Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Gathers, selects and analyses information on emerging and cross-cutting disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control issues contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to issues assigned to the Science, Technology and International Security Unit, in general, and in particular as they affect 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 the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, senior officials and colleagues.
- 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.
- Participates in provision of substantive secretariat services to subsidiary organizations, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, and /or special missions.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify and analyze cross-cutting and emerging disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control issues. 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 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area, is required.
- Familiarity with developments related to emerging weapon technologies in the context of international security is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required.
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