Political Affairs Officer, P3

UN Department of Political Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    May-18-2018
  • Posted
    Apr 04

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch (SCSOB), Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD), Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in New York. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch (SCSOB) of the Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD), 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. The incumbent will provide substantive and administrative support to the Sanctions Committee established pursuant to resolution 1970 (2011) concerning Libya and its Panel of Experts.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

- Reviews and monitors activities on the agendas of the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies 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 such as sanctions, refugees, drug control and natural resources. 

- Analyses political and related events on the agenda of the Security Council with a view to providing early warning advice to the ASG/USG or other senior officials.

- Prepares analytical reports and summaries on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials. 

- Participates in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services required by the Security Council, including sanctions committees and other subsidiary bodies related to its work. 

- Monitors national and regional level political developments that could become a threat to international peace and security.  

- Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the Security Council. 

- Arranges and participates in missions of the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies away from Headquarters. 

- Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff, Members of the Security Council and Panels of Experts to brief them on the procedures, practices and working methods of the Council and its subsidiary organs.

- 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 organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.

- Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: 
Knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of the Security Council. Ability to organize and summarize information required for the preparation of relevant documentation for the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies. Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in Political Science, International Relations, International Economics, Law, Public Administration or a related field. A first level university degree with a combination of two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience providing substantive support to intergovernmental bodies is desirable. Experience in the provision of substantive support to the Security Council or its subsidiary organs is desirable. Experience in political analysis related to North Africa or the Middle-East is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This post is approved as part of a Special Political Mission (Panel of Experts on Libya) 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.

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.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

Application instructions

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