Posting Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA
Posting Period: 02 May 2023 – 15 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-UNMIK-207358-J-Pristina (M)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is with the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK). The Special Assistant will report directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG).
Within limits of delegated authority and under the supervision of the SRSG, the Special Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties: – Coordination and Facilitation Provide substantive and practical support to the SRSG in implementing the Mission’s mandate; Keep the SRSG informed on all matters requiring 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 SRSG’s meetings and UNMIK events, prepare written summaries and conduct follow-up activities, as appropriate; Coordinate/draft correspondence for the SRSG’s signature. – Political Analysis, Advice and Reporting Identify, analyze and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of UNMIK’s mandate; Assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation; Coordinate/draft summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file, code cables and input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council. – Management Support planning and budgetary processes for UNMIK ‘s operations; Participate in the selection of new staff. Undertake special assignments as requested by SRSG. Perform other relevant duties as requested by the SRSG
CompetenciesProfessionalism: Solid understanding of the political work of the United Nations in the area of peace and security; ability to identify problems and propose policy options; proven drafting, reviewing and editing skills; diplomacy and judgment in dealing with others; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments and achieving results. 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. 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 client.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required. Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Previous experience working in the front office of a senior public official and/or as a Special Assistant (or similar) to a senior public official is required. Experience working in a UN Special Political Mission, UN Peacekeeping Operation or other international organization or non-governmental organization is required. Experience in the Balkans region is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThis position is initially available until 30 April 2024 subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. 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. Qualified women that meet the requirements of this job opening are particularly encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration in accordance with the United Nations efforts to increase women participation in its workforce. 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.
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