Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 22 October 2020 - 05 December 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Political Affairs-DPPA-DPO-SS-141985-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Middle East Division (MED), Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO) at Headquarters in New York.

For the post advertised, the Political Affairs Officer will serve as Desk Officer in the Middle East Team within the Middle East Division of DPPA-DPO. The incumbent will report directly to the Team Leader of the Middle East Team, under the general supervision of the Director and Deputy Director of MED.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Gathers, selects and analyses information relevant to the countries in the Team’s purview (Israel, Palestine, Jordan).
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues in the Middle East, and in particular as they affect countries in the Team’s purview and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
• Monitors and analyses national and regional level political and other developments with a view to providing advice to the Director and Deputy Director of MED, ASG for the Middle East and Asia Pacific and/or the Under-Secretaries-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations as well as Resident Coordinators and UN agencies on the ground, as appropriate.
• Contributes to the drafting of reports, notes, background papers, talking points, code cables, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials, as required.
• Maintains contacts with other teams within the Middle East Division and other DPPA-DPO divisions; other UN departments, agencies, funds and programmes, including through Integrated Task Forces; other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters, as appropriate.
• Monitors actions taken regarding Middle East Team countries (Israel, Palestine and Jordan) by intergovernmental groups, UN entities, governments and non-governmental organizations.
• Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility, as required.
• Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries under the Organization's purview.
• Contributes as required to reports of the Secretary-General and UN official reports, analytical papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence.
• Provides political, substantive and operational backstopping support to UNSCO.
• Participates in the preparation of the budget proposals for UNSCO, including preparation, development and management of extra-budgetary projects for these missions.
• Manages extra-budgetary projects for ad-hoc initiatives linking DPA and the UN system on issues of common interest in the region.
• Supports the Middle East Team’s responsibilities, including as a back-up, and performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. 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.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related area is required. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and 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, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience working on political issues concerning the Middle East and North Africa countries is required.
Experience providing backstopping to special political missions or peacekeeping operations is desirable.
Experience in the field, particularly a peacekeeping operation or special political mission, or in an international organization is desirable.
Experience in developing and managing extra-budgetary projects in support of preventive diplomacy, political, peacebuilding or peace-making activities is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) 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

The appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year. Extension beyond this period is subject to satisfactory performance, the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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, 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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