Job Opening

Posting Title: Director, Political Affairs
Job Code Title: DIRECTOR, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 20 April 2016 - 18 June 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Political Affairs-DPA-59103-B-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise SE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Africa I Division in the Department of Political Affairs in New York and is in an H family duty station. The Director reports directly to the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Political Affairs, and through him/her, to the Under-Secretary-General (USG). The Division covers north-eastern, eastern, central/Great Lakes and southern Africa.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following:

•Directs, guides, supervises and coordinates the work of the Division; and delegates appropriate responsibility and decision-making authority;
•Contributes to the formulation of the department’s overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the USG and ASG; and contributes to the overall management of the Department’s activities and operations.
•Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes.
•Formulates and implement the substantive work of the programme of the Division under supervision, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Division, including the formulation and implementation of its annual workplan, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion; and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies, as appropriate.
•Exercises overall management of timely provision of political analyses, briefing notes, background papers and talking points to the Secretary-General and the Under-Secretary-General and of reports to the General Assembly and Security Council, and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
•Provides experienced counsel and support to Special Representatives, Coordinators or Envoys of the Secretary-General. Exercises overall management of day to day management of Special Political Missions (SPMs) under the responsibility of the Division, including through regular contacts with SPMs and regular monitoring and support to those missions.
•Coordinates and maintains regular contacts with Member States, regional and sub-regional organisations, other relevant Departments and offices of the UN secretariat, and UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes on issues under the purview of the Division lead, related inter-agency task forces and working groups.
•Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and annual reports.
•Manages extra-budgetary funding.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data; and ensures that all outputs produced by the Division meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget and programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
•Oversees the recruitment of staff for the Division taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
•Ensures that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; manages, guides, develops and trains staff under supervision; and fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries.
•Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference; provides programmatic and substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic, substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Performs other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge in the sub-regions under the responsibility of the Division (north-eastern, eastern, central/Great Lakes and southern Africa); Knowledge of various aspects of preventive diplomacy; Ability to take ownership for all responsibilities and honours commitments. Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managerial Competencies

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, international law, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in international political affairs. Managerial experience at the senior level is required. Experience in mediation of conflicts is required. Experience in a public international organization is desirable. Experience in managing or supporting complex field operations in a conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.

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.

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