HEAD OF OFFICE, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Application deadline 5 months ago: Wednesday 31 Aug 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
This is a P-5 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 10 years of experience, depending on education.
The salary for this job should be between 110,869 USD and 138,944 USD.
Salary for a P-5 contract in MénakaThe international rate of 110,869 USD, with an additional 0% at this the location, applies.
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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The Head of Office, Political Affairs will be based in Menaka and will report to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) through the Chief of Staff.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Management - Lead, direct and coordinate the personnel and activities of all civilian Mission components in the Area of Responsibility, in line with the mandate and strategic guidance provided by the Head of Mission and the priorities of the field office. - Ensure the operational functioning of the Field Office, in collaboration with the Mission Support and Security components. - In consultation with substantive components at Mission Headquarters, coordinate and direct the activities of the local substantive teams, which may work in the following thematic areas: political affairs, human rights, civil affairs electoral affairs, peacebuilding and public information. - Formulate a comprehensive programme of work for the Field Office, ensuring the integration of considerations related to protection of civilians, child protection, and conflict related sexual violence, determining priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mandate, MINUSMA strategic plan, Mission leadership's strategic guidance, and the Mission's budget, and which promote coherence and integration across the substantive units; monitor and report on performance against targets/indicators, including for mandated reporting to the General Assembly, such as the budget performance report; provides programmatic/substantive guidance. - Work closely with the Agencies, Funds and Programmes in the Area of Responsibility to promote greater coherence and coordination between the mission and UN entities and to ensure that the 'UN, working as One' is properly implemented. - Through delegated authority, act as Area Security Coordinator, responsible for implementing the UN security management framework, designed to ensure the protection of all UN staff and assets. - Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff, participate in the selection of new staff.
Analysis, Advice and Reporting - Identify, analyze and monitor local developments and emerging issues with respect to Mission priorities.- Assess implications and make recommendations to Mission leadership and partners on possible strategies, policies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives and UN principles and values; monitor, evaluate and report on outcomes. - Ensure regular, timely and high-quality reporting to Mission leadership on pertinent developments and issues. Manage the preparation of summary and analytical reports, including situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file and draft code cables.- Oversee the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes and profiles. - Ensure an effective system of information management designed to guarantee accessibility and utility of information for Field Office personnel and MINUSMA Headquarters.
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation - Develop and maintain productive relationships with local authorities, political and community leaders, civil society actors, the UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters. - Perform other duties as required.
Competencies Professionalism: 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 the 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.
Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Education 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.
Work Experience A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in political, civil or humanitarian affairs, conflict resolution, human rights, programme management, or a related field is required.
A proven track record of leadership in multi-cultural settings, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams, is required.
Extensive experience in outreach, mediation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Extensive experience engaging with and advising a cross-section of civil society, local and traditional authorities and senior host Government officials is desirable.
A minimum of two years of experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international or non-governmental organization, preferably in a conflict or post conflict setting is desirable.
Experience in coordinating inter-agency processes within the UN system, or other large international organization, as well as experience working with the mandates of peace and security, gender, human rights, humanitarian affairs, protection and development entities is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.
Special Notice - This position is temporarily available for six months (subject to 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.
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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