Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate and work of the office derives from General Assembly resolution 51/77 and subsequent General Assembly resolutions, as well as successive Security Council resolutions on children and armed conflict. This position is located in the Brussels liaison office of the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. The incumbent reports to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC) through the Special Assistant of the SRSG-CAAC.
Under the joint supervision of the CAO and the Special Advisor to the SRSG-CAAC, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Establishes and maintains working relationships with Member States, UN offices, European Union institutions, NGOs based in Brussels and Geneva and other partners such as NATO, in order to mainstream CAAC concerns into the work of those entities or organizations.
• Reviews and monitors the implementation of recommendations related to CAAC from inter-governmental bodies based in Brussels and Geneva and ensures regular update of the OSRSG CAAC.
• Analyses and disseminates information on the situation of children and armed conflict received from the UNHQ-based office in a timely and strategic manner to entities based in Brussels and Geneva.
• Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high-profile matters related to CAAC issues to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
• Participates in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services required by the Security Council and to other committees and bodies related to its work.
• Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues regarding CAAC taking place in Brussels and Geneva.
• Provides up-to-date information to the OSRSG-CAAC at UNHQ in New York regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
• Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments in Brussels and Geneva on coordination and policy matters, briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
• Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to CAAC issues.
• Carries out, in consultation with the Chief of the Section, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget of the Brussels liaison office.
• Drafts plans for the growth of operations of the Brussels liaison office and participates in the activities of implementation.
• Develops and maintains key strategic partnerships with donors including leading and developing, fundraising and outreach.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism – Knowledge of human rights monitoring, analysis and reporting and familiarity with child protection issues in conflict or post-conflict settings. Knowledge of the working modalities of the institutions of the European Union, as well as of the General Assembly, Security Council and Human Rights Council. Knowledge of peacekeeping, conflict and post-conflict contexts. Highly developed communication skills in particular, strong written and oral presentation skills. Ability to engage constructively and proactively while using tact and discretion with a diverse range of UN, NGO, governmental and non-state actors and to present sensitive issues and positions. 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.
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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related field is required. A first-level degree in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree .
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, diplomacy, law, disarmament, security, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience in working with the European Union, General Assembly, Security Council and/or Human Rights Council with reference to child protection concerns or human rights monitoring in conflict or post-conflict settings is required.
Experience in drafting reports and speeches is required.
Experience in raising the profile of child protection or human rights issues with intergovernmental agencies is desirable.
Experience in supporting intergovernmental processes related to child protection is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French is required. Knowledge of Spanish or Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
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.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
This position is temporarily available immediately for a period of 364 days unless you wish it to be shorter. 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 and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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