Posting Title: Political Affairs Officer (TJO), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Duty Station: ISTANBUL
Posting Period: 08 March 2023 – 21 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-OCHA-203604-J-Istanbul (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThe position is located in the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC), which was established as part of the Initiative on the Safe Transportation of Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian ports (the “Black Sea Grain Initiative” or BSGI), signed by the Russian Federation, Türkiye, Ukraine on 22 July 2022, to facilitate safe navigation for the export of grain and related foodstuffs and fertilizers from designated Ukrainian ports. The United Nations signed the BSGI as a witness, and the Parties request the assistance of the Secretary-General in its implementation, in furtherance of the humanitarian mission of the United Nations and subject to its authorities and mandates. The unique nature of the assistance requested by the Parties requires mobilization of specialized capacities and expertise to be drawn from across the Organization, and OCHA has been asked to facilitate the recruitment and administration of human resources in this regard, across a range of UN job families, including Humanitarian Affairs, Political Affairs, Public Information, Information Management and Administration. This temporary job opening is being published for the position of Political Affairs Officer, based in Istanbul, Türkiye. Under the overall supervision of the Deputy UN Coordinator, the incumbent reports to the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Head of JCC Secretariat.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Participates in provision of secretariat services to the parties to the Black Sea Grain Initiative (BSGI) during meetings in the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC).
- Working as a member of the JCC Secretariat, supports engagement with and between the parties to the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
- Gathers, selects and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the implementation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
- Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments relating to the implementation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the Black Sea Grain Initiative Support Office and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
- Monitors relevant political developments and provides advice to the UN Coordinator for the BSGI and other members of the BSGI Support Office.
- Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
- Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters.
- Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations relating to implementation of the BSGI.
- Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to meetings in the JCC and implementation of the BSGI.
- Performs other related duties as required.
CompetenciesPROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. 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. 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 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.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work ExperienceA minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. At least two (2) years of relevant field experience within the United Nations Common System and/or other comparable international organization is required. Experience of working in politically complex settings is required. Experience of the provision of secretariat services in support of Member State engagement is desirable. Experience in the region is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Russian is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
AssessmentThe evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThe temporary appointment/assignment is for a duration of six (6) months, with the possibility of extension. The selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. 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. Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation. Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost- effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. 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. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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