Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is found in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO) in the Middle East Division (MED). It reports to the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Team Leader of the Gulf Team under the overall supervision and guidance of the Director and Deputy Director of MED.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Reviews and monitors activities in the Gulf region; assesses trends that might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues in the Gulf region; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations.
- Analyses political and related events within assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice to the ASG Middle East and Asia Pacific and/or USGs DPPA and DPO.
- Prepares reports and briefings to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies, as required; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
- Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment.
- Prepares meeting notes and mission reports; plans and participates in field missions, as required.
- Participates regularly in relevant meetings on Gulf countries, including relevant DPPA, DPO and UN interagency meetings; and participates in MED engagements with Member States and international and regional organizations regarding the situation in the Gulf, as required. Provides up-to-date information and ongoing analyses on Gulf regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
- Maintains contacts with other UN departments, agencies, funds and programmes; UN Country Teams; 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.
- Provides input for assessment of staff to be deployed to important posts in the field (e.g. Resident Coordinators).
- Carries out, in consultation with the Team Leader of the Gulf Team, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in the Gulf region.
- Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, conflict resolution or related area.
- Knowledge of the UN, in particular in the areas of peace and security and conflict resolution, is required.
- Experience in and/or familiarity with the workings of the UN, including with special political missions, is desirable.
- Experience in carrying out political and other relevant analysis as well as drafting analytical papers is desirable.
- Experience working in or on Middle East issues, including Gulf countries, is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
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