|Posting Title:||POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P4|
|Job Code Title:||POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER|
|Department/Office:||United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement|
|Posting Period:||24 September 2020 – 08 October 2020|
|Job Opening Number:||20-Political Affairs-UNMHA-142077-R-Sana’a (M)|
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Head of Mission of the United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA). The incumbent will be based in Sana’a, Yemen and will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer and to the Deputy Head of Mission.
UNMHA was established by Security Council resolution 2452 (2019) and is mandated to support the implementation of the Agreement on the City of Hodeidah and Ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa as set out in the Stockholm Agreement.
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:
• Collects, evaluates and analyzes information related to developments/events relevant to the implementation of the Mission mandate, using a variety of sources, including UNMHA mission components, the UNCT, national and local military/civilian authorities, international community, NGOs, media and other key stakeholders;
• writes daily and weekly reports on relevant political and other developments in Sana’a;
• Develops effective working relationships with UNMHA mission components, the UNCT and relevant external actors and organizations;
• Produces accurate and timely integrated analysis, assessments, maps and other products which support decision-making, policy development and planning by Mission leadership;
• Provides briefings to the Mission leadership, senior UN staff and visiting delegations as
• Coordinates, as required, actions related to the delivery of the mission’s mandate including through liaising with local authorities, bilateral donors and other national and international organizations, with a view to realizing greater synergy and coordination;
• Coordinates with other Mission components as required
• Performs other duties, as assigned.
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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in Political Science, Management or Development, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Professional training in the areas of planning, facilitation and/or coordination is desirable.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related area is required.
Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
A minimum of three years of experience serving with the United Nations or other comparable international organization is required.
Two years of experience in a United Nations special political mission or peacekeeping operation is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic, the official language in Yemen, is also required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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