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UNRCCA - Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia

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Application deadline 1 year ago: Saturday 22 Apr 2023 at 23:59 UTC

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This is a FS-6 contract. This kind of contract is known as Field Service. It usually requires 10 years of experience, depending on education. More about FS-6 contracts and their salaries.

Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the United Nations Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia. The Special Assistant reports to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of UNRCCA and provides substantive and practical support to SRSG in the implementation of the Mission’s mandate.

Responsibilities Coordination and Facilitation

  • Provides substantive and practical support to SRSG in the implementation of the Mission’s mandate; keeps SRSG informed on matters requiring her personal attention; assists in formulating options to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up and coordination.
  • Organizes and manages SRSG’s meetings and mission events; drafts notes, speeches and correspondence for SRSG; prepares written summaries and conducts follow-up activities, as appropriate; coordinates/drafts correspondence for the SRSG’s signature.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with mission components, UN Headquarters, other Special Political and Peacekeeping Missions on cooperation and joint activities;
  • Communicates, liaises, develops and maintains contacts with the regional MFAs, Parliaments, non-governmental organizations, regional organizations, diplomatic community and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.
  • Supports SRSG’s efforts to have an integrated approach that includes conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the Mission.
  • Supports SRSG in mobilizing UNRCCA components for a coordinated implementation of the mandate.
  • Organizes and manages conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops as directed by SRSG;
  • Coordinates the preparation of SRSG’s Compact, Compacts’ Performance Assessment and UNRCCA’s strategic management in Umoja; creates an Annual Results Framework and oversees Annual Results Framework Performance monitoring.
  • Undertakes any special assignment as requested by SRSG.

Analysis, Advice and Reporting

  • Identifies, analyzes and monitors developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission's mandate;
  • Assesses implications and makes recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives; monitors, evaluates and reports on implementation.
  • Coordinates/drafts summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, notes to the file, and reports.


  • Assists SRSG in coordinating, review and budget processes. Liaises with Missions’ components to ensure appropriate follow-up regarding the implementation of SRSG’s instructions and guidance on both administrative and substantive matters.
  • Based on SRSG’s guidance, coordinates Mission’s actions regarding human resource activities, e.g., recruitment, placement, relocation, performance appraisal, job classification reviews, separation of staff members, training etc., ensuring consistency in the application of UN rules and procedures; liaises with central administration/executive services as required.
  • Manages and coordinates travel related services for SRSG’s Office;
  • Supports the implementation of the projects aimed at promoting women, peace and security and youth, peace and security agendas, in particular, takes active part in the implementation of the Women Leaders’ Caucus initiative aimed at empowering women in Central Asia.

    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 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; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Uses time efficiently.

Education High school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical or vocational certificate in administrative services, finance, human resources, business administration or personnel management is required. University degree in business administration is desirable.

Work Experience At least ten years of progressively responsible experience within the United Nations system or the private sector in the field of administration, finance, accounting, human resources, audit, or in other related fields are required.

Experience of working in a peacekeeping operation and/or special political mission, including working with high-level officials, is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and Russian (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of other UN official language is desirable.

Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice This post is advertised within the framework of reclassification exercise. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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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