Political Affairs Officer, P3

Political Affairs Officer, P3

United Nations - Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on the Great Lakes Region

Nairobi, Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Special Envoy of The Secretary-General for the Great Lakes in Nairobi.

Nairobi is classified as a “B” hardship duty station and a family duty station.

The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Staff OSESG-GL Nairobi.

In February 2013, 11 nations signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region, in a renewed drive to end the recurring cycles of devastating conflict in eastern DRC which impacts stability and development in the Great Lakes area of Africa. On 31 January 2014, two more countries, Kenya and Sudan, became signatories of the PSC Framework. The framework aims to help "address the root causes of conflict and put an end to recurring cycles of violence" in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes Region. In its Resolution 2098 (2013), the Security Council welcomed the signing of the PSC Framework. It called on the Special Envoy, in coordination with the Special Representative for the DRC to “lead, coordinate and assess the implementation of national and regional commitments under the PSC Framework, including through the establishment of benchmarks and appropriate follow-up measures”.

The Security Council further encouraged the Special Envoy to “lead a comprehensive political process that includes all relevant stakeholders to address the underlying root causes of the conflict”.

Responsibilities

Within the delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Political Analysis and Advice
    • Identify, analyze and monitor the implications of political developments, trends and emerging issues in the region, including activities of national stakeholders, and their impact on joint United Nations programmes in support of the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework; and
    • Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern to advance mandated objectives.
  • Reporting and Information Management
    • 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; and
    • Prepare 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.
    • Selects, classifies and stores in databases information relating to assigned area.
  • Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
    • Support the planning, coordination, facilitation and evaluation of joint OSESG-MONUSCO, UN Great Lakes Regional strategic framework (UNGLSF) and joint action plans.
    • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Government representatives, ICGLR, civil society actors, the broader UN family, 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 mandate implementation; and
    • Support preparations for official meetings, events, joint retreats and visits by the Special Envoy and other OSESG staff members to the DRC, by drafting talking points and speeches for senior officials; Participate in fact-finding –and other- missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
  • Supports his/her supervisor in the formulation of the programme of work, budget and medium-term plans of the unit by participating in meetings, and compiling or researching issues related to the mission.
  • Management/Administration
    • Support the operations of the work of the Joint Liaison Cell, including through support planning and budgetary processes for current and future field operations as may be required.
    • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: 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.
  • 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 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.

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, peace and security or 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

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

  • A minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, humanitarian affairs, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.
  • Experience in political analysis and advice is required.
  • Experience working on the peace, development and humanitarian nexus is desirable.
  • Experience working in or on a regional context, especially the Great Lakes region of Africa, is desirable.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE

  • Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programs) or similar international or non-Governmental organizations. Work experience related to peace and security issues in Africa and the Great Lakes Region.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English and French, (both oral and written) is required.

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