Electoral Officer – Mogadishu, Somalia
Posting Title: ELECTORAL OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ELECTORAL OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 23 April 2021 – 06 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Electoral Affairs-UNSOM-154417-J-Mogadishu (M)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThe position is located in the Integrated Electoral Support Group (IESG) of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The incumbent will be the Electoral Field Coordination Advisor. He/she will be based in Mogadishu and report to the Chief Electoral Operations Advisor.
Within delegated authority, the Field Coordination Advisor will be responsible for the following duties:
- Advise and assist the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) in the implementation of the overall electoral operational plan and electoral activities in the field offices.
- Ensure that all field offices and related operations are run smoothly, making sure that their logistics, communication, administration and other needs are met; trouble shoot problems in the field.
- Implement, and often supervise the implementation of, electoral programs and processes in one or more of the following areas, as required: legal drafting and reform, complaints and dispute resolution, planning and budgeting, infrastructure development, operations including field operations, procurement, logistics, security, information and communications technology, data processing and analysis, procedures, training, external relations, public information, outreach and media relations, civic and voter education, graphic design, administrative support, support to media, political parties and civil society, gender mainstreaming, capacity-building, institutional reform and development as well as project support.
- Provide project and programme management and support, including budget management and monitoring, and reporting of results to national counterparts, donors and UN bodies;
- Provide, and often supervise the provision of, support, technical assistance and advice in the above areas as required.
- Contribute, and often supervise the contribution to, capacity-building of national counterparts and strengthening of national institutions.
- Monitor the impact of domestic and international norms and processes on female participation and provide advice to the Electoral Management Bodies on appropriate corrective measures.
- Supervise and manage the performance of national and international staff assigned to the area of responsibility.
- Establish and maintain professional and productive partnerships with national counterparts and other key stakeholders in the electoral process.
- Plan, integrate, coordinate and collaborate the work of all relevant partners to compile and provide regular briefings and reports in the assigned area of responsibility.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Proven knowledge of providing advise related to field electoral operations. 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.
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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in Political Science, International Relations, 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 an advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas in at least 2 countries.
At least three years of experience in supervising, implementing, supporting or advising on electoral processes is required. United Nations electoral experience in a peacekeeping operation, political mission and/or a UN agency or other relevant international electoral experience is required.
Experience in advising national electoral management bodies is required. Experience in developing countries is required, and experience in post-conflict situations is desirable. Previous experience of managing teams of different backgrounds is desirable.
Experience in ensuring that electoral field offices’ logistics, communication, administration and other needs are met is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English both oral and written is required. Knowledge of the local language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
- This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2021. 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.
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