|Posting Title:||Associate Political Affairs Officer, NOB|
|Job Code Title:||ASSOCIATE POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER|
|Department/Office:||United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia|
|Posting Period:||22 December 2022 – 20 January 2023|
|Job Opening Number:||22-Political Affairs-UNSOM-197663-R- (M)|
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Regional and Liaison Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), in Dhusamareeb. The incumbent reports to the UNSOM Head of Galmudug Area Office and the Political Affairs Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Political Affairs Officer will perform the following responsibilities:
• Analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources,
including the press; maintains up-to-date knowledge of events related to political issues in a specified area
or subject matter and identifies areas of concern to support the decision-making, early warning, policy development and planning for an integrated UN within the Mission.
• Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the field mission.
• Prepares summaries of articles from a wide variety of sources and prepares a variety of correspondence, political reports and briefing/presentation materials.
• Monitors social-economic issues and politically relevant developments in an assigned area.
• Provides input into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programmes.
• Creates databases that track project progress and provide other information relevant to assigned area.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, international organizations, government institutions and the Civil Society on coordination and policy matters.
• Assists with interpretation and translation both in Somali and English, as required.
• Performs other related duties as required.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related areas is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Somali (both oral and written) is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.
When completing the Candidate Profile form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up-to-date. This information is the basis for the Hiring Manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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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