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United Nations Secretariat (UN)
Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Grade: P-4, Mid-level Professional
Occupations: Peace and Security
Job Expired 28 Nov 2021
Added 1 month ago
Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is under the supervision of the Somalia Team Leader and the general supervision of the Director of the East Africa Division in the DPPA-DPO joint structure.


The Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for monitoring political, security and other developments in Somalia, providing advice on possible actions, and preparing timely guidance to the field; producing necessary briefing, materials, statements, and other written materials for senior officials; and as required, developing policy advice, strategies and options for the consideration of the Secretary-General, the Under- Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-General. S/he will act as the main focal point for all issues relating to backstopping the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), in collaboration with all relevant actors in the UN system. To this end, the incumbent will maintain relationships with relevant partners in the UN system as well as with representatives of relevant Member States and
regional and international organizations. S/he will participate in conferences, seminars and academic meetings related to Somalia. As required, s/he will deputize for the Team Leader, ensuring effective day-to-day management of the Somalia team including assigning tasks, managing priorities and ensuring quality control of the team's output. S/he will contribute to work planning, budget and recruitment processes for the Division, and perform other related duties, as required.


PROFESSIONALISM - knowledge of regional, political and economic developments in Somalia; knowledge of strategic and operational issues relevant to United Nations field missions; ability to work under pressure and in fast-paced environments; proven experience in identifying policy and strategic challenges, proposing solutions, problem-solving and delivering results; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and for ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Knowledge of the work of the United Nations and of the functions, priorities and policies of the department is desirable.

PLANNING AND ORGANISING - 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.

COMMUNICATION - strong drafting and communication skills, both oral and written: ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of inter-governmental bodies; ability to communicate complex concepts orally; ability to prepare written reports that are clear and concise.

TEAMWORK - good interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multicultural, multiethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds; ability to actively participate in and if need be lead and gain assistance of others in team endeavours.

ACCOUNTABILITY -Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, security, conflict resolution or related area at national and international levels is required.
Experience in the preparation of talking points, Security Council briefings and General Assembly reports is required.
Experience in strategic planning, programme management and/or coordination is desirable.
Experience in working with regional organizations is desirable.
Experience in planning and backstopping UN peacekeeping or political missions is desirable.
Experience in managing small teams is desirable.
Experience working in or on Somalia or the Horn of Africa region is required.


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.


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

Special Notice

The appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year. Extension beyond this period is subject to availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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