POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
New York City
- Organization: UN - United Nations
- Location: New York City
- Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
- Social Affairs
- International Relations
- Political Affairs
- Closing Date: Closed
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in Central and Southern Africa Division of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO) in the Central and Southern Africa Division (CSAD), Democratic Republic of the Congo Integrated Operational Team (DRC-IOT). The incumbent reports to the Senior Political Affairs Officer and works under general supervision of the Deputy Director of DRC-IOT.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Participate in the daily management, within the Delegation of Authority, of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
• Closely monitor the peace process and maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues of peace and security in the assigned country/ region, including as they affect the peacekeeping operation, provide early warning of potential trouble spots.
• Monitor and analyze developments in the peacekeeping operation and related countries/ region of concern, including relations between the parties, contributors, governments, and regional organizations, including by maintaining close and regular contacts with the peacekeeping mission, reviewing situation reports, cables, correspondence, media, etc., with a view to providing timely and relevant analytical and strategic forward-looking assessment and recommendations to senior management; identify and respond to changes, problems and incidents; ensure consultation and input from the parties involved; and prepare timely responses to issues and questions raised in the field, as well as monitor and follow-up on outstanding issues.
• Formulate recommendations for integrated strategic guidance to the peacekeeping operation for the implementation of its mandate.
• Draft a wide range of documents, in particular reports of the Secretary-General, briefing notes to the Security Council and other correspondence with the Security Council, its Sanctions Committees, and other relevant bodies; prepare analytical notes, talking points, speeches and briefing notes for meetings of senior UN officials and policy papers; and draft responses to comments, statements, and queries of concerned stakeholders as well as interested Member States, in particular members of the Security Council, troop and police contributing countries, and regional organizations, etc., ensuring input of and consultations with relevant stakeholders in DPPA-DPO, the wider Secretariat and United Nations Agencies.
• Build and maintain liaison through informal and formal contacts with a wide range of actors within the Department, wider Secretariat offices and UN Agencies as well as the parties to the conflict, members of the Security Council, other relevant Member States, troop and police contributing countries, regional organizations and others.
• Maintain effective working relationships and consultation with appropriate counterparts in other divisions of DPO, other Departments of the UN Secretariat and UN Agencies, regional organization, NGOs, academia, and media, as appropriate, with a view to coordinating support to the peacekeeping operation, including by integrating different aspects related to the Mission.
• Coordinate the substantive results-based budgeting process for the preparation of annual budget documents and performance reports of the peacekeeping operation and provide relevant briefing to legislative bodies, as required.
• Contribute to the development of doctrine, lessons learned and knowledge management for the Departments of Peacebuilding and Political Affairs and Peace Operations and advise on operational mechanisms and models to achieve Departmental goals.
• Participate in activities to implement operations, devise guidelines, terms of reference and concepts of accessibility operations, ensure input from participants and integrate different aspects (e.g., security, administrative and legal), and coordinate implementation.
• Participate in fact-finding, planning and other missions to countries or operations within assigned area of responsibility and draft reports thereon.
• Perform other functional related duties as required, including backstopping of other operations managed by the Division.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.
• 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.
• TEAMWORK: 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.
• 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Previous experience in supporting a UN Peacekeeping or Special Political Mission is required.
Experience in political analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Experience in issues related to the Great Lakes region/ DRC is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
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.
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.
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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