Senior Political Affairs Officer

UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Sep-06-2017
  • Posted
    Aug 31

Position description

Duration: Through 29 March 2018

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade.A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• 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.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Policy and Best Practices Service of the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division, Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Department of Field Support and the incumbent will report directly to the Chief of Service.

Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Director of the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division (DPET), and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Policy and Best Practices Service(PBPS), the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:- Advises and supports the Chief, PBPS, in defining, directing and producing identified lessons learned and best practices, in-depth analyses of emerging policy and cross-cutting policy and guidance products relating to peacekeeping; - Defines, directs and produces in-depth analyses on emerging policy and guidance questions relating to peacekeeping. This includes analyses of the types of challenges that peacekeeping operations are likely to face in future and the ways in which the Organization should be preparing to meet them;- Supports strategic and operational reviews and planning processes, and represents PBPS in such exercises; - Advises the Chief of PBPS and the Director of DPET in negotiations with Member States regarding, for instance, policy and reform issues, and enhancing the capacity for United Nations Peacekeeping;- Liaises with and represents PBPS and DPET, vis-à-vis, inter alia, Permanent Missions, United Nations legislative bodies, ad hoc groups of Member States, other Departments of the Secretariat, United Nations Programmes and Specialized Agencies, as well as representatives of NGOs, and academic institutions;- Briefs military, diplomatic, academic NGO audiences on the subject of peacekeeping, and participates in conferences/seminars and meetings on issues related to the work of the Department; - Maintains contact with researchers and academics on peace and security issues; - Drafts various documents, such as selected reports of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly and/or to the Security Council, talking points and briefing notes for meetings with Senior Officials;- Prepares, or approves drafts of, statements and speeches for the USG; - Manages the daily administrative affairs of the Section, including supervision of team leaders and front office staff, development of team and section work plans; - Supports the Chief, PBPS, on
recruitment, personnel and budgetary matters and fundraising efforts with donors.

Competencies

Professionalism:- Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the 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 challenges; - Remains clam 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 the 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.
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
improvement; 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; demonstrate knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, public policy, law, history or related area. 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 United Nations or international peacekeeping, conflict prevention and peace and security matters is required. Experience in policy analysis, in identifying good practices and innovative approaches to peace on these issues, is required. Excellent drafting skills and the ability to engage with a diverse range of peacekeeping stakeholders are required. Comprehensive understanding of peacekeeping planning, operational and support issues is desirable. A minimum of one year's experience working in United Nations peace operations is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English 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 competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

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.

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

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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