Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 01 February 2018 - 17 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-OSRSG-SVC-90916-R-New York (R)
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 Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict in New York. The OSRSG-SVC was created in 2010 and mandated by Security Council Resolution 1888 (2009) to intensify efforts to end Sexual Violence in Conflict and post-conflict settings. The incumbent reports to the Senior Programme Officer/Team Leader of Programmes.


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, and the overall guidance of the Chief of Office/Senior Policy Advisor in the OSRSG for Sexual Violence in Conflict the Programme Officer will be responsible for:

• Drafting of Secretary-General’s reports, Policy Committee papers and contributions to various reports, Security Council briefings, and submissions to the General Assembly.
• Undertaking the monitoring of daily and weekly situation reports from all peacekeeping and political missions and countries identified by the SRSG as target countries, as well as the reports from Non-Governmental Organizations and other key partners.
• Drafting regular summaries for the SRSG, as well as contributes to speeches of the SRSG.
• Coordinating activities of the different themes in SVC - programmes, communications and budgeting/funding in order to ensure coherence and unity in messaging.
• Assisting in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends; researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Undertaking survey initiatives and designs data collection tools, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies issues and prepares conclusions.
• The Programme Officer will perform other duties as required.


Knowledge of issues related to the political, peace and security work of the Security Council. Knowledge of issues related to protection of civilians, human rights, humanitarian affairs, or political affairs. Knowledge of the UN system, organization and interrelationships; Ability to identify and analyze issues and participate in their resolution. Ability to rapidly conduct data collection using various methods; Ability to analyze, draft and edit written material. Ability to use various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet or other databases. Ability to comprehend and reconcile differing views. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 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 and 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, social science, law, international relations, or related field is required. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in the protection of civilians, human rights, peacekeeping, humanitarian affairs, political affairs, or related areas is required. Experience in addressing or monitoring or reporting on issues related to sexual violence or the protection of civilians in field missions in conflict or post conflict contexts is desirable. Experience in drafting formal reports or talking points is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


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.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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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