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This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered for this job opening. Roster applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are qualified, interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the position, if selected. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) or geographical requirements as set out in ST/AI/2016/1 to be eligible to apply for this job opening. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Political Affairs Section of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) in Juba. Juba is classified as a “E” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Joint Special Representative (Political).On 9 July 2011 South Sudan became the newest country in the world. The birth of the Republic of South Sudan is the culmination of a six-year peace process which began with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.In adopting resolution 1996 (2011) on 8 July 2011, the Security Council determined that the situation faced by South Sudan continued to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region and established the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) to consolidate peace and security and to help establish conditions for development.Following the crisis which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, the Security Council, by its resolution 2155 (2014) of 27 May 2014, reinforced UNMISS and reprioritized its mandate towards the protection of civilians, human rights monitoring, and support for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and for the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement. In December 2015, the Security Council, by its resolution 2252 (2015) of 15 December 2015, continued its focus towards protection of civilians, monitoring and investigating human rights, creating the conditions conducive to the delivery of humanitarian assistance and supporting the Implementation of the Peace Agreement.http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/unmiss/
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:• Identifies emerging issues in South Sudan and within the regional pertaining to the mandate; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures; proposes plans of action for Immediate and long range solutions to political problems in the region.• Provides good offices on behalf of the SRSG as appropriate.• Implements the operational activities related to the work of the office including implementation of the peace agreement, fostering dialogue, understanding and cooperation between parties; formulating strategies related to peaceful solution to the conflict; support for good governance, national dialogue and reconciliation.• Incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity and a gender perspective throughout the office’s activities.• Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities of the regional office and coordinates with other components of the Mission and external to the Mission as required.• Ensures that the works of all political affairs components at national and sub-national level are in accordance with the overall political strategy of the Mission.• Monitors and analyses information and data, managing, coordinating and supervising the preparation of analytical materials and assessments related to political, civil, social, economic and other developments in the region related to the implementation of the mandate.• Develops and maintains relations at the national and sub-national levels with governmental officials, political actors and leaders of the civil society, as well as regional actors and organizations and the wider UN system, operating in the country and within the region. • Leads in the development of the Secretary-General’s reports to the Security Council on the activities of the Mission as well as briefings to the Security Council and other such documents.• Prepares various written materials, such as analytical reports, code cables, statements, notes on meetings, speeches and briefing notes.• Provides political advice to other components of the Mission.• Oversees and guides the formulation and management of the Political Affairs Division’s strategic priorities, programme of work and day to day implementation of the division’s activities. This includes direction on priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mission’s mandate; preparation of inputs for the results-based budgeting process (RBB).• Performance management, supervision and mentoring of staff and oversight of related administrative and substantive tasks of the division, including monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators; leads the recruitment and selection of new staff in consultation with the Head of the Political Pillar.• Performs other duties as assigned.
Professionalism: Knowledge of peacekeeping and of UN rules and procedures. Ability to evaluate international political situations. Ability to manage and coordinate (at) many different levels. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.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. Managerial CompetenciesJudgement/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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.reats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, social science, law, 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.
Required experience: – A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations or a related field. – At least five years of management experience at a senior level.Desired experience:- Experience in mediation, reconciliation, political analysis and diplomacy. – Experience working in the Sub-Saharan Africa. – Experience in the context of the South Sudan situation, its conflict dynamics and the ongoing peace process.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 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.Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
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