Political Affairs Officer (Temporary Job Opening)

New York, NY, United States 🇺🇸

Special Notice

This position is available through 31 March 2017 and is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch of the Security Council Affairs Division in the Department of Political Affairs. The incumbent of the post will report to a Senior Political Affairs Officer in the Security Council Affairs Subsidiary Organs Branch.

Responsibilities

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

•Set up relevant databases on sectoral bans pertaining to the DPRK sanctions regime.
•Gather, select and analyse information contained in databases, publications from various sources, and online information concerning sectoral bans as well as on compliance, outreach and dialogue pertaining to the DPRK sanctions regime.
•Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant research and analytical papers pertaining to the DPRK sanctions regime, including sectoral bans, political developments and other topics as they affect the work of the Panel of Experts established pursuant to Security Council resolution 1874 (2009) with a view to providing relevant inputs to the experts.
•Collect and consolidate reports, documents and other material emanating from the Committee and the Panel of Experts, including for the purposes of maintaining databases, in particular, concerning all relevant measures pertaining to the DPRK sanctions regime: arms embargo, inspection and interdiction, sectoral bans, finance, nuclear, WMD and other.
•Organize and administer electronic databases in support of the Panel of Experts’ research and analysis.
•Assist in establishing methods, in the context of database management, for the systematic classification, categorization and retrieval of material acquired, developed and retained for further study by the Panel of Experts.
•Assist the Panel of Experts in retrieving information from the databases, including by designing proper and relevant searches, procedures and storing of important information.
•If requested, liaise with internal and external organizations to enhance the Panel of Experts’ collection of data.
•Arrange provision of relevant information and external expertise as requested by the Experts.
•Travel with the experts, as necessary.
•Meet regularly with Panels of Experts, operational teams including UN staff and Members of the Security Council, to brief them on the procedures, practices and working methods of the Council and its subsidiary organs.
•Review and monitor activities on the agendas of the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies related to the maintenance of international peace and security and assesses trends which might affect the situation and the impact of intra-regional issues such as sanctions and natural resources.
•Analyse political and related events on the agenda of the Security Council with a view to providing early warning advice to ASG/USG or other senior officials.
•Prepare analytical reports and summaries on sensitive and high profile matters of concern to the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
•Participate in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services required by the Security Council, in particular, to sanctions committees and other subsidiary bodies related to its work.
•Provide up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive political matters related to the maintenance of international peace and security and makes recommendations on actions to take.
•Maintain 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.
•Participate in conferences, seminars and academic for a related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
•Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrates substantive knowledge of sanctions issues and the work of Security Council-mandated expert groups, as well as familiarity with the relevant decisions of the Security Council. Demonstrates knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of the Security Council. Demonstrates the ability to research, select, organize and summarize information required for the preparation of relevant documentation for the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies. Demonstrates ability to analyze sanctions trends and to exercise political judgment. 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 additional years of qualifying 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 or related area is required. Experience in conducting, facilitating and organizing academic research, for the United Nations system, or any other comparable international or regional organization and in their relationship with academia, think-tanks and non-governmental organizations in the Headquarters, is desirable. Experience in implementing sanctions policy or policy related to the work of the subsidiary bodies of the Security Council or the recommendations of expert sanctions monitoring groups or other expert groups is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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