Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is found in the Electoral Assistance Division (EAD) of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at Headquarters. The incumbent reports to a Senior Political Affairs Officer/Team Leader of the Country Support Cluster in EAD.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Participates in the discussion and formulation of political and technical strategies in the electoral field.
•As desk officer, monitors and analyses electoral activities and political developments in assigned countries, primarily in Africa; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the organisation of electoral processes with a view to provide early warning advice to Director, Assistant-Secretary-General or the Under-Secretary-General for political affairs and recommends solutions/possible actions by United Nations.
•Prepares analytical reports on electoral matters drafts notes, background papers, talking points and other correspondence for senior UN officials as required.
•Meets regularly with counterparts in the Department of Political Affairs, DPKO, UNDP-, and other departments, agencies and programmes of the UN System to plan electoral projects and review project activities.
•Participates in policy discussions regarding electoral matters and democratisation.
•Briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate, suggestions and recommendations.
•Oversees the implementation of of electoral projects.
•Briefs donors and other interested parties on electoral operations and assist in resource mobilization.
•Prepares briefing notes/talking points for Senior UN officials.
•Carries out, in consultation with supervisors, administrative functions relating to the staffing, planning and budget of an electoral operation.
•Leads or deputizes needs assessment missions to evaluate Governments requests for electoral assistance, project formulation missions and/or expert advisory missions to the field.
•Performs other related duties as required.
•Professionalism: Understanding of electoral operations. 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; Demonstrates commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
•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& 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, public administration or related fields is required. A first-level degree in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, conflict resolution or related area is required. A minimum of four (4) years experience in electoral assistance is required. Experience in advising an electoral management body in the field desirable. Experience in electoral assistance in a special political mission or peacekeeping operation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2018.
• If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• 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.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
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