Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 14 January 2019 - 27 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-UNOG-109319-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Political Affairs and Partnerships Section of the Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva. The incumbent will report to the Chef de Cabinet.


Under the supervision of the Chef de Cabinet of the Director-General, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

I. Provides policy advice and coordinates provision of political support to the Director-General (DG):
• Researches and analyzes political developments in international and regional affairs and their relationship with developments in the UN system. Identifies trends and potential challenges and contributes to the formulation of United Nations policy in this regard.
• Keeps the DG informed on political issues of relevance to his/her mandate and provides policy advice in this regard, proposing options and providing recommendations.
• Provides policy advice for the DG in connection with his/her meetings with political dignitaries and high-level officials and coordinates the drafting and provision of material for preparation and follow-up, including background notes, briefing papers, talking points, reports to the Secretary-General and notes.
• Coordinates the DG's relations with regional organizations based in Europe and oversees the planning and organization of meetings involving UNOG in this area.
• As UNOG representative, contributes to political coordination mechanisms, including the Executive Committee for Peace and Security, and acts as focal point for the organization of political meetings held at UNOG.
• Drafts, or oversees the drafting of, statements related to the DG's political activities; assists the DG to articulate his/her position and the policies of the United Nations on public issues with a view to advancing the political goals and objectives of the Organization;
• Coordinates the preparation of the DG's political missions and accompanies him/her.
• Drafts, or supervises the drafting of, correspondence, reports and notes on political matters.
• Establishes and maintains working relations with senior level counterparts in Permanent Missions and other Government entities, and in regional/other intergovernmental organizations.
• Keeps the Director-General informed about the political landscape and developments in the Host Country (at federal, cantonal and municipal levels), in particular Host Country’s policy on International Geneva and the UN in general.
• Contributes to communications on political matters, including maintenance of relevant web pages and presence on social media platforms.

II. Provides policy advice and coordinates the DG's inter-agency cooperation and coordination activities:
• Coordinates the provision of substantive support to the DG in the external relations and inter-agency affairs area in support of system-wide coherence.
• Provides policy advice to the DG on inter-agency-related matters and system-wide coherence issues, including on the 2030 Agenda, maintaining relations with and facilitating the efforts of United Nations Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies and other International Organizations, in particular the Geneva-based entities.
• Oversees UNOG's participation in and contribution to inter-agency-related activities, including conferences/meetings of United Nations Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies; briefs
the DG on proceedings and deliberations and drafts, or supervises the drafting of, analytical reports for the attention of the Secretary-General and/or senior United Nations officials on developments.
• Oversees the organization of Executive Briefings.
• Establishes and maintains personal contacts/working relations with counterparts in United Nations Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies as well as other partner organizations; coordinates and facilitates joint efforts.
• Establishes and maintains working relations with senior-level counterparts throughout the United Nations system and beyond.

III. Coordinates the Director-General's partnership building activities, including with research and academic institutions and with civil society generally:
• Contributes to policy development in the DG's partnership-building activities, such as facilitating cooperation with research and academic institutions and the inclusion of non-governmental organizations in the work of the Organization; identifies opportunities for strengthening relations with external partners to promote the political objectives and priorities of the Organization.
• Represents UNOG in relations with research and academic institutions or networks and oversees the organization of joint events, including observance of commemorative days, with and without external partners in support of the work of the Organization.
• Provides policy advice to the DG with respect to UNOG's relations with non-governmental organizations and on the services provided to them.
• Coordinates UNOG's efforts to facilitate the participation of civil society representatives in the work of the Organization, including non-governmental organizations in consultative status with
ECOSOC, and supervises the provision of services in this area.
• Establishes and maintains working relations with senior-level counterparts in research and academic institutions and in other civil society organizations.
• Establishes and maintains working relations with private sector counterparts to exchange experience and foster common projects.
• Carries out other ad hoc tasks, as may be required by the DG or the Chef de Cabinet.


Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of political issues as they relate to the United Nations including with respect to the Organization's work with regional organizations and inter-agency affairs. Solid knowledge of the work of the United Nations and experience in the functioning of the United Nations system is essential. Demonstrated ability to provide policy advice and recommendations on political issues to high-level officials. Ability to produce analytical reports and papers on political trends and their implications for the United Nations, and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to develop and maintain contacts with a variety of stakeholders relevant to the political work of the Organization. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

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.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. 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.

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.

Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in international relations, political science, social sciences, communications or related fields is required. A first-level or higher degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree) in any field of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience, some of which preferably at management levels, in international relations, political affairs or related area is required, with three of these years at the international level in fields requiring political analysis, provision of policy advice, assisting senior officials to articulate policy. Experience in partnership-building and the Organization's work with external partners, including non-governmental organizations is an asset. Experience in planning and executing large-scale events in collaboration with external partners is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French, with proven drafting skills in both languages, are required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will 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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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.

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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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

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