Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office for Disarmament Affairs
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 11 May 2022 - 09 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-ODA-180055-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 Project Coordinator. The incumbent will work on a four-year project administered by the Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, located in Geneva.

Along with one P4 Legal Officer (Project Coordinator), a P3 Legal Officer (Project Officer) and a G4 Administrative Assistant based in Geneva, and in close cooperation with the Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit (BWC ISU), the Political Affairs Officer will work on the implementation of a multi-year project that aims at supporting universalization and effective implementation of the BWC in Africa. All activities of the Political Affairs Officer will be coordinated with the BWC ISU and the EU Council Decision project staff based in Geneva.

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 incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Gathers, selects and analyses information in relation to the universalization and implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention in Africa contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues in Africa, in general, and in particular as they affect the countries and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
• Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the Secretariat.
• Monitors relevant national and regional level political developments and provides advice to senior officials and colleagues in the Secretariat.
• Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of the project.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters pertaining to the project.
• Assists in planning, coordinating and supporting activities in relation to the project.
• Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases and other web-based applications information relating to the implementation of the project.
• Arranges and participates in missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
• Participates in provision of secretariat services to conferences, meetings, and /or special missions.
• Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries under the Organization's purview.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of national implementing and universalization measures in relation to multilateral arms control and disarmament regimes. 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 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.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree) in the specified fields of studies in combination with two additional years of relevant work 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, multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation, security or related area is required.

Experience in implementation support and/or project management in an international organization context is desirable.

Work experience in the area of the Biological Weapons Convention and on biosafety/biosecurity related aspects is desirable.

Previous working experience in Africa is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and knowledge of French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This post is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. The position has a finite duration and will not exceed the overall project duration.

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.

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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