Posting Title: Senior Political Affairs Officer, P5
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF SECTION, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 09 August 2021 - 23 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNMIK-161135-F-Pristina (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is specific to the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the incumbent will report directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG).
Within limits of delegated authority and under the supervision of the SRSG, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will head the Office of Political Affairs and be responsible for performing the following duties:
Coordination and Facilitation: Provide substantive support to the SRSG in implementing the Mission's mandate; Keep the SRSG informed on all matters requiring his personal attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed; Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Mission components, the authorities, the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters; Organize and manage the SRSG's meetings and UNMIK events, prepare written summaries and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate; Coordinate/draft correspondence for the SRSG's signature.
Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting: Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of UNMIK's mandate; Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern, to provide immediate and long-range solutions to political problems and to advance mandated objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation; Coordinate/draft summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council.
Outreach and Partnerships: Provide substantive and practical support to the SRSG in the context of transition from post conflict to sustainable development; Assist the SRSG and Mission senior management in the co-ordination of activities with developmental partners, including the agencies, funds and programmes of the UN Kosovo Team, as well as with regional organizations and bilateral development agencies; seek opportunities and identify risks, develop functional synergies between the Mission and its partner organizations.
Management: Assist in formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission's programme of work, ensuring that activities are in accordance with the mandate and maintain an emphasis on fostering an inclusive, national dialogue on critical issues; Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; Participate in the selection of new staff. Perform other relevant duties as requested by the SRSG.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of Kosovo/Serbia political situation, as well as familiarity with current dynamics and processes in the Balkans, gained from experience working with regional issues; Strong communication and analytical skills, as well as political acumen. 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.
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.
LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands; provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
JUDGEMENT/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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required.
Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
At least two years of experience working in a UN field operation or other international organization or nongovernmental organization is required.
Experience working on the Balkans region for the United Nations or other international organization or non-governmental organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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 to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are 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 offer, if selected.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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