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Posting Title: SENIOR POLITICAL/ELECTORAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 22 November 2017 - 09 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-DPA-89248-J-New York (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Notes: This position is available through 31 December 2018.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Electoral Assistance Division of the Department of Political Affairs in New York. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Political/Electoral Affairs Officer will be managing the Country Support Cluster in the Electoral Assistance Division (Cluster I) with another co-Team Leader as per the following responsibilities:

•Formulates political affairs strategies in the electoral field and adequate responses to Member States' requests for electoral assistance;
•Develops a vision or direction for Cluster I work and create the conditions to allow this direction to be implemented.
•Plans and coordinates programmes and activities requiring interdepartmental and/or inter-agency involvement and participate in the setup of large electoral operations.
•Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary-General, Senior Advisors, Under Secretary General/Assistant Secretary General for meetings with Heads of State, Foreign Ministers and other high-level interested parties.
•Designs and effects electoral initiatives; advises on and participate in negotiations to establish electoral operations, develops guidelines, terms of reference, operational plans and time frames for new operations.
•Manages and organizes research, initiates and carry out in-depth analysis and studies on diverse and sensitive international issues especially with regards to electoral processes.
•Proposes action plans for immediate and long-range solutions to electoral problems in general and in specific geographical areas;
•Identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the unit or division;
•Analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures to improve the work of the Electoral Assistance Division;
•Designs and develops significant policy and program changes to address evolving needs of Member States in the electoral field;
•Formulates workplans, mid-term plans, budgets of the unit and participates in overall approval related to the programme work, and administrative matters concerning the Division;
•Leads, coordinates and oversees the work of colleagues in the cluster; evaluate staff; participate in recruitment and selection of new staff and in development of training programmes;
•Represents the division/office/mission at round tables, seminars and conferences
•Develops and maintains relations with officials at the highest levels of governments and advise them on electoral issues and policies of mutual concern.
•Leads electoral needs assessment missions (NAMs) to assess government requests for electoral assistance;
•Designs and formulates technical assistance projects in support of electoral management bodies (EMBs) and other stakeholders;
•Manages, coordinates and organizes the conduct of elections as required;
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism
- Show pride in work and in achievements.
- Demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
- Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
- Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
- Show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
- Remain calm in stressful situations.
- Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


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

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


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


Managing Performance:
-Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority
-Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member
-Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills
-Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines
-Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff
-Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative
-Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff
-Appraises performance fairly

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international economics, international relations, law, public administration, or related field. 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in advisory and managerial positions in electoral assistance, political science, international relations, law, development management, conflict resolution or related area. A minimum of seven years of experience in supervising, implementing and advising on electoral processes is required. United Nations electoral experience in a peacekeeping operation, political mission or United Nations Agency or Programme is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN. For this position fluency in English is required. 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.

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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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