Job Opening

Posting Title: Special Assistant, Office of the Senior Adviser on Policy, P5
Job Code Title: SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Executive Office of the Secretary-General
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 06 December 2017 - 27 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-EOSG-89522-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG). The Special Assistant reports directly to the Senior Adviser on Policy.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority and with a focus on current thematic priorities of the Secretary-General as advised by the Senior Adviser, the Special Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

• Advises the Senior Adviser on a broad array of programme and policy issues;
• Prepares policy notes and strategic proposals for the Senior Adviser's consideration;
• Collects and analyzes relevant information available within and outside the UN system;
• Consults with substantive UN departments, agencies, funds and programs as well as Government representatives, civil society actors, academic and research institutions and other partners to share information and identify policy initiatives;
• Supports the Senior Adviser in convening system-wide consultations and cooperation in emerging policy issues of relevance to the UN system;
• Ensures effective preparations, support for and follow-up to meetings of the Senior Adviser with representatives of Member States, senior officials of the UN system, and civil society, and other actors;
• Assists the Senior Adviser in coordinating, as appropriate, substantive preparations for relevant discussions in intergovernmental bodies and expert bodies and other major activities;
• Manages, guides, develops and trains junior staff; fosters teamwork, an enabling environment for gender equality and open communication among staff supporting the Senior Adviser and across organizational boundaries.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge of planning, political, human rights and humanitarian issues as well as understanding of UN role and UN interventions in the area of peace and security, development, human rights and humanitarian affairs. Proven ability to produce reports and papers on any of those substantive issues and strong ability to coordinate, review and edit the work of others. 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.

• 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 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 th e 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 degree) in political science, international affairs or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in international affairs with a minimum of five years of experience in peace and security, humanitarian or human rights affairs or related field is required. Experience supervising a multicultural team is required. Experience working directly with the UN system and the UN intergovernmental mechanisms is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

In keeping with the Secretary-General's emphasis on mobility, candidates who have served with Offices Away from Headquarters, Regional Economic Commissions, Field Operations or Agencies, Funds and Programmes are encouraged to apply.

Secretariat staff members selected for a position in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) will retain their current contractual status and they will not retain their right of return to their current post. Those with current appointments limited to a specific Department, Office or Mission and will be given similar appointments limited to service in the EOSG. Likewise, external candidates who are selected will be given appointments limited to service in the EOSG. Staff members are reminded of the provisions contained in ST/SGB/2016/8 ("Placement of staff members serving in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General"), and if covered within the scope of that bulletin, may be placed laterally to any vacant position in any organizational unit or duty station.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 September 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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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