Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict in New York. The incumbent will report to the Team Leader for Programmes and Communications.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Reviews and monitors activities in the country or region assigned; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations.
- Analyses political and related events within assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice to SRSG.
- Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials; draft reports of the SRSG SVC and contribute to the annual report of the Secretary-General on SVC as well as contributes to the preparation of draft elements for the Secretary-General's Policy Committee papers.
- Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects concerning SVC, including work with Sanctions Committees and strategies for engagement with non-state actors for the eradication of conflict-related sexual violence.
- Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment.
- Participates in technical missions in priority situations of concern; participates in IMTF meetings at the working level, and other relevant working level UN coordination meetings as required.
- Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff, national officials as well as Military and Civilian Police officers to plan projects and review project activities.
- Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
- Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
- Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
- Carries out, in consultation with the Chief of the Section, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget.
- Drafts plans for start-up of operations and participates in the activities of implementation.
- Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- 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 the ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.
- 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.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other 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 seven 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 area of Women, Peace and Security, including sexual violence in conflict is desirable.
- Experience in developing outreach strategies and initiatives is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
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