Senior Political Affairs Officer - United Nations, Democratic Republic of Congo, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Senior Political Affairs Officer
Job Code Title:SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office:FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station:KINSHASA
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:59327
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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in Kinshasa, the Headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Under the overall supervision of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRCG). The Special Assistant will report directly to the SRSG.

On 1 July 2010, the Security Council, by its resolution 1925 the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) was established. The mission was authorised to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate relating, among other things, to the protection of civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence and to support the Government of the DRC in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts. For more information on the mission's mandate visit http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/monusco/mandate.shtml.
Responsibilities
Within limits of delegated authority, the Special Assistant who will act as the Head of the SRSG’s Front Office will be responsible for performing the following duties: 

Coordination and Facilitation

- Provide substantive and practical support to the SRSG in implementing the Mission’s mandate; Keep the SRSG informed on all matters requiring his attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed.
- Support preparation of meetings, Mission events, responses to HQ requests, SG reports, strategic documents by ensuring completion of tasks by responsible sections/focal points, as appropriate;
- Ensure adherence to quality standards for all code cables, reports, briefings, and documents prepared prior to submission to the SRSG for signature. 
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all Mission components, particularly the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.
- Maintain liaison with the HQ Great Lakes Integrated Operations Team (CAIOT) and other relevant entities at regional and global levels.

Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting:
- Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues that have an impact on the implementation of the Mission’s mandate;
- Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern 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.

Management:
- Assist in formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission’s programme of work, including through support to planning and budgetary processes.
- Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; 
- Follow-up on recruitment issues, establish Office priorities, ensuring development of Office work plans and strategic objectives.
- Perform other relevant duties as requested by the SRSG.
Competencies
Professionalism: Analytical skills and proven capacities for analysis through the identification of political social, economic, humanitarian or other factors shaping political activity; identification of solutions of possible courses of action to mitigate emerging situations based on the gathering and evaluation of relevant information; ability to gather and synthesize information to draw out key issues. 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.

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.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately. 

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 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.
Education
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, 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
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. Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior public official is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.
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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