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:57444
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
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
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.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the Middle East and West Asia Division (MEWAD), Syria Backstopping Team of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in New York. New York is classified as an H duty station and family duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Director and the Deputy Director, the incumbent will report to the Syria Team Leader/Senior Political Affairs Officer. For more information, please refer to http://www.un.org/undpa/middleeast-westasia/syria.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 

• Reviews and monitors political, security developments in Syria; assesses trends which might affect the political and security situation and determines the political impact of intra-regional issues such as the refugee situation; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations. 
• Prepares analytical reports and papers on sensitive and high-profile concerns to provide early-warning alerts and advice; drafts notes, background papers, briefing notes, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials. 
• Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on political, peace and security developments in and pertaining to Syria. 
• Prepares up-to-date information for senior United Nations officials regarding substantive political matters on country-specific or regional issues and provides advice and makes recommendations on possible actions. 
• Drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior United Nations officials, as required. 
• As appropriate, contributes to senior United Nations officials’ reports, analytical papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence. 
• Maintains close contacts with relevant sectors of the United Nations, relevant international and regional organizations, as well as governments on coordination and policy matters. Briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate, advice and suggestions . 
• Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise. 
• Carries out, as appropriate, administrative functions relating to the staff planning and budget. 
• Liaises with and responds to queries from Member States as appropriate; and 
• Performs other related duties as required.
Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge of Syria, regional issues and developments; Ability to create and/or maintain, and participate in inter-disciplinary/inter-departmental teams and task forces; Understands the work of the United Nations and the functions, priorities and policies of the Department of Political Affairs. Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes of and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Ability to relate to various issues and perspectives on political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected areas. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence in 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 into 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.

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, journalism, or other related area 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. Experience in conducting political outreach and analysis is desirable. Experience drafting political reports on the Middle East region is desirable. Experience providing support to international diplomatic efforts in the Middle East region is desirable. Experience working on conflict or post-conflict issues is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. 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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