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

Posting Title:Political Affairs Officer
Job Code Title:COORDINATION OFFICER, POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Department/Office:DEPARTMENT OF PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:58278
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
This position is funded for a finite period of one year and may be subject to extension. This post is financed by the Trust Fund Account in support of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to continued funding. 

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by the Secretary-General. 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 Protection of Civilians Coordination Team in the Policy and Best Practice Service of the Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training in DPKO-DFS. The Political Affairs Officer reports to the Team Leader of the Protection of Civilians (POC) Coordination Team.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 
•Gathers, selects and analyses information contained in communications and publications received from different sources, including the press.
•Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to political issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the implementation of Protection of Civilians mandates in peace operations.
•Works closely with other protection actors, including Member States and other stakeholders within headquarters and the field, to ensure a common understanding of protection of civilians issues and the application of the relevant tools to assist in implementation of protection mandates.
•Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on 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 on the development and revision of comprehensive Protection of Civilians strategies.
•Provides technical and substantive back up in the development and roll-out of Protection of Civilians related guidance and training materials..
•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.
•Participates in fact-finding and other missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.
•Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG and other senior officials from countries under the Organization's purview. 
•Performs other related duties as required.
Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge of the role and mandate of UN Peacekeeping Operations vis-à-vis POC. Awareness of the key challenges facing the implementation of POC mandates by UN peacekeeping operations, including with respect to issues such as the coordination of POC implementation within missions. Understanding of the differing concepts of POC, the various actors involved in POC and the elements involved in the implementation of POC-related work. Ability to identify and analyze 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.

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 degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related 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.
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 in addressing protection issues in a conflict or post-conflict country is required. On the ground familiarity with peacekeeping operations with protection of civilians mandates is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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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