SENIOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
New York City (United States of America)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs at Headquarters in New York. The incumbent will report directly to the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Formulates strategies related to the implementation of the mandate of the Special Advisers and on the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing or crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes); develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy directives and plan of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems in general and in specific geographical areas; identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the Special Advisers; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.
•Plans and implements the operational activities related to the work of the Office including overseeing the implementation of the mandates of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect, ensuring an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the Office.
•Provides expert advice to the Special Advisers on courses of action to address situations where there is a risk of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing or crimes against humanity; identify emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the Special Advisers; analyse implications and make recommendations to the Special Advisers on possible strategies and preventive measures.
•Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities related to the implementation of the mandate of the Special Advisers, including capacity building, training and technical assistance.
•Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Special Advisers, Secretary-General, and other Senior Advisers as required.
•Leads and directs the Special Adviser’s team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
•Acts as coordinator for complex coordination and supports fact-finding missions of the Special Advisers.
•Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of policy issues related to the mandate of the Special Advisers on the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing or crimes against humanity; oversees preparation of advisory notes to the Secretary-General, as well as analytical reports, briefing notes, talking points, press releases and other materials
•Represents the Special Advisers at round tables, seminars and conferences.
•Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the Office and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Office; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and Office.
•Oversees cooperation with Member States; international, regional and sub-regional organizations and civil society in order to advance the mandates of the Special Advisers and define areas for political and operational partnerships.
•Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
•Performs other related duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters. Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment. Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in operations in both the field and UN common system. 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.
• 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.
• CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
• BUILDING TRUST: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
• JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, human rights, international relations, international economics, 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 Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, human rights, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience in providing policy advice to senior officials or managers is required.
Experience supervising and managing staff is required.
Experience in undertaking research, analysis and investigations and developing policy on areas related to the prevention of atrocity crimes is required.
Experience working with the United Nations or another similar international multi-lateral organisation is required.
Experience working in the field is desirable.
English and French are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
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.
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.
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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.
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