United Nations UN MONUSCO Jobs – Political Affairs Officer

Organization: United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Job Opening Number: 56996
Report to: Mission Chief of Staff (MCOS)
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.
Job Summary: The Political Affairs Officer assists the UN Mission
on work related to the Mission’s mandate as well as the political and security
aspects related to MONUSCO. The incumbent maintains regular contacts at the
working level with various offices of the Government involved, the United
Nations, various UN agencies, NGOs, and diplomatic missions.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The incumbent takes lead and organizes
    operational activities related to the work of the office or mission, i.e.,
    peacekeeping, disarmament, demobilization and repatriation, reintegration
    and resettlement , conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict
    rehabilitation, elections, governance related institution-building, civil
    society support work, etc.; pursues an integrated approach that includes a
    rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender
    perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the
  • Prepares and reviews briefing notes and
    talking points for the MCOS, Head of Mission and other senior staff.
    Provides guidance and advice on assigned issues to the Head of Mission, as
    well as assigned areas of work, status of negotiations, and the approach
    to various issues including interpretation of rules of procedure. Prepares
    responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages
    operations of a limited nature involving several components, such as
    civilian, military or humanitarian operations. Develops and maintains
    relations with government officials at the working level and advises them
    on issues and policies of mutual concern.
  • Manages a team which deals with a variety of
    political issues in the Great Lakes region in general and with regards to
    the Democratic Republic of the Congo in particular. Attends meetings to
    identify the scope of the project, considers methodologies, and leads or
    actively participates in developing guidelines, terms of reference and
    operational plans and time frames for new assignments.
  • Assists in planning, coordinating and
    supporting programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and/or
    interagency involvement and participation. Represents the team at round
    tables, seminars and conferences.
  • Provides substantive support to the MCOS in
    the formulation of the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of
    the unit by actively participating in or leading meetings, drafting major
    components and compiling or researching issues related to the mission.
  • Performs any other related duties as required
    by the Mission Chief of Staff (MCOS).
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The prospective United Nations MONUSCO
    Political Affairs Officer should hold an advanced university degree
    (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, International
    Relations or a related field. A first level university degree with a
    combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be
    accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training
    in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation and/or
    coordination is an asset.
  • At least seven years of progressively
    responsible experience in political science, international relations, law,
    disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or
    related area. Work experience in the region.
  • Languages: English and French are the working
    languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral
    and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of a
    local language also is an asset.
Personal Competencies:
  • 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 and 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.
  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities
    and risks; Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy
    and the work unit’s goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling
    organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction;
    Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
  • Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies
    expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work;
    Encourages others to set challenging goals; Holds others accountable for
    achieving results related to their area of responsibility; Genuinely
    values all staff members’ input and expertise; Shows appreciation and
    rewards achievement and effort; Involves others when making decisions that
    affect them.
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United
Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (MONUSCO) as the Chief Integrated Support Services, Entebbe Support Base
(ESB) should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and
clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 10th March, 2016
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