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  • Organization: UNMISS
  • Type: Full Time
  • Job Title: Head of Office, Political Affairs
  • Location: Pakistan
  • Close on: 22 Mar 2023

About Organization

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was established by the United Nations Security Council in 2011 following South Sudan’s declaration of independence from Sudan. Its main objective is to support peace and stability in South Sudan.

UNMISS works closely with the South Sudanese government and other stakeholders to promote human rights, good governance, and sustainable development. Its mandate includes protecting civilians, monitoring and investigating human rights abuses, facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and supporting the implementation of the peace agreement.

The mission is led by a Special Representative of the Secretary-General and has a military, police, and civilian component. The military component is responsible for protecting civilians, monitoring the ceasefire, and supporting the peace process. The police component is responsible for training and advising the South Sudanese police, and the civilian component is responsible for supporting governance, human rights, and development initiatives.

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UNMISS is headquartered in Juba, South Sudan, and has regional and field offices throughout the country. The mission works closely with the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and other international partners to support peace and stability in South Sudan.


The job is located at Duty Station Malakal of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Malakal Field Office is a non-family duty station that falls under the “E” category. Through the Chief of Staff, the incumbent shall report to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG).


Assess, analyze, and make appropriate recommendations to Mission leadership on critical security and complex political issues affecting the area of operations from both the national and sub-national perspective, proposing interventions, and devising complex strategies for delivery of mandated objectives while faced with a constantly changing operating environment.
• Provides good office on behalf of the SRSG, as appropriate.
• Ensures the operational functioning of the field office by promoting collaboration among all components of the Mission (Substantive, Military, Police and Mission Support);
• Leads, supervises, and carries out the work programme of the office under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the office and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system in order to ensure coherence; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
• 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.
• Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of summary and analytical reports including situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file and draft code cables.
• Ensures that the outputs produced by the field office maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the field office under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
• Develop and maintain productive relationships with the local and state authorities, political and community leaders, civil society actors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters. Develops and leads outreach strategies targeting the local population, in order to cultivate ties, create/expand political space, foster dialogue, and develop an understanding of local perceptions and views on relevant issues, challenges and possible solutions thereto.
• Develop and lead outreach strategies targeting the local population, in order to cultivate ties, create/expand political space, foster inter-community dialogue, and conflict resolution and develop an understanding of local perceptions and views on relevant issues, challenges and possible solutions thereto; Ensure that perceptions are factored into the Mission’s own activities and contribution to policymaking and planning processes.
. Support and assist in the administration of the protection of civilian sites in Malakal under the management of the UN and in coordination with relevant agencies and other actors of the POC site including the government, to work towards the redesignation of the site in line with relevant Security Council resolution.



  • It is necessary to have a graduate-level education (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international, political affairs, law, social sciences, or a closely connected field. The advanced university degree may be substituted with a first-level university degree and two qualifying years of experience.


  • It takes at least 15 years of experience working on international political, peace, and security issues, including recent intensive operational, political advocacy, and comparable very complex multi-dimensional situations.


  • The working languages of the United Nations Secretariat are English and French. English proficiency is necessary for the role advertised.

How to Apply?

  1. Complete the application: Follow the instructions on the job posting to complete the application process. You will need to upload your resume, cover letter, and any other required documents.
  2. Submit your application: Once you have completed your application, submit it online through the careers website. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been received.
  3. Wait for a response: The UN receives a high volume of applications, so it may take some time for them to review your application. If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be contacted by the UN’s recruitment team.

It is important to note that the United Nations has specific requirements for each job opening, and the application process may vary depending on the position. Therefore, it is recommended to carefully review the job posting and follow the instructions provided.


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