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Political Affairs Officer, P4

United Nations - Department of Political Affairs

New York, United States

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 in New York. 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:

  • Analyses political and related events within assigned area with a view to provide early warning advice to ASG/USG or Head of Mission;
  • Reviews and monitors 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;
  • Reviews and monitors relevant issues pertaining to the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies and assesses trends which might affect the situation and the impact of intra-regional issues such as sanctions and natural resources;
  • 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;
  • Participates in the organization and supervision of Secretariat services required by the Security Council and to other committees and bodies related to its work.
  • Provides up-to-date information to senior 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;
  • Carries out, in consultation with the Committee Secretary, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget;
  • Drafts plans for start-up of operations and participates in the activities of implementation;
  • Sets up relevant databases on sectoral bans and other areas pertaining to the DPRK sanctions regime;
  • Gathers, selects and analyses information contained in databases, publications and online information from various sources pertaining to the DPRK sanctions regime;
  • Researches, collects, consolidates and documents reports and materials related to the work of the 1718 Committee and the Panel of Experts;
  • Organizes and administers electronic databases in support of the Panel of Experts’ work;
  • Establishes liaisons with international and external organizations to attain information and external expertise for the work of the Panel of Experts;
  • Travels with the experts as necessary on missions to provide technical support;
  • Meets regularly with the Panel of Experts and briefs them on the procedures, practices and working methods of the Security Council and its subsidiary organs.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism – Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. 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 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, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area. Experience in conducting, facilitating and organizing academic research, or conducting, facilitating and organizing 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. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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