Political Affairs Officer, P3

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Mar-02-2023
  • Posted
    Jan 18

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Conventional Arms Branch (CAB) of the Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA). ODA provides substantive and organizational support for norm-setting in the area of disarmament through the work of the General Assembly and its First Committee, the Disarmament Commission, the Conference on Disarmament and other bodies. It also provides objective, impartial and up-to date information on multilateral disarmament issues and activities to member States, States parties to multilateral agreements, intergovernmental organizations and institutions, departments and agencies of the United Nations system, research and educational institutions, civil society, especially non-governmental organizations, the media and the general public. The incumbent reports to the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Deputy Chief of CAB. CAB is responsible for providing substantive support for the role of the United Nations in preventing the proliferation of conventional arms.

Responsibilities

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

  • Gathers, selects and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press;
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the countries and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible;
  • Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat;
  • Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to field mission/UN agencies active on the ground;
  • Provides technical and substantive back- up in the implementation of mandates of the office, branch or unit;
  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters;
  • Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations;
  • Selects, classifies and stores in computerized databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned countries or regions;
  • Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility;
  • Participates in provision of secretariat services to Security Council, General Assembly, subsidiary organizations, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, and /or special missions;
  • Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries under the Organization's purview;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyze political and security problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • Planning and 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.

Education

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required;
  • Experience with international organizations is desirable;
  • Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice, communication and reporting is desirable;
  • Experience in project management is desirable.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Application instructions

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