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/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:
• Gathers, selects and analyses information regarding the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as well as regional and sub-regional organizations, such as the League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and GCC.
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the countries of the GCC and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
• Monitors and analyzes national and regional level political and other developments with a view to providing advice to the Director and Deputy Director of MED, Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East and Asia Pacific and/or the Under-Secretaries-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations as well as Resident Coordinators and UN agencies on the ground, as appropriate.
• Contributes to the drafting of reports, notes, background papers, talking points, code cables, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials, as required.
• Maintains contacts with other teams within the Middle East Division and other DPPA-DPO divisions; other UN departments, agencies, funds and programmes; other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters, as appropriate.
• Monitors actions taken regarding countries of the GCC by intergovernmental groups, UN entities, governments and non-governmental organizations.
• Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility, as required.
• Support the Gulf Team’s responsibilities, including as a back-up, as required.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solution to political problems in the countries of the GCC. Shows ability to identify and analyze political, social, humanitarian and economic issues 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.
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.
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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Knowledge of work of the United Nations and of the functions, priorities and policies of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations is desirable.
Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
• This position is temporarily available until 31 January 2021. 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.
• 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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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