Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P2
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office for Disarmament Affairs
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 06 January 2022 - 19 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-ODA-171103-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). The incumbent reports to the lead officer for the implementation of European Union Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/97 in support of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Along with a Political Affairs Officer based in Addis Ababa and a G4 Programme Assistant based in Geneva, and in close cooperation with the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the BWC, the Associate Political Affairs Officer will support the implementation of European Union Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/2072 in support of building resilience in biosafety and biosecurity through the BWC.

The BWC ISU forms the core of the secretariat of BWC meetings; maintains and develops the Convention's website; receives and distributes information submitted annually by States parties under the system of Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs); collates details of national measures to implement all aspects of the BWC; acts as a clearing house for assistance; interacts with relevant international organizations, scientific and academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations; and attends relevant meetings and events.

The ISU also assists the Chairperson of BWC meetings in promoting universalization of the BWC, conducting outreach, maintaining details of progress towards universality and reporting on progress to States parties. For more information, please refer to https://www.un.org/disarmament/biological-weapons.

Responsibilities

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

• Supports the implementation of (CFSP) 2021/2072 in all relevant aspects.
• Supports the planning and conduct of project activities, such as workshops, seminars and other activities foreseen under the Council Decision.
• Liaises with donor representatives, implementing partners, etc., as necessary.
• Analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press; maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues in a specified area or subject matter;
• Assists senior officials with the preparation of draft donor reports, briefing notes, background papers and talking points.
• Monitors political, socio-economic, and other politically relevant developments in the area of disarmament.
• Creates databases that track project progress and provides other information relevant to assigned area.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism
Knowledge of disarmament, non-proliferation and international security issues. Ability to compile a variety of written communication products in a clear, concise style. 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.

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.

Planning& 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 degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related area is required. A first level university degree in political science or other related fields 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 two years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.

Experience in managing or coordinating events, in drafting official correspondence and reports, and/or political/legal research and analysis is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This is an extra-budgetary post funded by the EU Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/2072 in support of building resilience in biosafety and biosecurity through the BWC. The position has a finite duration which will not exceed the duration of the EU Council Decision.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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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.

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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