UN Job Opening: Senior Electoral Officer



UN Job Opening: Senior Electoral Officer

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Posting Period:

07 November 2016 - 07 December 2016

Job Opening Number:

16-Electoral Affairs-FMADPKO-68154-P- (M)

Staffing Exercise



Special Notice

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The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the [insert job code] roster.
The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the field in peace operations, special political missions, UNDP and UNOPS electoral projects or with other UN entities providing electoral assistance (http://www.un.org/undpa/en/employment). 

The Senior Electoral Officer may head a unit, section, field office or project and may be the senior-most electoral officer of the mission of project, for example in the role of Chief Technical Advisor, but may also serve as a member of an electoral assistance team, usually in an advisory role to a national counterpart in her/his area of expertise. The Senior Electoral Officer reports to either a Principal Electoral Officer, the Head of Mission, Special Representative of the Secretary-General or the designee, or to the Chief Technical Adviser of the UNDP or UNOPS project or UNDP Resident Representative or the UNDP or UNOPS Country Director or Deputy Country Director or Programme or Project Manager.


The Senior Electoral Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Senior Electoral Officers.) Design, lead, supervise, coordinate and contribute to the implementation of electoral assistance programs and processes in the following areas, as required: legal drafting and reform, complaints and dispute resolution, overall process management, planning and budgeting, infrastructure development, operations including field operations, procurement, logistics, security, information and communications technology, data processing and analysis, procedures, training, external relations, public information, outreach and media relations, civic and voter education, graphic design, administrative support, support to media, political parties and civil society, gender mainstreaming, capacity-building, and institutional reform and development; Lead, coordinate and supervise the provision of technical assistance and advice to national counterparts and their institutions in the above areas. Provide project and programme management and support, including budget management and monitoring, and reporting of results to national counterparts, donors and UN bodies; overall donor liaison and management. Monitor the impact of domestic and international norms and processes on female participation and provide advice to the Electoral Management Bodies on appropriate corrective measures. If required, offer electoral advice to UN senior management on the ground. Supervise and manage the performance of UN national and international staff under the project. Establish and maintain professional and productive partnerships with national counterpart institutions and other key stakeholders in the electoral process. Establish effective communication mechanisms, regularly brief senior UN officials, partners, donors, counterparts as well as other key stakeholders on the electoral process and provide regular reports, including to the head of the UN/mission as well as senior officials in UN headquarters. Perform other related duties as required. Work implies frequent interaction with the following: Senior UN officials including Special Envoys of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinators, Resident Representatives, their deputies and Country Directors; managers and staff of the mission and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Department of Political Affairs and/or Department of Field Support, UNDP and/or UNOPS; managers and senior staff of the mission or country office; senior staff of specialized agencies, senior representatives of international and regional organizations and governments; heads and senior staff of electoral management bodies and other national institutions involved in the electoral process; heads and senior staff of political parties, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, institutes and foundations as well as media representatives, if authorized by the supervisor or if the function is media relations officer. Results Expected: The support of the United Nations in the area of responsibility contributes to credible and inclusive elections, minimizing violence and maximizing the chances of legitimate government, peace and stability. The United Nations mandated support in the area of responsibility is implemented effectively, using resources efficiently and minimizing risks to the organization. The supervisor has access to accurate and timely information as well as advice on the electoral process and its implications.


Core Competencies:

Professionalism: 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.

-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

-Serves as a role model that other people want to follow
-Empowers others to translate vision into results
-Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives
-Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support
-Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions
-Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo
-Shows the courage to take unpopular stands

Judgement/ Decision-making:
-Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly
-Gathers relevant information before making a decision
-Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them
-Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization
-Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information
-Checks assumptions against facts
-Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision
-Makes tough decisions when necessary


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science international economics, international relations, law, public administration, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in elections and related areas. Electoral experience in a peacekeeping operation, political mission and/or a UN agency or other relevant international electoral experience is required. At least five years of comparative experience in supervising, implementing, supporting or advising on electoral processes in multiple countries is required. Previous experience of managing a team of different backgrounds at the senior level and the ability to manage and coordinate complex projects are desirable. Electoral experience in developing or transition economies is desirable. Experience in post-conflict situations is desirable. Experience in bilateral or multilateral negotiations is desirable.


Fluency in spoken and written English or French is required; knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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.

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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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