Senior Political Affairs Officer, P5

UN Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jan-14-2022
  • Posted
    Dec 29

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is found within the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at Headquarters. Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Security Council Affairs Division, the incumbent reports directly to the Chief of the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch.

The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) focuses primarily on five action areas in international peace and security, ensuring sound analysis and early warning, preventing conflict and engaging in peacemaking, managing political crises and violent conflicts, sustaining peace, and enhancing partnerships. The Department's mandate is to prevent and resolve conflict through inclusive political solutions.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Formulates political affairs strategies; develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy directives and plan of action for immediate and long range solutions to political problems in general and specifically those that relate to the Security Council; identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the unit; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures;
  • Plans and implements the operational activities related to the work of the division/department, i.e., providing substantive support to the Security Council where appropriate; incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit;
  • Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring interdepartmental and/or interagency involvement and participation;
  • Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary-General, Senior Advisers, Under-Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-General;
  • Supervises the drafting of Secretary-General’s reports to the Security Council;
  • Coordinates and directs the provision of secretariat services for the Security Council, special conferences and summits;
  • Provides continuous guidance and advice to the Presidents and Chairs as well as other elected offices of intergovernmental bodies concerning the organization of work, status of negotiations, conduct of business including interpretation of the rules of procedure;
  • Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs;
  • Acts as coordinator for complex coordination and support missions;
  • Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of political issues on the agenda of the Security Council;
  • Represents division/office/mission at round tables, seminars and conferences;
  • Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, queries of parties and manages operations involving several components, including civilian, military and humanitarian operations;
  • Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the unit and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Section/Division or mission; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and unit;
  • Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, including the United Nations, the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies. Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment. Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in operations in both the field and UN common system. 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;
  • 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;
  • Building trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion. Manages in a deliberate and predictable way. Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda. Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients. Gives proper credit to others. Follows through on agreed upon actions. Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately;
  • Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

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

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required;
  • Experience in the provision of substantive support to the Security Council or its subsidiary organs is required;
  • Experience in preparing reports to intergovernmental bodies or Executive Boards is desirable;
  • Experience in facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder processes is desirable;
  • Experience in dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue and its consideration by the Security Council is desirable.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official languages is desirable.

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