Political Affairs Officer
United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, Kismayo, Somalia
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Org. Setting and Reporting
The position of Political Affairs Officer is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and is based in Kismayo. The Political Affairs Officer reports to the Head of Office and to the Director of the Political Affairs and Meditation Group.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Political Analysis and Advice
- Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in the country or region assigned, according to the assigned portfolio and/or applicable mandate.
- 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
- 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.
- Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the unit’s programme of work.
- Support planning processes for current and future field operations.
- Perform other relevant duties as required.
- 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.
- A minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.