Senior Political Affairs Officer
New York City
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General (OUSG) of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The incumbent heads the Integrated Assessment and Planning Unit (IAPU) and reports to the Chief of Office (Principal Political Affairs Officer) DPO/OUSG
The Integrated Assessment and Planning Unit (IAPU), provides strategic, policy, operational and technical advice and mission-specific analysis and assessment of planning and integration processes, and develops policy, guidance and training on issues related to planning and integration.
The Office of the USG DPO is in charge of the overall policy direction, supervision and management of the Department.
The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) serves as an integrated "centre of excellence" for United Nations Peace operations, responsible for preventing, responding to and managing conflict and sustaining peace in the context of mandates in countries where peace operations under its purview are deployed. This includes facilitating and implementing political agreements, providing integrated strategic, political, operational and management advice, direction and support to peace operations; developing political, security and integrated strategies, leading integrated analysis and planning of peace operations and backstopping those operations.
Accountable to the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, the incumbent directs and manages her/his team and is responsible for the following duties:
• Develops the priorities and direction for the work of the IAPU, under the supervision of the Chief of Office, OUSG.
• Prepares analyses and assessments of planning and integration processes at Headquarters and in field missions under the purview of the Department of Peace Operations.
• Identifies emerging issues pertaining to planning and integration policy.
• Develops recommendations on possible planning and integration strategies and measures and provides advice and policy recommendations on planning and integration processes.
• Coordinates activities related to planning and integration policy with other units within DPO, in field missions under the purview of DPO, and with other United Nations entities.
• Incorporates 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 IAPU.
• Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary-General and Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations.
• Advises on and participates in the planning for the establishment and transition of operations and develops guidelines for operational plans.
• Plans and allocates work assignments of the IAPU, under the supervision of the Chief of Office, OUSG.
• Coaches, mentors and evaluates staff.
• Participates in the recruitment and selection of new staff within the IAPU and in the development of training programs.
• Represents the IAPU at round tables, seminars and conferences.
• Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, queries of Member States and supports the management of operations involving several components, including civilian, military and police
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 staffing.
• 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) degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disamament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Field experience in peacekeeping or in other post conflict settings is highly desirable.
Experience in planning for multidimensional operations is highly desirable.
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. 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.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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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