Special Assistant, Political Affairs - United Nations, Bissau, 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:BISSAU
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:57778
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 financed by Budget Framework for Special Political Missions. This position is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) in Bissau (UNIOGBIS). Bissau is classified as a D hardship duty station and family duty station. The incumbent reports to the SRSG through the Chief of Staff (CoS). 

The United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, UNIOGBIS, was established by the UN Security Council in its resolution 1876 (2009). For more information on the mission's background and mandate visit http://uniogbis.unmissions.org.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Special Assistant, Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 

Coordination and Facilitation
•Provides substantive and practical support to the SRSG in implementing the Missions mandate; Keeps the SRSG informed on all matters requiring his personal attention, assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed.
•Organizes and manages the SRSGs meetings and Mission events, prepares written summaries and conducts follow-up activities, as appropriate; Coordinates/drafts correspondence for the SRSGs signature.
•Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with mission components, the authorities, the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.

Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting
•Identifies, analyzes and monitors political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Missions mandate;
•Assesses implications and makes recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives; Monitors, evaluates and reports on implementation,
•Coordinates/drafts 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
•Assists in formulating and managing the implementation of the Missions programme of work, including through support to planning and budgetary processes.
•Provides daily oversight and backstopping for administrative processes and perform general quality control in O/SRSG routine correspondence
•Assists in the selection of new staff.
•Performs other relevant duties as requested by the SRSG.
Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) process. Proven capacity to work under pressure and delivering within tight deadlines. Ability to respond expeditiously to diverse requests from multiple stakeholders and to set priorities. 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 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.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
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 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required. Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience working on conflict or post-conflict issues 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 post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French or Portuguese is required, with fluency in one of these languages being 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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