Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, NOC, NOC
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 21 January 2019 - 04 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-UNEP-110455-R-Cairo (N)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent
implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. This
position is in the UN Environment's West Asia Office in Cairo, Egypt. Under the guidance of the Regional Director and the direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Director of West
Asia Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties within delegated authority:

Responsibilities

• 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, environment and sustainable development issues 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 the area of environment and sustainable development and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in UN
Environment regional offices and headquarters.
• 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 office,branch or unit.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.
• Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations .
• Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned countries or region.
• Participate in political and technical discussions with countries, inter-governmental organisations and other partners with view to enhance political and programmatic engagement
at all levels.
• Participate in the provision of substantive technical support services to the organisation of ministerial council meetings of the League of Arab States, high-level meetings in preparations
of the United Nations Environment Assembly, UN regional meetings and other events as requested by the regional office. Prepare meetings of the regional director and other senior
executives of the UN Environment with officials from member countries, UN and inter-
governmental organisations.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professional: Knowledge of international environmental policies,guidelines and standard; Ability to identify and analyze political and economic issues surrounding environmental programmes implementation; Ability to provide strategic guidance, technical oversight; Ability to build strong teams, develop and monitor work plans and manage budgets; Ability to conduct independent research and analysis; Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations; 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.

• 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; 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) in political science, international relations, environmental science, sustainable development or other related field.
A first-level university degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in the specified fields 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 political science, international relations, environmental management, sustainable development or related fields
is required. Experience in dealing with partners at all levels (ministries, private sector, Academia, NGOs and local community based organizations) is highly desirable. Experience in implementing country-level or organizational environmental policies, guidelines and standards is desirable. Experience in developing and/or implementing international environmental programmes involving various partners, clients and social actors is desirable. Experience working in international, governmental or non governmental organizations is an added advantage.
Working Knowledge of UN rules and regulations is an advantage

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic 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

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located. This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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. When completing the form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you. 1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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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