Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 April 2023 – 24 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-DPPA-DPO-SS-197390-J-New York (X)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the regional political-operational structure of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, Europe and Central Asia Division. Working under supervision of the Team leader, the incumbent will report to the Director and Deputy Director of the Division.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Conducts research and analysis on peace and security issues related to the South Caucasus.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the South Caucasus and the wider region.
- Supports the activities of the United Nations Representative to the Geneva International Discussions through the provision of technical and substantive backup assistance
- Monitors national and regional political developments and provides advice to the Director and Deputy Director.
- Drafts reports, meeting notes, code cables, briefing notes, talking points for senior UN officials, internal memoranda, and other communications on issues under his/her purview.
- Participates in provision of secretariat services to Security Council, General Assembly, subsidiary organizations, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, and /or special missions.
- Represents the team at round tables, seminars and conferences.
- Monitors actions taken with regard to the South Caucasus by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations and maintains contacts with them.
- Performs other duties as required
CompetenciesProfessionalism: Ability to research and analyze matters related to international affairs especially in the South Caucasus; ability to provide substantive back-stopping to Special Political Missions; demonstrates political knowledge of the South Caucasus and the wider region; shows pride in work and in achievements; speaks and writes clearly and effectively; 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 & 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 law or other related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work ExperienceA minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related areas is required. Experience working on countries or regional issues under the responsibility of the Division is required. Experience in policy analysis and report writing is required. Experience in project development and management is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Russian is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
- This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2023 with possibility of extension. 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.
- Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
- This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
- 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.
- Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
- 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.
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