Senior Executive (multiple positions)

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 July 2019
  • Juba, South Sudan | Pristina, Kosovo | En Naqoura, Lebanon | Nicosia, Cyprus | El Fasher, Sudan | Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of | Bamako, Mali | Bangui, Central African Republic | Laayoune, Western Sahara | Port-au-Prince, Haiti | Dakar, Senegal | Kabul, Afghanistan | Baghdad, Iraq | Guinea-Bissau | Al Hudaydah, Yemen | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Libreville, Gabon | Ashgabat, Turkmenistan | Beirut, Lebanon | Mogadishu, Somalia | Tripoli, Libya | Bogota, Colombia | Myanmar
  • Closing on 30 September 2019
  • Talent pool

Job Description

The United Nations is seeking outstanding executive leaders with the vision, integrity, and capability to lead large UN peace operations on the ground, deployed in support of a particular crisis country or region. In line with our commitment to geographical diversity and gender parity at the most senior leadership level of the United Nations, we are looking for leaders to diversify the pool of candidates for these top senior executives’ roles.

As Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission, you would be responsible for implementing the mandate of UN peace operations, including providing leadership, political guidance and high-level operational direction in the execution of Mission activities. You will be required to lend political support for efforts to resolve conflict, facilitate negotiations, foster peace and build confidence among parties. You will be responsible for the management of the Mission’s financial, physical and human resources, as well as the safety and security of UN personnel on the ground. You will be expected to uphold international human rights standards in the activities of the UN and foster a culture of integrity, accountability and respect among your team.

To succeed in a UN mission leadership role, you must have a track record of achievement in senior executive positions. You will have experience working in conflict, post-conflict, peacekeeping, peacebuilding or development settings. You will have demonstrated expertise in facilitating or negotiating political processes and proven management ability to lead large operations and teams. You will combine excellent diplomatic and communication skills with political judgement and cultural sensitivity.

For more information and to apply to the pool, interested applicants are invited to visit us at

Deadline of Campaign: 30 September 2019

The United Nations is committed to workforce diversity and gender parity. Women candidates and nationals from the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

Mandated by the UN Security Council and the General Assembly, the United Nations deploys peacekeeping and special political missions to the field in support of a particular country or region.

The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) is the principal support structure for peacemaking and preventive diplomacy efforts. The Department provides support to numerous envoys of the Secretary-General engaged in peace talks or crisis diplomacy, while overseeing more than a dozen field-based United Nations "political missions" with mandates to help nations and regions resolve conflicts and tensions peacefully. Of these missions, regional offices covering Central Africa, West Africa and Central Asia have explicit mandates for preventive diplomacy and strengthening the capacity of states and regional actors to manage sources of tension peacefully.

There are currently 14 peacekeeping operations led by the Department of Peace Operations (DPO). UN Peacekeeping helps countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace. They bring unique strengths, including legitimacy, burden sharing, and an ability to deploy troops and police from around the world, integrating them with civilian peacekeepers to address a range of mandates set by the UN Security Council and General Assembly.

The Department of Operational Support (DOS) oversee one support mission, the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS).

The United Nations Peace Operations’ website has a complete overview of the various field missions of the United Nations.

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