Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Political Affairs Officer, D1
Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 June 2019 - 11 July 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Political Affairs-OSE-SYRIA-118938-F-Geneva (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position of Principal Political Affairs Officer is located in the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria in Geneva, Switzerland.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Special Envoy, the Principal Political Affairs Officer as Chief of Political Affairs will be responsible for performing the following duties:

Political Analysis and Advice - Identify, analyse and monitor political developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of OSE-Syria's mandate, particularly as regards the pursuit of UN-facilitated negotiations; Assess implications and make recommendations to the Office leadership on possible strategies, policies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives. Engage with national and international stakeholders on the design, conduct, and content of UN-facilitated negotiations. Negotiate and mediate as required on political and technical issues.

Reporting and Information Management - Ensure regular, timely and high quality reporting to the Office leadership on developments and issues pertaining to the mandate; Manage the preparation of summary and analytical reports, including situation reports, briefing notes, notes to file and code cables; Prepare/review the section's input for the reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council and reports to the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions (ACABQ), the General Assembly; Oversee the preparation of contextual information materials, such as background notes and political profiles; Ensure an effective system of information management designed to guarantee accessibility and utility of information.

Planning, Coordination and Facilitation – Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the authorities, political and community leaders, civil society actors, the UN family and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters; Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political challenges, in pursuit of mandated objectives; Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation;

Management - Formulate and manage the implementation of the political team's programme of work, determining priorities and activities that are in accordance with the mandate; Coordinate the work of senior consultants and mediation support. Manage related administrative tasks, including preparation of budgets, assignment and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget, preparation of inputs for the results-based budgeting process (RBB); Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff; Participate in the selection of new staff. Perform other relevant duties requested by the SE and/or DSE.

Competencies

Professionalism – Has ability to identify and analyse the underlying causes of instability (e.g. political, ethnic, sectarian, social, economic) in Syria and to provide strategic advice and recommendations to senior officials; Has extensive expertise in the design, conduct and content of peace negotiations in complex settings. Demonstrates sound knowledge of the UN system and understands the roles of substantive components within the Office; 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 audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve political and negotiation problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks; Thinks "outside the box"; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things.

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 staff when they make mistakes; 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 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, social science, economics, law, public administration, or a related field. 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required. Extensive experience in political outreach, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, analysis and reporting is required. Experience managing a team or office is required. Significant experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post conflict setting is required.
Experience working in or on the Middle East is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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