CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Application deadline 2 years ago: Saturday 12 Sep 2020 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.
The salary for this job should be between 90,970 USD and 117,287 USD.
Salary for a P-4 contract in ZalingeiThe international rate of 90,970 USD, with an additional 0% at this the location, applies.
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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in Zalingei, Governance and Community Stabilization Section (GCSS) within the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). The incumbent will report to the Chief, GCSS.
Responsibilities Within the limits of delegated authority, the Civil Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
CORE PROFILE: •Functions as GCSS focal point in the Joint Transition Cell (JTC) for Durable Solutions, Resilience and Livelihood pillar of the State Liaison Functions (SLF) and coordinates the smooth implementation of GCSS lead role in the pillar. •Represents the mission at the regional or local level and ensures that all relevant governmental and non-governmental actors in the area have accurate information about the GCSS SLF mandate and full-range of operations related to the Durable Solutions, Resilience and Livelihood pillar of the State Liaison Functions (SLF). •Provides information and analysis for the Mission and other actors where applicable, on political, social and economic issues affecting conflict dynamics at the local and regional level, including analysis on how these relate to the national level and vice versa. Ensures a sound methodology for identifying the concerns and perceptions of the local population, and ensures these are effectively communicated to the Mission, as well as other actors where appropriate. Identifies emerging issues and critical peacebuilding gaps, provides an early warning function where necessary. •Ensures a shared understanding of the Mission environment, mandate and operations amongst Mission actors at the regional or local level, in particular uniformed components, to support consistency and coherence of approach. Establishes and fosters effective working relations with United Nations Country Team (UNCT), and develops local initiatives for joint work where appropriate, especially as related to the Durable Solutions, Resilience and Livelihood pillar of the State Liaison Functions (SLF). Coordinates and plans with UNCT partners in that area of operations to ensure a coherent UN system effort. •Troubleshoots problems that arise at the regional or local level that threaten mandate implementation and the progress of the peace process. Formulates recommendations concerning Mission broader actions and approaches required at regional or local level, mobilizes a response from other actors where appropriate. •Identifies, manages and evaluates individual specialized expenditure/ programmatic funded projects intended for conflict management, SLF, reconciliation and social cohesion purposes at the local level, in line with DPKO/DFS Policy Directive and mission specific priorities. •Supervises, monitors and encourages the work of officers under his/her responsibility in undertaking the full range of their duties. •Identifies and researches good practice and lessons learned in Civil Affairs work and shares these with colleagues, including through active participation in the online Civil Affairs Network. •Proactively contributes to overall mission monitoring and planning. •Performs other duties as required, in line with the DPKO/DFS Policy Directive on Civil Affairs
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT: •Develops a strategy for regional or local level conflict management work in line with the wider strategy, including mechanisms for information-sharing, crisis response and protection of civilians as needed. •Facilitates and supports dialogue between groups in conflict in the area of responsibility by convening structured meetings and similar activities. •Promotes and protects the interest of excluded and/or threatened groups through advocacy in full respect of humanitarian and international law. •Identifies and supports civil society groups and/or institutions that promote a culture of peace and reconciliation. Assists them, including, where appropriate, in becoming effective implementing partners in implementation of projects from specialized expenditure/ programmatic funding budget.
SUPPORT TO STATE INSTITUTIONS: •Provides a strategy for effective cooperation between Civil Affairs and state institutions at the regional or local level, in line with the wider strategy and in coordination with other actors. •Assists local institutions to assess capacity building and support needs, working with partners including the UNCT and in particular UNDP. Helps to design and mobilize a coordinated response to these needs from relevant actors. •Designs and implements appropriate and practical Civil Affairs support to local authorities, including mentoring and support to policy and decision-making processes where appropriate. •Supports dialogue and cooperation between authorities and relevant interest groups with the aim of creating political space and accountability, and provides support to the development of structures of accountability and transparency. •Initiates and/or supports events such as public fora or town-hall meetings to foster development of political space at the local level. Initiates and/or supports civic education programmes at the local level on a range of issues, including elections, policy issues, and good governance principles, in coordination with local authorities and/or civil society actors.
PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT: •Supports the Director of Civil Affairs in all aspects of their role. •Manages civil affairs team working on Durable Solutions, Resilience and Livelihood pillar of the State Liaison Functions (SLF), undertaking or overseeing the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for its functioning. Designs and oversees implementation of the Civil Affairs workplan for that area, as well as the work of other components as relevant, ensuring consistency of approach and efficiency of output. •Implement projects from SLF and core programmatic budget with Mission priorities and the DPKO/DFS policy. Includes, inter alia: ensuring the effective and timely running of the project design, approval and implementation process, the keeping of accurate records, assistance with determining mission specific priorities, assessment of impact of the overall programme, and drafting of QIPs submission for the Mission budget. •Oversees development and ensures distribution of high-quality mission-specific induction materials. Designs, oversees implementation and evaluates tailored in-mission skills training for Civil Affairs components in accordance with global Civil Affairs skills training methodologies. •Serves as focal point for researching, identifying and sharing good practices and lessons learned with the Civil Affairs component and the global Civil Affairs community.
RESULTS EXPECTED: Provides authoritative analysis about the regional / local level, and makes high-quality recommendations about the approaches or interventions needed in the area by the Mission as a whole. Where possible, creatively resolves problems at the regional or local level. Where necessary, mobilises relevant actors to assist in addressing problems. Ensures Mission and other actors are well coordinated in the area. Delivers high quality results in relevant specialised 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.
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.
Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.
Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; Has no hidden agenda; Places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, law, international relations, public administration, social sciences, anthropology, economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in civil affairs-related work with a national or international organizations, national or international NGOs, or community based organizations, research institutions is required. Of these seven years at least three must be in a conflict affected environment working on conflict analysis, conflict management, community reconciliation, protection of civilians, social cohesion or support to the effective functioning of local authorities and institutions is required. Conflict or post-conflict field experience in Africa is desirable. Work experience in a field office operating at the sub-national level is desirable. Work experience in Sudan, including Darfur, is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice - This position is temporarily available until 31/12/2020 but mission mandate may allow for further extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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.
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