POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
New York City (United States of America)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR) of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). Under the general supervision of the DPR Director, the incumbent reports to the Team Leader.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Gathers, selects and analyses information related to the Question of Palestine 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 Question of Palestine.
• Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
• Drafts mandated publications issued under the guidance of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and other relevant documentation and materials.
• Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of the mandate of the division.
• 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.
• Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to the Question of Palestine.
• Manages, maintains and updates the UN Information System on the Question of Palestine.
• Manages, maintains and updates social media accounts of the Palestinian Rights Committee.
• Contributes to the capacity building program for staff of the Palestinian Government.
• Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
• Participates in provision of secretariat services to the Committee and its Bureau, including meetings at and away from Headquarters.
• Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries under the Organization's purview.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems related to the Question of Palestine. 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.
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.
Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, public information, law, disarmament, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience working on the issues of Palestine and the Middle East is required.
Experience managing social media accounts in the context of intergovernmental organizations is desirable.
Experience managing databases and websites is desirable.
Experience in graphic design and/or audio-visual production is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations languages is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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.
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