Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Elections), P4
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 25 August 2022 - 08 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-DPA-188534-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

This position is in the Electoral Assistance Division in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at UN Headquarters in New York. Under the overall supervision of the Director, the incumbent reports to the Team Lead of Cluster 1 (Country Support).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Participates in the discussion and formulation of political and technical strategies in the electoral field.
• As desk officer, monitors and analyses electoral activities and political developments in assigned countries, primarily in Francophone African countries; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the organization of electoral processes with a view to provide early warning advice to the Deputy Director and the Director, and recommends possible actions by the United Nations.
• Leads or deputizes Needs Assessment Missions (NAMs) to evaluate Governments requests for electoral assistance, project formulation missions and/or expert advisory missions to the field.
• Prepares analytical reports on electoral matters, drafts notes, background papers, talking points and other correspondence for senior UN officials, as required.
• Meets regularly with counterparts in the DPPA, DPO, UNDP, and other departments, agencies and programmes of the UN System to discuss electoral related developments, and the implementation of UN electoral support in countries under review.
• Oversees the implementation of electoral projects in countries under her/his responsibility.
• Represents EAD at Desk-to-Desk dialogues with the African Union Commission (AUC) and other regional and subregional organizations as needed.
• Serve as EAD’s focal point for the United Nations-AUC’s working group on elections and track the implementation of agreed recommendations.
• Participates in policy discussions regarding electoral matters and democratization.
• Briefs donors and other interested parties on UN electoral support and assist in resource mobilization as needed.
• Carries out, in consultation with supervisors, administrative functions relating to the staffing, planning and budget of an electoral operation.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of unit’s strategic direction and ability to transform it into a results-oriented work programme. Ability to evaluate international political problems. Ability to work in the field providing electoral assistance. Knowledge of all aspects of electoral processes and their technical and political implications. Ability to manage and coordinate multileveled projects. 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.

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.

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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, public administration or related fields is required. A first-level degree in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in electoral assistance, including in advising an electoral management body, is required.

A minimum of four (4) years of comparative experience in supervising, implementing, supporting or advising on electoral processes in multiple countries is required.

Experience in electoral assistance in a field operation of the United Nations Common System (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN regional commissions, agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position, fluency in English and French (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official 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 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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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.

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