Job Opening

Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 September 2022 - 02 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-DPPA-DPO-SS-189605-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Americas Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). The Political Affairs officer will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Political Affairs Officer and Team Leader of the Colombia Team.

Responsibilities

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

• Reviews and monitors closely the implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (Verification Mission), the national political context and the peace process more broadly; assesses trends and recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations.
• Contributes across the range of substantive tasks involved in the backstopping of the Verification Mission.
• Prepares analytical reports, including reports of the Secretary-General, and papers on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
• Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment and liaises with critical DPPA partners at UNHQ and in the field on matters affecting mandate implementation, including, inter alia, the Departments of Operational Support, Peace Operations and Safety and Security.
• Supports and participates in the programmes of visiting Mission senior officials, and of DPPA officials to the field.
• Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
• Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
• Provides input for assessment of staff to be deployed to important posts in the field (e.g. Resident Coordinators).
• Contributes to strategic planning processes supporting mandate implementation, including guiding substantive and operational aspects of resource planning, and supports budget inputs to the ACABQ and Fifth Committee.
• Under the guidance of the Director, advises and supports all the division teams in planning and monitoring implementation of projects funded with division resources.
• Performs other related duties as required including supporting the work of the Americas Division in other country/geographical and thematic files as necessary.


Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Counterparts in DPPA, DPO, DCO, DGC, EOSG, OHCHR, OLA, UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA, OSRSG CAAC, OSRSG SVC, UNODC (headquarters level)
Leadership and staff in the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia and the United Nations Country Team and the Resident Coordinator’s Office
Representatives of Governments
Staff of specialized agencies, representatives of non-governmental organisations, regional intergovernmental organisations, delegations, etc.
Academic community, institutes and foundations
Civil society representatives, including religious and indigenous communities

Results Expected:
Provides and counsels senior officials with well analysed, concise information and recommendations as to appropriate action to be taken; proposes solutions, action, consultation and positions to solve problems.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.

• 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.

• 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

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with 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 area is required.

At least three years of experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting at the international level is required.

At least one year of experience working with the United Nations or with other international organizations in conflict or post-conflict countries is required.

At least one year of experience related to policy and planning of field operations of the United Nations is required.

Experience in planning and monitoring of implementation projects is desirable.

Experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another United Nations 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

This post is financed through extra budgetary funds and is temporarily available until 31 December 2023 with the possibility of extension. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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.

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.

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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