Chief Of Unit, Political Affairs, D1

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Apr-10-2019
  • Posted
    Feb 26

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the Office for Disarmament Affairs, New York. The Chief of Unit on a Middle East zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction (MENWMDFZ) reports to the Director. The Unit is responsible for facilitating the elaboration of a legally binding treaty establishing a Middle East zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, on the basis of arrangements freely arrived at by the States of the region.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority the Chief of the MENWMDFZ Unit formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Unit under his/her supervision. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Unit, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Unit and Office, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.

  • Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Division under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by staff under the Unit; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others;
  • Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate;
  • Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports;
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Unit maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates;
  • Assists the Director in preparing the work programme of the Unit, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;
  • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting;
  • Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance;
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision;
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit and across organizational boundaries;
  • Acts as Secretary to the annual Conference elaborating a legally binding treaty establishing a Middle East zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. Also leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such relevant meetings or subsidiary body meetings and seminars;
  • Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions;
  • Represents the Office at international, regional or national meetings;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and specifically an in depth understanding of and ability to analyse the political and security situations in the Middle East. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. 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 gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; 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 all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in international affairs, law, political science or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in political or security issues and/or disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control is required. More than five years’ experience in facilitation and conducting of inter-governmental negotiating processes is also required. Experience in the UN system, or a comparable international organization, and in the management and servicing of international conferences, is highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Application instructions

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