Job Title: Political Affairs Officer
Organization: United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Job Opening Number: 56908
Report to: Senior Political Affairs Officer
Following the signing of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement in July 1999 between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and five regional States (Angola, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe) in July 1999, the Security Council established the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) by its resolution 1279 of 30 November 1999, initially to plan for the observation of the ceasefire and disengagement of forces and maintain liaison with all parties to the Ceasefire Agreement. Later in a series of resolutions, the Council expanded the mandate of MONUC to the supervision of the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement and assigned multiple related additional tasks.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 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 mandate.
· The jobholder will 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:
· Build 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 matters.
· 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 mandate 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 officials; Participate in fact-finding –and other- missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
· Actively contribute to the formulation and implementation of the unit’s programme of work.
· Support planning and budgetary processes for current and future field operations as may be required.
· Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The ideal candidate for the United Nations MONUSCO Political Affairs Officer should hold an advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or 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 degree.
· At least five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.
· A minimum of four years’ experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting at the international level is required. At least two years of 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 non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
· Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of French or a local language is an advantage.
· 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.
· 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.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 12th September, 2016
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