Job Opening

Posting Title: Political Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 October 2017 - 18 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-DPKO-82184-J-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Duration of need: Through 31 March 2018
Estimated Start Date: Immediate.


• This post is financed by Extra-budgetary Funds. Extension of the appointment is subject to availability of funding.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that 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.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI). The Political Affairs Officer incumbent will report to the Assistant Secretary-General through the Senior Political Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities

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

• Reviews and monitors activities in the areas of Prevention of Violent Extremism and Counter Terrorism (PVE/CT) in relevant countries or regions ; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues and the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) activities; recommends solutions/possible action by the United Nations.
• Analyses political and related events within PVE/CT with a view to provide early warning advice to the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.
• Prepares analytical reports 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 officials.
• Meets regularly with operational teams including senior officials, national officials as well as Military and Civilian Police officers to plan projects and review project activities in areas related to PVE/CT.
• Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding OROLSI and PVE/CT and related country or regional issues and makes recommendations on related actions.
• 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, in particular Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), Counter Terrorism Interagency Task Force (CTITF), UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the UN Office for Counter Terrorism.
• Carries out, in consultation with the Senior Political Affairs Officer and the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
• Drafts plans for start-up of operations, projects and participates in the activities of implementation.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: In-depth knowledge and understanding of rule of law and security issues and its intersection with Prevention of Violent Extremism and Counter Terrorism.
Demonstrated in depth knowledge and experience in relation to the re-establishment of the criminal justice chain (police, justice, corrections), and the establishment and/or operation of international and/or national justice mechanisms to address prevention of violent and extremism and counter terrorism. Demonstrated knowledge and experience of best practices in the field of prevention of violent extremism, international human rights standards, international recovery, development, and/or peacebuilding and their relationship and linkages to the broader developmental/post-conflict recovery framework and initiatives. Ability to proactively seek and recommend sound policy initiatives and develop implementation strategies. Ability to conduct comprehensive research and analysis; proficiency in preparing a variety of written documents. Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, including ability to identify and articulate issues that require a coordinated UN response, judgment in applying technical expertise and analysis to a wide range of complex and unusual problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions. Ability to negotiate and to work with others to reach agreement. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to rule of law and security in peacekeeping and knowledge of international institutions. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. 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.

•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.

•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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 areai. Experience in conflict/post conflict, crisis management and economic recovery settings is highly desirable. Previous experience of working in a government office, and office of a senior official is required.

Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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