Special assistant, political affairs
Offre d'emploi

Special assistant, political affairs




Référence
112090
Salaire xxx/ mois
Localisation Dakar / Sénégal
Expiration 20 Mars 2021

Description de l'offre

Job Opening
Posting Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P4
Job Code Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Office of the Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 19 February 2021 - 20 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-OSCDS-150355-R-Dakar (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in Dakar, in the Office of the Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel.
The Office of the Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel will support the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2391 (2017) and the ECOSOC resolution 2020/2 (2020), which called for strengthening collective and integrated engagement across the Sahel region.
The incumbent will report to the Special Coordinator.

Responsibilities
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Special Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties:

Coordination and Facilitation
• Provide substantive and practical support to the USG in implementing the Office mandate; Keep the USG informed on all matters requiring his/her personal attention, assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensure appropriate follow-up, as directed.
• Organize and manage the USG's meetings and events, prepare written summaries and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate; Coordinate/draft correspondence for the USG's signature.
• Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the members of the Office, including the Sahel Investment Support Mechanism (SISM), the authorities, the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters;
•Organize and manage official visits of the USG and the substantive aspects of his meetings; prepare mission reports and follow up activities as required; Accompany the Special Coordinator in his missions and official visits;

Analysis, Advice and Reporting
• Identify, analyze and monitor emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the mandate of the Office;
• Assess implications of strategies and make recommendations on possible policies, and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives;
• Coordinate/draft summary and analytical reports, including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file, and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the ECOSOC and the Security Council.

Management
• Assist in formulating and managing the implementation of the Office programme of work, including through support to planning and budgetary processes.
• Assist in the selection of new staff.
• Perform other relevant duties as requested by the USG.

Competencies
PROFESSIONALISM: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to peace and security and development challenges in specific areas and/or countries, including as related to the humanitarian and development nexus and its linkages to peace. Shows ability to analyse various issues and perspectives on political, social,economic, humanitarian and peacebuilding programmes in affected countries and areas. 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 and youth perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and youth 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: adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Very strong initiative-taker.
Capacity to move complex processes forward to achieve articulated results, work at varying levels and on different projects simultaneously (personal organization, and ability for multi-tasking). Ability to work under pressure, and to live comfortably with change; 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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.

Education
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, economics, law, public administration, international relations or a related field.
A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, sustainable development, peace and security, diplomacy, conflict resolution, humanitarian or related field is required.
Experience in partnership development, development stakeholder engagement, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Previous experience working in the office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior public official is desirable.

Languages
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat; for this position, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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

Special Notice
This job opening is being advertised for advance planning purposes pending formal approval of the relevant funding and staffing structures.
An appointment may be terminated, or post level adjusted in accordance with the Staff Rules for such reasons as abolition of post or reduction of staff or committee funding approvals, for example in the event that the funding for the post is not approved or the mandate of the mission is not extended.

The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work as soon as possible.

Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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.

No Fee
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.


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