Special Assistant, Political Affairs, P3

Special Assistant, Political Affairs, P3

UNMISS - United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/HC/RC) in Juba within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Under the overall guidance of the DSRSG/HC/RC, the incumbent reports to the P5 Senior Liaison Officer in the Office of Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. Juba is currently classified as an "E" hardship and a non-family duty station.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Special Assistant will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:

  • Coordination and Facilitation: Provide substantive and logistical support to the DSRSG/RC/HC in the implementation of the Mission's mandate as given by the Security Council, and the work of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and Humanitarian Country Team (HCT); Organize and manage the DSRSG/RC/HC’s meetings and official missions, prepare summaries of discussions and monitor follow-up activities; Liaise and maintain close working relationship with officials of state institutions, political parties, UNCT, HCT, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, religious actors; Coordinate UNMISS’ collaboration with the UNCT, HCT and external partners, maintain a functional relationship between UNMISS and the UNCT and HCT, and monitor its performance on a day-to-day basis. Keep UNHQ timely informed on issues under the responsibility of the DSRSG/RC/HC;
  • Analysis, Advice and Reporting: Identify, analyze and monitor political, humanitarian and economic developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate, and the work of the UNCT and HCT; Assess implications and make recommendations on possible UN policies, strategies, and other measures; Coordinate/draft summaries and analytical reports including code cables and reports to the Security Council; Prepare talking points, take notes in meetings and give inputs to speeches. Perform other tasks as may be assigned by the DSRSG/RC/HC;
  • Communications: As requested, deal with incoming and outgoing correspondence of the DSRSG/RC/HC; Draft correspondence for the DSRSG/RC/HC’s signature, as well as other internal notes; Assist in media liaison and manage interview requests; Provide timely inputs to UNHQ materials as requested;
  • Management: Bring to the attention of the DSRSG/RC/HC all matters requiring the DSRSG/RC/HC’s personal attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed; Assist in the selection of new staff; Supervise and arrange official missions and travel of the DSRSG/RC/HC; Perform other relevant duties including support to the Senior Victims’ Rights Officer as requested by the DSRSG/RC/HC.


  • Professionalism - Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and colleagues. Strong inter-personal effectively with colleagues and contacts in skills, including the ability to manage multi-stake holder processes. Values diversity and works the immediate and wider teams in pursuit of objectives. Anticipates and manages risk. 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 perspective 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required;
  • Experience in cross-cutting issues, political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice, and reporting is required;
  • Experience working on protection of civilians, early recovery or humanitarian programming is desirable;
  • Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable;
  • Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior official is desirable;
  • Field experience with the UN common system (UN Peacekeeping or special political missions, or UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes) is desirable;
  • Experience in East Africa region is 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.

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