Political Affairs Officer, P3

UN Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria
  • Location
    Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Dec-04-2021
  • Posted
    Nov 15

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located within the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria (OSE-Syria) in Damascus. The incumbent will report to the Head of Office.

Responsibilities

  • Reviews and monitors activities and emerging issues in the country assigned, assesses trends which might affect the political situation according to the assigned portfolio and/or applicable mandate; recommends solutions/possible action by the United Nations with a view to providing early warning advice and advancing mandated objectives.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the country and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
  • Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments and provides high-quality written inputs and analysis on pertinent issues to the Head of Office.
  • Prepares and contributes to analytical reports and papers as requested; drafts briefing notes, background and options papers, talking points, speeches, and other correspondence.
  • Maintains contacts with local authorities, UN agencies, INGOs/NGOs, civil society actors, academic and research institutions, and other interlocutors on matters related to the mandate of the Special Envoy as part of broad outreach.
  • Participates in field visits and other missions, as required; supports preparations for official meetings, events and visits; prepares written minutes of meetings/visits and assists with follow-up activities, as appropriate.
  • Contributes to the formulation and implementation of the Office's programme of work.
  • Carries out administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
  • Performs other relevant duties as required.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: 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.
  • 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.

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related fields.
  • A first level university degree in combination with 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 issues, international relations, law, diplomacy, disarmament, security, international development, conflict resolution or related area is required.
  • Experience working on Middle East issues and Syria in particular is desirable.
  • Experience working on mediation, dialogue or facilitation processes is desirable.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and Arabic (both oral and written) is required.

Application instructions

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