Job Opening ID: 222163
Job Network : Paix et questions politiques et humanitaires
Job Family : Affaires politiques
Category and Level : Professional and Higher Categories, P-2
Duty Station : NEW YORK
Department/Office : Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure
Date Posted : Nov 20, 2023
Deadline : Nov 26, 2023
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is with the Europe and Central Asia Division of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA/DPO) at Headquarters. The incumbent reports directly to the Team Leader, under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director and Director of Division.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Monitors political, security, socio-economic and other relevant developments with regard to assigned area;
•Analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the media;
•Maintains up-to-date knowledge of trends and events relating to political issues in the region, in particular as they affect assigned countries and issues, regional organizations and regional arrangements;
•Performs all Desk Officer functions, including drafting briefing notes, meeting notes, background papers, official reports, correspondence, talking points, as necessary;
•Provides inputs, advice and support on political issues to senior officials;
•Provides substantive and technical back-up to any DPPA/DPO field office in assigned area;
•Provides guidance to any UN Country Team on the ground in assigned area as needed;
•Maintains contacts with field colleagues and other sectors of the UN, and supports any inter-agency/inter-departmental coordination structures as needed;
•Maintains contacts as needed with counterparts from relevant Permanent Missions and other international and regional organizations;
•Maintains contacts with non-governmental organizations and independent experts as needed;
•Participates in fact-finding and other field missions as required;
•Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Awareness of political and security challenges in the region, and of the role of regional organizations; Ability to identify and analyze political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. Ability to develop sources for data collection. 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.
A first-level university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related field.
Job – Specific Qualification
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or related fields is required.
Experience monitoring political and related developments and preparing political analyses is required.
Experience drafting briefing materials and talking points as well as reports and official correspondence is required.
Experience working on peace and security issues in Europe is desirable.
Previous experience as a Desk Officer or providing support to a field operation of the United Nations common system (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN regional commissions, agencies, funds, and programmes), or similar international organization, or nongovernmental organization, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official language is an advantage.