Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) OR first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in Political Science Management or Development or a related field.
Professional training in the areas of planning monitoring and evaluation facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.
Work Experience: A minimum of one (1) year of progressively responsible experience in political science international relations law disarmament security development management conflict resolution or related area is required with a relevant Master’s degree Or a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in political science international relations law disarmament security development management
conflict resolution or related area is required with a relevant Bachelor’s degree.
Languages: Fluency in English and Dari or Pashtoo languages are required.
Special Measure: The minimum work experience for NO-B with a relevant Bachelor’s
degree is reduced to 2 years instead of the standard minimum requirement work
experience of 4 years and to 1 year instead of the standard minimum requirement work
experience of 2 years with a relevant Master’s degree. The special measure approved by
the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM)-UNHQ is further extended until 31
May 2019 reduces the minimum required years of relevant work experience for filling
positions for UNAMA General Service and National Professional Officer positions. The
special measure is applicable to all applicants.
UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES
Professionalism: Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
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.
Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and
behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure
in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in
the Organizations interest even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of
unprofessional or unethical behavior.
Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all
people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and
understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily
work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical
responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
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 the 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.
Duties & Responsibilities
Within delegated authority the Associate Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Gathers selects and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources including the press.
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues in general and in particular as they affect the countries and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
• Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the field mission and elsewhere in the Secretariat when required.
• Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to field mission/UN agencies active on the ground.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.
• Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups UN organizations government and non-governmental organizations.
• Selects classifies and stores in computerized databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned countries or region.
• Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
• Prepares meetings of the SRSG/DSRSG with officials from the host country.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly
Applicants are reminded that the United Nations cannot appoint a person who is the father mother son daughter brother or sister of a staff member. For this reason applicants are required to disclose at the time of their application whether they bear any of the above relationships to a staff member of UNAMA or any other UN entity which is part of the Secretariat. In addition selected candidates would be required to complete a family declaration form prior to assuming their duties with the Mission. Failure to disclose any of the above relationships constitutes a material omission that could lead to termination or dismissal from the United Nations. • Applicants must accurately complete sign and date the United Nations Personal History form (P.11) and forward the duly completed signed P.11 copy by e-mail to: [email protected] • Required documents: Serving UN staff members: The two most recent e- Performance Evaluation Reports must be submitted with the application. • For External applicants: Two most recent performance evaluation reports or if not available two reference letters. If the applications received do not contain the latest two performance evaluation reports candidates must provide a short explanation as to why they are not available. • Applicants should indicate VA Number as VA#10/04/2019 in the email subject line when submitting duly completed and signed P.11 Form. UNAMA will not consider any applications received without VA Number in the email subject line and after the closing date of the VA. Incomplete P.11 will not be accepted. • Please note that any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered binding. • The selected candidates will be subject to a reference checks process to verify the information provided in the P.11 form. • Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within two weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA. Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply The necessity for ensuring the highest standards of efficiency competence and integrity remain the paramount considerations in the employment of personnel. To ensure fairness and transparency selection will be made on a competitive basis through a selection panel.