This position is located in the Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch (PCSB) of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Support Branch and through him/her to the Director and Deputy Head of PBSO.
Within delegated authority of the Chief of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Support Branch, the Political Officer is responsible for the following duties:
Professionalism: Knowledge of UN intergovernmental processes, rules of procedure, structure, mandates and working methods of PBC and UN principal organs; Knowledge of procedural requirements for drafting and processing of official UN documents; Ability to identify and analyse political, ethnic, social and economic problems that may cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. Good knowledge of relevant regional and international institutions. Knowledge of range of communications approaches, tools and methodologies essential to media operations and message targeting, in particular with respect to website and social media management. 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.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from other and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international law, or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, political science, or conflict resolution is required. Three years of experience in the area of peacebuilding is desirable. Experience in regional or international organizations in the areas of conflict resolution and mediation missions is desirable. Experience pertaining to communication, public information, social media or website management is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.