Job Opening

Posting Title: 2020 YPP Exam: Political Affairs and Human Rights Affairs (for external applicants only), P2
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK; ADDIS ABABA; BANGKOK; BEIRUT; GENEVA; NAIROBI; SANTIAGO; VIENNA; OTHER;
Posting Period: 01 September 2020 - 31 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-DOS-138708-E- (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located primarily in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Department of Peace Operations (DPO), both at Headquarters and in the field, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) or any Office in need of Political Affairs and Human Rights expertise. Associate Officers typically report to a senior officer, i.e., a unit chief or section chief.

Responsibilities

The Young Professionals Programme examination in Political Affairs and Human Rights covers a range of topics in the areas of peacemaking and preventive diplomacy, political analysis, electoral assistance, human rights issues and related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions, humanitarian, disaster, emergency relief issues and activities, and other related areas covered by the Political Affairs and Human Rights arms of the United Nations. If you are successful in the examination, you could be assigned to a job that covers any or a combination of these areas.

Some of the key responsibilities of an Associate Officer in Political Affairs and Human Rights would be (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Political Affairs and Human Rights Associate Officers):

•Conducts research 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 affairs/human rights/humanitarian affairs issues in a specified area or subject matter.
•Prepares briefing notes, background papers, letters, policy guidelines and talking points for senior officials.
•Establishes and maintains contact with relevant interlocutors at the required level as directed (responds to various inquiries and information requests internally and externally, provides technical support and advice in his/her area of expertise)
•Prepares summaries of articles from a wide variety of sources and draft a variety of correspondence, and sections of reports.
•Monitors political affairs, human rights affairs, humanitarian affairs, and other relevant developments in an assigned area, and prepares reports. Identifies problems and proposes corrective actions.
•Provides input into political affairs, human rights, humanitarian affairs efforts and programmes.
•Create databases that track project progress and provides other information relevant to assigned area.
•Assists in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops, etc. with other agencies or partners to facilitate exchanges of professional expertise and views on specific subjects/issues; serves as reporter to such events
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: 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 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

At least a first-level university degree (i.e., bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree of at least three years) in any of the following Fields of Study:

•Fields of Study (listed under “Business and Administration”): Institutional Administration, Management, Management Systems, Personnel Administration, Public Administration, Administration, Business Administration
•Fields of Study (listed under “Law”): Comparative law, General law, Law of the sea, International commercial law, Environmental law, International law, History of law, Human rights law, Humanitarian affairs law, Labour law
•Fields of Study (listed under “Security Services”): Civil Security, Police work and law enforcement, Criminology
•Fields of Study (listed under “Social and Behavioural Science”): Economic History, Economics, Ethics, Gender studies, Geography (except physical), Human resources, Human rights, International economics, International relations, International studies, Development studies, Demography, Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology (except physical), Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies
•Fields of Study (all fields listed under “Humanities”): History, Foreign languages and cultures, Foreign languages, Native languages, Modern history, Area studies, Literature, Other humanities, Religion, Cultural studies, Philosophy

Important: when preparing your application in Inspira, please choose the field of study that is closest to your degree, from the "Field of Study" dropdown menu, and write the exact title of the degree (both in its original language and its translation in English or French). Do not select "other" for main course of study or field of study.

Work Experience

No work experience is required. Relevant work experience may be taken into consideration as an additional screening criteria when more than 60 candidates from the same country apply to the same exam area.

Languages

Fluency (speaking, reading, writing, understanding fluently) in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, is required; knowledge of the other is desirable.
Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

The assessment process is divided into 3 stages:  
1. Screening of applications, 
2. Written examination taken online, 
3. Oral examination.  

 Knowledge of UN languages may be tested at any of these stages. 
• Applications will be screened based on the eligibility criteria in this Job Opening. 
  
• The written examination will be conducted via an online testing platform.  Candidates convoked for the written examination will be responsible for identifying and securing a location suitable for them to complete the examination (i.e., a computer with a reliable internet connection). Further information regarding the online testing platform and exam preparation guidance will be provided to those convoked for the examination.   

The written examination is planned to be offered in two parts, with the following tentative timeframe (exact dates to be announced on the UN Careers YPP Page):  
• Part I, in early 2021, consists of 1) the General Paper, which assesses written communication and other competencies and abilities critical to success in working in an international affairs context, and 2) first part of the Specialized Paper, multiple choice questions which assess knowledge and attributes relevant to the exam area. 
• Part II (1-2 months after part I) consists of the second part of the Specialized Paper, constructed response items (i.e., open-ended questions) which assess knowledge and attributes relevant to the exam area. Only examinees successful in part one of the online exam will be invited to participate in the second part. 

• Only examinees who are successful in the overall written examination will be invited to the oral examination. The oral examination will be conducted via online video conference.  The oral examination will assess the key competencies for the job family, as described in the Job Opening. Part of the final assessment stage, either before, during or after the oral examination may include an element to verify the candidate’s answers given in the Specialized Paper as well as the information in the Personal History Profile submitted.  The anticipated timeframe for the oral examinations is sometime in Spring/Summer 2021.   

Special Notice

• The purpose of the present Job Opening is to invite applications from external candidates who wish to take the 2020 Young Professionals Programme (YPP) examination in Political Affairs and Human Rights. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the YPP Careers Page to learn more: careers.un.org/ypp. UN Secretariat staff members who are eligible to apply through the “G to P” or “G to N” track must not apply through this Job Opening. 

 • Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:  
1. Have at least a first level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or at least a three-year equivalent) in the main course of study listed in the Education Section of this Job Opening; 
2. Be 32 years old or younger by the end of this year (born on or after 1 January 1988);  
3. Be fluent in either English or French; and 
4. Have the nationality of a participating Member State. The participating Member States for the 2020 YPP are: 

Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

If more than 60 applicants from the same country apply for the same exam area, those applicants will be further screened and ranked according to points given for the following additional qualifications: highest level of education completed, knowledge of official UN languages, and relevant work experience. The “top 60” applicants per country per exam area will be convoked to the first stage of the online exam. A maximum of 40 applicants per country per exam area will move forward from the first stage of the online exam to the second stage, based on exam performance. 

 • APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT SCANNED COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS, AS ATTACHMENTS IN THEIR APPLICATIONS, TO BE CONSIDERED. 
1. Passport or a valid identification document issued by a state authority, showing your name, birth date and nationality, including a clear photograph; 
2. Documentation of University degree(s) (e.g., diploma, transcript or similar official document), reflecting the main course of study selected. 

• Submitting applications for more than one YPP exam in a given year will result in automatic disqualification in all. 

• Success in the YPP exam process will result in placement on a roster of eligible candidates for selection into specific vacancies which may arise over the course of a three-year period (beginning from when the roster is established). 

• Upon selection, successful YPP candidates will be initially appointed at the P-1 or P-2 level depending on their qualifications.  Those appointed at the P-1 level shall be promoted to a position at the P-2 level following a minimum of two years of satisfactory performance and depending on the availability of posts.  

• Applicants should monitor the UN Careers YPP Page (careers.un.org/ypp) frequently. Important notifications and updates will be posted there. 

• Click “apply” to activate the Virtual Assistant or Chatbot, Alba, in Inspira. Alba will answer questions about YPP.

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.

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.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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