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Posting Title: PROGRAMME OFFICER ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 09 December 2015 - 06 February 2016
Job Opening Number: 15-Political Affairs-DPKO-46070-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 located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict in New York. The OSRSG-SVC was created in 2010 and mandated by Security Council Resolution 1888 (2009) to intensify efforts to end Sexual Violence in Conflict and post-conflict settings. The incumbent reports to the Senior Programme Officer/Team Leader of Programmes.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, and the overall guidance of the Chief of Office/Senior Policy Advisor in the OSRSG for Sexual Violence in Conflict the Programme Officer will be responsible for: • Drafting of Secretary-General’s reports, Policy Committee papers and contributions to various reports, Security Council briefings, and submissions to the General Assembly. • Undertaking the monitoring of daily and weekly situation reports from all peacekeeping and political missions and countries identified by the SRSG as target countries, as well as the reports from NGOs and other key partners. • Drafting regular summaries for the SRSG, as well as contributes to speeches of the SRSG. • Coordinating activities of the different themes in SVC - programmes, communications and budgeting/funding in order to ensure coherence and unity in messaging. • Assisting in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends; researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources. • Undertaking survey initiatives and designs data collection tools, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies issues and prepares conclusions. • The Programme Officer will perform other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge of issues related to the political, peace and security work of the Security Council. Knowledge of issues related to protection of civilians and/or human rights, humanitarian affairs, or political affairs. Understanding of the UN system, organization and interrelationships; Ability to identify and analyze issues and participate in their resolution. Ability to rapidly conduct data collection using various methods; Ability to analyze, draft and edit written material. Familiarity in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to lead and gain assistance of others in team endeavours. Ability to comprehend and reconcile differing views. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work..

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.

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

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, law, international relations, or related field. 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 the protection of civilians and/or human rights, peacekeeping, humanitarian affairs, political affairs, or other related areas. Experience in addressing or monitoring and reporting on issues related to sexual violence and/or the protection of civilians in field missions in conflict or post conflict contexts is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.

Assessment Method

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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