Civil Affairs Officer

at AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur
Location Zalingei, Sudan
Date Posted July 29, 2020
Category Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency SDG

Description

Posting Title: CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER

Department/Office: AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur

Duty Station: ZALINGUEI

Posting Period: 26 July 2020 - 01 August 2020

Job Opening Number: 20-Civil Affairs-UNAMID-139015-J-Zalinguei (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Governance and Community Stabilization Section (GCSS), Zalingei. The incumbent will report to the Senior Civil Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities

Within the limits of delegated authority, the P3 Civil Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties. (These duties are generic, and may not all be performed by all P3 Civil Affairs Officers.)

Core profile

  • 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 that the concerns and perceptions of the local population are effectively communicated to the Mission, as well as other actors where appropriate.
  • Represents the mission as required.
  • Contributes to a shared understanding of the Mission environment, mandate and operations amongst Mission actors , in particular uniformed components, to support consistency and coherence of approach. Fosters effective working relations with United Nations Country Team (UNCT).
  • Contributes to the formulation of recommendations concerning Mission actions and approaches required . Assists in mobilizing responses from other actors where appropriate.
  • Manages UNAMID's Community Stabilization Projects (CSPs), Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) projects, RBB project activities, etc. intended for confidence building purposes, in line with the mission specific priorities.
  • Supervises, monitors and encourages the work of staff under his/her responsibility in undertaking the full range of their duties.
  • Identifies and researches good practice and lessons learned in Civil Affairs and Community Violence Reduction (CVR) work and shares these with colleagues, including through active participation in the online Civil Affairs Network.
  • Contributes to overall mission monitoring and planning as required.
  • Performs other duties as required, in line with the DPKO/DFS Policy Directive on Civil Affairs.

Conflict Management

  • 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.
  • Supports civil society groups and/or institutions at the local level that promote a culture of peace and

reconciliation. Assists the civil society groups and institutions where appropriate, in becoming effective

implementing partners for CSPs, CSAC and RBB projects.

Support to State Institutions

  • Assists local institutions to assess capacity building and support needs, working with partners including the UNCT and in particular UNDP. Helps to design a coordinated response to these needs from relevant actors.
  • Assists in the design and implementation of appropriate and practical GCSS support to authorities including mentoring and support to policy and decision-making processes where appropriate.
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  • Supports dialogue and cooperation between authorities and relevant interest groups with the aim of creating political space and accountability and provide support to the development of structures of accountability and transparency.
  • Supports events such as public fora or town-hall meetings to foster development of political space. Supports civic education programmes 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

  • Manages and coordinate projects in support to local field offices or teams, undertaking or overseeing the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for its functioning.
  • Manages the GCSS's CSP, CSAC, RBB and other projects in accordance with Mission priorities and the relevant DPKO/DFS policies. Includes, inter alia: Support Project Approval Committee 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 project submission for the Mission budget.
  • Contributes to the development and ensures distribution of high-quality mission-specific induction materials. Assists with the design, implementation and evaluation of tailored in-mission skills training for GCSS in accordance with global Civil Affairs skills training methodologies.
  • Serves as focal point on gender for GCSS, identifying and communicating ways to ensure that gender perspective is taken into account in all aspects of GCSS work.
  • Serves as focal point for researching, identifying and sharing good practices and lessons learned with the GCSS and the global Civil Affairs community.
  • Performs other related work as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of political, social and economic environment and their impact on a mission mandate implementation. Knowledge of operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral aid programmes. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, and recommend solutions. 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.

Planning& 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years with a Master's Degree or seven (7) years with a Bachelor Degree of progressively responsible experience in social sciences, governance, international relations or other related area 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 or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.

Experience in project management is required.

Previous working experience in Darfur or Sudan is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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. 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
  • 16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule
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  • 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.

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.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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