Information Analyst, Political Affairs

Posting Title: INFORMATION ANALYST, POLITICAL AFFAIRS, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 29 January 2019 - 12 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-UNMIK-111005-J-Pristina (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the incumbent will be based in Pristina. The Information Analyst will report to the Chief of the Joint Analysis and Reporting Unit (JARU).


Within delegated authority, the Information Analyst will be responsible for the following duties: 

In consultation with the Chief JARU, identify potential research and analytical topics. Plan the conceptual and research designs, devise work plans and coordinate/implement with contributing partners, consolidate inputs and edit the final products. 

Collect, evaluate and analyse information related to developments/events relevant to the implementation of the Mission mandate, using a variety of sources, including UN Mission civilian/military/police components, UN Kosovo Team, national military/civilian authorities, other international organisations, NGOs, media and other key stakeholders. 

Produce accurate and timely integrated analyses, assessments, maps and other JARU products which support decision-making, policy development and planning by Mission Leadership. Assist the Chief JARU in overseeing the timely production of quality JARU products and in ensuring information security as well as proper dissemination. Support colleagues by providing background information, editing and reviewing reports.

Develop effective working relationships with UN Mission components, the UNKT and relevant external actors and organisations. Facilitate integrated operational planning in close coordination with other mission components, including the operationalisation of timely responses to early warning indicators. Support other offices/sections in their operational, planning and reporting processes through relevant inputs. 

Serve as focal point for the collection and systematisation of information requested by the Mission’s Leadership to UNMIK offices/sections. Serve as focal point for the development of joint projects with other offices. As per the direction of the Chief JARU coordinate with relevant Mission components to ensure the development and application of JARU tools, such as Information Requirements (IRs) and Collection Plans.

Serve as OiC JARU in the absence of the Chief. Assist the Chief in performing operational functions within the office. In the absence of Chief JARU or at the latter’s request, provide briefings to the Mission Leadership, senior UN staff and visiting delegations and represent JARU in meetings as required. Support the Chief JARU in the supervision and management of a diverse, integrated JARU team (recruitment, staff development, training, evaluation etc.).

Ensure proper documentation to produce fair and solid appraisals. Plan and organise JARU work flows. Supervise and train new staff members. Provide support and guidance to junior staff. Assist the Chief JARU in his/her duties as required.


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. 

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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 & Organising: 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. 

Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; Encourages others to set challenging goals; Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; Genuinely values all staff members' input and expertise; Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; Involves others when making decisions that affect them.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, foreign affairs, law or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience and relevant academic/professional qualifications, such as accreditations from military or government command and staff colleges, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 

Completion of the JOC and JMAC courses is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (07) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of information analysis, political science, international relations or related field. Excellent analytical, drafting and briefing skills are required. Experience in a UN peacekeeping or other field operation is required. Experience supervising or managing teams is required. Experience in the Mission's geographical region of operations is required.

Experience in a JOC or JMAC is highly desirable. Experience using analytical software tools such as SAGE and Microsoft Power BI is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 30 June 2019. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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