Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Office for of Disarmament Affairs (ODA). ODA provides substantive and organizational support for norm-setting in the area of disarmament through the work of the General Assembly and its First Committee, the Disarmament Commission, the Conference on Disarmament and other bodies. It also provides objective, impartial and up-to date information on multilateral disarmament issues and activities to Member States, States parties to multilateral agreements, intergovernmental organizations and institutions, departments and agencies of the United Nations system, research and educational institutions, civil society, especially non-governmental organizations, the media and the general public. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Information and Outreach Branch.
For more information, please refer to https://www.un.org/disarmament/
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Reviews and monitors activities in in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation;
•assesses current status of processes, treaties and other instruments (political and legal) as well as trends which might affect geo-political conditions.
•Makes recommendations on positions to be taken by senior United Nations officials. Analyses political and related events within assigned area with a view to advice to the High Representative.
•Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high-profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
•With a focus on strategic communications and public relations, acts as Media Focal Point for the Office. This entails reactive and proactive engagement with the press, liaison with the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General and outreach to the public. Serves as focal point for strategic communications using social media.
•Participates in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services required by the General Assembly and to other committees and bodies related to its work.
•Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment. Establishes and maintains wide-raging networks and partnerships for disarmament.
•Meets regularly with diplomats, academics, members of the media, student groups, and members of civil society, among others to discuss current disarmament issues and to plan projects and other activities.
•Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
•Serves as the Secretary to the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, and in that capacity acts as a penholder supporting the work of the Board in the drafting of relevant reports of the Board to the General Assembly.
•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.
•Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
•Carries out, in consultation with the Chief of the Branch, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
•Drafts plans for start-up of operations and participates in the activities of implementation.
•Performs other related duties as required
Professionalism: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems concerning international security. Shows ability to collaborate with multiple partners including across the UN system, international and regional organizations and non-governmental organizations. Able to examine connections concerning international peace and security and political, social, economic and humanitarian drivers of conflict. 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.
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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Managing Performance: Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback to staff. Supports creativity and initiative. Supports development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in peace and security, political affairs, political science, international relations, law, disarmament, international development, conflict resolution or a related area. Experience in working on issues related to peace and security, disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation, or areas of development cooperation or humanitarian affairs that closely touch on these fields, is required. Experience working with the media and producing public relations and outreach products is desirable. Experience writing UN reports and publications, such as reports of the Secretary-General and other related publications, is desirable. Experience managing teams is desirable. Multi-disciplinary experience and field experience 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 another official UN language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
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.
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.
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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