Political Affairs Officer, P3 – Mogadisho

UNSOM

Political Affairs Officer, P3  – Mogadisho

  • Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3
  • Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
  • Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
  • Duty Station: MOGADISHU
  • Posting Period: 30 August 2022 – 28 September 2022
  • Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNSOM-188030-R-Mogadishu (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

These positions are located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and are based in Mogadishu. The Political Affairs Officer reports to the Senior Political Affairs Officer and the Chief of Political Affairs and Mediation Group (PAMG).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, under the direct supervision of the Senior Political Affairs Officer, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Participates fully in assigned operational activities related to the work of the office or mission, i.e., peacekeeping, disarmament, demobilizing and reintegration, conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict rehabilitation, election administration, political and governance institution-building, civil society support work, etc.; 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 unit.
  •  Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Senior Political Affairs Officer, Head of the Mission and other senior staff. As requested, provides guidance and advice on assigned issues to the head of mission, as well as other selected offices of intergovernmental bodies concerning assigned areas of work, status of negotiations, and the approach to various issues. Prepares responses to comments, statements, and queries of parties and manages operations involving several components of a limited nature, such as civilian, military or humanitarian operations. Develops and maintains relations with government officials at the working levels and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
  •  Participates as a team member on a team which would deal with a variety of political issues in a region and or country or major conflict. Attends meetings to identify the scope of the project, considers methodologies, and participate in developing guidelines, terms of reference and operational plans and time frames for new team. Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting programmes, projects and activities requiring mission and/or interagency involvement and participation. Represents the team at round tables, seminars and conferences.
  •  Supports his/her supervisor 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.
  •  Performs other related duties as required

Competencies

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in political science, international relations, international economics, 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 the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution, development management or related area is required.

Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.

Experience in working in a diverse team is required.

Experience working with United Nations field operations or similar international or national organizations in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Languages

English and French are working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

HOW TO APPLY

Follow this link to Apply: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=188030