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Political Affairs Officer (Recruit from Roster) (2 Posts), P4
Posted: 06 Mar 2017 11:43
Deadline: 17 Mar 2017
Category: Administrative
Location: Africa , Somalia
Employment: Full-Time
Experience: From 7 year(s)
Education: Masters
Salary: Negotiable
Employer: UNSOS
Contact name: MD
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Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, social sciences, 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
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required. Experience in politic
outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience in programme or project management is required. Experience managing a team is
required. Experience in working with parliament and members of parliament in a conflict or post-conflict situation is highly desirable. Experience of working in/on the
Horn Africa is desirable
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Posting Title:
Political Affairs Officer (Recruit from Roster) (2 Posts), P4
Job Code Title:
Duty Station:
Posting Period:
04 March 2017 – 18 March 2017
Job Opening Number:
17-Political Affairs-FMADPKO-73116-F- (M)
Staffing Exercise
SE5(POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 1)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations
Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible
applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the
duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to
new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in Beletweyne and Mogadishu. (The authorized location for one of
the positions is Dhusamareb. However, due to delay in operations in Dhusamareb, the position will be in Mogadishu at this time. The incumbent will be reassigned to
Dhusamareb once offices are operational at that duty station.) Both duty stations are classified as “E” non-family duty stations. The Political Affairs Officer reports to
the Senior Political Affairs Officer in the region with a second reporting line to the Director Political Affairs and Mediation Group.
Established on 2 May 2013 by the UN Security Council, UNSOM was launched on 3 June 2013. UNSOM’s core role is to act as an enabler, helping to create and
galvanize the political and strategic environment in which stabilisation and peace-building can proceed, including by leveraging other parts of the UN system and
international partners. UNSOM supports the Federal Government of Somalia’s agenda of peace, security and nation-building and will help the country move towards
free and fair elections in 2016. It exercises its mandate guided by the principles of Somali ownership, flexibility, collaboration and partnerships. Learn more about the
mission’s mandate at
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Political Analysis and Advice
– Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in the country or region assigned, according to the assigned portfolio and/or
applicable mandate.
– Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to
advance mandated objectives.
Reporting and Information Management
– Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the
Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies.
– Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio; Manage information to
ensure its accessibility and utility.
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
– Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, military
and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy and coordination
– Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; Monitor, evaluate and
report on implementation.
– Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for
senior UN officials; Participate in fact-finding –and other- missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
– Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the unit’s programme of work.
– Support planning and budgetary processes for current and future field operations.
– Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; assist with the selection of new staff.
– Perform other relevant duties as required.
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.
Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political
pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt
action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect
for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to
avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
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.
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