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Posting Title: Political Affairs Officer, P4 [Filled from Roster]
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 25 September 2018 - 08 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-DPA-103154-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Americas Division leads efforts for the prevention of conflict, mediation and sustaining peace in the region. It is responsible for the delivery of the Department of Political Affair’s strategic priorities with regard to the countries, as well as regional and sub-regional organizations, in the Western Hemisphere. This post is located in the America's Division of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA).The Political Affairs officer will work under the direct supervision of the Team Leader of the Colombia Team.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Reviews and monitors activities in Colombia; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of issues related to the peace process between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and other armed groups and makes recommendations to the Team Leader and the Director of the Division on actions to take.

•Analyses political and related events within assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice.

•Provides backstopping to the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, including, as required, on issues related to force generation and observers recruitment, and extra budgetary support.

•Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.

•Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment.

•Arranges and participates in negotiations, and assessment missions.

•Supports preparation for official meetings, including with the Colombia Interagency Taskforce and with Observer contributing countries.

•Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take. Prepares and reviews a wide range of documents, including internal notes and reports on planning activities for UN senior officials.

•Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.

•Participates in conferences, seminars and academic for a related to his/her assigned area of expertise.

•Provides input for assessment of staff to be deployed to important posts in the field (e.g. Resident Coordinators).

•Carries out, in consultation with the Director of the Division, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget. Contributes to the formulation of work plans, budgets and other planning processes, including submissions to the ACABQ and Fifth Committee.

Competencies

Professionalism: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: 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 shortcoming

Education

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

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. At least three years of experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting at the international level is required. At least one year of experience related to policy and backstopping of field operations of the United Nations or similar international organizations is required. Experience working on or in Latin America and the Caribbean is desirable. Experience working in a field operation of the United Nations Common System (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN regional commissions, agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

This position is funded for a finite period of at least one year, and linked to the mandate of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia. The appointment of the selected applicant will be therefore subject to budgetary approval and extension of the mandate.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

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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Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

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