SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS – Mogadishu, Somalia
SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P3 – Mogadishu, Somalia
|Posting Title:||SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P3|
|Job Code Title:||SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS|
|Department/Office:||United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia|
|Posting Period:||21 July 2021 – 03 August 2021|
|Job Opening Number:||21-Political Affairs-UNSOM-158630-F-Mogadishu (M)|
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in Mogadishu within the Office of the Chief of Staff of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The Special Assistant will report directly to the Chief of Staff.
Under the supervision of the Chief of Staff (COS), the Special Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties:
Coordination and Facilitation – Provide substantive and practical support to the COS in implementing the Mission’s mandate; Keep the COS informed on all matters requiring her/his personal attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed; Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with mission components, UNSOS, the UNCT, AMISOM, the Federal Government, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters; Organize and manage the COS meetings and Mission events, prepare written summaries and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate; Coordinate/draft correspondence for the COS signature.
Analysis, advice and reporting on political affairs and security sector reform – Identify, analyse and monitor political and national security developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate; Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation; Coordinate/draft summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, briefing notes, notes to file, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council.
Planning – provide substantive support to various reviews of the Mission’s mandate; conduct extensive engagement with Senior Leadership to generate strategic guidance to working-level discussion on the review; provide secretariat support to strategic review working groups, including development of timelines and priorities, as well as planning consultations with regional offices, Somali counterparts and UN Headquarters.
Management – Assist in formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission’s programme of work, including through support to planning and budgetary processes in close coordination with UNSOS; Participate in staff recruitment processes.
Perform other relevant duties as requested by the COS.
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.
Client Orientation – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science, Political Economy, International Relations, International Law, Public Administration, or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, business administration or related field is required.
Experience working in the office of a senior representative and/or as a Special Assistant or similar to a senior representative is desirable.
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 desirable.
Experience in strategic planning, multi-partner coordination and/or mission support, and/or mission support, providing facilitation, analysis, and reporting is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required.
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.
This is a Recruit from Roster. This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
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.
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