|Posting Title:||POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3|
|Job Code Title:||POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER|
|Department/Office:||Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure|
|Duty Station:||NEW YORK|
|Posting Period:||13 April 2020 – 27 May 2020|
|Job Opening Number:||20-Political Affairs-DPPA-DPO-SS-134227-R-New York (X)|
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the African Union Partnership Team (AUPT) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary General for Africa, in the shared Single Regional Political Operational Structure of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and of Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO). The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the Assistant Secretary-General for Africa and the direct supervision of the AUPT P-5 Senior Political Affairs Officer.
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 the cooperation between the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations and the African Union Commission and the sub-regional organizations in Africa in the areas of prevention, management and resolution of conflict on the continent
· Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in Africa, particularly related to the African Union, and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
· Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the Office for Africa.
· Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters related to the UN-AU cooperation.
· Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations.
· Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned countries or region.
· 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 related to the cooperation between the UN and the AU in the areas of peace and security.
· Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries under the Organization’s purview.
· Proposes, develops and coordinates programmes and projects to ensure the timely implementation of the Ten-Year Capacity-Building Programme for the African Union Commission in the areas of peace and security as well as the Silencing the Guns project of the African Union
· Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: 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.
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.
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. 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.
Experience on peace and security issues related to Africa is desirable.
Experience in supporting senior officials is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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