|Job Code Title:||SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS|
|Posting Period:||09 December 2021 – 07 January 2022|
|Job Opening Number:||21-Political Affairs-UNITAMS-170472-R-Khartoum (M)|
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).
The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilization of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.
The position is based in Khartoum, Sudan and is located in the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator.
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Special Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
Coordination and Facilitation:
- Provide substantive advice and practical support to the DSRSG/RC/HC including in identifying, analyzing and monitoring of political developments and emerging issues with respect to implementing the mission’s mandate;
- Bring to the attention of the DSRSG/RC/HC all matters requiring his/her personal attention; assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled; and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed.
- Plans, organizes, and manages the DSRSG/RC/HC meetings and mission events, prepares and coordinates briefings, talking points, internal notes, inputs to the Security Council, written summaries, correspondence for signature and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate;
- Facilitates effective coordination of the DSRSG/RC/HC interaction with UNITAMS’ Senior Management, office staff and the UN Country Team in fulfilment of his/her functions. This includes liaising with bilateral donors and other international organizations, with a view to realizing greater synergy and coordination, specifically regarding post-mission activities in the country.
- Liaises and maintains close working relationships with officials of state institutions, political parties, civil society organizations, religious actors;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meetings commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult 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 degree) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international development, conflict resolution or related field is required.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution or related field is required.
- Experience including in outreach, facilitation, coordination, advice, project management and reporting is required.
- At least one year experience working in a political transition, development management, conflict resolution, UN integration or related areas is required.
- Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is highly desirable.
- Previous experience working in the office of UN senior official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior official desirable.
- Knowledge of UN integration related policies, frameworks and tools is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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.
Please note that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the travel restrictions imposed by the national authorities, the selected candidate may be required to start the assignment/appointment remotely, in agreement with the hiring manager, and until further notice.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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