Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Political Affairs Officer, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 18 May 2018 - 01 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-DPA-96385-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 Iraq Team/Middle East and West Asia Division of the Department of Political Affairs. The Middle East and West Asia Division leads efforts for the prevention of conflict, mediation and sustaining peace in the region. It is responsible for the delivery of the Department of Political Affair’s strategic priorities with regard to the countries, as well as regional and sub-regional organizations in the region. The incumbent reports to the Director of Middle West and West Asia Division through the Deputy Director of the Middle East and West Asia Division.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer / Team Leader will be responsible for the following duties:

• Manages, coordinates and supervises research on a variety of peace and security issues related to Iraq as well as on any other issues or geographical area assigned to him/her; formulates policy advice and recommendations; develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy directives and plan of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems in Iraq and the region; identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Department of Political Affairs; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.
• Plans and implements operational activities related to the work of the division/department, with regard to UNAMI, and Iraq; incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the Team.
• Oversees day-to-day substantive and operational backstopping of UNAMI on political, security, operational, logistical, budgetary, and personnel issues; ensures the provision of integrated strategic, political and operational guidance and support accordingly in close coordination with relevant departments, as well as specialised agencies, programmes and funds of the United Nations system; plans, coordinates and manages projects and activities requiring interdepartmental and/or interagency involvement and participation.
• Prepares briefing material for the Secretary-General, Senior Advisers, Under-Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-General and, as required, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq regarding meetings with Government Representatives as well as consultations of the Security Council, the General Assembly or any other relevant bodies; Contribute and/or participate in the implementation of relevant resolutions of these and other legislative bodies.
• Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, queries of parties and manages operations involving several components, including civilian and humanitarian operations.
• Represents the division, the mission or the department at round tables, seminars and conferences.
• Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
• Acts as coordinator for complex coordination and support missions.
• Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the team and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Division; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and unit.
• Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:
Knowledge and understanding of the issues and political situation in Iraq and the region; proven ability for policy analysis and policy formulation with regard to specific international and regional situations. Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters. Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment. 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; ability to work under pressure and remains calm in stressful situations.
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.
BUILDING TRUST:
Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
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 relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field. 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 political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution or related area is required. At least three years of experience in peace and security issues in the Middle East region is required. Experience in backstopping a field operation of an international organization is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another working language of the United Nations is an advantage.

Assessment

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

The United Nations is 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 28 February 2018, 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, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, 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, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, 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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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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No Fee

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