Posting Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening), P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 20 November 2020 - 04 December 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-UNMIK-144965-J-Pristina (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Org. Setting and ReportingThe position is in the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in Pristina. Pristina is classified as a “B” family duty-station. The incumbent will report to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) of UNMIK.
UNMIK was established by the Security Council in its resolution 1244 (1999). The Mission is mandated to help ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo and advance regional stability in the Western Balkans. The Mission is headed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. The Special Representative ensures a coordinated approach by the international civil presence operating under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which retains the status of UNMIK’s pillar for institution building. The Special Representative also ensures coordination with the head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), which has operational responsibility in the area of rule of law. EULEX is deployed under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) and operates under the overall authority of the United Nations. The Mission has its headquarters in Pristina and is supported by field offices in Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and Pejë/Peć. In addition, the UN Office in Belgrade plays an important political and diplomatic role and liaises with political leadership of Serbia. Kosovo declared independence on 17 February 2008 and has been recognized by around 100 UN Member States. UNMIK continues to implement its mandate in a status neutral manner and operate under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).
ResponsibilitiesWithin delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Identify opportunities for the Mission to enhance its impact in support of the institutions and people of Kosovo;
•Propose actions for immediate and long-term solutions to interethnic and political problems; identify emerging issues pertaining to the priorities of the Mission; analyse implications and make recommendations on possible strategies and measures;
•Provide substantive support to the SRSG in implementing the Mission’s mandate;
•Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Mission components, the authorities, and civil society;
•Organize and manage the SRSG’s meetings and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate;
•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 and to advance mandated objectives;
•Provide substantive and practical support to the SRSG in maintaining constructive Mission engagement with local institutions, political parties and civil society;
•Assist the SRSG and Mission senior management in the co-ordination of activities with international organizations in Kosovo;
•Assist in formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission’s programme of work, ensuring that activities are in accordance with its mandate;
•Participate in the selection of new staff;
•Perform other relevant duties as requested by the SRSG.
CompetenciesPROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of Kosovo/Serbia political situation and interethnic relations in Kosovo, current dynamics and processes; Demonstrated 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.
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
EducationAdvanced 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.
Work ExperienceA minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution, or related field is required.
At least five years of experience in political outreach, analysis and advice to senior leadership as well as engagement with/advice to government authorities in reviewing draft legislation is desirable.
Experience working in the Balkans region for an agency, fund or programme, or other international organization or non-governmental organization is desirable.
Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Albanian and/or Serbian is desirable.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThis post is available until 30 June 2021, with possibility of extension.
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