Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Baghdad. Under the delegated authority of the Director, the Political Affairs Officer will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Political Analysis and Advice
- Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in Iraq and the neighbouring countries;
- Monitor actions taken the government, the international community, and non-governmental organizations with respect to the situation in Iraq and the neighbouring countries.
Reporting and Information Management
- Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies;
- Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio; Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility.
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy and coordination matters.
- Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for senior UN officials;
- Participate in fact-finding –and other- missions;
- Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
- Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the unit’s programme of work;
- Support planning and budgetary processes for current and future field operations.
Perform other relevant duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, development, disarmament or related field. Experience in political outreach, analysis and reporting is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience working in Iraq and/or Middle East is required. Experience working in an enviornment with non-state armed groups and political parties with militias is highly desirable. Experience working in security sector reform is an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of the Arabic language is highly desirable.
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