This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in Baghdad. The Political Affairs Officer will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer.
Within the delegated authority of the Director of the Office of Political Affairs in Baghdad and the direct supervision of a Senior Political Affairs Officer, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:
Professionalism - Knowledge of the political issues related to Iraq and the region is a prerequisite; Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes; Provide solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries; Ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas; Takes 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.
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 and 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.
Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and two additional years experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, development, disarmament or related area is required. Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Working with national counterparts in a multi-actor environment is desirable. Previous experience working in a UN Special Political Mission, Peacekeeping Operation, or other UN field operation in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience of working in MENA Region is required. Experience of working with political parties affiliated with militias as well as working on cease fire mediation is required. Experience in supporting peace & reconciliation processes is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required; Fluency of Arabic language is required. Knowledge of any of the regional language is desirable.