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- Associate Civil Affairs Officer, Tombouctou, Mali

Associate Civil Affairs Officer, Tombouctou, Mali

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

Country: Mali
Field location: Timbuktu
Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali in Timbuktu
Grade: P-2


Posting Title: Associate Civil Affairs Officer, P2

Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER

Department/ Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

Duty Station: TOMBOUCTOU

Posting Period: 22 August 2017-20 September 2017

Job Opening number: 17-CIV-MINUSMA-84552-R-TOMBOUCTOU (M)

Staffing Exercise ID: SE7 (POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 2)

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

Assessment Period

STANDARD PRE-SELECTION TEST SCHEDULED for 14 October-16 October 2017.

Screened-in applicants will be invited by email to take the Standard Pre-selection Test (SPT); please ensure that your primary email address in Inspira is correct as this will be used for the invitation. No communications will be sent to your secondary email address.

Information on the SPT will also be available on your 'My Upcoming Test Schedule' page in Inspira. The SPT will take place between 10:00 a.m. on 14th October to 9:59 a.m. on 16th October 2017 (EST, New York time). Applicants must complete the test during this 48-hour testing window in order to remain under consideration.

All applicants should regularly check the United Nations HR Portal at https://hr.un.org/page/assessment or their 'My Upcoming Test Schedule' page in Inspira for any updates/changes after the closing of this job opening, particularly during the week before the scheduled testing dates.

Please note that applicants who apply as rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and accordingly, will not be invited to participate in the SPT or any other assessments (including any written exam, interview, etc.) throughout the selection process. For more information about the assessment process, please visit the United Nations HR Portal.

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Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Tombouctou, in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Tombouctou is classified as an 'E' hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent will report to the Senior Civil Affairs Officer.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. By unanimously adopting resolution 2164 of 25 June 2014, the Council further decided that the Mission should focus on duties, such as ensuring security, stabilization and protection of civilians; supporting national political dialogue and reconciliation; and assisting the reestablishment of State authority, the rebuilding of the security sector, and the promotion and protection of human rights in that country. For more information on the mission mandate visit: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minusma/

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent 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, non-governmental organizations, community representatives and representatives of local interest groups.
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 as required and undertakes assessment of specific sectors with a view to identifying needs and priorities. 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.
Works closely with civil society groups or institutions that promote Governance as well as accountability and transparency, 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.
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
Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of policy on Civil Affairs and related areas, and understanding of the role of Civil Affairs in empowering and enabling other actors. Ability to maintain effective working partnerships with a range of actors. Ability to conduct conflict analysis and identify sensitive issues. Ability to identify and evaluate sources for data collection. Knowledge of project cycle management. Knowledge of working in post-conflict environments and the practices aimed at fostering dialogue between parties in post-conflict. Understanding of the functioning of political parties and the principle of local ownership. Ability to understand the opportunities and risks involved in working with civil society groups in peacekeeping/building processes in different contexts. 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 Organization's interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
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 behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
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.
Education

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent degree) in social sciences, political science, international relations, public administration, anthropology, law, economics or related area.
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 first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
Work Experience

Required experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in civil affairs related work in an international organization or non-governmental organization, community based organizations, research institutions or related area is required.
Experience in conflict management, Governance and support to state institutions is required.
For candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP), National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the G to P Examinations, a first-level degree and no experience is required.
Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of French is required.
Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira.

Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations.

Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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Job posted on 29 August 2017.

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