Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is in the Office of Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs within the Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA), reporting directly to the Under-Secretary-General/High Representative. The Senior Political Affairs Officer serves as Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General/High Representative, providing strategic advice and ensuring efficient and effective support to senior management. The Senior Political Affairs Officer leads and directs the work of the Office of the High Representative, including is Policy Coordination and Change Management Unit. In this regard, the Senior Political Affairs Officer coordinates the gender and inclusion agendas of the Office, as well as engagement in other cross-cutting organizational processes, frameworks and initiatives. The Senior Political Affairs Officer contributes to strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation and organizational learning efforts across the Office, as well as staff engagement initiatives.
For more information, please refer to https://www.un.org/disarmament.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Special Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Formulates political affairs strategies; develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy directives and plans of action for immediate and long-range solutions to political problems in general and in specific geographical areas; identifies emerging issues pertaining to the mandates of the unit; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.
• Plans and implements the activities related to the work of the Office, in close collaboration with all branches and units, i.e., disarmament and its link with peace and security, conflict prevention and resolution, civil society support work, etc.; incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the unit.
• Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring interdepartmental and/or interagency involvement, participation and partnership. Acts as coordinator for complex coordination within the UN system relating to disarmament.
• Coordinates and prepares speeches, remarks, briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary-General, Under-Secretary-General and other senior officials.
• Leads and directs a work team; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
• Leads and oversees, under the guidance of the Under-Secreary-General/High Representative, policy coordination and change management processes within the Office.
• Represents the Office at round tables, seminars, conferences and other meetings, as required.
• Responds to/prepares responses to comments, statements, queries of parties and manages complex processes involving several components.
• Formulates the programme of work, budget and medium-term plan of the unit and participates in the overall approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters concerning the Office; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and unit.
• Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and other partners and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern.
• Performs other related duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, peace and security and related matters. Ability to evaluate international political developments and to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants. 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.
• 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.
• ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
• VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
• JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related field is required. 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.Job - Specific Qualification
A test or examination may be given for this position.Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, humanitarian affairs, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience in providing substantive support and policy advice to senior managers is required.
A minimum of five years of experience within the UN common system is desirable.
Experience in working with the United Nations administrative, budgetary, financial and human resources policies and procedures is desirable.
Experience with strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation or change management processes is desirable.
Experience with policy-making or programming related to the advancement of gender equality in desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
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.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 July 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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