UN Political Affairs Officer Job Careers – United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)

Organization: United Nations
Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: Kampala,
Job Opening Number: 56908
Report to: Senior Political
Affairs Officer
Following the signing of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement in July 1999
between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and five regional States
(Angola, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe) in July 1999, the Security
Council established the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic
of the Congo (MONUC) by its resolution 1279 of 30 November 1999, initially to
plan for the observation of the ceasefire and disengagement of forces and
maintain liaison with all parties to the Ceasefire Agreement. Later in a series
of resolutions, the Council expanded the mandate of MONUC to the supervision of
the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement and assigned multiple related
additional tasks.
Key Duties and
Within delegated
authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following
Political Analysis and Advice:
Identify, analyze and monitor political
developments, trends and emerging issues in the country or region assigned,
according to the assigned mandate.
The jobholder will 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:
Build 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 mandate 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 officials; Participate in
fact-finding –and other- missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits
and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
Actively 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 may be required.
Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the United Nations
MONUSCO Political Affairs Officer should hold an advanced university degree
(Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations,
international economics, 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.
At least five years of progressively responsible
experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament,
security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.
A minimum of four years’ experience in political
outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting at the international
level is required. At least two years of experience working in a United Nations
common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions
and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization
or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is
Languages:  Fluency in written and spoken English
is required. Knowledge of French or a local language is an advantage.
Personal Competencies:
Professionalism: 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.
Planning & Organizing: 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; Monitors and adjusts plans and
actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the
United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo (MONUSCO) should express their interest by visiting the UN
recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 12th September,

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