POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, Temporary Job Opening [Temporary]
New York City (United States of America)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is in the Team supporting the United Nations resolution 2231 (2015). The team reports to the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch (SCSOB) of the Security Council Affairs Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at Headquarters. Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Security Council Affairs Division, the incumbent reports directly to a Senior Political Affairs Officer. SCSOB provides support to subsidiary bodies established by the Security Council, particularly sanctions committees and groups/panels of experts who assist them in overseeing sanctions regimes.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Reviews and monitors activities on the agenda of the Security Council and related to the maintenance of international peace and security, and assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues
•Analyses political and related events on the agenda of the Security Council with a view to providing early warning advice to ASG/USG or other senior officials.
•Prepares analytical reports and summaries on sensitive matters of concern to the Security Council and other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other
correspondence for senior UN officials.
•Conduct research and advise in support of DPPA's work, in particular, preparations for the Secretary-General's reports as mandated in UN SC resolution 2231 (2015).
•Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on technical issues of assignment.
•Arranges and participates in missions away from Headquarters.
•Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff, Members of the Security Council, and Member States to brief them on the procedures, practices and working methods
of the Council.
•Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters related to the maintenance of international peace and security and makes recommendations on
actions to take.
•Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international and regional organizations, and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
•Performs other related duties as required.
Planning and 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.
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.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, disarmament, arms and arms control, security/military/strategic studies, aerospace engineering or other 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.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, ballistic missile proliferation, nuclear non-proliferation or related area is required.
Research and analytical experience related to ballistic missiles, cruise missiles or uncrewed aerial vehicles, including identification and tracing of components and subcomponents, is desirable.
Experience in preparing reports to intergovernmental bodies or Executive Boards is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Arabic or Farsi is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2021, with possibility of 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.
• This post is approved as part of a Special Political Mission (Resolution SCR 2231) and is funded for a finite period of one year. Appointment or assignment, or the renewal thereof, is subject to the extension of the mandate and the availability of funds.
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.
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