Political Affairs Officer, P4

Political Affairs Officer, P4

United Nations

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Asia and Pacific Division of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO) at Headquarters in New York. The incumbent reports to the Team Leader of the South and Southeast Asia Team.

Responsibilities

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

  • Reviews and monitors activities in the countries and region assigned; assesses trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues such as refugees, drug control and natural resources; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations;
  • Analyses political and related events within assigned countries and region with a view to provide early warning advice to senior UN Officials;
  • Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to the General Assembly, Security Council, or other bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials;
  • Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political issues of assignment. Arranges and participates in negotiations, operations and missions, as relevant;
  • Meets regularly with operational teams including UN staff, national officials to plan projects and review project activities;
  • Provides up-to-date information and formulates policy for consideration of senior UN officials regarding substantive political matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take;
  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations;
  • Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise;
  • Provides input for assessment of staff to be deployed to important posts in the field (e.g. Resident Coordinators);
  • Carries out, in administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget, as assigned;
  • Drafts plans for projects relevant to countries and region of responsibility and participates in the activities of implementation;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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 & 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

  • 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 (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required;
  • Experience drafting a range of documents, reports, analyses and policy recommendations for senior officials is required;
  • Experience in coordination of processes across multiple stakeholders is required;
  • Experience in administrative and budgetary processes is required;
  • Experience working on peace and security issues related to the Southeast Asia region is required;
  • Experience in multilateral negotiation, mediation or inter-governmental processes is desirable.

Languages

  • 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 UN official language is an advantage.

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