Special Assistant, Political Affairs

at UNAMID
Location Khartoum, Sudan
Date Posted October 15, 2020
Category Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency SDG

Description

The position is located in the Office of the Joint Special Representative in Khartoum. The Special Assistant will report to the Joint Special Representative (JSR) of UNAMID through the Senior Political Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities

Within the limits of delegated authority, the Special Assistant will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties: Coordination and Facilitation:

  • Provide substantive and logistical support to the JSR in the implementation of the Mission's mandate as given by the Security Council;
  • Organize and manage the JSR's meetings and official missions, prepare summaries of discussions and monitor follow-up activities;
  • Liaise and maintain close working relationship with officials of state institutions, political parties, UNCT, civil society organizations, religious actors;
  • Coordinate UNAMID's collaboration with external partners and,
  • , in conjunction with the office of the DJSR; coordinate UNAMID's collaboration with the UNCT, maintain a functional relationship between UNAMID and the UNCT and monitor its performance on a day-to-day basis.
  • Keep UNHQ timely informed under the supervision of the JSR;

Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting:

  • Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission's mandate and the peace agreement between the Transitional Government and the Armed Movements;
  • Assess implications and make recommendations on possible UN policies, strategies, and other measures;
  • Draft summaries and analytical reports including code cables and reports to the Security Council;
  • Prepare talking points, take notes in meetings and give inputs in speeches.
  • Perform other tasks as may be assigned by the JSR.

Communications:

  • As requested, deal with incoming and outgoing correspondence of the JSR;
  • Draft correspondence for the JSR's signature, as well as other internal notes;
  • Assist in the media liaison and manage interview requests;
  • Provide timely inputs to UNHQ materials as requested;

Management:

  • Bring to the attention of the JSR all matters requiring the JSR's personal attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed;
  • Assist in the selection of new staff;
  • Supervise and arrange official missions and travel of the JSR;
  • Perform other relevant duties as requested by the JSR.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and 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.
  • 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related fields. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field.

Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.

Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior official is required.

Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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 but the Mission's mandate may allow for further extension. 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.

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