Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE EXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER (TEMPORARY JOB OPENING), P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE EXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 11 August 2017 - 17 August 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-UNITED NAT-84081-J-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The duration of the appointment is subject to the availability of funds. The initial duration is two months, starting as soon as possible.

Candidates should have no expectation of any fixed-term appointment possibility after the end of this temporary assignment. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

Subsequent to the initial temporary appointment, new and successive temporary appointments may be granted for service in the same office or in a different office any number of times, for any duration, provided that the length of service does not exceed the period of 364 calendar days.

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.

A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position.

A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

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.

For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English.
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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Civil Society Outreach Unit (CSO) Unit, Communications, Information and Outreach (CIO), Office of the Secretary-General of UNCTAD. The Incumbent will report to the Chief of the Civil Society Outreach Unit and under his supervision, he/she will assist in the implementation of UNCTAD's mandate/strategy for civil society cooperation and outreach.

Responsibilities

The Associate Liaison Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Support and organize, as required, regular meetings, consultations, hearings, briefings and conferences with civil society actors.
•Identify key contacts/constituencies and opportunities for strategic partnerships to facilitate strategic and effective engagement of civil society.
•Prepare and disseminate relevant information and documentation of interest to civil society; prepare inputs to the regular electronic newsletter (CSO E-Alert), information material, and news items for the civil society/UNCTAD website; update the CSO webpage, and use /apply new on-line tools including social media.
•Assess and evaluate NGOs and IGO applications for observer status and for accreditation to UNCTAD Conferences and meetings.
•Assist in following up to fundraising activities of the team, including preparing draft budgets and programme implementation reports.
•Prepare briefing materials, draft speeches and notes related to UNCTAD's cooperation/activities with civil society.
•Assist in liaising with substantive divisions and programmes of the secretariat in promoting effective and pro-active cooperation with civil society.
•Respond to a variety inquiries and information requests internally and externally.
•Oversee the maintenance, updating and development of the CSO data base and lists.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to plan, execute and monitor UNCTAD's civil society events/activities. Knowledge of issues related to cooperation with civil society, international development cooperation, global governance and financial and economic issues. A good understanding of the issues around multilateralism and the engagement of civil society in the work of international organizations, including the United Nations. Ability to use/apply on line communication tools including social media. Ability to interact with civil society to build and maintain effective working relationship. 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; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Ability to draft and compile related written communication products, speeches, and reports in a clear and concise style.

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; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

A first level university degree in international relations, social studies, public administration or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with at least two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of experience in the above areas, preferably with the United Nations or international organizations. Experience in organizing meetings and facility in conducting individual or group consultations and briefings. Experience in drafting reports and information products in English.
No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Languages

Fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Working knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a 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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