Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (2 Positions), P-4, P4
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 16 March 2021 - 29 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-DPPA-150378-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These two posts advertised are located in the Innovation Cell, within the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at Headquarters in New York. The incumbents will report to the Director of the Policy and Mediation Division.

Responding to the call of the Secretary-General on the whole UN system to keep up with the scale and speed of innovation, including the commitments of the Secretary-General’s Strategy for New Technologies and the UN’s Data Strategy, DPPA has established a dedicated capacity to explore, pioneer and leverage new methodologies in support of its mandate delivery, including digital technologies, behavioural insights, immersive visualization, and other cross-cutting means. The Innovation Cell serves as a catalyst for innovation across the Department and its field presences, and the wider peace and security pillar, to strengthen the UN’s conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding effort in this spirit.

Responsibilities

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

• Assesses innovation trends and integrates innovative approaches with a view to enhance the effectiveness of delivering on the mandate of the Department both at Headquarters and the field.
• Analyses political and related events using innovative means, including big data analytics and new technologies, with a view to provide advice to USG/ASGs or Heads of Mission.
• Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on innovation that are related to DPPA mandates.
• Prepares analytical reports and papers on innovation, including digital technologies, data analytics and other cross-cutting matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
• Meets regularly with operational teams and parts of the wider UN system to plan innovation projects and review project activities.
• Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters, innovation trends, and how they intersect, and makes recommendations on actions to take.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments, as well as private sector and academia on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
• Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
• Provides input for assessment of staff to be deployed to important innovation posts in the field (e.g. Resident Coordinators, Peace and Development Advisers).
• Carries out, in consultation with the Chief of the Section, administrative functions relating to staff planning and budget.
• Drafts plans for start-up of innovation operations and participates in the activities of implementation.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Advanced knowledge and understanding of UN mandates, work processes and culture, and proven record in promoting and implementing innovation in a similar organizational setting. Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and innovative solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate a range of issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.

• CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

• TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution, innovation or related area is required.
Demonstrated expertise in successfully integrating innovative perspectives into policies and programmes is required.
Experience in applying innovation to peace and security mandates, including prototyping and scaling of new methods and digital tools, is required.
Experience conducting training and facilitating learning activities related to innovation is required.
Experience in engaging with the private sector, civil society and academia in innovation joint ventures is required.

Languages

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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No Fee

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