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CHIEF OF SERVICE, POLITICAL AFFAIRS (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary]

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UN DPPA-DPO - United Nations Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Political Affairs
    • Social Affairs
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-17

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in Asia and the Pacific Division (APD) in the shared regional structure of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO) in New York. The Chief of Service/Deputy Director reports to the Director of the Director of the Division on matters related to the Asia and the Pacific region (not including Afghanistan).


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Service/Deputy Director will be responsible for the following:

• Under the guidance of the Director, directs and manages the work of the teams under his/her supervision.

• Oversees the management of activities undertaken by Division, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and the Departments, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies, as appropriate.

• Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the work units under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the Division and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system; provides substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.

• Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, the Committee for Programme Coordination, and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.

• Ensures that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.

• Follows political, security and other developments in the countries of the region in order to provide early warning of tensions and potential conflicts, in support of the Secretary-General's responsibilities in the maintenance of international peace and security.

• Provides senior assistance, analysis, advice and recommendations for possible action to the Director, and through him/her to the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, and to the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and to the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations in the fields of preventive diplomacy and peacemaking, and peacekeeping, with particular reference to political and security developments in Asia and the Pacific region and relevant regional and subregional organizations.

• Provides experienced counsel and support to Special Representatives, Heads of Mission, Coordinators or Envoys of the Secretary-General. Maintains regular contacts with field missions (both peacekeeping and special political missions) and engages in regular monitoring and support to those missions. Maintains regular contacts with UN presences in non-mission settings, including regional offices, UN Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams.

• Maintains regular contacts and provides counsel and support to DPPA-DPO liaison presences in Asia and the Pacific region.

• Assists the Director in preparing the work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.

• Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates.

• Oversees the recruitment of staff for the Division, taking due account of geographical balance and gender balance and other institutional values.

• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.

• Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries.

• Chairs meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.

• Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on developments in Asia and the Pacific region and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

• Represents the Division at international, regional, national, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences.

• Coordinates and maintains regular contacts with Member States, other relevant Departments and Offices of the UN Secretariat, and UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes on issues under the purview of the Division. Leads relevant inter-agency task forces and working groups.

• Performs other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.


•Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas
being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on relevant issues and to review and
edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work
situations. 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.

•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

•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to
translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives;
establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and
gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions;
drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to
take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender
perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in

•Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links
between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; generates and communicates
broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction;
conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in international relations, political science, international law, comparative politics, or public administration or related area. 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in international political
issues is required.
Experience working on political issues as well as regional cooperation covering Asia and the Pacific region is required.
Experience in preventive diplomacy and peacemaking, or peacekeeping is required
Management experience at a senior level is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. Knowledge of languages of the Asia Pacific region is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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