Political Affairs Officer (Electoral) - United Nations, Gabon, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Political Affairs Officer (Electoral)
Job Code Title:POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office:FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station:LIBREVILLE
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:59409
Staffing ExerciseSE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)

Assessment Period
Eligible applicants will be invited to sit a general abilities test, which they will be informed of by email and/or on the "My upcoming test schedule" page in Inspira. The general abilities test will be given during the period of 30 June-1 July. Candidates will be given a 48-hour testing window during which they need to complete the test in the prescribed time in order to remain under consideration. 

Following the evaluation of an applicants' performance on the general abilities test, all passing candidates will be screened for suitability for the position they applied for. Those applicants who are deemed eligible through the Inspira eligibility screening and the general test, as well as suitable through the suitability screening, will be invited to complete a substantive test, which will be given during the weeks of 11 July – 3 August. Applicants will need to check the "My upcoming test schedule"page prior and during this period to find the 48-hour testing windows for all substantive tests they are invited to take. They will further be receiving email notifications shortly before the testing windows open. If an applicant did not pass the general test and suitability screening, no subsequent tests will be announced on the “My upcoming test schedule page”. 

All applicants are encouraged to check the exact testing windows for the general and the substantive tests in Inspira on the “My upcoming test schedule page” as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal (hr.un.org/page/mobility) after the closing of this job opening. Applicants should check regularly, in particular during the week before above referenced testing windows.

Previously rostered candidates who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.
Self-Assessment Questionnaire
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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 located in the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) in Libreville, Gabon. The Political Affairs Officer will report to the Chief Political Affairs Officer and is part of UNOCA’s Political Affairs Section. UNOCA covers the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States, namely: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe. Libreville is classified as A hardship duty station and a family duty station.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Political/Electoral Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 

• Review and monitor activities in Central Africa; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the organisation of electoral processes;
• Support the good offices of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in countries approaching elections and/or facing institutional and governance related crisis by providing timely, accurate and clearly-analyzed information with an emphasis on early warning and conflict-prevention. 
• Serve as focal point for early warning on risks to electoral processes and assessment of electoral developments. 
• Collect, process and analyze relevant information concerning electoral issues in countries approaching elections, with a particular emphasis on conflict- and violence-related risks. 
• Prepare briefing notes, talking points, speeches, analytical papers and recommendations with the view to providing advisory support to the SRSG’s good offices. 
• Work in close collaboration with the Electoral Assistance Division of the Department of Political Affairs, which supports the UN system-wide focal point on elections (Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs).
• Foster effective working relationships with other components of the Office, DPA, as well as UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, national military/civilian authorities, international and multilateral organizations, civil society, media and other key stakeholders in Central Africa. 
• Represent the Office in meetings, as directed.
• Perform other duties as required.
Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge of political affairs. Knowledge of political issues in Central African countries.Strong analytical skills, and experience in information collection and management; excellent drafting and editing skills with the proven ability to ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on electoral and political issues and propose solutions to political problems in specific areas or countries; ability to produce forward-looking, preemptive analytical products and relevant leadership advice; proven ability to integrate different perspectives, inter alia, political, civil affairs, military, police, security, humanitarian, human rights, rule of law, gender, child protection, development, environmental and electoral affairs, into analytical products; ability to coordinate with many different actors in both the Mission and the UN system, to develop and foster collaboration and contact networks and to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and maintain effective working relations with people of different national, professional and cultural backgrounds; Shows pride in work and in achievements; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and 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. Experience in developing and executing a program throughout its life cycle. 

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. 

Planning & organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Education
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or a related area. 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
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, electoral affairs, human rights, rule of law, diplomacy, or a related field is required. Experience working on political issues related to Central Africa is desirable. Experience on electoral matters in a government or national electoral commission is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in 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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