Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Office of Operations (OO), Africa Division 1 (ADI), Sudan Integrated Operations Team (IOT) in New York. The incumbent will report to the Sudan IOT Team Leader.
DPKO provides political and executive direction to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peacekeeping operations. DPKO also provides guidance and support on military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other UN political and peace-building missions. (https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/department-of-peacekeeping-operations).
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Monitors operational developments in that portion of the peace-keeping operation of assignment particularly Sudan, reviewing available information in situation reports, cables, correspondence, media, etc. Identifies matters for follow-up and the need for action, ensuring consultation and input of the several parties involved. Ensures coordinated and timely response to issues raised in the field, and monitors/follows-up on outstanding matters.
• Responds to requests for information (verbal and written) from a range of sources with respect to operational issues, collecting advice and input from units of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as well as various Secretariat offices and UN agencies. Maintains overview of operation and responds to internal requests for synopsis and information.
• Drafts response to comments, statements, and queries of parties, contributors, members of Security Council, mission officials, etc. with respect to some aspects of peace-keeping operations, determines nature and facts of matters through consultations with affected parties. Initiates contacts to clarify situations.
• Drafts various documents, such as cyclical reports to the Security Council, talking points and briefing notes for meetings of senior officials with parties, contributors, missions. Reviews draft press releases, journal articles, publications, and drafts reports prepared by others to ensure accurate and reflective content.
• Maintain an overview of the political and operational conditions in the immediate area, country, and region in general and estimate the implications for peace-keeping operations of changes in the status. Follows relevant meetings of the Security Council and General Assembly to identify issues or political questions of concern.
• Performs other related duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: 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.
• 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting at the international level is required. Experience working in Africa is desirable. Experience working in a field operation in an international organization, non-governmental organization, or peacekeeping operation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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.
This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.
Applicants from troop- and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.
The United Nations 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.
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