Org. Setting and Reporting
This post located in the Office for of Disarmament Affairs (ODA). The position reports to the Chief of the Information and Outreach Branch (IOB). IOB is responsible for promoting, in coordination with other branches of the Office for Disarmament Affairs, public understanding, awareness and support of United Nations efforts in disarmament and non-proliferation by implementing a multifaceted information, education and outreach programme.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Acts as the editor in chief of the Disarmament Yearbook;
- Acts as the principal point of contact for civil society stakeholders dealing with disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control issues;
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to disarmament issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the mandates for which the staff member is responsible;
- Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of disarmament and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues;
- Monitors national and regional level developments and provides advice to senior officials and colleagues;
- Gathers, selects and analyses relevant information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press;
- Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the office, branch or unit;
- Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters;
- Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations;
- Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to disarmament, disarmament education, and related substantive areas;
- Participates in the provision of secretariat services to the General Assembly, subsidiary organizations, negotiating bodies, conferences, and meetings;
- Prepares meetings of the USG with officials from countries under the Organization's purview.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of disarmament related issues. Ability to identify and analyze political and technological developments related to the disarmament and non-proliferation. 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;
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, communications, social science or other related areas. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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 is required. Experience in writing for and editing materials for publication is required. Experience working closely with non-governmental organisations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
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