Political Affairs Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Political Affairs Officer
Job Code Title:POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office:DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:58597
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 (hr.un.org/page/mobility) 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
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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 post is found Africa I Division in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). The incumbent reports to the Team Leader of the Horn of Africa.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 
•Gathers, selects and analyses information , communications and publications from different sources, including the media pertaining to the Horn of Africa and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
•Knowledge and understanding of political issues, in general as well as regional and country specific concerning the countries and thematic mandates for which the staff member is responsible.
•Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area(s) of assignment and provides inputs on relevant issues to senior officials and colleagues in missions and elsewhere in the Secretariat.
•Monitors national and regional level political developments and provides advice to field missions in the MENA region/UN agencies active on the ground.
•Provide inputs into political, humanitarian and human rights efforts and programs as regard to the Horn of Africa and the MENA region.
•Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters. 
•Monitors actions taken by intergovernmental groups, UN organisations, government and non-governmental organizations.
•Selects, classifies and stores in computerised databases information relating to potential disputes and conflicts involving assigned countries or region.
•Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within the assigned area of responsibility.
•Participates in the provision of secretariat services to the Security Council, General Assembly, subsidiary organizations, negotiating bodies, conferences, meetings, and /or special missions.
•Draft briefing notes, background papers, analytical reports, talking points, statements, speeches, correspondence and other documentation as needed.
•Organises meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries under the Organization's purview. 
•Performs other related duties as required.
Competencies
Professionalism: Ability to identify and analyse political, ethnic, racial, social and economic problems that cause civil unrest in a country or geographic area. 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 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.

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.

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.
Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience working on issues pertaining to the Horn of Africa and MENA, is desirable.
Languages
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Assessment
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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