|Posting Title:||SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P5|
|Job Code Title:||SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER|
|Department/Office:||United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia|
|Posting Period:||27 February 2023 – 28 March 2023|
|Job Opening Number:||23-Political Affairs-UNSOM-201772-R-Mogadishu (R)|
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator (O/DSRSG/RC/HC). The position is based in Mogadishu. The P/CVE Adviser/ Senior Political Affairs Officer, will report to the Head of the Integrated Office of the DSRSG/RC/HC.
Provides advice on national and international strategies to prevent and counter violent extremism in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions, the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, the UN P/CVE Action Plan and all human rights obligations. Spearheads the UN’s support to operationalizing Somalia’s P/CVE strategy; provides technical support to Somali P/CVE coordination platforms at the federal (FGS) and state (FMS) levels with particular concern to inclusion and representation of wide range of the Somali society; incorporates an integrated approach that includes rights-based, conflict prevention, peace building, and mediation dimensions, and a gender and youth perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the units relevant to P/CVE; Contributes to the coordination of international partners and UN agencies, funds and programmes’ P/CVE efforts to avoid duplication, enhance capacity and joint programming, and promotes an inclusive nationally owned (beyond government ownership) strategy; Prepares briefing notes and talking points, reports and policy guidance for the Head of the Mission and Senior Leadership; Provides continuous guidance and advice to the United Nations in Somalia, as well as other officers of intergovernmental bodies concerning the organization of work, status of UN and international instruments and strategies related to P/CVE; Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and advises on operations involving several components and Pillars of the UN in Somalia; Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern; Advises on and participates in the negotiation to establish operations and develops guidelines, terms of reference and operational plans and time frames for new operations. Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and/or inter-agency involvement and participation; Represents the UN Somalia at relevant round tables, seminars and conferences; Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the unit and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the P/CVE Unit of the DSRSG/RC/HC; Performs other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates in depth knowledge and expertise in matters pertinent to Prevention and countering of Violent Extremism, knowledge of conflict analysis and risk assessment concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. 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.
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.
LEADERSHIP: Leadership Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
JUDGEMENT AND DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advance university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in political science, international relations, international 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 advance university degree.
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, rule of law, development management, conflict resolution and mediation are required.
Experience in prevention of violent extremism at programmatic or policy level is required.
Experience in a conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable.
A background of working with UN agencies, funds or programmes is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Senior Political Affairs Officer, P-5 roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.
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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