Posting Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
Duty Station: RAMALLAH
Posting Period: 04 April 2023 – 20 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-UNSCO-206189-J-Ramallah (M)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Regional Affairs Unit of the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) in Ramallah and will report to the Chief Regional Affairs Unit (CRAU).
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Political Analysis and Advice – Identify, analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in Palestine, including as they relate to internal Palestinian political dynamics and to advancing the Middle East Peace Process. – Assess implications and make recommendations to senior management on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives. Reporting and Information Management – Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to, weekly political reports, briefing notes, options papers, code cables and input for the monthly briefing of the Special Coordinator to the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East. – Prepare contextual information materials, such as background notes, political profiles and databases of relevance to the assigned portfolio; Manage information to ensure its accessibility and utility. Planning, Coordination and Facilitation – Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Palestinian Government representatives and other political actors, the diplomatic community, civil society actors, military and law enforcement actors, academic and research institutions, and other national and international partners and UN Common System colleagues and counterparts for information-sharing, policy and coordination matters. – Support the activities of the Regional Affairs Unit in line with the Special Coordinator’s strategic vision and guidance with regard to support for the Middle East Peace Process and other elements of the UNSCO mandate; assist in the coordination of international assistance thereto. – Propose, support and engage in political outreach activities; Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits, including by drafting talking points, speeches and background papers for senior UN officials; Participate in fact-finding and other missions; Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and assist with follow-up activities, as appropriate. Management/Administration – Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the unit’s programme of work. – Perform other related duties as required.
CompetenciesProfessionalism: 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. 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. 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.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, social sciences, 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 ExperienceA minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required. At least two-years’ experience working in a common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Five years experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is desirable Three years experience working on political issues in or on the Middle East is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an interview.
- This position is temporarily available until 17 April 2024 with a possiblity of a short-term 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.
- 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. 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. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 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 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. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
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