UN Political Affairs Officer - Jobs in Kenya

UN Political Affairs Officer - Jobs in Kenya


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region with duty station Nairobi. The incumbent reports to the Senior Political Affairs Officer.

Nairobi is classified as a "B" hardship duty station and a family duty station.

The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Staff OSESG-GL Nairobi.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor and analyze the political, security, humanitarian and human rights situation in assigned countries, with a focus on security-related developments and security cooperation between countries, relevant parties within those countries, regional organizations and other key stakeholders, with a view to providing timely and relevant analytical forward-looking assessments and strategic recommendations to senior management, in line with the office’s mandate.
  • Design and implements, in line with senior management guidance, initiatives to promote cooperation between countries of the region on security-related matters to advance the neutralization of armed groups in the region and build confidence between concerned countries.
  • 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 challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation.
  • Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including through the provision of Secretariat services and by drafting talking points and speeches 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.
  • Management/Administration
  • Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the unit's programme of work.
  • Support planning and budgetary processes for current and future field operations.
  • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff;
    assist with the selection of new staff.
  • Perform other relevant duties as required.

    Education
  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social sciences, law, public administration, or a 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field.
  • Experience in political outreach, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
  • Experience in security liaison or cooperation, including DDR or related processes, is required.
  • Experience in working in conflict, post-conflict or peace building environment is required.
  • Experience of working in the Great Lakes region is desirable.

    Languages
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French is required.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 30th May 2019
  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira.
  • 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.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Political Affairs Officer - Jobs in Kenya

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