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Posting Title: DIRECTOR, AMERICAS DIVISION, D2
Job Code Title: DIRECTOR, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 09 August 2016 - 27 February 2017
Job Opening Number: 16-Political Affairs-DPA-64988-D-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All staff at the D2 level and above are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This is a re-advertisement of the position of Director, America's Division D-2. The position was previously advertised from 9 August 2016 to 7 October 2016 and is being re-opened as of 13 January 2017 for an additional 45 days.  The purpose of the re-advertisement is to attract additional qualified female candidates. Candidates who have previously applied are still under consideration and should not reapply.

This position is located in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in the Americas Division. The Chief of the Americas Division reports directly to the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Political Affairs, and through him, to the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. The Division covers North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Director will be responsible for the following.
•Directs and manages the work of the Americas Division.
•Contributes to the formulation of the Department of Political Affairs’ overall strategies and policies on the Americas by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the USG/ASG.
•Formulates and implement the substantive work programme of the Americas Division, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Office/Division, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Office/Division and Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.
•Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of political analyses, briefing notes, background papers and talking points to the Secretary-General and the Under-Secretary General and of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and other policy-making organs of the United Nations, as appropriate.
•Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Office/Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the division under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, assigning and evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
•Oversees the recruitment of staff for Division taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under hi/her supervision; foster 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/substantive expertise on developments in the Americas region and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Perform other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of the Americas region and its political dynamics. Demonstrated ability to produce reports and papers on political developments in the Americas region and to review and edit the work of others. 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.

•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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the 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.

•Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, business or public administration, international law, law, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, political affairs, conflict resolution, preventive diplomacy or peacebuilding or related area is required. A minimum of seven years experience working on issues related to the Americas region is required. Managerial experience at a senior level is required. Experience working with Member States and delegations in the context of international organisations is desirable. Experience in programme and project planning 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 Spanish is required.

Assessment

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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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No Fee

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