Job Title: Political Affairs Officer
Organisation: United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH)
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Closing Date: 2 October 2020
Salary: Not Stated.
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
This position is located in the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2476 (2019) authorizing the mandate of BINUH which is to advise the Government of Haiti in promoting and strengthening political stability and good governance, including the rule of law, preserving and advancing a peaceful and stable environment, including through supporting an inclusive inter-Haitian national dialogue, and protecting and promoting human rights; and assist the Government of Haiti with its efforts to plan and execute free, fair, and transparent elections; reinforce the capacity of the Haitian National Police (HNP), including through training on human rights and crowd control, to respond to gang violence and sexual and gender-based violence, and to maintain public order; Develop an inclusive approach with all sectors of society to reduce community violence and, in particular, gang violence; Address human rights abuses and violations and comply with international human rights obligations; Improve Penitentiary Administration management and oversight of prison facilities to ensure proper treatment of detainees in accordance with international standards; and strengthen the justice sector, including by adopting and implementing key legislation to promote justice sector reform, improving internal oversight and accountability, particularly as related to corruption, addressing prolonged pretrial detention, and ensuring merit-based judicial appointments and the timely renewal of judicial mandates.
The Political Affairs Officer will be based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and within delegated authority the incumbent will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer under the overall supervision of the Principal Political / Good Governance Officer.
Role and Responsibilities
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer:
Assists in the formulation of political strategies to promote the effective implementation of the Mission’s political and good governance mandate; assists in the development of a vision and proposes direction for work, directives and plan of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems in general and in specific thematic areas; identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the unit; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.
Produces analysis on trade, economy and industrialization dimensions of the Haitian economy, paying particular attention to the linkages between the political, economic and business sectors;
Builds and maintains relationships with key political and civil society stakeholders in the country and develops multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of the Mission’s strategic goals;
Incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit.
Drafts clearly and succinctly in preparing briefing notes and talking points and/or speeches and provides continuous guidance and advice to senior staff on political, social, economic and outreach issues; Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of political issues in Haiti; is able to edit and to work with the team in producing high quality analysis and other written products.
Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the Political Team and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Political and Good Governance Unit;
Performs other related duties as required.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, economics, development management, conflict resolution, public affairs or related area.
Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) -or similar international or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
Experience working to support political processes, including regarding issues related to the economic and governance sector, is desirable.
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.