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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 mandate extension and/or the availability of the funds.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in Nicosia. Nicosia is classified as a “H” duty station and a family duty station. The Civil Affairs Officer reports to Chief of Section, Civil Affairs.
Within delegated authority, the Civil Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:• Manages a small civilian team, undertaking or overseeing the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for its functioning. Designs and oversees implementation of the Civil Affairs workplan for that area, as well as the work of other components as relevant, ensuring consistency of approach and efficiency of output.• Develops a strategy on behalf of the mission and section to promote reconciliation and build trust between the communities and promote a culture of peace across the island.• Implements programmes designed to strengthen relations between Cypriots; develops and maintains close liaison with local community leaders, as well as community-based organizations, civil society, governmental, and religious groups, etc. • Engages various civic, political and social groups in implementation of decisions and activities of a bi-communal nature; negotiates solutions, defuses problems, resolves disputes and provides advice on actions, as well as recommendations on political and operational issues. • Plans and facilitates regular outreach and interaction with key actors and civil society representatives across Cyprus. Suggests opportunities to strengthen civil society actors and organisations working on projects and activities in support of the education, youth, or entrepreneurial fields.• Assesses, implements and monitors the impact of bi-communal activities facilitated by civil society, local authorities, and non-governmental organizations. Identifies potential problems and provide advice and guidance. • Maintains statistics, identifies emerging issues, analyzes their implications in relation to the Section workplan and Mission mandate. Drafts relevant sections of mission documents and reports.• Coordinates and plans with UNCT and other national and international partners in their area of operations to ensure a coherent effort.• Prepares reports based on assessments of the impact of the inter-communal activities on the political, economic and social environment and mandate implementation.• Accountable for the administration and execution of a budget to support civil society and the implementation of bi-communal activities. Demonstrates reliable and accurate adherence to UN financial procedures and timely planning for UNFICYP budget implementation.• Coordinates with international agencies and implementing partners on mandate implementation related to inter-communal activities. • Facilitates development and conducts appropriate training or support activities to strengthen the capacities of the community and civil society.• Contributes to the overall mission monitoring and planning on inter-communal activities.• Supervises junior staff within the section.• Serves as focal point for researching, identifying and sharing good practices and lessons learned with the Civil Affairs component and the global Civil Affairs community.• Performs other related work as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of the political, social and economic environment in Cyprus and their impact on the mission mandate implementation. Proven ability to promote and sustain dialogue between groups with differing views. Ability to contribute to strategic planning processes, including programme design and execution. Knowledge and ability to plan, implement, monitor and account for project funds. Ability to identify sources for data collection and analyse data collected. Ability to conduct political analysis and to identify and resolve sensitive issues. Solid understanding of the contexts within which peacekeeping operations function and ability to translate a broad strategic vision into concrete objectives on the ground. Ability to adapt experience and knowledge to different environments. Solid knowledge of DPKO/DFS policy on Civil Affairs and related areas and a strong appreciation of the role of Civil Affairs in empowering and enabling other actors. Proven ability to creatively respond to problems and to mobilize other actors to respond where necessary. Understanding of how to ensure effective coordination. Ability to source, evaluate and integrate information and analysis from a range of actors, and to articulate analysis in clear reports. Understanding of the relationship between regional / local dynamics and the central level in the progress of the overall peace process. Appreciation of the complexities involved in identifying the concerns and perceptions of the local population in post-conflict environments and knowledge of mechanisms for doing so. Proven ability to work independently under pressure, on occasion in highly stressful or isolated environments and with minimum supervision. Ability to work with tact and diplomacy, primarily as an enabler of constructive actors and processes. Respect for local cultures and values, awareness of the impact of personal conduct, ability to adapt behavior to different environments with sensitivity. Commitment to long term objectives, tenacity and a positive attitude in pursuing them. Demonstrated ability to work with patience, impartiality and confidentiality within a context of complex and politically sensitive issues. Proven ability to contribute as an active team member, communicate effectively with diverse interlocutors and colleagues, manage small units and strengthen team relations. 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.Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in conflict resolution, international relations, programme management, social sciences, 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in civil affairs, inter-communal relations, community development, political affairs, or other related area. – Experience implementing inter-communal or confidence-building programmes in a peace-keeping or post-conflict field context, and assessing the impact of such programmes on inter-communal relations. Desired experience:- Experience sustaining dialogue with a variety of actors in a politically complex and sensitive environment in order to establish and maintain relations, build trust and resolve problems.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.
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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