Central African Republic: Director, Political Affairs (D-2 Level)

Country: Central African Republic
Closing date: 07 May 2014


Reporting to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG), the Director of Political Affairs leads the work of the Mission's Political Affairs Division and is responsible for the provision of general direction and coordination of the Mission's activities related to political outreach, analysis and reporting.


Within delegated authority from the DSRSG, the Director will be responsible for the following duties:

1) Political Analysis and Advice

•Identify, analyze and monitor politicaldevelopments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of MINUSCA's mandate.

•Assess implications and make recommendations to the Mission leadership onpossible strategies, policies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives.

2) Reporting and Information Management

•Ensure regular, timely andhigh quality reporting to the Mission leadership on developments and issues pertaining to the mandate.

•Manage the preparation of summary and analytical reports, including situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file and code cables.

•Prepare/review the section's input for thereports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council and reports to the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions (ACABQ), the General Assembly.

•Oversee the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes and political profiles.

•Establish and ensure an effective system of information managementdesigned to guarantee accessibility and utility of information.Planning, Coordination and Facilitation

•Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the authorities, politicaland community leaders, civil society actors, the UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.

•Consult and cooperate with partnersto develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives.

•Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation.

3) Management

•Formulate and manage the implementation of the section's programme of work, determining priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mandate.

•Manage relatedadministrative tasks, including preparation of budgets, assignment and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget, preparation of inputs for the results-based budgeting process (RBB).

•Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; Participate in the selection of new staff.


Professionalism - Demonstrated in-depth understanding of peacekeeping operations; Substantial and diverse experience in all facets of the job; Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment; in-depth understanding of and an ability to evaluate international political situations; Excellent drafting and presentation skills; 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.

Accountability – Takesownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards, operates in compliance with organizational rules and regulations, supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of work unit, where applicable.

Judgement/Decision-making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Managing Performance – Delegates theappropriate 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.



Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law 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

At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required. Extensive experience in political outreach, analysis, reporting and negotiation in an international setting is required. Experience managing a large team or office is required. 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 required. Experience working in Africa on conflict-related issues is required.

Languages Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French (both oral and written) is required.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. United Nations Considerations The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee


How to apply:

To apply, please visit our careers website: https://careers.un.org. Navigate to the "job openings" link (toward the bottom, right of the page). Search the job opening by the duty station "Bangui". You will see appear all openings in Bangui, including this position. Please click on the position and following the application process online.

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