This position is located in the Guidance and Learning Unit (GLU) within the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). The incumbent will report to the Team Leader of the Guidance and Learning Unit and to the Chief of Policy Planning and Guidance.
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the functioning of the UN system in the area of peace and security. Research and analytical skills, including the ability to analyze complex dimensions of the work of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, including 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.
TEAMWORK: 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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related fields. 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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.