Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch (SCSOB) of the Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD), Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), United Nations, New York. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Branch, the incumbent reports directly to a Senior Political Affairs Officer supporting the South Sudan Special Political Mission (SPM). SCSOB provides support to subsidiary bodies established by the Security Council, particularly sanctions committees and groups of experts who assist them in overseeing sanctions regimes.
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 relate to the countries and thematic mandates on the agenda of the Security Council;
- Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat;
- Monitors national and regional level political developments that could become a threat to international peace and security;
- Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the Security Council;
- Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and member states and/or Panels of Experts on coordination and policy matters;
- Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non- governmental organizations;
- Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to the Security Council, its subsidiary organs and Panels of Experts;
- Participates in missions of the Security Council and its subsidiary organs to countries within assigned area of responsibility;
- Participates in provision of secretariat services to the Security Council, its subsidiary 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.
- Knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of the Security Council. Ability to organize and summarize information required for the preparation of documentation for the intergovernmental bodies, such as the Security Council. Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic 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.
- 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.
- 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; uses time efficiently.
- Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) 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 the provision of substantive support to the Security Council or its subsidiary organs is desirable;
- Experience working on sanctions implementation and policy is desirable;
- Experience in providing inputs to and coordinating the activities of senior officials is desirable;
- Experience working on issues related to Africa is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
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