Chief of Service, Political Affairs - United Nations, United States, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Chief of Service, Political Affairs
Job Code Title:CHIEF OF SERVICE, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office:DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:59120
Staffing ExerciseSE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)

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Special Notice
Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Americas Division (AD) of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA in New York. New York is classified as an H duty station and family duty station. The Chief of the Americas Division reports directly to the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Political Affairs, and through him, to the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. The Division covers North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. For more information, please refer to http://www.un.org/undpa/americas.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Chief will be responsible for the following: 

•Coordinates, guides and supervises the Americas Division.
•Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Americas Division in accordance with programme 2 of the biennial programme plan and DPA’s Strategic Framework, determining priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Division, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations system, as appropriate
•Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of political analyses, briefing notes, background papers and talking points to the Secretary-General and the Under-Secretary General and of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and other policy-making organs of the United Nations, as appropriate. 
•Coordinates and maintains regular contacts with Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations, other relevant Departments and offices of the UN secretariat, and UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes on issues under the purview of the Division.
•Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports. 
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the teams under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates. 
•Coordinates and maintains conflict prevention and preventive diplomacy efforts through monitoring, maintain regular contacts, and assessment of various political developments in the region. 
•Provides support to UNCTs in the efforts of conflict prevention and resolution, serving as focal point for RCs and other in the field with HQ.
•Coordinates interaction between field and other UN departments and agencies, providing support to RCs and others in the field. 
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
•Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical and gender balance.
•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries.
•Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
•Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise, and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Represents the Division at international, regional or national meetings.
•Performs other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.
Competencies
Professionalism: Extensive knowledge of the Americas region. Ability to produce reports and papers on substantive issues. Ability to review and edit the work of others. Ability to communicate and coordinate with Member State missions or delegations on substantive and programmatic issues relevant to the mandate of the Division. Ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating a gender perspective into the substantive work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Ability to contribute to the realization of the Department of Political Affairs' commitments regarding Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) in the Division. 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. 

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviors; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

Managerial Competencies

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
Education
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political sciences, business or public administration, international relations, international law, social sciences or related area. 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, political affairs, conflict resolution, preventive diplomacy or peacebuilding or related area is required. A minimum of five years of experience working on issues related to the Americas region is required. Managerial experience at a senior level is required. Experience working with legislative bodies, Member States and delegations in the context of international organizations is desirable. Experience in programme and project planning is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is required.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.
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