Political Affairs Officer, Bamyan, Afghanistan At UNAMA – United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Closing date: Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P4 [Cancelled]


Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Duty Station: BAMYAN

Posting Period: 07 March 2023 – 21 March 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-UNAMA-203198-F-Bamyan (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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Organisational Setting and ReportingThe position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Head of Office, Political Affairs will be based in Bamyan and will report to the Chief of Staff. Bamyan is classified as an “E” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station.


Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer [Head of Field Office – Bamyan] will be responsible for the following duties: Management:

  •  Ensure the optimal functioning of the Field Office, in collaboration with Mission Support and Security components.
  •  Design and oversee implementation of the Field Office’s integrated and results-based work plan (covering as appropriate, both Bamyan and Daikundi provinces), in alignment with the Mission’s mandate, strategic plan, Mission leadership’s strategic guidance and UNAMA’s budget, ensuring coherence in approach and efficiency of output.
  •  Support planning and budgetary processes.
  •  Through delegated authority, act as Area Security Coordinator, responsible for implementing the UN security management framework, designed to ensure the protection of all UN staff and assets.
  •  Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; assist with the selection of new staff.
  •  Perform other relevant duties as required. Analysis and Advice:
  •  Identify, analyze and monitor developments, trends and emerging issues in the AoR to support situational awareness, early warning, as well as opportunities and challenges to mandate implementation.
  •  Assess implications and make recommendations to Mission leadership, senior management and partners on possible strategies, policies, and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives; monitor, evaluate and report on outcomes.
  •  Provide information and analysis for the Mission and other actors, where applicable, on governance, social and economic issues at the local and provincial level, including analysis on how these relate to the national level and vice versa, ensuring that the concerns and perceptions of the local population are identified and effectively communicated to the Mission, as well as other actors, where appropriate. 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 Mission reports.
  •  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. Coordination and Facilitation:
  •  Develop and maintain productive relationships with local stakeholders, political and community leaders, civil society actors, UN and other partners on issues related to mandate implementation.
  •  Provide good offices to encourage and build consensus among key actors on peace, stability, violence reduction, social cohesion, governance (including service delivery) and human rights, as well as to support the delivery of humanitarian assistance and address basic human needs.
  •  Consult and collaborate with partners to increase understanding of issues and develop strategies and plans of action to address challenges, in pursuit of shared objectives.

CompetenciesProfessionalism: Demonstrates ability to identify possible causes and solutions to political, governance and other challenges related to the Mission’s mandate, and to drive or facilitate coherent responses by the UN and partners in the AoR. Strong analytical skills and political acumen; 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; and remains calm in stressful situations. and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; and demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. 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 impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; and makes tough decisions when necessary. 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; and uses time efficiently.

EducationAdvanced 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.

Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political, civil or humanitarian affairs, conflict resolution, human rights, programme management or a related field is required. Extensive experience in outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required. Experience supporting good offices efforts to advance mandate implementation and/or enable humanitarian access is required. Experience in designing and implementing outreach projects, local peace initiatives and facilitating dialogue is required. Management experience in an international environment, including management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams, 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 nongovernmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience working on or in Afghanistan and/or the region is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a Dari or Pashto desirable.

AssessmentPreviously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special NoticeThis “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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