Director, Political Affairs - United Nations, Kenya, Deadline: Jun-18-2016

Posting Title:Director, Political Affairs
Job Code Title:DIRECTOR, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office:FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station:NAIROBI
Posting Period:20 April 2016 - 18 June 2016
Job Opening Number:59330
Staffing ExerciseSE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)

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Special Notice
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.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is financed by SPM regular budget. This position is located in the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region in Nairobi. Nairobi is classified as a family duty station. The incumbent reports to The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General.
Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Special Envoy and within limits of delegated authority, the Director Political Affairs is responsible for the provision of general direction and coordination of the Mission's activities related to political analysis, strategy, outreach and reporting. S/he promotes key aspects of the mandates of the Special Envoy and the Office through direct engagement with national and international partners in the Great Lakes region. S/he leads the work of the Mission's Political Affairs Unit in the coordination and assessment of the implementation of the PSC Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region, particularly, supporting the Special Envoy’s engagements on the national and international commitments of the Framework and other relevant Resolutions of the Security Council. 

To this effect, the Director will perform the following duties:

•Political Analysis and Advice - Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues related to the mandates of the Special Envoy and the Office. Assess their implications and make recommendations to the Mission leadership on possible strategies, policies and other measures to advance mandated objectives, including plans of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems. Devise a political strategy in support of the implementation of the Mission's mandate. Support the Special Envoy's good offices, and confidence building initiatives in the region, including the conduct of peaceful, transparent and inclusive elections and related dialogue processes. Develop appropriate strategies and advise on addressing the root causes of conflicts in eastern DRC and their impacts on the region

•Outreach and Partnership - Engage national authorities in the DRC and the region, and other partners to propose an integrated strategy on ways to address the political and security situation in the region. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the national authorities of the region, political and community leaders, civil society actors, the UN Country teams and other national and international partners on political and policy matters. Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives. Monitor, evaluate and report on the implementation of the O/SESG Roadmap and the Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework. Liaise with the Executive Secretariat of the ICGLR, SADC, the AU and other regional organizations as appropriate on the implementation of the PSC Framework.

•Reporting - Ensure regular, timely and high quality reporting on developments and issues pertaining to the mandates in particular on political issues. Oversee the preparation of timely reports, reviews and analyses as well as periodical reports such as the Secretary-General's reports to the Security Council, briefings to the Security Council and other such documents on developments pertaining to the implementation of the PSC Framework and other mandate related issues in the region, including the conduct of peaceful, inclusive and transparent elections and dialogue processes. Lead preparations of summary and analytical reports, including situation reports, briefing notes, notes on meetings and code cables, as well as statements and speeches. Oversee the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes, position papers and political profiles.

•Internal Guidance and Coordination - Provide guidance for the political work of all Mission components and ensure that they are in accordance with the overall political strategy of the Mission. Liaise with the MONUSCO on a regular basis to ensure complimentarily with the activities of O/SESG including the good offices of the Special Envoy, and support to MONUSCO on issues
related to the DRC, including through participation in regional mechanisms, as appropriate.

•Management - Formulate and manage the implementation of the section's programme of work, determining priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mandate. Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; Participate in the selection of new staff.

•Perform other relevant duties requested by the Special Envoy.
Competencies
• Professionalism: 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.

• 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 behavior.

• 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 Competencies
•Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

•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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Education
Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent degree) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law or a 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.
Work Experience
Over 15 years of progressively experience in political or diplomatic work in bilateral, international or multilateral organizations is required. Experience in political outreach, analysis, reporting and negotiation in an international setting is required.

Experience of managing a large and multidisciplinary team or office is required. Work experience in a conflict or post-conflict field mission mounted by the United Nations common system (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions, or UN agencies, funds, and programmes), national or international NGOs, regional organizations, or bilateral international assistance programmes is desirable. Professional knowledge and experience of working on or in the Great Lakes region in a substantive capacity is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in both English and French is required.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.
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