Political Affairs Officer, P4

Political Affairs Officer, P4

UNAMI - United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq

Org. Setting and Reporting

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.

Responsibilities

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:

  • Identify, analyze and monitor key political developments, trends and emerging issues in Iraq, especially as they relate to Iraq’s relations with neighbouring countries as well as emerging issues with respect to the implementation of UNAMI’s mandate;
  • Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives including among others on using UNAMI’s good offices;
  • Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies;
  • Prepare and review contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio;
  • Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility. Brief the Principal Political Affairs Officer and other unit staff on Iraq-focused developments;
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with mission components, UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, political leaders, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy and coordination matters;
  • Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives;
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation. Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches for senior UN officials;
  • Participate in fact-finding – and other - missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate;
  • Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the unit’s programme of work;
  • Support planning and budgetary processes for the unit;
  • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; assist with the selection of new staff;
  • Solid drafting, writing and analytical skills are critical for the post;
  • Perform other relevant duties as required.

Competencies

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.

Education

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.

Work Experience

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.

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; Fluency of Arabic language is required. Knowledge of any of the regional language is desirable.

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