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TITLE: Director Political Affairs, D-2


ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations organization mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo


VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 12-pol-monuc-425721-r-kinshasa

REMUNERATION: Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.


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


Under the overall guidance of the Head of Mission and within limits of delegated authority, the Director 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 including, but not limited to, the following: developing and maintaining relations at the national, provincial and local levels with governmental officials, political actors and leaders of civil society, as well as regional actors and organizations, and the wider UN system, operating within the region; monitoring and analyzing information and data related to political, civil, social, economic and other developments in the DRC and the Central African region as they relate to the mandate of the Mission; identifying emerging issues pertaining to the mandate, analyzing implications thereof and providing recommendations on possible strategies and measures; proposing plans of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems; providing guidance for the political outreach and related work of all Mission components and ensuring that they are in accordance with the overall political strategy of the Mission; ensuring regular, timely and high quality reporting by the Mission to Headquarters on developments in all thematic and geographic areas of the Mission’s mandate as well as through periodical reports such as the Secretary-General’s reports to the Security Council, briefings to the Security Council and other such documents; preparing various written materials, such as reports, statements, notes on meetings, speeches and briefing notes; undertaking good offices on behalf of the SRSG as appropriate, implementing the operational activities related to the work of the office including fostering dialogue, understanding and cooperation between parties; supporting the formulation of programmers related to the reintegration and reconciliation of all segments of society, and support for good governance, national dialogue and reconciliation; incorporating an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective throughout the activities of the Political Affairs Division; planning, coordinating and managing programmers, projects and activities related to the political work of the Mission across its various components and field offices as well as with external partners to the Mission as required; supporting the establishment and strengthening of the legitimate authority of state institutions; formulating the programme of work of the Division; supervising, mentoring, and evaluating staff within the Political Affairs Division; participating in the selection of new staff for the Division; performing other relevant duties as required.

Professionalism - Expert knowledge of and a wide exposure to highly sensitive political, security, human rights and humanitarian issues in a conflict and post-conflict environment; demonstrated in-depth understanding of diplomatic processes as they relate to peacekeeping operations; strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment; in-depth understanding of and an ability to evaluate international political situations; experience in bilateral and multilateral negotiations and ability to work with others to reach mutually benefiting and lasting understandings; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. Vision - an in-depth understanding of the Mission’s mandate and its operating environment and ability to formulate a strategic vision, direction and results-oriented work programmed. Leadership - demonstrated ability to manage large multidisciplinary teams in a complex and stressful environment; experience of leading change processes; ability to generate and communicate organizational direction as well as introduce and emphasize UN policies into the dialogue (e.g., gender mainstreaming, human rights, etc.); demonstrated ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing. Teamwork - excellent inter-personal skills with an ability to work and foster teamwork, encourage initiative and inspire and supervise staff in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Integrity, tact and strong interpersonal skills. Communications - excellent communication (verbal and written) skills, including ability to make and defend recommendations; diplomacy and tact; ability to persuade people with varying points of view; present information in a concise and accurate manner; ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials. Judgment/Decision-making - demonstrated sound judgment in resolving issues/problems; ability to proactively seek and recommend sound policy initiatives.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
At least 15 years of progressively increasing responsibility in political or diplomatic work in bilateral, international or multilateral organizations. Extensive experience in political outreach, analysis, reporting and negotiation in an international setting is required. Experience of managing a large and multidisciplinary team or office is required. Previous experience in a United Nations peacekeeping operation or special political mission is desirable. Previous experience of working in the Great Lakes region would be an advantage.

Fluency in spoken and written English and French; Excellent drafting skills in English a requirement.

Other Skills

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). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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