Senior Political Affairs Officer (Temporary Job Opening), P5

UN Department of Political Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Oct-31-2018
  • Posted
    Oct 24

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Asia and Pacific Division (APD) of the Department of Political Affairs at Headquarters in New York. The incumbent reports to the Director of the Division and will serve as the South and Southeast Asia Team Leader.

Responsibilities

•Formulates early-warning and policy options for conflict prevention, peacemaking and post-conflict peace-building to the Secretary-General, the Under-Secretary-General and the Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and other senior officials, based on thorough analysis of political developments in key countries in South and Southeast Asia; develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy directives and plan of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems in South and Southeast Asia; identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the unit; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.
•Provide substantive political support for good offices, mediation and other political initiatives and activities that may be undertaken by the Secretary-General and his respresentatives.; incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit.
•To lead and/or participate in fact-finding missions, good offices missions and leads in the implementation of agreements reached. 
•To design programme and project proposals directly linked to the priorities of the Division and the Department and to facilitate their implementation. 
•Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring interdepartmental and/or interagency involvement and participation. Oversee budgeting and performance requirements of the Team and to lead recruitment and selection processes. 
•Prepares and reviews briefing notes, talking points and other major correspondence for the Secretary-General, Senior Advisers, Under-Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-General.
•Coordinates and directs the provision of support to the Secretary-General, USG and ASG for their participation in high-level events, such as the ASEAN-UN summits.
•Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
•Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of political issues in a region and or country or major conflict
•Represents division at round tables, seminars and conferences.
•Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, queries of parties and manages operations involving several components, including civilian, military and humanitarian operations.
•Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the unit and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Division; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and unit.
•Develops and maintains relations with relevant Permanent Missions, other UN offices, departments, agencies, funds and programmes. Also develop and manage partnership relations with regional and sub-regional organisations, especially ASEAN. 
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of political analysis, conflict prevention and negotiations at the international level and knowledge of the practices and procedures of the United Nations in conflict prevention and resolution. Knowledge and understanding of a broad range of issues related to South and Southeast Asia. Ability to transform vision and strategic direction into result-oriented work programme. 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. 

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.

Leadership: 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 to gain support; anticipates and resolves conflict by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; 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 alll aspects of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Managing performance: delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibility and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. 
Experience in multilateral mediation or negotiations is desirable. 
Experience in providing political support and guidance to UN peacemaking, peacekeeping, or good offices missions is desirable. 
Experience in drafting programme and project proposals is desirable.  
Experience managing fund-raising initiatives is desirable. 
Experience working in the South and Southeast Asian region on peace and security and political issues is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 March 2019. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• 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.

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

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• 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.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• 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.

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.

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