Special Assistant to Joint Special Representative (JSR) - United Nations, Sudan, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Special Assistant to Joint Special Representative (JSR)
Job Code Title:SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office:FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station:EL FASHER
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:57909
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.
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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 office of Joint Special Representative (JSR) of the African Union/United Nations operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in El Fasher. El Fasher is classified as an E hardship duty station and a non family duty station. The incumbent reports to and is under the direct supervision of the Joint Special Representative (JSR). 

The African Union/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur, referred to by its acronym UNAMID, was established on 31 July 2007 with the adoption of Security Council resolution 1769. UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate, but is also tasked with contributing to security for humanitarian assistance, monitoring and verifying implementation of agreements, assisting an inclusive political process, contributing to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and monitoring and reporting on the situation along the borders with Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). For more information on the mission visit 
http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/unamid/
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
•Supports the Joint Special Representative (JSR) in the implementation of the Mission's mandate as given by the Security Council.
•Brings to the attention of the Joint Special Representative (JSR) all matters requiring the Joint Special Representative (JSR) personal attention, assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed.
•As requested, handles incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Joint Special Representative (JSR).
•Drafts correspondence for the JSR’s signature, as well as other documentation including code cables and reports to the Security Council.
•Liaises and maintains close working relationships with officials of state institutions, political parties, civil society organizations, religious actors.
•Organizes and manages conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops as directed by the Joint Special Representative (JSR).
•Coordinates, as required, actions related to the transition towards the United Nations agency-led commitment, depending on the mission's mandate and the situation in the country concerned. This includes liaising with bilateral donors and other international organizations, with a view to realizing greater synergy and coordination, specifically regarding post-mission activities in the country;
•Keep UNHQ timely informed under the supervision of the JSR;
•Prepares talking points, take notes in meetings and give inputs in speeches;
•Supervise and arrange official missions and travel of the JSR;
•Performs other duties, as assigned.
Competencies
Professionalism: Demonstrates ability to relate various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian developments in the region. Demonstrates knowledge of the situation on the ground as well as ability to analyse the region’s political, humanitarian and security developments and offer possible causes and solutions. 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. Provides leadership and 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 behaviors; 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 behaviors 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.

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
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social science, development studies 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development, conflict resolution or related area, is required.
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. Knowledge of other UN official language is desirable.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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Special Assistant to Joint Special Representative (JSR) - United Nations, Sudan, Deadline: Jun-17-2016 Special Assistant to Joint Special Representative (JSR) - United Nations, Sudan, Deadline: Jun-17-2016 Reviewed by KHMER-INSIDER on Thursday, April 28, 2016 Rating: 5