POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
New York City (United States of America)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch (PCSB) of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in the Department Of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at Headquarters in New York. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the PBC Support Branch. The PCSB works in support of the Peacebuilding Commission, in accordance with the mandate and vision contained in the 2005 resolution establishing the PBC and PBSO and the April 2016 twin resolutions on the review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority of the Chief of the PBC Support Branch, the incumbent:
• Provides technical and substantive support to the implementation of mandates of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in the formulation of peacebuilding strategies and their dissemination;
• Drafts analytical and background papers, and prepares draft inputs to PBC and Secretary-General reports to the General Assembly and Security Council; and assists indrafting talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials;
•Monitors activities in the country assigned, researches and analyses information from different sources, including the press, and assesses trends which might affect the political, regional or peacebuilding situation;
• Contributes to the mapping and analysing of existing national and international strategies and frameworks related to peacebuilding in the country assigned, with a view to strengthening coordination of relevant peacebuilding actors;
•Provides assistance in organising PBC meetings; supports the organisation of Chairs' visits and PBC annual visits to the country assigned;
• Assists the Branch in providing timely quality support and policy advice to the respective United Nations mission, senior officials and staff in the field, and supports the organisation of meetings with other relevant interlocutors;
• Liaises with relevant UN departments and offices, relevant international and regional organisations, including financial institutions, and governments and provides briefings and other necessary preparatory work for the Commission meetings with those actors;
• Participates, as required, in the relevant inter-departmental taskforces on country
• Performs other related duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to analyse and identify peacebuilding challenges and offer proposals for addressing such challenges in the countries on the agenda of PBC; Ability to integrate knowledge of country contexts with broader policy and operational objectives; Understanding of the inter-agency processes relating to peacebuilding; Ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; Ability to negotiate and seek and reach agreement in inter-agency processes; Ability to improve processes and procedures relating to PBC engagement with countries on its agenda; and Ability to manage a team and team members.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.
• 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international law, political/development economics, public administration or related fields. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science,international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience working for an international multi-lateral organisation on issues related to peace-building or conflict resolution is desirable.
Experience in intergovernmental processes is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of another official United Nations language 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.
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.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 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, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 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.
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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