Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer may be responsible for the following duties:
Political Analysis and Advice
– Identifies, analyzes and monitors political developments, trends and emerging issues in the country, according to UNSMIL’s mandate and assigned portfolio, including monitoring security situation in its political context.
– Assess implications of political developments and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.
– Maps local conflict dynamics and make recommendations for mitigation measures aimed at their mediation and/or resolution.
Reporting and Information Management
– Prepares 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.
– Prepares 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
– Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy and coordination matters.
– Consults and cooperates with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political/security challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives.
– Supports 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.
– Contributes to the formulation and implementation of the work plan of the Political Affairs Service and carries out, in consultation with the Chief of the Political Affairs Service, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget on the issues/portfolios assigned.
– Performs other relevant duties as required
Professionalism – Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific 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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required.
Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Proven experience in security-political analysis in political transition context is required.
Proven experience of providing analysis and advice is required.
Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization or nongovernmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
Work experience in/on the Middle East and North Africa region is desirable.
Experience providing substantive and operational support for complex multi-stakeholder processes is desirable.
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