Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Political Affairs Officer will be based in Kabul. The incumbent reports to a Senior Political Affairs Officer and/or Chief of the Political Affairs Service.
Kabul is classified as an "E" hardship duty station and a non-family duty station.
UNAMA is a political mission that provides political good offices in Afghanistan; works with and supports the government; supports the process of peace and reconciliation; monitors and promotes human rights and the protection of civilians in armed conflict; promotes good governance; and encourages regional cooperation. UNAMA was established by UN Security Council resolution 1401 in March 2002, at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Learn more about the mandate of the mission at https://unama.unmissions.org/Learn more about what we do http://unama.unmissions.org/
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Political Analysis and Advice
- Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in the country or region assigned, according to UNAMA's mandate, including monitoring and analyzing the security sector in Afghanistan and related reform efforts.
- Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.
Reporting and Information Management
- Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, General Assembly or other bodies.
- Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio; Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility.
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
-Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UN Common System colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners on information-sharing, policy and coordination matters.
- Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political and security challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation of UNAMA's mandate.
- Propose, support and engage in political outreach activities; Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including by drafting talking points, speeches and background papers for senior UN officials; Participate in fact-finding and other missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
- Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the unit’s programme of work.
- Support planning and budgetary processes for current and future field operations as required.
- Supervise, mentor and evaluate staff, assist with the selection of new staff, if applicable.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and good understanding of Afghanistan’s political and security situation, culture and society; 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.
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 degree) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or 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.
At least two years of experience working in an international organization or a non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Experience working on security sector monitoring, mapping and analysis in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Experience of working in Afghanistan is required.
Interaction with regional and international partners on security and political issues is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a language spoken in Afghanistan is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
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.
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.
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