Political Affairs Officer, P3

UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Nov-13-2019
  • Posted
    Oct 03

Position description

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Gathers, selects and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the countries and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
  • Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
  • Monitors national and district level political developments and provides advice to mission.
  • 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 computerized databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned countries or region.
  • Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
  • Participates in provision of secretariat services to Security Council, subsidiary organizations, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, and /or special missions.
  • Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
  • Attends and speaks at seminars and other academic fora related to assigned area.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Identifies problems, i.e., political, ethnic, racial, social, economic, etc., causing unrest in a country or geographic area; good analytical, research and negotiating skills. 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.
  • 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.

Education

  • Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years progressively resonsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution ore related area is required.
  • Field experience in Peacekeeping operations is desirable.

Languages

  • 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 an advantage.

Application instructions

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