Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement
Duty Station: HODEIDAH
Posting Period: 30 March 2023 – 09 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-UNMHA-205856-J-Hodeidah (M)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Office of Deputy Head of Mission and Coordination of the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA). The incumbent will be based in Hodeidah, Yemen and will report to the Deputy Head of Mission.The incumbent will supervise and manage the front office staff on behalf of the Deputy. UNMHA was established by Security Council resolution 2452 (2019) and is mandated to support the implementation of the Agreement on the City of Hodeidah and Ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa as set out in the Stockholm Agreement.
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:
- Participates fully in assigned political and operational activities related to the work of UNMHA; supports 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 Mission;
- Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Deputy Head of Mission and other Mission senior officials, as required. As requested, provides guidance and advice on assigned issues to the Deputy Head of Mission concerning assigned areas of work, political developments, status of negotiations, and the approach to various political issues.
- Prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties involving several components of a limited nature, such as civilian, development or humanitarian partners.
- Develops and maintains relations with relevant external officials at working level and liaises with them on issues and policies of mutual concern; works closely with the Senior Political Affairs Officer and his/her team and coordinates and consults any political advice to the DHOM with him/her; Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities requiring mission involvement and participation.
- Supports the DHOM in the formulation of the programme of work, budget and medium-term plans of the unit by participating in meetings, and compiling or researching issues related to the mission;
- Gathers, selects and analyses information received from different sources, including the press and social media, and produces spot reports, analytical notes and background papers in a timely manner;
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of the latest political trends and developments in general and in the areas of his/her assignment in particular and provides inputs on issues to senior colleagues in the Office;
- Coordinates with other sections of the Mission to request inputs, reviews them, and compiles the Mission’s regular situational reports accordingly;
- Contributes to the Office’s reporting requirements, such as briefing notes, talking points and notes to file for meetings and briefings held by senior colleagues in the Mission;
- Performs other related duties as required.
CompetenciesPROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. 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. 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.
EducationAn advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work ExperienceA minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience serving with the United Nations is required. Experience in or on the Middle East and/or conflict or post-conflict settings is desirable. Experience working in a front office of a senior official is desirable. Two years of experience in a United Nations special political mission or peacekeeping operation is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by informal interview.
Special NoticePursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
- This position is temporarily available for a period of 364 days. 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. 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.
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