Assistant National des Affaires Politiques, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo At MONUSCO

Closing date: Monday, 31 July 2023


Description of assignment title: Assistant National des Affaires Politiques

Assignment country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Expected start date: 09/01/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Accessibility measures in place

Host entity: MONUSCO

Type: Onsite

Expected end date: 06/30/2024

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Kinshasa

Reasonable accommodation


Additional accessibility info


Mission and objectives

MONUSCO/MONUC was established in 1999 under the auspices of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). SCR 2277 (2016) requests MONUSCO to support efforts of the Government of DRC towards the protection of civilians, through a comprehensive approach involving all components of MONUSCO, including through reduction of the threat posed by Congolese and foreign armed groups and of violence against civilians, including sexual and gender-based violence and violence against children to a level that can be effectively managed by the Congolese justice and security institutions; and to support Stabilization through the establishment of functional, professional, and accountable state institutions, including security and judicial institutions. The project aims at a better understanding of the most serious violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law in DRC and supports the leadership of the Mission through informed policy and decision making on future vetting of security forces through risk assessment and mitigation, joint planning for MONUSCO operations, as well as advocacy efforts.


Assignment is with family (KINSHASA)

Task description

Sous la supervision directe d’un (e) chef(ffe) de section de la Division des affaires politiques (PAD), le/la Volontaire des Nations Unies effectuera les tâches suivantes :

  •  Recueillir et analyser des informations de diverses sources primaires afin de maintenir une connaissance actualisée des questions politiques, électorales, institutionnelles et sécuritaires liées à la RDC et la région ;
  •  Examiner et suivre les événements politiques en RDC, y compris le processus électoral et les développements institutionnels, en analysant les défis, opportunités et pistes de solutions ;
  •  Évaluer les tendances susceptibles d’affecter la situation politique et l’organisation des élections en RDC et faire des recommandations à la section et aux collègues de PAD pour des solutions ou des actions possibles de la part des hauts responsables de la MONUSCO, et de la SRSG en particulier, notamment en fournissant des conseils en matière d’alerte rapide, de bons offices et de diplomatie préventive ;
  •  Participer à la rédaction, par sa section d’affectation, de rapports analytiques sur les questions politiques, institutionnelles et électorales ; de notes, de documents d’information, de points de discussion et de correspondance pour les hauts fonctionnaires des Nations Unies, le cas échéant ;
  •  Contribuer à la planification et à la gestion du travail de la section ;
  •  S’acquitter d’autres tâches connexes en fonction des besoins.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in – Un minimum de trois années d’expérience en RDC et/ou dans la région en sciences politiques, relations internationales, droit, résolution de conflits ou dans des domaines connexes, y compris en matière électorale ou institutionnelle, est requis. – Une expérience électorale dans le cadre d’une institution congolaise ou régionale, d’une opération de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies, d’une mission politique, d’une agence des Nations Unies, d’une ONG nationale ou internationale ou toute autre expérience nationale ou internationale pertinente en matière d’élections est hautement souhaitable.

Area(s) of expertise

Elections and governance, Legal affairs, Administration

Driving license

YES Required


French, Level: Fluent, Required English, Level: Working knowledge, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in University degree in political science, electoral studies, international relations, law, journalism, public administration or a related field.

Competencies and values

Client Orientation, Communication, Creativity, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country in Africa, so it is very diverse. Living conditions are different between MONUSCO duty stations in Kinshasa, but there are only very basic conditions in the provinces, where, for example, there may not be guaranteed public food nor running water. The ability to live and work in difficult conditions is essential. Housing is very expensive in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. There are supermarkets in the big cities (Bukavu, Kisangani, for example), but consumer goods are very expensive (everything is imported). For food, local markets offer a much cheaper alternative. All MONUSCO duty stations are considered non-family duty stations, with the exception of Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Entebbe, which are currently under review. Moved to specific sites/places). In Kinshasa and Goma, there are a number of other situations, such as the increase in the number of crimes and other crimes. Some degree of medical service is provided by all MONUSCO duty stations. Some vaccinations are compulsory for MONUSCO personnel to enter the DRC, while others are compulsory for all other people arriving. Some MONUSCO personnel, including United Nations Volunteers, may be asked to provide evidence of vaccination with any or all of the vaccines, although this is unlikely. All UN Volunteers must ensure that they are up to date with all appropriate vaccinations, which should be clearly and correctly mentioned in the International Certificate of Vaccination (“yellow card”). Malaria is present throughout the DRC, so it is recommended to take prophylaxis. The monetary unit is the Congolese franc. The US dollar is the other preferred currency. It may not be possible to exchange Capital Travelers Cheques. Credit cards are generally accepted in Kinshasa. In major cities (e.g. Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, Kisangani), US banks may be absent (including ATMs) and VLA payments will be processed in cash. UN Volunteers have the option of sending part of their allowances to a bank account abroad. Besides the DRC, namely Lingala, Kikongo, Tshiluba and Swahili.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy


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