Vacancy #: UNIOGBIS/BIS/PAS/2016 Deadline: 07/07/ 2016
Post Title:  Political Affairs Officer Level: National Professional Officer (A) (as per classification)
Organizational Unit:  O/SRSG/PAS Location: Buba
Initial Appointment:  Fixed Term (One Year)
UNIOGBIS invites qualified Internal/External applicants to apply for the position highlighted above.   Applicants are requested to complete form P.11 available at UNIOGBIS Human Resource Office and clearly indicate the vacancy number they are applying to and attach copies of the following: Proof of Guinea-Bissau nationality (Birth Certificate/Passport), Educational documents and reference letters from previous employers.  Incomplete P.11 forms will not be processed.

Please note that you can also apply by email to [email protected] . Kindly note that applications upon receipt will be reviewed and only short-listed candidates will receive acknowledgement.


Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: This position is at the United Nations Integrated Peace-building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). The Associate Political Affairs Officer will be based in Bissau. Incumbent will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer.

Accountabilities: Within delegated authority, and, as necessary, the Associate Political Affairs Officer, may be responsible for the following duties:

 Monitor and analyse political, social, economic developments in the country and/or regions through various sources, including media.

 Attend work related meetings, conferences, and workshops.

 Support political dialogue and national reconciliation efforts.

 Assist civil society organizations in conducting advocacy and civic participation initiatives.

 Translate and summarize official documents issued by the Government.

 Maintain a network of contacts on issues related to the implementation of UNIOGBIS mandate, including government officials, political parties, international non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations.

 Report regularly on key issues to the section.

 Monitor public opinion on UN, and particularly UNIOGBIS role in the country’s peace and development process.

 Monitor and analyse developments related to the implementation of UNIOGBIS mandate.

 Maintain the section informed on political, economic, and social developments.

 Ensure the veracity of certain non-public information.

Support section’s effort for national capacity development in the consolidation of peace and stability.

 Support UNIOGBIS efforts to strengthen national institutions.

 Analyse information and make comments to the section.

 Give analytical view of the regions developments so that concrete and effective timely action by the UNIOGBIS political section or its leadership could take place under its mandate.

 Advise on issues related to the country’s political, military, social economics, and recommend certain action to the section on the base of principle of impartiality and transparency.

 Contribute in developing the section strategic and annual work plans and direction.

 Make sure that the section and its leadership is well informed and advised on the developments in the country in order to ensure appropriate actions are taken.

 Undertake any other tasks as determined by manager.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

Colleagues and senior officers throughout the Mission and as necessary.

Counterparts, government officials in Guinea-Bissau, including local government officials, UN and other international organizations, specialized agencies, governments and other external entities.


Professionalism: Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive political research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature. Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of UN system, organization and interrelationships. 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.

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& 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) Political Science Management or Development or related field.  Professional training in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation and/or coordination is an asset.

Experience: A minimum of one to two years of  progressively responsible experience in political, or legal or media analysis and, research and reporting.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English or French, (both oral and written) is required as well as fluent Portuguese. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

Preference will be given to equally qualified women candidates. Completed detailed applications documentation as specified above referring to Vacancy – UNIOGBIS/PAS/2016  should be forwarded to the attention of: Human Resources Section (HRS), UNIOGBIS Headquarters, Bairro Penha – Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.

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