Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3 [Filled from Roster]
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of Counter-Terrorism
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 16 August 2022 - 29 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-UNOCT-185197-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017. The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the 38 Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.

These positions are located in the Knowledge Management and Strategic Support Section of the Policy, Knowledge Management and Coordination Branch of the Office of Counter-Terrorism. The Political Affairs Officers report to the Team Leader of the Knowledge Management Team, within the Knowledge Management and Strategic Support Section. The focus of these jobs is on ensuring an “All-of-UN” approach in the policy support to Member States on the prevention of violent extremism as and when conducive to terrorism.

Responsibilities

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

•Gathers, selects, analyses and maintains records of information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
•Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues as they affect the countries and knowledge management work 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 missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
•Provides technical and substantive back up, as well as administrative, logistic and planning support in the implementation of mandates of the Division.
•Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on knowledge management, coordination and policy matters.
•Monitors actions taken and reports, researchs policy documents published by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations.
•Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to best practices relating to preventing and countering terrorism.
•Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
•Participates in provision of secretariat services to the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact Committee and its Working Groups.
•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 cross-cutting peace and security issues, especially matters related to counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism. Knowledge of counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism conducive to terrorism. Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that are conducive to the spread of terrorism. 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. Ability to support senior coordination meetings. Takes responsibility in preparing summary and analytical reports on political issues. 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) in political science, international relations, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with 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 with programmes in the field of counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism is required.

Experience with inter-agency coordination is required.

Experience drafting reports is desirable.

Experience supporting senior level coordination meetings is desirable.

Experience with knowledge management is desirable.

Languages

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

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.

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 background, or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities can 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.

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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