Job Opening

Posting Title: Political Affairs Officer, P3
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Peacebuilding Support Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 29 December 2018 - 11 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-PBSO-108412-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch (PCSB) of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Support Branch and through him/her to the Director and Deputy Head of PBSO.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority of the Chief of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Support Branch, the Political Officer is responsible for the following duties:


•Gathers, selects and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
•Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues and formulation of peacebuilding strategies, in general, and in particular as they affect the countries and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
•Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in national, regional and international strategies and frameworks related to peacebuilding and provides inputs and analysis in the form of talking points, speeches and other correspondence on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
•Monitors national and regional level political developments; and provides advice to field mission/UN agencies active on the ground.
•Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the branch; including note-taking, drafting of analytical and background papers; developing multipurpose content for internal and external media platforms
•Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; including maintaining the Peacebuilding Commission and PBSO websites
•Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations.
•Selects, classifies and stores in computerized databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned countries or region.
•Participates in country visit and other missions to countries within assigned area of \responsibility.
•Participates in provision of secretariat services to the Peacebuilding Commission, Security Council, General Assembly, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, including using social media to share PBC meetings and related events.
•Prepares meetings of the Assistant Secretary-General and Branch Chief with officials from countries under the Organization's purview.
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of UN intergovernmental processes, rules of procedure, structure, mandates and working methods of PBC and UN principal organs; Knowledge of procedural requirements for drafting and processing of official UN documents; Ability to identify and analyse political, ethnic, social and economic problems that may cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. Good knowledge of relevant regional and international institutions. Knowledge of range of communications approaches, tools and methodologies essential to media operations and message targeting, in particular with respect to website and social media management. 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 other and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international law, or related area is required. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, political science, or conflict resolution is required. Three years of experience in the area of peacebuilding is desirable. Experience in regional or international organizations in the areas of conflict resolution and mediation missions is desirable. Experience pertaining to communication, public information, social media or website management is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a 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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The United Nations 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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No Fee

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