Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Europe and Central Asia Division (ECAD) of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and Peace Operations (DPO). The incumbent leads the DPPA Liaison Office in Kyiv, under the general supervision of the Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division, DPPA-DPO. The incumbent is part of the ECAD Eastern Europe Team (Team 1) and reports on a day-to-day basis to the Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division, DPPA-DPO.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Provides regular analytical updates on political developments in Ukraine, with significance for peace and security, including with potential regional implications, as well as recommendations for early warning actions, and strategic advice and recommendations for UN actions and support;
- Prepares briefing notes and inputs for analytical notes and background papers for the Secretary-General, Senior Advisers, Under Secretary General/Assistant Secretary General;
- Develops and maintains regular channels of communication and engagement with senior government officials, political party leaders and representatives, civil society actors, the diplomatic community, international partners, and other relevant actors;
- Monitors political and security developments, both domestically and as relate to the conflict, on a daily basis and provides regular reporting and analysis to DPPA-ECAD;
- Identifies, designs and supports the implementation of policies, initiatives and project activities consistent with DPPA mandate priorities, including in support of Women, Peace and Security, peace-building, and local peace initiatives, as appropriate and in consultation with ECAD;
- Participates and provides political briefings in UN coordination mechanisms, including the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Ukraine and UNCT-coordination mechanisms, as appropriate;
- Provides, as needed and upon request, political advice and support to the Office of the RC/HC and the UN Country Team, including sharing reports, as appropriate;
- Coordinates, as needed and as appropriate, with the RC/HC and relevant UNCT agencies on substantive and operational matters pertaining to the political work of the liaison office, and with the Peace and Development Advisor Unit in support of the HC/RC and UN Country Team, including with regard to conflict-sensitive programming;
- Undertakes travel across Ukraine for consultations with local interlocutors and partners, as needed and as security conditions permit;
- Acts as coordinator and supports missions/visits to Ukraine by DPPA officials and provides support other senior UN visiting officials, as required, in cooperation with the RCO;
- Provides managerial oversight and coordinates overall programmatic and substantive work of the liaison office team, under the overall direction of DPPA-ECAD, including formulates the programme of work and medium-term plan, manages administrative matters, and participates in the recruitment and selection of staff;
- Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of political issues in a Ukraine, as well as engagement with local interlocutors and partners, and implementation of project activities;
- Coordinates closely with the DO and UNDSS on all security-related matters;
- Ensures close consultation and information-sharing with DPPA-ECAD on all aspects of the liaison office’s work and organization;
- Represents DPPA in relevant local and regional conferences, seminars, meetings and think-tank events, as appropriate, in consultation with DPPA-ECAD; co-ordinates with Ukrainian, bilateral and international partners;
- Performs other functions, as required.
- Professionalism: Excellent political analysis skills and strong knowledge of conflict prevention and negotiations at the international level; Knowledge of the practices and procedures of the United Nations in peace and security; Proven political work experience with European countries and organizations; In-depth knowledge and understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to European countries and on European policy agendas, in particular in Eastern Europe, including of the conflict situation in Ukraine, and ability to analyze and evaluate international political situations and conflict dynamics in area of assignment. Knowledge of UN conflict prevention and mediation mechanisms, including UN peace operations at both HQ and field, and partnerships with regional peace and security arrangements in Europe. Possesses diplomatic, liaison and representational skills in an international context. Ability to operate autonomously with limited support and oversight. 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;
- 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;
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client;
- Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities;
- 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.
- 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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- 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;
- Demonstrated experience in field and liaison work with senior government, diplomatic and international and regional partners in Eastern Europe is required;
- Experience working in the United Nations in support of preventive diplomacy and mediation, including proven track-record in conducting political analysis and producing high-quality analytical products, is required;
- Experience working in or on Ukraine and up-to-date knowledge of its current political situation is required;
- Experience working in cooperation with country-level humanitarian, development and civil society partners is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official language is an advantage.
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