Posting Title: ASSOCIATE CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER, NOB
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Bor (Jongli/South Sudan)
Posting Period: 04 April 2023 – 03 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Civil Affairs-UNMISS-205912-R- (M)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located within the Civil Affairs Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Associate Civil Affairs Officer will be based in Bor. The incumbent reports to the Senior Civil Affairs Officer through Civil Affairs Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Civil Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Establishes and maintains contact with relevant interlocutors at the local level as directed, including representatives of local authorities, as well as civil society actors, community representatives, traditional and religious leaders and representatives of local interest groups, including in the private sector.
- Coordinates activities and initiatives (across disciplines and components) with other team members to achieve consistency and synergy in mandate implementation.
- Collects information at the local level to feed into conflict analysis that underpins operational planning and informs the mission’s strategy development. Information is gathered on a broad range of topics relevant to civil affairs work and can support the assessment of specific sectors with a view to identifying needs and priorities of local communities and state institutions. Assists in identifying the concerns and perceptions of the local population.
- Contributes to overall mission monitoring and planning as required.
- Assists in organizing outreach activities to promote good relations and understanding between Mission’s actors and the population, and ensures accurate information dissemination on Mission’s role and mandate.
- Contributes to the identification, design, management and evaluation of Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) for confidence building purposes, in line with the DPKO/DFS Policy Directive on QIPs.
- Works closely with civil society groups or institutions to promote a culture of peace and reconciliation, including through organizing joint initiatives and events.
- Assist in protecting and promoting rights of excluded and/or threatened groups in full respect of Mission’s mandate and international law using knowledge of local language and culture.
- Assists in the design and implementation of civic education programmes, at the local level, in coordination with local authorities and/or civil society actors.
- Performs other duties as required, in line with the DPKO/DFS Policy Directive on Civil Affairs.
CompetenciesProfessionalism: 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 and 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.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international relations, public administration, anthropology, law, economics or related area.
Work ExperienceA minimum of two (2) years of experience in Civil Affairs or related area in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization, National or International NGO, or community based organizations, research institutions is required. Experience in conflict management, support to state institutions or programme management is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of local language in South Sudan is desirable.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThis position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located. 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.
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