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

Posting Title:Political Affairs Officer
Job Code Title:POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office:OFFICE FOR DISARMAMENT AFFAIRS
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:57733
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.This is an extra-budgetary post funded by the EU Council Decision CFSP 2016/51 in support of the BWC. This position has a finite duration which will not exceed the three-year duration of the EU Council Decision.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Conference on Disarmament and Conference Support Branch, of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva. Geneva is classified as an H duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Along with a G5 Programme Assistant, the Political Affairs Officer will work on the implementation of EU Council Decision CFSP 2016/51 in support of the BWC. The BWC ISU forms the core of the secretariat of BWC meetings; maintains and develops the Convention's website; receives and distributes information submitted annually by States parties under the system of Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs); collates details of national measures to implement all aspects of the BWC; acts as a clearing house for assistance; interacts with relevant international organizations, scientific and academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations; and attends relevant meetings and events. The ISU also assists the Chairman of BWC meetings in promoting universalization of the BWC, conducting outreach, maintaining details of progress towards universality and reporting on progress to States parties. For more information, please refer to http://www.unog.ch/bwc.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Liaises with, and prepare reports for, the Steering Committee of the EU Council Decision with regard to the implementation of the Decision. •Plans, directs and participates in workshops, seminars and other activities under the Decision as well as coordinate regional and in-country activities and assistance visits.•Participates in missions to countries within assigned area of responsibility.•Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to disarmament issues, in general, and in particular as they affect the mandates for which the staff member is responsible.•Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of disarmament and provides inputs on issues to senior officials and colleagues in the Secretariat.•Monitors relevant national and regional level political developments and provides advice senior officials and colleagues.•Provides technical and substantive back up in the implementation of mandates of the office, branch or unit.•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 the implementation of the EU Council Decision.•Participates in provision of secretariat services to conferences, meetings, and /or special missions.•Prepares meetings of the SG/DSG/USG with officials from countries under the Organization's purview. •Liaises with relevant UN offices, Member States, regional and international intergovernmental organisations as well as non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and civil society. •Performs other related duties as required.
Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and related disarmament, non-proliferation and international security issues. Knowledge of issues relating to treaty implementation. 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.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.Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Education
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two 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, multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation, security, or related area is required. Experience in implementation support and project management in an international organization context is desirable. Experience in implementing projects with external partners is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language 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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