ASSOCIATE CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P2 (TJO) Khartoum

Associate Civil Affairs Officer, P-2
UNAMID, Khartoum - Sudan

Posting Title:ASSOCIATE CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title:ASSOCIATE CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office:AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur
Duty Station:KHARTOUM
Posting Period:05 February 2018 – 11 February 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Civil Affairs-UNAMID-92421-J-Khartoum (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Khartoum. The incumbent will report to the Head of Office through Civil Affairs Officer (Team Leader).

Responsibilities

The post is located within the areas of responsibility of the African Union United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), a peacekeeping mission jointly operated by the African Union and the United Nations under the mandate of the United Nations Security Resolution. Within limits of delegated authority and under the supervision of the Team Leader, the Associate Civil Affairs Officer will be responsible for, but not limited to, the performance of the following duties: 
• Establishes and maintains contact with relevant interlocutors at the local level as directed, including representatives of local authorities, as well as civil society actors, non-governmental organizations, community representatives and representatives of local interest groups. 
• Coordinates activities and initiatives (across disciplines and components) with other team members to achieve consistency and synergy in mandate implementation. Collects information at the local level as required and undertakes assessment of specific sectors with a view to identifying needs and priorities. Assists in identifying the concerns and perceptions of the local population.
• Contributes to overall mission monitoring and planning as required.
• Assists in organizing outreach activities to promote good relations and understanding between Mission’s actors and the population, and ensures accurate information dissemination on Mission’s role and mandate. 
• Draft daily, weekly, monthly and thematic reports, mission briefings and CAS inputs to the Secretary Generals reports and other publications of CAS.
• Works closely with civil society groups or institutions that promote a culture of peace and reconciliation, including through organizing joint initiatives and events. 
• Identify sources and collect information related to Civil Affairs mandate and provide analysis on political, conflict resolution and other relevant issues with regards to the situation on the ground.
• Contributes to the management and evaluation of Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) for confidence building purposes, in line with the DPKO/DFS Policy Directive on QIPs
• Assists in the design and implementation of civic education programmes at the local level in coordination with local authorities and/or civil society actors.
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: 
Demonstrated understanding, knowledge and abilities in at least two of the three core areas of civil affairs: conflict management, support to state institutions, and/or programme management. 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.

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) in social sciences, political science, international relations, public administration, anthropology, law, economics or related area is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in Civil Affairs related work in a conflict or post-conflict environment. This experience may be gained through a UN Peacekeeping Operation, UN special political mission, UN agencies, funds, and/or funds or programmes, National or International NGOs, community based organizations, research institutions, bilateral donors, regional organizations, or other related actors working on peace consolidation. 

Experience relevant to civil affairs monitoring, conflict analysis and reporting is required. Experience working in the horn of Africa and in-depth understanding of the Sudan/Darfur situation, its conflict dynamics and the on-going Darfur peace process is highly desirable.

Proven report writing skills and proposal writing are required.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of an Arabic language is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Notes:

* The duration of this temporary job opening is for three months (possibility of extension subject to availability of post).

•A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

•Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

•Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

•While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

•The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

•Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

•For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

•The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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