Special Assistant, Political Affairs - United Nations, Tunisia, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Special Assistant, Political Affairs
Job Code Title:SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office:FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station:TUNIS
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:57801
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 the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) at the headquarters of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in Tunis. The Special Assistant will report directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General.

UNSMIL’s mandate as renewed in SC resolution 2238 (2015) of 10 September 2015 includes, as an immediate priority, support to the Libyan political process, as well as the undertaking of: (a) human rights monitoring and reporting; (b) support to key Libyan institutions; and (c) coordination of international assistance.
Responsibilities
Within limits of delegated authority, the Special Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties: 

Coordination and Facilitation
-Assist the SRSG’s and Mission’s relations, through liaison with Headquarters, the UN Country Team (UNCT), diplomatic corps and other key partners on strategic, political, policy and operational issues related to UNSMIL, to ensure collaboration and effective partnerships; provide related briefings and advice, with the appropriate follow-up as required. 
- Lead/participate in/provide support to policy and planning bodies and activities, internal and external meetings and working groups and assessment missions; Lead/coordinate the development of cross-cutting strategies, policy directives, position papers, statements and briefings to advance mandate implementation; Contribute to the development and implementation of the Mission’s internal and external communications strategies; Develop/manage special projects in support of Mission-wide strategies for mandate implementation.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with mission components, national authorities, the UNCT, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters; Lead/facilitate Mission or UNSMIL/UNCT coordination on specific initiatives, as required.
- Liaise with Headquarters on issues requiring the SRSG's and COS’s attention. 

Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting
-Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues that have an impact on implementation of the Mission’s mandate; Provide strategic, political, policy advice and recommendations to the SRSG and COS on issues of significant impact on UNSMIL, and assist them with the creation of conditions necessary to implement key decisions concerning the strategic direction of the Mission.
- Prepare articles, speeches, remarks and other materials for the SRSG’s key events, and provide guidance on/review and comment on statements or speeches for the SRSG; Prepare/oversee the preparation of analytical reports, papers and other documents on cross-cutting or sensitive/complex issues of concern to the SRSG and COS, in coordination/consultation with the relevant components of the Mission and UNCT; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation.
- Review and comment on key documents prepared by different components of the Mission, UNCT, and external organizations on issues related to UNSMIL mandate implementation and related issues.
- Attend high-level meetings and take action/follow-up, as required; Represent the Mission at international/regional/national conferences, seminars, meetings and related activities, and provide substantive expertise on Mission and broader UN conflict-related issues. 

Management
-Assist in formulating and managing the implementation of the Mission's programme of work, including through support the development of planning objectives and priorities, office work plans and budget proposals;
- Head and manage the SRSG Front Office. 
- Supervise the work of the Field Support Team and any other staff, as delegated by the COS, and assist with the provision of guidance on substantive issues to all OSRSG professional staff. 
- Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; assist in the selection of new staff and follow up on recruitment issues;
- Perform other relevant duties as requested by the SRSG or COS.
Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters; In-depth understanding of UN special political missions; Ability to analyse, evaluate and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems, as well as international, regional and national aspects of the political situation; Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment; Excellent drafting skills; 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.

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.

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.

Managerial Competencies
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 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.
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, political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Proven experience in leading/coordinating planning is required. Experience in supporting political mediation process is required.

Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official is required.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post 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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