Peacebuilding Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Peacebuilding Officer
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:59010
Staffing ExerciseSE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)

Assessment Period
Eligible applicants will be invited to sit a general abilities test, which they will be informed of by email and/or on the "My upcoming test schedule" page in Inspira. The general abilities test will be given during the period of 30 June-1 July. Candidates will be given a 48-hour testing window during which they need to complete the test in the prescribed time in order to remain under consideration. 

Following the evaluation of an applicants' performance on the general abilities test, all passing candidates will be screened for suitability for the position they applied for. Those applicants who are deemed eligible through the Inspira eligibility screening and the general test, as well as suitable through the suitability screening, will be invited to complete a substantive test, which will be given during the weeks of 11 July – 3 August. Applicants will need to check the "My upcoming test schedule"page prior and during this period to find the 48-hour testing windows for all substantive tests they are invited to take. They will further be receiving email notifications shortly before the testing windows open. If an applicant did not pass the general test and suitability screening, no subsequent tests will be announced on the “My upcoming test schedule page”. 

All applicants are encouraged to check the exact testing windows for the general and the substantive tests in Inspira on the “My upcoming test schedule page” as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal ( after the closing of this job opening. Applicants should check regularly, in particular during the week before above referenced testing windows.

Previously rostered candidates who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.
Self-Assessment Questionnaire
Is a career at the United Nations right for you? Take the voluntary self-assessment questionnaire and get valuable insight into the working environment of the United Nations as well as the Political, Peace and Humanitarian Network (POLNET). This questionnaire is anonymous and has no impact on your potential candidacy for this position. Upon completion, you will receive feedback to help you decide if working in the United Nations is right for you. 
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Special Notice
Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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 Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch (PCSB) of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in New York and is classified as an H duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the PBC Support Branch.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 

• Provides technical and substantive support to the implementation of mandates of the office, branch and unit; including assisting the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in the formulation of peacebuilding strategies and their dissemination;
• Monitors activities in the country assigned, researches and analyses information from different sources, including the press, and assesses trends which might affect the political, regional or peacebuilding situation;
• Drafts analytical and background papers, and prepares draft inputs to PBC and Secretary-General reports to the General Assembly and Security Council; and assists in drafting talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials;
• Contributes to the mapping and analysing of existing national and international strategies and frameworks related to peacebuilding in the country assigned, with a view to strengthening coordination of relevant peacebuilding actors;
• Provides assistance in organising PBC meetings; supports the organisation of Chairs' visits and PBC annual visits to the country assigned;
• Assists the Branch in providing timely quality support and policy advice to the respective United Nations mission, senior officials and staff in the field, and supports the organisation of meetings with other relevant interlocutors; 
• Liaises with relevant UN departments and offices, relevant international and regional organisations, including financial institutions, and governments and provides briefings and other necessary preparatory work for the Commission meetings with those actors;
• Participates, as required, in the relevant inter-departmental taskforces on country assigned.
• Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism: 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. 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.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; 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 behaviour.

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 behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international law, political/development economics, public administration or other related is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience maybe accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible in international relations, political science, conflict resolution, humanitarian or development economics is required. Experience in international peacebuilding or in conflict resolution and mediation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.
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