INFORMATION ANALYST, POLITICAL AFFAIRS

at United Nations
Location Khartoum, Sudan
Date Posted April 17, 2021
Category Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency SDG

Description

  • Org. Setting and Reporting

    This position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Juba. Juba is classified as an "E" hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Joint Mission Analysis Center (JMAC).

    Responsibilities

    Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for:
    •Oversee and coordinate the Information Management Team in JMAC, including providing leadership and guidance on the use of information management systems, available digital resources, data and geospatial analysis tools;
    •Manage (research, collection, coordination and analysis) of information as a basis for enhanced planning and decision-making by Senior Mission Leadership;
    •Maintain an understanding of the political, security, socio-economic, development and humanitarian situation in the mission area and in the region;
    •Support the efforts to identify, analyze and monitor developments, trends and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of UNMISS' mandate;
    •Classify, manage, store and transfer information by using JMAC information management processes and systems;
    •Organize, analyze and synthesize information for the identification of trends, production of forecasts and assessments;
    •Assist in producing accurate and timely JMAC analytical products and briefings, in coordination with other Mission components and sources. Assist in the development and coordination of JMAC tools, such as Information Requirements (IRs), in consultation with all relevant information collection components of the Mission. Contribute to effective working relationships within the JMAC and other UN Mission components, the UNCT and relevant external actors and organizations;
    •Maintain a system for classifying and storing confidential information, based on sound information management/technology expertise;
    •Manage the Mission wide information management system - the Situational Awareness Geospatial Enterprise (SAGE) database. Develop visualization products by working with data analytical tools (PowerBI) and geographic information system (ArcGis, QGis, etc.);
    •Perform other duties as required.

    Competencies

    Professionalism: Knowledge of information technology and information management, particularly data management, data analysis and geospatial analysis. Strong problem-solving skills, as well as proficiency in the development and implementation of data management systems of moderate size complexity. Strong analytical skills. Excellent drafting and editing skills with the proven ability to produce cogent reports; proven analytical ability in building information networks in a complex conflict and post conflict environment; ability to coordinate with various actors in the Mission, the UN system, the international partners, to develop and foster collaboration and contact networks and to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and maintain effective working relations with people of different national, professional and cultural backgrounds. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain formal and informal information networks in an international environment. 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.

    Education

    Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in information management, information science and information systems, political science, international relations, foreign affairs, law, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience and relevant academic/professional qualifications, such as accreditations from military or government command and staff colleges, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in information management and data management, information analysis, international and political affairs, political journalism, diplomacy, development, security operations, conflict resolution, humanitarian affairs, human rights, or a related field is required.
    Extensive experience in conducting independent research drafting high quality analysis documents under tight deadlines is required.
    Experience working in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team is required.
    Experience of working with good knowledge of SharePoint or similar file management systems as well as strong knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and Word is required.
    At least two years of work experience in conflict or post-conflict field operations is desirable.
    Experience with Geographic Information System tools (ArcGIS), information management databases especially SAGE, data analysis tools (PowerBI), Intelligence Analysis platforms (such as IBM iBase and Analyst Notebook) is desirable.
    Experience in briefing senior officials on complex or multidimensional issues is desirable.

    Languages

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.

    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 for six months with a possibility of extension subject to availability of funds. 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.

    • 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.

    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.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    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.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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