Political Affairs Officer, P-3

UN Office of Counter-Terrorism
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Jan-13-2021
  • Posted
    Dec 30

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the Policy Knowledge Management and Coordination Branch of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism of the Secretariat, both at Headquarters. The Political Affairs Officers will report to the Chief of the Section, as well as the Director of the Branch. These positions will focus on providing coordination support to the United Nations interagency process on preventing and countering terrorism, including work related to the countering and preventing of violent extremism conducive to terrorism.

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 and emerging peace and security trends, in particular related to counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism when conducive to terrorism.
  • 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 regional level political developments and provides advice to field mission/United Nations (UN) agencies active on the ground.
  • 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 computerised 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, General Assembly, subsidiary organizations, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, and /or special missions.
  • Prepares meetings of the Secretary-General/Deputy Secretary-General/Under Secretary-General with officials from countries under the Organization's purview.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism – Knowledge of cross-cutting peace and security issues, especially policy matters related to counter-terrorism and political analysis. In-depth knowledge of the United Nations (UN) system and its work on counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism, as and when conducive to terrorism, and shows ability to coordinate the UN on such issues. Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Education

  • 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 two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area required.
  • Experience working on counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism issues is required.
  • Experience in inter-agency coordination work within the United Nations is desirable.
  • Experience drafting reports is desirable.
  • Experience with project management is desirable.

Languages

  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

 

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