Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the International Meetings & NGO Liaison Team of the Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at Headquarters in New York. The incumbent reports to the Team Leader under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division.
The Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR) of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) in the United Nations Secretariat serves as the Secretariat of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP).
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the substantive and organizational planning and organization of international meetings, conferences and activities organized under the auspices of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. S/he will also be responsible for maintaining contacts with civil society, including the network of civil society organizations (CSOs) accredited to the Committee and for developing contacts with new organizations and individual experts.
With delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of developments relating to the question of Palestine, in particular as they relate to the specific tasks for which the staff member is responsible;
- Provisions information and responds to queries;
- Participates in the planning, organization and substantive servicing of international meetings, conferences and activities;
- Liaises with experts invited to international events organized by the Committee on substantive and logistical arrangements of their participation in the events and activities;
- Liaises with representatives of Member States and Observers, UN system entities, intergovernmental and civil society organizations, parliamentarians, academia and the media on all matters relating to the holding of meetings, conferences and activities;
- Assists in coordinating all administrative arrangements for the holding of activities and events at Headquarters and abroad in cooperation with the Executive Office and respective Departments;
- Briefs and advises the Team Leader and the Director on all aspects of the planning and organization of activities and events at Headquarters and abroad;
- Prepares working papers, notes and conference room papers for the Chair and Bureau of the Committee;
- Drafts statements for the Chairman, Rapporteur and other Committee officials in connection with international meetings, conferences and activities of the Committee, and consultations with civil society organizations;
- Prepares final reports of international meetings and conferences;
- Liaises with CSOs worldwide, including those which are accredited to the Committee, with a special emphasis on national, regional and international coordinating mechanisms on the question of Palestine;
- Drafts information materials geared towards CSOs, such as the weekly bulletin “NGO Action News”;
- Contributes to the drafting of the annual report of the Committee to the General Assembly;
- Contributes to drafting project proposals for approval of DPPA extra-budgetary funds, including input on the respective online platforms and reporting on the use of the funds;
- The incumbent also acts as back-up to the other Political Affairs Officers in the team, and performs other duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Possesses knowledge of political issues related to the situation in the Middle East. Is able to analyze developments in the political area. Has proven ability to draft statements, talking points, briefing notes and other documentation on international political issues. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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. Is able to work under pressure, at and away from Headquarters. 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 and 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) in political science, international relations, international law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying 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;
- Experience in dealing with issues of peace and security while working for an international organization is desirable;
- Experience in the political area with a focus on the question of Palestine or Arab-Israeli conflict is desirable;
- Experience in servicing meetings under the auspices of an intergovernmental body, at and away from Headquarters, is desirable;
- Experience in working with non-governmental and civil society organizations is desirable;
- Experience managing or working with social media accounts in the context of official work is desirable;
- Experience working with protocol matters is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations
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