Job Opening

Posting Title: Political Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Special Envoy on Myanmar
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 14 June 2022 - 04 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-SESG-MYR-183245-J-Bangkok (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is under the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (OSESG) on Myanmar which is currently temporarily located in Bangkok.

The Office of the Special Envoy supports the implementation of the Secretary-General’s good offices General Assembly mandate on Myanmar.

Under the overall direction of the Special Envoy, the Political Affairs Officer will report to the Head of Office.

Responsibilities

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

• Reviews, monitors and analyses activities in and on Myanmar ; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the domestic and regional political and security impacts, such as political dynamics, conflicts, displacements, human rights, socio-economic developments, and Women Peace and Security; recommends solutions/possible actions by the Special Envoy and the United Nations.
• Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, regular political updates, statements, talking points, speeches, mission and meeting reports and other correspondence for senior UN officials and those required by intergovernmental bodies.
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular, as they affect the good offices mandate of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations, Civil Society Organisations, local academia/think tanks, regional partners and governments.
• Monitors actions taken by other UN entities, government and non-governmental organizations.
• Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to peace and security issues in Myanmar and the region.
• Participates in fact-finding and other field missions within assigned area of responsibility.
• Carries out, in consultation with the Chief of the Section, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget and ensures timely reporting to Extra-Budgetary donors.
• Drafts plans for start-up of operations and participates in the activities of implementation.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Shows ability to autonomously prepare political analysis with actionable recommendations for UN senior officials, and to integrate various aspects of and perspectives on complex issues/phenomena in analysis and reporting. Shows ability to relate 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.

• 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) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A recognized first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying 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 or related areas, is required.

Experience working in a field setting is required.

Experience in or on Myanmar, or the region, is required.

Experience in inter-agency coordination is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be assessed through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

This is a temporary position and will initially be available until 31 December 2022. If selected, an internal candidate will be on temporary assignment to the post; an external candidate will initially be offered a temporary appointment. Any extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and continued availability of the post.

The United Nations is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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