|Posting Title:||POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3|
|Job Code Title:||POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER|
|Department/Office:||Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building|
|Duty Station:||NEW YORK|
|Posting Period:||07 September 2021 – 21 October 2021|
|Job Opening Number:||21-Political Affairs-DPPA-161354-R-New York (O)|
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Iraq Team of the Middle East Division (MED), Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Department of Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO) at Headquarters in in New York. The incumbent will report to the Iraq Team Leader/Senior Political Affairs Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Gathers, selects and analyzes information on Iraq and the Middle East region, as well as the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
• Maintains up-to-date knowledge of political and other issues in the Middle East region as they affect developments in Iraq.
• Keeps abreast of the latest trends and developments in Iraq, and other regional countries and provides inputs on these issues to senior officials and colleagues at UN Headquarters and UNAMI.
• Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to UNAMI on the ground.
• Provides technical and substantive backstopping in the implementation of UNAMI’s mandate.
• 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 as they relate to Iraq and UNAMI.
• Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to the work of the UN on Iraq and other countries in the Middle East region.
• Participates in fact-finding and other missions to Iraq and other countries within assigned area of responsibility.
• Participates in the provision of secretariat services to Security Council, General Assembly, subsidiary organizations, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, and /or special missions.
• Carries out other administrative functions related to extrabudgetary funds.
• Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG on Iraq and other countries under MED’s purview.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in countries of the Middle East, and cross-regional trends. Knowledge of the history and current political developments in the Middle East region. Knowledge of issues related to women, peace and security in the context f UN field missions. 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.
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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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 working on Middle East issues is required.
Experience in providing support and backstopping to UN (or other international organization) field operations is desirable.
Experience working on Iraq-related issues is desirable.
English and French are working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to satisfactory performance, availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
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.
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The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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.
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