Civil Affairs Officer, P3

Civil Affairs Officer, P3

MINUSCA - United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Civil Affairs Section of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Civil Affairs Officer will be based in Bangui. The Incumbent will report to the Chief Civil Affairs.

Responsibilities

Within the limits of delegated authority, the Civil Affairs Officer may be responsible for the following duties;

Core profile

  • Provides information and analysis for the Mission and other actors where applicable, on political, social and economic issues affecting conflict dynamics at the local and regional level, including analysis on how these relate to the national level and vice versa. Ensures that the concerns and perceptions of the local population are effectively communicated to the Mission, as well as other actors where appropriate.
  • Represents the mission as required.
  • Contributes to a shared understanding of the Mission environment, mandate and operations amongst Mission actors , in particular uniformed components, to support consistency and coherence of approach. Fosters effective working relations with United Nations Country Team (UNCT).
  • Contributes to the formulation of recommendations concerning Mission actions and approaches required . Assists in mobilizing responses from other actors where appropriate.
  • Manages MINUSCA’s Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) intended for confidence building purposes , in line with DPKO/DFS Policy Directive on QIPs and mission specific priorities.
  • Supervises, monitors and encourages the work of staff under his/her responsibility in undertaking the full range of their duties.
  • Identifies and researches good practice and lessons learned in Civil Affairs work and shares these with colleagues, including through active participation in the online Civil Affairs Network.
  • Contributes to overall mission monitoring and planning as required.
  • Performs other duties as required, in line with the DPKO/DFS Policy Directive on Civil Affairs.

Conflict Management

  • Supports dialogue between groups in conflict in the area of responsibility by convening structured meetings and similar activities.
  • Promotes and protects the interest of excluded and/or threatened groups through advocacy in full respect of humanitarian and international law.
  • Supports civil society groups and/or institutions at the local level that promote a culture of peace and reconciliation. Assists the civil society groups and institutions where appropriate, in becoming effective implementing partners for Quick Impact Projects.

Support to State Institutions

  • Assists local institutions to assess capacity building and support needs, working with partners including the UNCT and in particular UNDP. Helps to design a coordinated response to these needs from relevant actors.
  • Assists in the design and implementation of appropriate and practical Civil Affairs support to authorities including mentoring and support to policy and decision-making processes where appropriate.
  • Supports dialogue and cooperation between authorities and relevant interest groups with the aim of creating political space and accountability and provide support to the development of structures of accountability and transparency.
  • Supports events such as public fora or town-hall meetings to foster development of political space. Supports civic education programmes on a range of issues, including elections, policy issues, and good governance principles, in coordination with local authorities and/or civil society actors.

Programme Management

  • Manages and coordinate QIPs in support to local field offices or teams, undertaking or overseeing the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for its functioning.
  • Manages the Mission’s QIPs programme in accordance with Mission priorities and the DPKO/DFS policy on QIPs. Includes, inter alia: Support Field Secretariats to a decision-making body on QIPs, ensuring the effective and timely running of the project design, approval and implementation process, the keeping of accurate records, assistance with determining mission specific priorities, assessment of impact of the overall programme, and drafting of QIPs submission for the Mission budget.
  • Contributes to the development and ensures distribution of high-quality mission-specific induction materials. Assists with the design, implementation and evaluation of tailored in-mission skills training for Civil Affairs components in accordance with global Civil Affairs skills training methodologies.
  • Serves as focal point on gender for the Civil Affairs component, identifying and communicating ways to ensure that gender perspective is taken into account in all aspects of Civil Affairs work.
  • Serves as focal point for researching, identifying and sharing good practices and lessons learned with the Civil Affairs component and the global Civil Affairs community.
  • Performs other related work as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of political, social and economic environment and their impact on a mission mandate implementation. Knowledge of operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral aid programmes. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, and recommend 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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 honors 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) in political science, law, international relations, public administration, social sciences, anthropology, economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in social sciences, governance, international relations or other related area.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.

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